America lost more than just its favorite bigot Archie Bunker when the news broke last Thursday that Carroll O'Connor had died of a heart attack at age 76. TV lost its king.
O'Connor reigns in tube history thus...
He was the lead star of the series (All in the Family) that holds two lofty records: It remained atop the Nielsens longer than any other (five years) and spawned the most spin-off series (five Archie Bunker's Place, The Jeffersons, Gloria, Maude and via Maude Good Times.)
O'Connor won more Emmys in the Best Actor category (five) than anyone else.
He was also a veteran thesp who starred in 22 films and scores of theater and TV shows (including the long-running In the Heat of the Night), but when we think of O'Connor, we'll always gasp, "Oh, Archie!" echoing the exasperation and bizarre love felt by his dutiful "dingbat" wife,