O'Connor, Donald

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O'Connor, Donald Gender: M
Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor
born on 28 August 1925 at 07:10 (= 07:10 AM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 04°41' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 22°12 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 26°56'

Donald O'Connor


American actor, comedian, singer and dancer, known for his boyish charm, and still rated as one of the most versatile song-and-dance men ever to star in films and TV. He came to fame in a series of films in which he co-starred alternately with Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, and Francis the Talking Mule. By age 30, in 1955, he had done 50 films. His best-known works came in the film "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), for which O'Connor was awarded a Golden Globe. He also won a Primetime Emmy Award from four nominations and received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame throughout his career.

Raised in a circus and vaudevillian family, his father died when he was one, and he became part of the act with his mom. Always a trouper, he never attended public school. Starting in movies at 13, his films include: "Top Man," "Bowery To Broadway," "Chip Off The Old Block," and perhaps his best known and most beloved film, "Singing In the Rain," with co-stars Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, 1952.

He continued in vaudeville most of his life, but slowed down after a heart attack in 1971. He was still doing Vegas in his later years.

Married on 6 February 1944, they had four kids and divorced ten years later in July, 1954. His second marriage in 1956 lasted over 31 years.

In his 70s, O'Connor lived in Sedona, Arizona and was the featured player in the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a performing arts group at the Historic Plaza Theatre. On 30 January 1999 he was hospitalized with pneumonia; in intensive care, he was placed on a ventilator. Turning his condition around, he was released from the hospital on 26 February 1999, undergoing physical therapy at his nearby home. Then he found himself writing songs, doing community things and "just sort of taking it easy." He died on 27 September 2003 of heart failure at a retirement home in Calabasas, California. He was 78.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Ryan, Peggy (born 28 August 1924). Notes: Co-stars in five films
  • friend relationship with Short, Bobby (born 15 September 1924). Notes: High school classmates
  • friend relationship with Van Dyke, Dick (born 13 December 1925). Notes: High school classmates


  • Relationship : Marriage 6 February 1944 (Married, ten years)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Marriage 1956 (Second marriage, lifetime)
  • Health : Acute illness 1971 (Heart attack, recovered)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 30 January 1999 (Pneumonia)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 26 February 1999 (Released from hospital)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death by Heart Attack 27 September 2003 in Calabasas (Age 78)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons; previously the date was mistyped as 8/25/25. Legal use of CST for the registry is assumed.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Attack, recovered)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Recovered)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (His father and sister died)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Gloria Noble, 1956-2003, his death)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Retirement circumstances (Ease and comfort, careful of health)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, TV, stage)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Debut at 13)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Vaudeville and Vegas)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Hosted the Academy Awards)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("The Donald O'Connor Show," 1954-1955)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Gross motor control (Top rated song-and-dance)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Primetime)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Two stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Performer)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection