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Carroll O’Connor played Archie Bunker on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom All in the Family. His comedic portrayal of a working-class bigot brought political and social issues into the popular dialogue of the time.
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He was living in Rome at the time and asked producers to buy a round-trip ticket so he could return when the show was cancelled. But the show became one of the highest-rated on television from 1971 to 1979 with a spin-off Archie Bunker's Place that remained on the air until 1983.
O'Connor, who was a political liberal, took on the controversial role of the conservative bigot Archie Bunker when other actors,
After his award-winning portrayal of Archie Bunker, O'Connor starred in another hit series In the Heat of the Night, based on the 1967 movie. O'Connor played a tough Mississippi police chief from 1988 until 1992. He starred alongside his real-life son Hugh O'Connor, who played Officer Lonnie Jamison.
Tragically, Hugh, who had struggled for years with drug addiction, committed suicide in 1995. O'Connor dealt with the tragedy of losing his son by appearing in several public service announcements to raise awareness about drug addiction. He also lobbied the State of California to pass the 1997 Drug Dealer Civil Liability Act, also known as The Hugh O'Connor Memorial Law, which makes drug dealers civilly liable to families whose lose a child to illegal drugs and others injured by illegal drugs.
While dealing with the loss of his son, O'Connor underwent heart surgery in 1998 to clear blockage in a cardiac artery, and in June 2001, O'Connor suffered a fatal heart attack. Actor Martin Sheen delivered the eulogy at his funeral which was attended by hundreds of actors and fans who gave him a final standing ovation as 76 doves were released to represent every year of the actor's life.
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