Born Aug. 2, 1924 in Bronx, N.Y. Died June 21, 2001 of heart attack in Brotman Medical Center, Calif. Carroll O'Connor was an Emmy-winning actor best known for his iconic role as Archie Bunker in the groundbreaking 1970s television comedy "All in the Family." Widely considered to be among the greatest and most influential of television comedies, "All in the Family" and the character of Bunker — a lovable, conservative bigot loosely modeled after series creator Norman Lear's own father.
CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) - Carroll O'Connor, whose portrayal of irascible bigot Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" helped make the groundbreaking TV comedy part of the American dialogue on race and politics, passed away of a heart attack on June 21, 2001. He was 76.
[John] Carroll O'Connor -- (8/2/1924-6/21/2001). American Actor, Comedian, Producer & Director. He portrayed Archie Bunker on TV Series "All in the Family" and "Archie Bunker's Place", Chief William 'Bill' Gillespie on "In the Heat of the Night". Movies -- "For Love of Ivy" as Frank Austin, "Kelly's Heroes" as Major General Colt, "Law and Disorder" as Willie, "Point Blank" as Brewster, "Return to Me" as Marty O'Reilly. He died from a Heart Attack brought on by Diabetes, age 76.