Chuck Connors – The Tall Man
Chuck Connors original name is Kevin Joseph Conors. He was born on April 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were emigrants from the Dominion of Newfoundland. He had an elder sister, who was the one to find out that his parents were not happy with his first name and urged him to change it. He used to yell “Chuck it to me, baby” to his pitcher from where he derived his name Chuck.
He was born athlete and this athletic ability won him many scholarships. He left college two years after joining it. After which he joined the army. He has served as a tank-warfare instructor during the Second World War. Simultaneously he joined the basketball team as a professional basketball player. He played many matches for the team following his discharge from the arm. Many a times he couldn’t make it to the mark, though there have been matches where he has shone.
But slowly his athletic career started fading out. This is when he decided to pursue a career in acting. He was spotted by a director when he was practicing basketball near to Hollywood. His first movie was Pat and Mike in the year 1952. The following year he acted in South Sea Woman. No one can forget the television show “The Rifleman” where he portrayed the role of a single father raising his young child. Later on the producers of the show offered him the ownership rights of the show.
He ended up marrying thrice. His first wife was Elizabeth Riddell Conors whom he met during a basketball match. They got married and had four sons. But they broke apart in 1961. He met his second wife during a republican party. She was the secretary to U.S.President. It is said that both of them passed away on the same day. He was a chain smoker. He died of lung cancer.