Legendary “Mannix” Star, Mike Connors, Dead at 91

Legendary “Mannix” Star, Mike Connors, Dead at 91

The Golden Globe award winning star, Mike Connors, best known for his no-nonsense tough guy character in one of the most violent, fast paced, action series of the 1960s, “Mannix,” has passed away.

Mannix was one of the great detective shows of its time, spanning 8 seasons. While the show was slow to gain an initial audience, the story of Lucille Ball stepping in and keeping CBS from pulling the plug on the series is now folklore in classic television, with Lucy going so far as to do a cross-over with Connors in the 1970s, during her run on “Here’s Lucy.”

Connors had recurring parts in the TV series Hercules, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Today’s F.B.I., and Tightrope. His careeer spans all the way back to the early 1950s on The Ford Television Theater and Sky Commando. Most recently, he was on Two and a Half Men in 2007.

Connors was sadly diagnosed with leukemia about a week ago, according to family and is survived by wife, Mary Lou, his daughter Dena and granddaughter Cooper.

Mannix can still be seen on METV, weeknights at 2AM Eastern and available for purchase on DVD.