Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Buck Rogers In The 25th Century will be sad to hear about the passing of the much-loved character actor Tim O’Connor. The actor who was as well known for his role in Peyton Place, as well as his celebrated science fiction parts, has died at the grand old age of 90.
O’Connor passed away on April 5 at his home in Nevada City, California, according to local paper The Union.
The actor had played many roles in both film and television, but to fans of genre television, he is perhaps best remembered for the part of Dr. Elias Huer in the 1970’s ‘Buck Rogers In The 25th Century.’ And observant Star Trek fans will likely remember him as Ambassador Briam from the ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ episode ‘The Perfect Mate’.
Some of O’Connor’s other career highlights include roles in the classic ‘Dynasty’ series as well as parts in ‘Doogie Hauser MD’, ‘Knight Rider’, ‘The ‘A – Team‘, TJ Hooker’ and many more.
O’Connor was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He began his acting career with the Goodman Memorial Theatre in Chicago just after World War II. He later moved to New York City in the early 1950’s and eventually went onto become one of the hardest working actors on television. He regularly appeared on ‘The United States Steel Hour’ (1953) and was regularly seen in the ‘Family Classics’ series in productions of ‘Three Musketeers’ and ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’.
In 1964 he’d become a regular character in the runaway soap Peyton Place, which would become the series that he is best known for.
We here at SciFiPulse.net pass on our deepest condolences to the surviving friends and family of this much-loved and celebrated actor. And respectfully thank the late Tim O’Connor for making Dr. Huer on Buck Rogers such a memorable character. Rest in peace Mr. O’Connor.