Timothy J. O'Connor

July 3, 1927-April 5, 2018

Timothy J. O'Connor, an American leading character actor has passed away at the age of 90 years old.  Mr. O'Connor was a guest of the Memphis Film Festival in 2005. 

O'Connor's deft ability to play a wide variety of characters put him in great demand, and his resume' included appearances on such iconic television shows as "All in the Family", "M*A*S*H", "Gunsmoke", "The Twilight Zone", "General Hospital", "Dynasty", "Columbo", "The Rockford Files", "Hawaii Five-0", "The Fugitive", "The Outer Limits", "Father Dowling Mysteries", "The A-Team", "Dukes of Hazzard", "Wonder Woman", "The Streets of San Francisco", "Barnaby Jones", "Knight Rider", "Trapper John, M.D.", "Maude", "Walker, Texas Ranger", "Murder, She Wrote" and "Star Trek". O'Connor was one of the busiest actors on Broadway before becoming one of the busiest actors on television and appeared in numerous films.  He gained national recognition as Elliot Carson, one of the stars in television's first prime-time soap opera, "Peyton Place".   Another show he is well-remembered for is "Buck Rogers in 25th Century" starring as Dr. Elias Heuer.  

The actor continued to work in Hollywood until 1997 but he never really retired. He continued his love affair with the stage by serving as a director for Nevada City's Foothill Theater Company. He was also co-founder of the town's Children's Theater.  O'Connor's last appearance on screen was in the 2011 film "Dreams Awake", in which he co-starred with former Buck Rogers co-star Erin Gray.

He was widely adored in Nevada City. The Union observed, "Not only does O'Connor love the community, the community loves him back." "Tim is one of the most humble and gracious men I have ever met," said Gretchen Bond, executive director of the Miners Foundry. "Tim is one of my favorite people," said Kat Kress, venue coordinator for Readers Theatre. "He is always in a great mood and never fails to brighten my day."


This page is to honor the passings of our favorite stars of stage, screen and television.  Some of the stars we have had the honor of their presence at our festival.  

Some of these stars were behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera.   They will be missed.

(Please note:  Passings are changed month to month.)