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The Queens man whose son played Archie Bunker

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:30 am

Edward Joseph O’Connor was born Sept. 4, 1898, the youngest of four children born to saloonkeeper John O’Connor and his wife, Della. As a young man, he graduated from the New York University School of Law and was admitted to the bar. On Jan. 20, 1924 he married Elise Patricia McGrath.

The first of their three sons, Carroll O’Connor, was born on Aug. 2, 1924 in Manhattan. He would years later become the famous actor best known for playing Archie Bunker on “All in the Family.”

In 1925 the family moved to an apartment at 87-15 Britton Ave. in Elmhurst. Edward worked as the attorney for the newspaper The Irish Advocate at 53 Park Row.

In 1932, the growing family moved to its own home on a large 75-by-100-foot lot at 69-41 112 St. in Forest Hills. Residents of 112th Street still clung to its original name of Seminole Avenue at the time.

According to ancestry.com, Edward was arrested at his home for first-degree grand larceny for selling phony promises of jobs as a motor vehicle inspector. Convicted and sentenced to two to four years, he entered Sing Sing in Ossining, NY on March 3, 1937 and was paroled in June 1938.

Edward O’Connor passed away in May 1970 shortly before his first-born son made television history in the role of Archie Bunker. In real life the younger Carroll was a highly educated man with strong liberal politics, unlike the character he played. The house on 112th Street still appears to be in its original condition today with the owner in public records listed as Annie Swanson.

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