Kevin J. O'Connor (actor)

Kevin James O'Connor[1] (born November 15, 1963) is an American actor.

Kevin J. O'Connor
Kevin James O'Connor

(1963-11-15) November 15, 1963
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Jane Elizabeth Unrue (1988-unknown; divorced)

O'Connor is known for portraying character roles in major studio films such as There Will Be Blood, The Mummy, Lord of Illusions, F/X2 and Van Helsing. He is a favorite of writer/director Stephen Sommers, who usually casts him in his films.

Life and career

Kevin J. O'Connor was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of James O'Connor, a retired Chicago police officer, and Patricia Connelly, a teacher. He has a brother, Christopher O'Connor (a Southside school teacher). In 1988, he was married to Jane Elizabeth Unrue.[2] O'Connor trained for the stage at the DePaul/Goodman School of Drama, before making his big-screen debut as high school rebel and beatnik poet Michael Fitzsimmons in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). His next major part was quizzical newspaper reporter Taggerty Hayes in the HBO miniseries Tanner '88. He portrayed a young Ernest Hemingway in the 1988 film The Moderns, had a small role in 1989's Steel Magnolias and a featured role in 1994's erotic thriller Color of Night, which starred Bruce Willis and Jane March.

O'Connor worked with writer/director Stephen Sommers on the 1998 science-fiction adventure Deep Rising. He subsequently appeared in Sommers' projects The Mummy, where he played the cowardly, materialistic, multilingual Beni, Van Helsing, in which he played Count Dracula's devious servant (and Dr. Frankenstein's former assistant) Igor and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra portraying Doctor Mindbender.

He had a key supporting role in There Will Be Blood as Henry, the "brother" of Daniel Day-Lewis's oil man, Daniel Plainview.

O'Connor also starred in John Candy's last film Canadian Bacon, as the suicidal, eccentric American Roy Boy. who is intent on sabotaging Canada.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 One More Saturday Night Hood
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Michael Fitzsimmons
1988 Candy Mountain Julius
1988 The Moderns Ernest Hemingway
1988 The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Thomas Keefer Television film
1989 Signs of Life Eddie Johnson
1989 Steel Magnolias Sammy Desoto
1990 Love at Large Art the farmhand
1991 F/X2 Matt Neely
1992 Equinox Russell Franks
1992 Hero Chucky
1994 No Escape Stephano
1994 Color of Night Casey Heinz
1995 Canadian Bacon Roy Boy
1995 Virtuosity Clyde Reilly
1995 Lord of Illusions Philip Swann
1996 Hit Me Cougar
1997 Chicago Cab Southside guy
1997 The Love Bug Roddy Martel Television film
1997 Amistad Missionary
1998 Gods and Monsters Harry
1998 Deep Rising Joey "Tooch" Pantucci
1998 Black Cat Run Hobbs Television film
1999 The Mummy Beni Gabor
1999 Chill Factor Telstar
1999 If... Dog... Rabbit... Jamie Cooper
2004 Van Helsing Igor
2006 Kettle of Fish Harry
2007 Seraphim Falls Henry
2007 Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane Frank
2007 There Will Be Blood Henry Plainview
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Doctor Mindbender
2012 The Master Bill William
2016 The Cleanse Fredericks
2018 Widows Bobby Welsh
2018 Buck Run John Yoder
2018 Exorcism at 60,000 Feet Buzz
2019 Captive State Kermode


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Hawaii Five-O Lab technician Episode: "Use a Gun, Go to Hell"
1980 Bogie Humphrey Bogart
1988 Tanner '88 Hayes Taggerty 7 episodes
1991 Law & Order Patrick McCarter Episode: "The Troubles"
1994 Birdland Mr. Horner 7 episodes
2000 The Others Warren Day 13 episodes
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Michael Pirandello Episode: "The Mistake"
2004 Century City Henry Krell Episode: "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Evan Chapel Episode: "Grow"
2009 The Beast Harry Conrad 13 episodes
2012–2013 The Mob Doctor Stavos Kazan 9 episodes
2014–present Chicago P.D. Commander Fischer 12 episodes
2016 11.22.63 Yellow Card Man 5 episodes
2017 The Blacklist Calvin Dawson Episode: "The Travel Agency (No. 90)"
2019 Catch-22 Lt. Colonel Korn 6 episodes
2019 On Becoming a God in Central Florida Roger Penland


  1. "Kevin J. O'Connor Biography (1963-)". Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
  2. "Chicago Sun-Times Archive Search Results". Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
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