Kevin J. O'Connor (actor)

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Kevin J. O'Connor
Born
Kevin James O'Connor

(1963-11-15) November 15, 1963 (age 57)
Education DePaul University (BFA)
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Jane Unrue (divorced)

Kevin James O'Connor [1] (born November 15, 1963) is an American actor.

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O'Connor is known for portraying character roles in major studio films such as F/X2 , Lord of Illusions , The Mummy , Van Helsing , There Will Be Blood and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra . He is a favorite of writer/director Stephen Sommers, who usually casts him in his films.

Life and career

Kevin J. O'Connor was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of James O'Connor, a retired Chicago police officer, and Patricia Connelly, a teacher. He has a brother, Christopher O'Connor (a Southside school teacher). In 1988, he was married to Jane Elizabeth Unrue. [2] O'Connor trained for the stage at The Theatre School at DePaul University, before making his big-screen debut as high school rebel and beatnik poet Michael Fitzsimmons in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). His next major part was quizzical newspaper reporter Taggerty Hayes in the HBO miniseries Tanner '88 . He portrayed a young Ernest Hemingway in the 1988 film The Moderns , had a small role in 1989's Steel Magnolias and a featured role in 1994's erotic thriller Color of Night , which starred Bruce Willis and Jane March.

O'Connor worked with writer/director Stephen Sommers on the 1998 science-fiction adventure Deep Rising . He subsequently appeared in Sommers' projects The Mummy , in which he played the cowardly, materialistic, multilingual Beni; Van Helsing , in which he played Count Dracula's devious servant (and Dr. Frankenstein's former assistant) Igor; and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra , in which he portrayed Doctor Mindbender. He had a key supporting role in There Will Be Blood as Henry, the "brother" of Daniel Day-Lewis's oil man, Daniel Plainview. O'Connor also starred in John Candy's last film, Canadian Bacon ; he portrayed Roy Boy, a suicidal, eccentric American intent on sabotaging Canada. He reunited with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson for a small role in The Master .

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986 One More Saturday Night Hood
Peggy Sue Got Married Michael Fitzsimmons
1988 Candy Mountain Julius
The Moderns Ernest Hemingway
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Thomas KeeferTV Movie
1989 Signs of Life Eddie Johnson
Steel Magnolias Sammy Desoto
1990 Love at Large Art the farmhand
1991 F/X2 Matt Neely
1992 Equinox Russell Franks
Hero Chucky
1994 No Escape Stephano
Color of Night Casey Heinz
1995 Canadian Bacon Roy Boy
Virtuosity Clyde Reilly
Lord of Illusions Philip Swann
1996Hit MeCougar
1997 Chicago Cab Southside Guy
The Love Bug Roddy MartelTV Movie
Amistad Missionary
1998 Gods and Monsters Harry
Deep Rising Joey "Toochi" Pantucci
Black Cat RunHobbsTV Movie
1999 The Mummy Beni Gabor
Chill Factor Telstar
If... Dog... Rabbit... Jamie Cooper
2004 Van Helsing Igor
2006 Kettle of Fish Harry
2007 Seraphim Falls Henry
Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane Frank
There Will Be Blood Henry Plainview
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Doctor Mindbender Cameo
2012 The Master Bill William
2016 The Cleanse Fredericks
2018 Widows Bobby Welsh
2019Buck RunJohn Yoder
Colewell Charles
Captive State Kermode
2020 Exorcism at 60,000 Feet Buzz
Wish Upon A UnicornWillie

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 Tanner '88 Hayes Taggerty7 episodes
1991 Law & Order Patrick McCarterEpisode: The Troubles
1994 Birdland Mr. Horner7 episodes
2000 The Others Warren Day13 episodes
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Michael PirandelloEpisode: The Mistake
2004 Century City Henry KrellEpisode: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Evan ChapelEpisode: Grow
2009 The Beast Harry Conrad13 episodes
2012–2013 The Mob Doctor Stavos Kazan9 episodes
2014–2015 Chicago P.D. Commander Fischer12 episodes
2016 11.22.63 Yellow Card Man5 episodes
2017 The Blacklist Calvin DawsonEpisode: The Travel Agency (No. 90)
2019 Catch-22 Lt. Colonel Korn 6 episodes
On Becoming a God in Central Florida Roger Penland6 episodes

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