Chuck Connors
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Ultimately, director William Wyler took a calculated risk and gave Connors the role of a conniving heavy in "The Big Country."  When several movie columnists suggested in print that Chuck deserved Oscar consideration as a supporting actor, Connors took a deep breath, turned his back on a baseball career, and became a full-time working actor.  He had parts in more than 65 TV shows before the producers of "The Rifleman" made the decision that turned him into a star.  It also turned him into a businessman.

Throughout his career Chuck Connors has been recognized for his many fine performances in motion pictures, television, and on the stage.  His name has become synonymous with the outstanding roles he has created in such classic series' as "Branded," "Arrest and Trial," and "The Rifleman," to list but a few, and his gripping performance in the 1976 NBC mini-series, "Roots" earned  him an Emmy Award nomination.  Throughout his prolific career Chuck's mass of acting talent has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and his contributions as an actor have been shared and enjoyed by people everywhere.

The Big Country (1958) .... Buck Hannassey

But there are other accomplishments, quieter and more personal contributions, that Chuck has given his fellow man.

For several years, Connors lent his efforts helping the children from the Angel View Crippled Children's Foundation located in Desert Hot Springs, California.  Through his efforts the Chuck Connors Invitational Golf Tournament has raised over $400,000.00, and all the proceeds have gone to Angel View.

Chuck Connors has also given freely of his time and talents to actively support The United Way cause in the United States, and has participated in film projects for the various United Way programs both here and abroad.

Connors was a member of the Sheriff's Advisory Board of Orange County, California, and in 1981 actively participated in their Project 999 diner to benefit police officers wounded in the line of duty.

Chuck's first love was baseball.  He'd rather have been a major league baseball player than an actor, and he really loved the game.

Chuck received a star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame" on July 18, 1984.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.
"The Rifleman" was nominated for an Emmy as the Best Western Series for 1958-59

``Rifleman" Pioneer in Board Bashing. . . . .'


Long before slam dunks or Darryl Dawkins, a sharpshooter named Kevin ``Chuck'' Connors became the first NBA player to shatter a backboard - with a two-handed set shot (1946).

Before he went on to fame as a baseball player and TV actor on ``The Rifleman,'' Connors was the starting center for the first Boston Celtics team.

It was Nov. 5, 1946, and 4,329 fans had paid up to $2.75 a ticket for the first game of the new NBA.

Former NBA player Chuck Connors Person was nicknamed after Chuck because his mother enjoyed the television show,
"The Rifleman"


Chuck was married 3 times—Faith Quabius (1977 - 1979) (divorced)
Kamala Devi (1963 - 1972) (divorced)
Elizabeth Jane Riddell (1948 - 1961) (divorced)—Which he had four sons with.
Michael (November 6, 1950), Jeffrey (July 30, 1952), Steven (September 4, 1953), and Kevin (June 9, 1956—July 10, 2005)
Chuck never married again—"Three strikes & your out!" As Chuck would say. 
 Chuck did have a longtime friend, secretary and companion—
Rose Mary (Rosie) Grumley

Chuck's family headstones, along with Betty, Mom & Dad & Rosie

Chuck was truly talented, and he made the most of his God-given talents as an athlete and as an actor.  He never forgot his roots in Brooklyn, and he never forgot to be humble. 

Be sure & read. . . . .

Chuck Connors "The Man Behind the Rifle"
 by
David Fury, Artist's Press
 

Baseballs Forgotten Heroes by Tony Salin, Masters Press

You can also find more information on Chuck's career on IMDB

Chuck's grave is located at
The San Fernando Mission Cemetery Los Angeles, California.

Chuck Connors
In Memory of "The Rifleman"
1921 - 1992
© 1992 David Fury

Now available on Kindle..... Chuck Connors.....The Man Behind the Rifle
by David Fury

Edited version of the 1997 book, with lots of new photos, and also a complete Rifleman episode/plot synopsis guide.

Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors Obituary

Golf Hall of Fame

The Golf Course

Charitable Invitational Golf Tournaments

Chuck Connors - The Dugout

The Basketball Court

Chuck Connors Star on the Hollywood Walk of fame

Chuck Connors was inducted into the
 
Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1991

Table of Content to Everything Chuck Connors

The Rifleman Episode Guide List

Site Map
around The McCain Ranch

He will forever be. . . . ."The Rifleman"
Thanks for the memories Cowboy!
"An American Hero!"