Mike Connors Dies: ‘Mannix’ Star Was 91

Mike Connors, who starred as a combative L.A. private eye on a long-running CBS crime play Mannix, died currently of leukemia during a sanatorium in Tarzana, CA. He was 91.

Connors already was a maestro of TV shows when he landed a purpose of Joe Mannix in 1967. The array would atmosphere an considerable 194 episodes over 8 seasons notwithstanding bouncing around a network’s report scarcely each year. Mannix was a slow-building series, not creation a primetime Top 25 until a 1970-71 season, afterwards commanding out during No. 7 altogether a following year.

The uncover underwent a format change after a initial season, that had seen Mannix operative for Intertect, a association that specialized in a use of computers and other then-high-tech gadgets. But he went solo for Season 2. Just about each part featured a critical brawl, and we can theory who came out on top. Joseph Campanella co-starred on Season 1 and was transposed by Gail Fisher for a residue of a series.

A local of Fresno, CA, Connors got his start with tiny roles in early-1950s films, billed as Touch Conners in such pics as Sudden Fear and Sky Commando. But a finish of that decade, he began to concentration on a flourishing TV medium, alighting guest roles on such renouned array as Have Gun — Will Travel, Maverick and Wagon Train. He landed his initial series-lead purpose in 1959 on Tightrope, personification a male who infiltrated orderly crime in a CBS military play that lasted only one season.

Connors continued to seem in films and guest on TV array by a 1960s, starring such big-screen transport as Situation Hopeless … But Not Serious with Alec Guinness (1965) and Kiss a Girls and Make Them Die (1966) and co-starring with Ann-Margret, Red Buttons and Bing Crosby in a 1966 Western Stagecoach. He had roles in such strike shows as The Untouchables, Perry Mason and The Red Skelton Hour before alighting his signature gig.

After Mannix finished in 1975, Connors seemed in a array of telefilms before removing his third shot during starring in a TV series. He played 20-year business maestro Ben Slater in Today’s F.B.I., ABC’s refurbish of a strike 1960s series.  The uncover lasted one deteriorate in 1981-82.