Actor Mike Connors has died at the age of 91 of leukemia.
Connors is most known for playing detective Joe Mannix in the TV series ‘Mannix’ from 1960-1970.
‘Mannix’ was one of the first American TV series to have success in European countries like France.
Before becoming private detective Joe Mannix on television, Mike Connors was born in 1925 to an Armenian family in California. His real name was Krekor Ohanian and he was also the cousin of the famous French singer Charles Aznavour.
After college in Los Angeles, where he revealed a talent for basketball, the young man began his acting career in the early 1950s.
For the start of his long career, the actor had small and secondary roles in westerns and B Movies. His most notable movie role was in ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1956) with Charlton Heston.
Connors appeared in legendary pioneering series such as ‘Maverick,’ ‘Wagon Train,’ ‘Gun smoke’ and ‘Cimarron City.’
In 1967, Connors landed the role of his life, private detective Joe Mannix , in a series that helped modernize and popularize the genre, including split screen credits and music by the famous composer Lalo Schifrin .
For eight seasons, the actor held the top spot on CBS, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1970. Mannix is also famous for airing one of the first black recurring characters — Mannix’s secretary Peggy Fair, played by Gail Fisher.
After the end of Mannix, Connors never found an equivalent role. Nevertheless, he had multiple appearances in series like ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Murder She Wrote,’ ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ ‘The Commish,’ ‘Diagnosis Murder’ (where he returned as Joe Mannix) and, in 2007, ‘Two and a Half Men.’
Since 1949, Connors was married to Mary Lou, who survived him.