Character actor, Arthur O'Connell, was born Arthur O'Connell on Mar 29, 1908 in New York City, NY. O'Connell died at the age of 73 on May 18, 1981 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens County, New York City,, NY.
The owl-ish, brown-haired Arthur O'Connell was American actor who toiled in Hollywood for almost 20 years before getting his big break in 1955's Picnic After his Oscar nominated role, he suddenly became one of Hollywood's most in demand character actors and worked steadily for twenty years. O'Connell would receive a second Academy Award nomination for his performance in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although O'Connell was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1955||Best Supporting Actor||Picnic (1955)||Howard Bevans||Nominated|
|1959||Best Supporting Actor||Anatomy of a Murder (1959)||Parnell McCarthy||Nominated|
Clint Stark: I do. Mayor Sargent, every time I bet on weakness, corruption, fallibility... I want to lose. But I always win.
Col. Donald Reid: [General Carter goes to squash an ant that is crawling around among spilt sugar granules, then hesitates and finally relents as he reflects on how the crew in Benes' body are smaller than the ant] You'll wind up a Hindu; and love all forms of life, no matter how small.
Parnell Emmett McCarthy: Twelve people go off into a room: twelve different minds, twelve different hearts, from twelve different walks of life; twelve sets of eyes, ears, shapes, and sizes. And these twelve people are asked to judge another human being as different from them as they are from each other. And in their judgment, they must become of one mind - unanimous. It's one of the miracles of Man's disorganized soul that they can do it, and in most instances, do it right well. God bless juries.
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