Archie Bunker was played by Carroll O’Connor. The NYC-born O’Connor started his career out on the stage in both Dublin, Ireland, where he graduated from college, and in New York City. After making his TV debut on the series “Sunday Showcase,” He got parts on other TV shows, such as “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “The Fugitive,” “The Wild Wild West, “The Outer Limits,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” and “That Girl,” among others.
His most successful role was certainly playing Archie Bunker on “All in the Family,” however, and on the spinoff, “Archie Bunker’s Place,” from 1979 to 1983. After his time as Archie Bunker came to an end, O’Connor went on to star on the TV version of “In the Heat of the Night,” which became another one of his career-defining roles. As a result, O’Connor became one of the only actors to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Lead Actor in both a comedy and a drama series.
O’Connor was married to Nancy Fields until his death. The couple had an adopted son named Hugh, who died from suicide in 1995 after a long struggle with drug addiction. As a result, O’Connor did a number of PSAs in the ’90s for Partnership for a Drug Free America. His last roles were on “Mad About You” and “Party of Five.” O’Connor died in 2001 at the age of 76 from a heart attack and complications of diabetes.