Actor Tim O’Connor Leaves The Planet

I just got an e-mail from Tim. He informs me his father passed away in April. He got married recently and his sent me a photo of  he and his bride standing in front of a tug boat. He has been reaching out on the God-line. He is thrilled he has been heard by an old friend who he can match pictures with. There are four of US who still communicate……Tim, Peter, Chris, Jon.

Here is a list of Tim’s films. He was a serious actor, but had done a comedy, or two.

The character Fenzwick interests me because I have used the name Fenwich several times. I am not famous. Perhaps I should seek fame? I lost my facebook friend, Ben Toney, in May. He was a pioneer of Pirate Radio. I get choked-up knowing his earth-voice no longer broadcasts. His magic wand, lie silent. I posted this on his facebook while he was dying. He was glad to hear what a friend thinks of him – before he is dead! Tim is another Gully Gimson. May he live long and prosper.  Tim Sr. bought the Theanna in hope he could cross the Atlantic. The boatman will take us across to the Elysian Fields.

There is some synchronicity going on. My muse, Lara Roozemond. For a month I have been composing a chapter I will send out to the folks making the new James Bond movie. Then I see Tim standing with his new Dutch bride in front of a Tugboat belonging to Captain Martin.

We hippies talked about Our Great Movie that was never made. Pynchon should have never let ‘Inherent Vice’ be made without two real hippies on the set and in the editing room. Zabriskie Point was a huge BUST! Hippie Tim was a hippie actor with no CUT in his life. He is always ON. We were always on! TURN ON!

Lara’s video reminds me of two paintings I did when I was sixteen. I had a man going into a tunnel, then, waking towards a wall that filled my canvas. At the bottom stood my L.A. peers, WE accepting there is nowhere to go, nothing to see, no one – to be! Tim senior – was somebody in the strange scheme of things in La La Land. Lara wants to be a Dutch Actor. I love her poetry. La Ra! She is my Stel La!  One felt they were living in a Greek play. There were gods and goddesses, like the one that battles a shark over her fish. Not quite the gloomy Hemmingway. The whole world focused on her during the 60s.

Scientists are concluding we are alone in the universe, alone with our god-conscience that is more supreme than we would like to imagine, that is, we are all God. The idea that God wants to ENTERTAIN YOU while you are here – is now the Supreme Mind Blower!

All my condolences to Tim who has nice things to say about my mother which is so helpful. She acted as a go-between when Tim ran away from home. He just got off “the rail”. He hops freight trains to get around.

The woman on the bridge is Suzy. Tim and Suzy lived in a house on Sherman Canal in Venice California for two years. Tim and Peter played at our wedding reception. Thomas Pynchon was married to my ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen. Tim graduated from canoe to sailboat on a Holland canal. I went with Tim when he played and sang on the Venice boardwalk – that became FAMOUS for its characters!

Tim knew them all. His father was a famous ‘Character Actor’ after Peyton Place. In many respects he was more removed from reality than his son. Literature and Art is more enduring. Mary Ann lived in an appartment in Manhattan Beach with Tom. (bottom pic). Tim is a writer who published ten books on the REAL Bohemian lifestyle that he got more than close to. Pynchon was an ‘Observer’ and space alien that let his reader peek out his closed curtain. They saw Tim standing there, singing his ‘I Hate Rubbers’ song. What kind of Fool is this? When they closed the curtain, and turned on their T.V. they saw Tim Senior. What kind of Fool is this? Tom was impressed! We may be ‘Illusion Makers’

Tim worked on the Great Wall, the Silver Screen. This mural stretches to the moon and back and is loaded with the most enduring images of all time.

Always leave them laughing. Tim and I have had some good laughs. Let us pray America never loses its sense of humor. God enjoys a character and a good laugh. We are taking the Fool’s Journey. This is it! On with the show!


At the center of “Inherent Vice” is Doc Sportello, a low-key private investigator living in a dingy bachelor pad in Gordita, a beach community with Venice’s grit and Malibu’s surfers and hills. He has little affection for nonhippie flatlanders and a love of good weed. But Doc is more law and order than his indica might indicate: His occasional girlfriend is an assistant district attorney, and he’s got an enduring across-the-divide, almost-friendship with Bigfoot Bjornsen, an LAPD detective who does Cal Worthington-like TV spots on the side. It’s these straight-world connections that bring Doc’s ex-girlfriend Shasta Fay Hepworth to his doorstep asking for help.

