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Christopher Connelly
Born September 8, 1941(1941-09-08)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Died December 7, 1988 (aged 47)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–1988

Christopher Connelly (September 8, 1941; Wichita, Kansas – December 7, 1988; Burbank, California) was an American actor best known for his role as Norman Harrington in the prime time ABC soap opera Peyton Place. He stayed with the series during its entire five-year run (1964–1969).

Career

Connelly's other series venture was not as successful. He guest starred in 1973 on Lorne Greene's short-lived ABC crime drama Griff. In 1974, he starred in the television series Paper Moon, with a young Jodie Foster playing his daughter. The series was based on the film of the same name but was cancelled after only a few months. The film version had starred Connelly's former Peyton Place costar Ryan O'Neal and his daughter Tatum O'Neal.

In 1977, Connelly portrayed Kit Carson in the episode "Kit Carson and the Mountain Man" of NBC's Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. Gregg Palmer portrayed Jim Bridger in the two-part segment, and Robert Reed played John Charles Fremont. Gary Lockwood also appeared in the program.

Later career and death

In the 1980s Connelly made numerous appearances in Italian B-movies such as Ruggero Deodato's The Atlantis Interceptors and Bruno Mattei's Strike Commando. He also made guest appearances on dozens of television series, such as The Brian Keith Show, before his death in 1988 from lung cancer.

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