R.I.P. Mike Connors of "Mannix" Fame

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  1. jsayers

    jsayers Just Drifting.... Thread Starter

    Horse Shoe, NC
    From variety.com:
    Believe it or not, I was actually watching the Mannix episode I dvr'd on MeTV as I saw this on my Google news page. :sigh:

    I'll remember him as his early moniker Mike "Touch" Connors - always loved that nickname. :agree:

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  2. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

  3. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Well-Known Member

    The Midwest
    My dad used to call him "jelly brains", on account of the many times his character would get pistol-whipped unconscious (about once per episode). Peggy would always revive him with a fresh pot of coffee.

    Am I mis-remembering this being a Quinn-Martin Production?
  4. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Dallas, TX, USA
    I thought he died years ago honestly.
  5. Michelle66

    Michelle66 Forum Resident

    Pretty sure it was produced by Bruce Geller – at least he had a hand in it.
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  6. buzzzx

    buzzzx Forum Resident

    We used to watch Mannix every week. I don't think I ever saw Mike again after Mannix ended.
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  7. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Sad news. He was so great. RIP.
  8. jsayers

    jsayers Just Drifting.... Thread Starter

    Horse Shoe, NC
    Started a s a Desilu Production then Paramount.

    From the IMDB :

    "Over the eight seasons of the series, Mannix was knocked unconscious 55 times and shot 17 times." :eek:
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  9. reapers

    reapers Forum Resident

    Love watching the Mannix DVD sets, the show still holds up well today.

    What a cool era...

    RIP, Mike.
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  10. razerx

    razerx Who me?

    The East
    Another part of my childhood has left the building. Sigh.....RIP
  11. jsayers

    jsayers Just Drifting.... Thread Starter

    Horse Shoe, NC
    I bought the entire series on dvd and binge watched them a year or two ago. Love the show! I had never seen that many episodes when it originally aired, I seldom watched tv back then, too busy partying and listening to music. Now MeTV started airing the series a week or two ago and I'm watching it again! :doh:
  12. Long Live Analog

    Long Live Analog Forum Resident

    Always loved the Mannix shows, RIP Mike.
  13. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Very sad news. Mannix is my all-time favorite show and Mike Connors made appearances in some major films where most people wouldn't instantly recognize him. RIP Mike, a true man of class.
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  14. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    Bob & Ray had a regular bit called "Blimmix", in which the title P.I. and the heavy would have a long discussion about the events of the episode, and eventually agree the only acceptable thing was for the heavy to knock Blimmix unconscious.
  15. Dave Garrett

    Dave Garrett Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    I had literally just mentioned in an email yesterday that I thought he was still in reasonably good health for a 91-year-old. At least he lived to a ripe old age and did not suffer a lingering, protracted decline before passing.
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  16. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
  17. Dear 23

    Dear 23 Forum Resident

    Midwest USA
    Loved that show. RIP
  18. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    It was Desilu/Bruce Geller, created by Richard Levinson & Bill Link, but it did have a bit of that Quinn Martin feel (but then so did a lot of 1960s detective shows).

    I really liked the main title of the show, which was done by the guys over at Modern Film Effects (who were down the hall from me in the early 1980s). The visuals and the Lalo Schifrin theme song really set up the show very well, and was cool as hell for 1967:

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  19. MikeInFla

    MikeInFla Forum Resident

    Panama City, FL
    He actually returned as Mannix on an episode of Diagnosis Murder. It was a "part 2" of an episode that happened on Mannix and they had flashback scenes. Was a cool episode. "Hard Boiled Murder".
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  20. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Detroit Mi USA
    From his days as a college basketball player.
  21. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

  22. xdawg

    xdawg Skating away...........

    Roswell, GA, USA
    91 is a ripe old age. I really enjoyed "Mannix". R.I.P. Mr. Connors!
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  23. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    Never a big fan of this show, but I know that my parents watched it when I was young, as that theme by Lalo Schifrin is burned in my brain

  24. quicksilverbudie

    quicksilverbudie quicksilverbudie

    "Mannix" loved that show when I was a kid...even had Buffalo Springfield on an episode (1967).
    Sixties TV was fun!

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  25. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Forum Resident

    Another childhood TV icon gone. I know as a kid that this show was weekly viewing in my home. Wasn't it on the same night as Mary Tyler Moore? It's sad, as baby boomer I'm afraid we're just going to keep seeing more & more of these familiar faces from this period pass away. RIP.

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