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.
John Carroll O'Connor 1924-2001 In spite of the anti-Catholic sentiments his iconic character Archie Bunker expressed over the years in "All in the Family" (for which he won 4 Emmys), Carroll O'Connor was actually a practicing Catholic. Born into an Irish Catholic family in New York, he maintained his belief all his life, and credited his faith with helping him cope with his adult son's suicide, and spoke movingly of the importance of the Mass to him personally. Had a Catholic funeral.