Donald O'Connor (1925–2003)

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Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly as ... See full bio »

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Singin' in the Rain Cosmo Brown
I Love Melvin Melvin Hoover
Are You with It? Milton Haskins
Beau Geste Beau Geste (as a child)


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 1997 Out to Sea
Jonathan Devereaux
 1996 Father Frost
Baba Yaga
 1996 The Nanny (TV Series)
- Freida Needa Man (1996) ... Fred
 1996 Frasier (TV Series)
Harlow Safford
- Crane vs. Crane (1996) ... Harlow Safford
 1994 Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (TV Movie)
Uncle Cyrus
 1993 The Building (TV Series)
Bonnie's Father
- Father Knows Best (1993) ... Bonnie's Father
 1992 Toys
Kenneth Zevo
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Joseph Renfield
- Strung Along (1992) ... Joseph Renfield
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Barry Barnes
- The Big Show of 1965 (1990) ... Barry Barnes
 1988 A Time to Remember
Father Walsh
 1987 A Mouse, a Mystery and Me (TV Movie)
Alex the Mouse (voice)
 1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Jackie Clark
- Playing for Keeps (1987) ... Jackie Clark
 1981-1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Leo Halbert / Howard Enicker / Oscar Tilton
- Paying the Piper/Baby Sister/Help Wanted (1984) ... Howard Enicker
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Lory Bird
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
David Connelly
- The Offer (1983) ... David Connelly
 1983 Great Performances (TV Series)
Mock Turtle
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... Mock Turtle
 1983 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
George Decova / Barnaby the Great
- Grand Illusion (1983) ... George Decova / Barnaby the Great
 1982 Pandemonium
Glenn's Dad
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Dr. Watson
 1982 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Freddie the Clown
- The Clown (1982) ... Freddie the Clown
 1981 Ragtime
Evelyn's Dance Instructor
 1978 The Big Fix
Francis Joins the Navy
 1977 Hunter (TV Series)
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Holly Connor
- Payment Deferred (1976) ... Holly Connor
 1976 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Harry Anderson
- A Thing of the Past (1976) ... Harry Anderson
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Kenny Freeman
- The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader (1975) ... Kenny Freeman
 1974 The Girl with Something Extra (TV Series)
- Irreconcilable Sameness (1974) ... William
 1971 Li'l Abner (TV Movie)
General Bullmoose
 1969 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Charlie Ryan / Charlie Pineapple
- The Honeymooners: Hawaii, Oh! Oh! (1969) ... Charlie Ryan / Charlie Pineapple
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
- Olympus 7-0000 (1966) ... Hermes
 1966 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Donald Dugan
- The Hoofer (1966) ... Donald Dugan
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Benjamin Boggs
- Brilliant Benjamin Boggs (1966) ... Benjamin Boggs
 1965 That Funny Feeling
Harvey Granson
 1961 The Wonders of Aladdin
 1961 Cry for Happy
Murray Prince
 1954-1960 The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series)
Donald O'Connor
- Episode dated 11 October 1960 (1960) ... Donald O'Connor
- Episode #1.19 (1955) ... Donald O'Connor
- Episode #1.18 (1955) ... Donald O'Connor
- Episode #1.17 (1955) ... Donald O'Connor
- Episode #1.16 (1955) ... Donald O'Connor
 1958 Frances Farmer Presents (TV Series)
Jimmy Plum
- This is the Life (1958) ... Jimmy Plum
 1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Various in Sketch
- Friends of Red Skelton Variety Show (1958) ... Various in Sketch
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Johnny Shaw
- The Red Mill (1958) ... Johnny Shaw
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Harrison
- The Jet-Propelled Couch (1957) ... Dr. Robert Harrison
 1957 The Buster Keaton Story
Buster Keaton
 1956 Anything Goes
Ted Adams
 1955 Francis in the Navy
Lt. Peter Stirling / Bosun's Mate Slicker Donovan
 1954 Francis Joins the WACS
Peter Stirling
 1953 Walking My Baby Back Home
Clarence 'Jigger' Millard
 1953 Francis Covers the Big Town
Peter Stirling
 1953 I Love Melvin
Melvin Hoover
 1953 Call Me Madam
Kenneth Gibson
 1952 Francis Goes to West Point
Peter Stirling
 1952 Singin' in the Rain
Cosmo Brown
 1951 Francis Goes to the Races
Peter Stirling
 1951 Double Crossbones
Davey Crandall
 1950 The Milkman
Roger Bradley
 1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
Edward Timmons
 1950 Francis
Peter Stirling
 1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby
William Waldo Winfield
 1948 Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Wilbur McMurty
 1948 Are You with It?
Milton Haskins
 1947 Something in the Wind
Charlie Read
 1945 Patrick the Great
Pat Donahue Jr.
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
Specialty Number
 1944 The Merry Monahans
Jimmy Monahan
 1944 This Is the Life
Jimmy Plum
 1944 Follow the Boys
Donald O'Connor
 1944 Chip Off the Old Block
Donald Corrigan
 1943 Top Man
Don Warren
 1943 Mister Big
Donald J. O'Connor, Esq.
 1943 It Comes Up Love
Ricky Ives
 1942 When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Frankie Flanagan
 1942 Get Hep to Love
Jimmy Arnold
 1942 Give Out, Sisters
 1942 Private Buckaroo
 1942 What's Cookin'
 1939 On Your Toes
Phil Jr. as a Boy
 1939 Death of a Champion
Small Fry
 1939 Night Work
Butch Smiley
 1939 Beau Geste
Beau Geste (as a child)
 1939 Million Dollar Legs
Sticky Boone
 1939 Unmarried
Ted Streaver (age 12)
 1939 Boy Trouble
 1938 Tom Sawyer, Detective
Huckleberry Finn
 1938 Sons of the Legion
Butch Baker
 1938 Sing, You Sinners
Mike Beebe
 1938 Men with Wings
Pat Falconer at Age 10
 1937 It Can't Last Forever
Kid Dancer (uncredited)
 1937 Melody for Two
Specialty Act (uncredited)
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Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
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Stage Play: Show Boat. Musical/drama (revival). Written by Oscar Hammerstein II. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the novel "Show Boat" by Edna Ferber. Musical Director: John DeMain. Lyric for "Bill" by P.G. Wodehouse. Choreographed by Dorothy Danner. Directed by Michael Kahn (II). Uris Theatre: 24 Apr 1983- 26 Jun 1983 (73 ... See more »

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Revivals are so popular now. But doing one would mean being out in cold, cold New York for a year, a year and a half," he said. "I'd rather do something where I go in and work a week, maybe three days. Get it done and come back home. See more »


Made his film debut at age 12 in Melody for Two (1937) with his two brothers, Jack O'Connor and Billy O'Connor, doing a specialty routine. Billy died a year or two later after contracting scarlet fever. See more »


His ability to do somersault against walls during a musical number in films

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