Chuck Connors

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Quotes (13)

  • Chuck Connors: Handling a rifle or a baseball bat takes coordination and practice, that's all.

  • Chuck Connors: (In 1989) I was a bum of a hitter just not cut out for the majors. But, I will never forget Stan's kindness. When he finished watching me cut away at the ball, Stan slapped me on the back and told me to keep swinging.

  • Chuck Connors: (In 1959) Baseball just lost a first baseman.

  • Chuck Connors: (Of Johnny Crawford) When Johnny came on the set in 1958, he was a little twelve year old boy. He called everyone in the cast or crew, sir or ma'am. During the course of the five years of our run, he had two hit records, and he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. And yet, when the show was finished after five seasons, Johnny went around and thanked everyone in the cast and crew, and he still called them sir or ma'am.

  • Chuck Connors: (On his Lucas McCain character) Lucas was a righteous character, despite all the violence. We had the benefit of the father-son relationship, so I could have a little scene at the end of the show where I would explain to Mark, essentially, that sometimes violence is necessary, but it isn't good. And there was a lot of violence on The Rifleman. We once figured out that I killed on the average of two and a half people per show. That's a lot of violence, but it was always covered by the scene with the little boy. And he would say, in essence, Gee, you won Pa.' And I would say, 'Wait a minute son. You never win when you kill someone. It demeans you, it takes something away. People have got to learn to do away with violence and guns, and to love each other.' And the viewers would forget the fact that I had killed three people during the show, because of the tender epilogue with Mark, [Johnny's favorite scenes]. The warm father-son relationship was the heart of the program, and not only did we perform it, but Johnny and I became very close friends.

  • Chuck Connors: (In 1960) What I feel may be honest, but it has to look as well as be good. A good actor gets the audience involved. He brings the audience up to a point, then makes it feel the part from there on.

  • Chuck Connors: (When he was introduced by a then unknown star, Johnny Crawford, to play Mark McCain) I remember the first time I saw him, I was sitting there with the producer and we were interviewing kids to play Mark. We must have interviewed 20 or 30, then Johnny came in and before we even talked to him I said, 'That's him, that's the Rifleman's son.'

  • Chuck Connors: (In 1992) If you're ever being typecasted [as most of us are], that's a great way to be typecasted. So, The Rifleman is still popular, with a lot of people, and I'm proud to be associated.

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Trivia (17)

  • Chuck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6838 Hollywood Blvd.

  • He had a sister Gloria.

  • His mother was Marcella Lundrigan and his father was Allan Connors.

  • He attended Seton Hall University before embarking on a career in professional sports.

  • He was married a total of three times. First, to Faith Quabius, then to Kamala Devi, and finally to Elizabeth Jane Riddell, with who he had four sons.

  • He was a member of the Sheriff's Advisory Board of Orange County, California.

  • He attended Adelphi Academy.

  • Before becoming an actor, he was a professional basketball and baseball player.

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