Is Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman" and Mike Connors of "Mannix" brothers?

No, they are not brothers. Chuck Connors’ (born as Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors) sibling is a girl named Gloria.

Chuck Connors

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors was born on April 10, 1921, and died on November 10, 1992. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Connors was an athlete almost from the day he could walk. He attended Adelphi Academy on an athletic scholarship, and at graduation he had no fewer than 27 college athletic scholarships to choose from.

Chuck chose Seton Hall College in South Orange, N. J., whose basketball team had a reputation for furnishing players to the professional ranks. He played baseball as well, and it was also at Seton Hall that the first wholly unrecognized inkling of his ultimate future flickered momentarily. Chuck won elocution contest reciting Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo".

Acquired the nickname Chuck as a Seton Hall College first baseman who was fond of saying "Chuck it to me!" Chuck left Seton Hall to sign on as a first baseman with the New York Yankee organization, This lasted only one season before the army claimed him and eventually assigned him to the I. S. Military Academy at West Point as a non-commissioned instructor in tank warfare. During his tour of duty Chuck moonlighted as a professional basketball player at night, a way of life which left him perhaps the most exhausted man ever to depart army services.

After the war and now with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chuck, tired of playing in the minors, asked to be sold to the Chicago Cubs—where he played three months before he was shipped off to still another minor league club, the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. This proved, however, to be the luckiest move Connors made since he took up poetic elocution at Seton Hall. Los Angeles was the home of Hollywood; many Hollywood celebrities made a practice of coming out to the ball games, and Connors was that baseball rarity — a man who could play the clown and still hit .321 and 23 home runs in only half a season.

Our favorite characters on classic Westerns shows were larger than life. They talked tough, carried nifty guns and handled the bad guys with ease.

But when it comes to Chuck Connor, he actually is larger than life. The 6-foot-6 actor was a jack of all trades. He played three professional sports, acted in a variety of roles and dabbled in diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. Check out these 9 insanely true facts about Chuck Connors shared by

Mike Connors

Mike Connors's real name is Krekor Ohanian and was actually sorry that he changed his name. People get him mixed up with Chuck. Connors was from an Armenian community in Fresno. He served in the Air Force during World War II and played basketball at the University of California, Los Angeles.

After graduation he studied law for two years but his good looks and imposing presence attracted him to acting. In an era when film actors were given names like Tab and Rock, he appeared as Touch Connors — “Touch” being his basketball nickname. He later changed it to Michael and finally, Mike.

Connors and his wife, Mary Lou, were married in 1949 and had two children: a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Dana. Their son, beset by hallucinations, was diagnosed with schizophrenia and before his death lived in a small residential care facility. Connors and his wife championed efforts to erase the stigma of mental illness.

Sadly, Mike Connors died on January 26, 2017 in Tarzana, Calif. He was 91. The actor died surrounded by family Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of leukemia that had been diagnosed a week earlier, said his son-in-law, Mike Condon.

Your favorite celebs were not sprung, fully formed, from the Hollywood Hills, ready to be seen on screen. The tabloids have one thing right. When it comes to family, stars really are just like us. They have parents! And, siblings with different careers! We know you’re aware of this, but it’s always interesting to meet the family members who know a completely different side of today’s biggest stars.

These under-the-radar siblings may not be as well-known as their celebrity brothers and sisters, but they helped shape your favorite stars into the people we know and love. Plus, they're pretty darn cool on their own accord. Ahead, get to know the brothers and sisters you never knew these stars had. It's a regular family reunion up in here.

Thursday, September 07 2017