Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Co...
|Born||Aug 28, 1925|
|Died||Sep 27, 2003|
|Age||Died at 78|
|Final Resting PlaceForest Lawn (Hollywood Hills)|
|Job||Dancer, singer, actor|
|Top Roles||Cosmo Brown, Peter Stirling, Mike Beebe, Tim Donahue, Harvey Granson|
|Top Genres||Comedy, Musical, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, War|
|Top Topics||Romance (Comic), Show Business, World War II|
|Top Collaborators||Charles Lamont (Director), Chill Wills, Arthur Lubin (Director), William A. Wellman (Director)|
|Shares birthday with||Charles Boyer, Ben Gazzara, Simon Oakland see more..|
Donald O'Connor Overview:
Legendary actor, Donald O'Connor, was born Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor on Aug 28, 1925 in Chicago, IL. O'Connor died at the age of 78 on Sep 27, 2003 in Calabasas, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.
MINI BIO:Cheerful, slimly-built, non-stop American dancing star and light comedian with a thick bush of brown hair. A child actor of the late 1930s (the offspring of a family vaudeville act), he blossomed in medium-budget musicals at Universal, and later proved a more-than-useful foil for Hollywood's leading musical lights. Was also for many years the master of Francis the talking mule, but his film career faded in the 1950s as musicals fell from fashion, and he embarked on a fresh career as a composer of light symphonic music. (Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television. Donald O'Connor's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #103 on Feb 25, 1953. O'Connor was never nominated for an Academy Award.
Seven Things to Know AboutBy Rick29 on Apr 20, 2020 From Classic Film & TV Cafe
1. Show business was in his blood. His father, John, worked as an acrobat, clown, trapeze artist, and strong man for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. His mother Effie was a circus bareback horse rider and dancer. When Donald was thirteen-months-old, he and his sister Arlene, who w... Read full article
, Making Us LaughBy KC on Nov 21, 2009 From Classic Movies
Hey Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I appreciate your love for 's Make 'Em Laugh from Singin' In the Rain (1952). The great pleasure you took in performing it was the best part of your version on SNL, but I needed to watch this right after: Ah, much better.... Read full article
RememberingBy Caftan Woman on Aug 29, 2008 From Caftan Woman
1925 - 2003I have been reminded that we missed the opportunity to recall upon his August 28th birthday. Shame on us. I do hope that that doesn't mean that we have been neglecting to make room in the entertainment portions of our busy lives for the wonderfully talented, warm-hearted g... Read full article
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Donald O'Connor Quotes:
Don Lockwood: Hey, what'd you say that for?
Cosmo Brown: What's the matter?
Don Lockwood: That's what that Kathy Selden said to me that night.
Cosmo Brown: That's three weeks ago, you still thinking about that?
Don Lockwood: I can't get her out of my mind.
Cosmo Brown: How could you - she's the first dame who hasn't fallen for your line since you were four.
Rod: Lina, you're a beautiful woman. Audiences think you've got a voice to match. The studio's gotta keep their stars from looking ridiculous at any cost.
Cosmo Brown: Nobody's got that much money.
Pete Monahan: Did you kids have a good time at the beach today?
Patsy Monahan: Oh, sure. I enjoy an occasional dip in the common pleasures of the proletariat.
Jimmy Monahan: If you knew what those words meant and could spell 'em, you'd be almost literate.
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