BREAKING: Star Of One Of America’s FAVORITE Television Series DEAD…

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Mike Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series Mannix, has died. He was 91.

Connors had been diagnosed with leukemia only a week ago. He died surrounded by the love of family, including his wife Mary Lou of 68 years whom he met while they were students at UCLA.

“Mannix” ran for eight seasons from 1968 to 1975 and was the last series from Desilu Productions. Connors won a Golden Globe for his performance as a tough, athletic investigator, who in quintessential detective show style, insisted on doing things his own way and often got beat up in the process. He drove an impressive series of muscle cars including a Dodge Dart and Chevrolet Camaro.

Episodes normally climaxed with a brawl that left the culprits bruised and beaten.

Variety reports that Desilu president Lucille Ball convinced CBS not to cancel the show despite initial poor ratings, and it caught on after being retooled into a somewhat more conventional detective series. Mannix’s secretary, played by Gail Fisher, was one of few African-American actresses on TV at the time. “Here’s Lucy” produced a crossover episode in 1971 with Connors and Ball, called “Lucy and Mannix Are Held Hostage.”

As recently as 2007, he made a guest appearance on “Two and a Half Men.” His other TV appearances included “Murder, She Wrote,” “Love Boat,” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Connors is survived by his wife Mary Lou, daughter Dena, and granddaughter Cooper.

Rest In Peace and thanks for the memories brother…

God Bless.

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