Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors was born on April 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York. The athletic Connors became a professional basketball and baseball player with the Boston Celtics  and The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers [1949-1950], Chicago Cubs . Knowing he could not make a living as a ball player he turned to acting and appeared in his first film “Pat and Mike” (1952) starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. In 1953 he appeared with Burt Lancaster in “South Sea Woman”. In 1957 he starred in “Old Yeller” and “The Hired Gun” and had a co-starring role in “The Big Country” (1958). Fame came to Connors when he starred as Lucas McCain on TV’s “The Rifleman” from 1958-1963 and followed that up with his role as Jason McCord in “Branded” (1965-1966). Connors continued to appear in films and television until his death on November 10, 1992 at the age of 71. Chuck appeared in five Euro-westerns “Kill Them All and Return Alone” (1968), “The Deserter” (1971) “The Proud and the Damned” and “Pancho Villa” both in 1972 and “Garden of Venus” (1981). Today we remember Chuck Connors on what would have been his 90th birthday.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.