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Tom O'Connor
Born 31 October 1939 (1939-10-31) (age 69)
Bootle, Merseyside
Medium Television
Nationality British

Tom O'Connor (born 31 October 1939, Bootle, Merseyside) is a British actor and comedian. He is best known for presenting game shows such as Crosswits, The Zodiac Game, Name That Tune and Gambit.


Early life

O'Connor attended St Mary's College, Crosby and Saint Mary's College, Twickenham. He became a mathematics and music teacher at the St Joan of Arc School, Bootle. After work he appeared as a comedian in working men's clubs.

Television career

His TV break came when he appeared on The Comedians. During the 1970s and 1980s he was one of the most popular faces on British TV. In 1977 he was the subject on an edition of This Is Your Life. He continues to tour comedy venues all around the country.

In 1988, though, this former teacher and devout, married Catholic was reported to have fallen in love with an 18-year-old prostitute. The allegations were splashed all over the papers, and the gameshow host issued writs against three of them, before ultimately dropping each one. During this period, O'Connor lost all but one of his regular television slots.[1]

In 2000 he made his television acting debut as Father Tom (a Catholic priest) in the BBC series Doctors. On 24 February 2006 he was given an award for having guest appeared on the TV programme Countdown 100 times.

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