Doc does true detective work — dressing up in disguises, following leads — yet he’s stoned most of the time and easily distracted. His world is full of Pynchonian weirdness: an ex-junkie sax player who has faked his own death and is living, unrecognized, with his band in Topanga Canyon; a surfer who ventures out too far to catch impossible waves; a lawyer fixated on the minutiae of “Gilligan’s Island” and other trash TV; and Mickey’s collection of pornographic ties, decorated with images of his lovers — although Shasta is conspicuously missing.

The recognizable actor from Chicago also appeared on ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Columbo,’ ‘Dynasty’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ during his prolific career.

Tim O’Connor, the busy character actor who portrayed Elliot Carson, Mia Farrow’s father and Dorothy Malone’s husband, on more than 400 episodes of the 1960s ABC primetime soap Peyton Place, has died. He was 90.

O’Connor died April 5 at his home in Nevada City, California, The Union newspaper reported.

O’Connor also starred as Dr. Elias Huer on the 1979-81 NBC sci-fi series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, starring Gil Gerard, and on a memorable 1975 episode of All in the Family, he guest-starred as a former sweetheart of Edith’s (Jean Stapleton) from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who’s interested in rekindling their childhood romance.

In The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), O’Connor had a super-brief stint as Fenzwick, “the head of the Society of Petroleum Industry Leaders, better known as S.P.I.L.,” and he was twice on Columbo, notably in 1973 as a family lawyer in “Double Shock,” in which Martin Landau played twins.

The lanky actor also starred as the captain of a ship hoping to rescue earthlings mired on a distant planet on the 1963 Twilight Zone episode “On Thursday We Leave for Home.”

Tim O'Connor and Dorothy Malone on 'Peyton Place'
Tim O’Connor and Dorothy Malone on ‘Peyton Place’
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Born on July 3, 1927, on the South Side of Chicago, O’Connor enrolled in a school to study radio acting and engineering. He quickly landed a scholarship at the renowned Goodman Theatre, then worked in local television.

In 1953, he came to New York and did several installments of prestigious DuPont Show of the Month for producer David Susskind, appearing alongside the likes of Jessica Tandy, Boris Karloff and Maureen O’Hara.

O’Connor joined Peyton Place three months into its first season as Elliot, who had been imprisoned for 18 years for murdering his wife (he was innocent, however; the real killer was Mary Anderson’s Catherine Peyton Harrington). Elliot then took over the town newspaper, but those days behind bars cast a shadow over him.

As an entry on the Classic TV blog notes: “O’Connor played Elliot as a sage, a man with a new lease on life and a reason to exude optimism, but during the show’s long run neither he nor the writers neglected the subterranean well of resentment that Elliot nursed over his lost years in prison. O’Connor’s flawless interweaving of these contradictory strands turned into perhaps the most satisfying exercise in character continuity on television during the ’60s.”

In its heyday, Peyton Place aired as many as three times a week, and O’Connor appeared on 416 episodes, according to IMDb, from 1965-68 until he and Malone were written off the show because, he said, the series was getting too expensive to make.

O’Connor also was on other series like The Fugitive, The Outer Limits, The Rockford Files, Maude, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, M*A*S*H, Gunsmoke, Wonder Woman, Dynasty, Doogie Howser, M.D. and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

More recently, O’Connor co-founded the Children’s Theater in Nevada City, served as a director for the town’s Foothill Theater Company and appeared with Buck Rogers co-star Erin Gray in Dreams Awake (2011).

He moved to Nevada City in 1982 with his second wife, Sheila. She survives him, as does his son, Timothy.

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1 Response to Actor Tim O’Connor Leaves The Planet

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Tim O’connor and I exchanged e-mails last night. We might be having a Copyright Collision. We are both narcisistic characters with big visions of ourselves. I am proceeding with caution so WE can learn from this close encouter of 5th kind.

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