Connors, Mike 1925- (Touch Conners, Michael Connors, Touch Connors)

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Connors, Mike 1925- (Touch Conners, Michael Connors, Touch Connors)


Original name, Krekor Ohanian (some sources spell the name as Krikor Ohanian), born August 15, 1925, in Fresno, CA; married Mary Lou Wiley; children: Dana Lee, Matthew Gunnar. Education: Attended University of California, Los Angeles.


Agent—Jack Gilardi, International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067; (voice work) Cunningham/Escott/Slevin & Doherty Talent Agency, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025.


Actor and producer.

Awards, Honors:

Golden Laurel Award nomination, male new face, Producers Guild of America, 1965; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actor in a dramatic series, annually 1970-73, Golden Globe Award, best actor in a television drama, 1970, and Golden Globe Award nominations, best actor in a television drama, annually 1971-75, all for Mannix.


Television Appearances; Series:

Nick Stone, Tightrope, CBS, 1959-60.

Joe Mannix (title role), Mannix, CBS, 1967-75.

Ben Slater, Today's F.B.I., ABC, 1981-82.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Victor Cummings, Beg, Borrow … or Steal, ABC, 1973.

Travis Green, Revenge for a Rape, ABC, 1976.

Vic Casella, Long Journey Back, ABC, 1978.

Captain Lou Mikalich, High Midnight, CBS, 1979.

Sam Jackson, The Death of Ocean View Park, ABC, 1979.

The Bureau, 1981.

Joe "Uncle Do Do" Armen, Armen and Bullik, 1992.

Bill McDowell, Hart to Hart: Hart to Hart Returns, NBC, 1993.

Himself, The Desilu Story, Bravo, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The agent, "Getaway Car," Studio '57 (also known as Heinz Studio 57), syndicated, 1958.

Mike, The Expendables, 1962.

Kirk (some source cite Karl) Ohanian, The Killer Who Wouldn't Die (also known as Ohanian), ABC, 1976.

Nick, Casino, ABC, 1980.

Ben Slater, Today's F.B.I., ABC, 1981.

Captain Jim Adams, Earthlings, ABC, 1984.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Reporter, ABC News Closeup—Arson: Fire for Hire, ABC, 1970.

Super Comedy Bowl 2, CBS, 1972.

Mitzi … The First Time, CBS, 1973.

Joe Mannix, Bob Hope in "Joys" (also known as Joys and Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys"), NBC, 1976.

Charo, ABC, 1976.

Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1981.

The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard, ABC, 1984.

Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration, CBS, 1984.

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985.

Happy 100th Birthday Hollywood, ABC, 1987.

Host, Crimes of the Century, syndicated, two specials, 1988.

Host, The Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover, syndicated, 1989.

Christmas with the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit, The Discovery Channel, 1989.

The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1990.

The Tube Test, ABC, 1990.

Host, Crimes of the Century III, 1991.

Himself, Public Enemy #2, 1991.

The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1994.

Jack Warner, James Dean: Race with Destiny (also known as James Dean: Live Fast Die Young), 1997.

Narrator, Private Eyes: Undercover, The Discovery Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As Touch Connors) Christopher Ames, "Yours for a Dream," The Ford Television Theatre (also known as Ford Theatre), 1954.

(As Touch Connors) Massey, "Baby in the Basket," City Detective, 1955.

(As Touch Connors) Lou Renaldi, "The Last Out," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (also known as Herald Playhouse, The Playhouse, and Schlitz Playhouse), CBS, 1955.

(As Touch Connors) Mel Dunlap, "No Trial by Jury," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (also known as Herald Playhouse, The Playhouse, and Schlitz Playhouse), CBS, 1955.

(As Touch Connors) Tomas, "Tomas and the Widow," Frontier, NBC, 1955.

(As Michael Connors) Pat Smith, "The Big Baby Contest," The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1955.

(As Touch Connors) Rage Bradford, "Broomstick Wedding," The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 1956.

(As Touch Connors) Jim Bostick, "The Mistake," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), 1956.

"What Price Gloria?," State Trooper, 1956.

Victor Volante, "The Victor Volante Story," The Millionaire (also known as If You Had a Million), 1956.

(As Michael Connors) Jess, "Husband and Wife," Sheriff of Cochise, 1957.

Bill Dellart, "The Water Skier," Code 3, 1957.

(As Michael Connors) "The Latch Key," Lux Video Theatre (also known as Summer Video Theatre), 1957.

(As Touch Connors) Pete Wikowlski, "Pete Loves Mary," M Squad, 1957.

(As Michael Connors) Johnny Dart, "The Bride," Have Gun—Will Travel, 1957.

Jerry Moss, "Mardi Gras," The Gale Storm Show (also known as Oh! Susanna), 1957.

Ralph Jordan, "Point Blank," Maverick, ABC, 1957.

Sheriff Barney Fillmore, "The Naked Gallows," Maverick, ABC, 1957.

(As Michael Connors) Dave Hopper, "The Steep Hill," The Walter Winchell File, 1957.

(As Touch Connors) Al Kiner, "Now a Brief Word," Letter to Loretta (also known as The Loretta Young Show and The Loretta Young Theatre), 1958.

Roy Simmons, "Dead to Rights," Cheyenne, ABC, 1958.

(As Michael Connors) Bill Vatcher, "Hired Hand," Cimarron City, 1958.

(As Michael Connors) Title role, "Simon Pitt," Jefferson Drum, 1958.

"Lady in Question," Lawman, 1958.

Lieutenant Miles Borden, "The Dora Gray Story," Wagon Train (also known as Major Adams, Trail Master), 1958.

"The Cover-Up," Official Detective, 1958.

(As Michael Connors) Cy Yedor, "The Checkered Flag," Telephone Time, 1958.

(As Michael Connors) "The Edge of the Cliff," The Texan, 1958.

"Wilderness Trace," The Rough Riders, 1959.

Hurd Elliott, "School for Cowards," Bronco, 1959.

Mario Patruzzio, "The Aerialist," Alcoa Presents (also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond and One Step Beyond), 1959.

(As Michael Connors) Charles Cora, "The Bell Tolls," The Californians, 1959.

Marty, "Pen Pals," Mike Hammer (also known as Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer"), 1959.

(As Michael Connors) Eddie O'Gara, "The Eddie O'Gara Story," The Untouchables, 1962.

Jack Marston, "Shadow of the Cougar," Redigo, 1963.

Joe Kelly, "The Case of the Bullied Bowler," Perry Mason, 1964.

The Jonathan Winters Show, 1968.

The Leslie Uggams Show, 1969.

Joe Mannix, "Lucy and Mannix Are Held Hostage," Here's Lucy, 1971.

The Dean Martin Show (also known as The Dean Martin Comedy Hour), multiple appearances, between 1971 and 1973.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (also known as Laugh-In), 1972.

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, 1972, 1973.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1973.

The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, 1974.

Dinah! (also known as Dinah! and Friends), 1976.

"Stigma," Police Story, 1977.

Sidney Sloan, "A Model Marriage/This Year's Model/Original Sin/Vogue Rogue/Too Clothes for Comfort: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, 1981.

"The Spoonmaker Diamond/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, 1982.

Himself, "Private Eyes," The Fall Guy, 1984.

Robert Logan, "Driving Under the Influence," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1989.

Walter Murray, "Truck Stop," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Police Commissioner James Hayden, "Scali, P.I.," The Commish, ABC, 1993.

Jack Duncan, "Who Killed the Anchorman?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Boyce Brown, "Flim Flam," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Boyce Brown, "Shooting in Rome," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Joe Mannix, "Hard-Boiled Murder," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1997.

Judge Arthur McSpadden, "Code of the West," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1998.

Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 2004.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week, E.T., ET Weekend, and This Week in Entertainment), syndicated, 2006.

Television Appearances; Other:

Larry, Have Camera Will Travel, 1956.

Colonel Harrison "Hack" Peters, War and Remembrance (miniseries), ABC, 1988.

Film Appearances; As Touch Connors:

Junior Kearney, Sudden Fear, RKO Radio Pictures, 1952.

Lieutenant Hobson Lee, Sky Commando, Columbia, 1953.

(Credit cited as Touch Conners) Lieutenant Magrew, The Forty-Ninth Man (also known as The 49th Man and 49 Men), Columbia, 1953.

Gainer, Island in the Sky, Warner Bros., 1953.

Andrew, Day of Triumph, Century Films, 1954.

Hale Clinton, Five Guns West, American Releasing, 1955.

Lou, The Twinkle in God's Eye, Republic, 1955.

Sheriff Tom Blake, The Oklahoma Woman, American Releasing, 1956.

Bob, Swamp Women (also known as Swamp Diamonds and Cruel Swamp), Favorite Films of California, 1956.

Tony Lamont, The Day the World Ended, American International Pictures, 1956.

Amalekite herder, The Ten Commandments, Paramount, 1956.

Marty Lang, Jaguar, 1956.

Stacy Tanner, Flesh and the Spur, American International Pictures, 1957.

Garry Nelson, Shake, Rattle, and Rock!, American International Pictures, 1957.

Ted Bronson, Voodoo Woman, American International Pictures, 1957.

Film Appearances; As Michael Connors:

Rick, Live Fast, Die Young, Universal, 1958.

Major Matt McCormack, Suicide Battalion, American International Pictures, 1958.

Russ Dalton, The Dalton that Got Away, Dalton Film, 1960.

Frank Pagano, Panic Button, Gorton, 1964.

Howard Ebbets, Good Neighbor Sam, Columbia, 1964.

Major Luke Miller, Where Love Has Gone, Paramount, 1964.

Jack Harrison, Harlow, Paramount, 1965.

Sergeant Lucky Finder, Situation Hopeless—but Not Serious, Paramount, 1965.

Hatfield, Stagecoach, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966.

Kelly, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (also known as If All the Women in the World, Operazione paradiso, and Se tutte le donne delmondo), Dino de Laurentiis/Columbia, 1967.

Film Appearances; As Mike Connors:

Narrator, The Forgotten Genocide, 1975.

Haller, Avalanche Express, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979.

Wendell Atwell, Nightkill (also known as Night Kill), 1980.

Lieutenant Alex Dinardo, Too Scared to Scream (also known as The Doorman), Movie Store, 1985.

Billy Vance, Fist Fighter (also known as A puno libro, A puno limpio, and Peleador a puno libro), Taurus Entertainer, 1989.

Steve, Ciudad Baja (Downtown Heat) (also known as La punta de las viboras), 1994.

Narrator, Ararat Beckons, 1995.

Himself, Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (documentary), Turner Pictures, 1996.

Harland Greer, Gideon, 1999.

(Uncredited) Grandpa Osborne, The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave, 2000.

Joe Mannix, Nobody Knows Anything!, BCI Eclipse/Stargazer Entertainment, 2003.

Film Work:

(As Touch Connors) Executive producer, Flesh and the Spur, 1957.

Producer (with A. Kitman Ho), Too Scared to Scream (also known as The Doorman), Movie Store, 1985.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared in Catch Me If You Can, Tampa, FL.



Starlog, April, 2003, pp. 81-88.