‘All in the Family’: The Real Reason Carroll O’Connor Was Missing at the Beginning of Season 5

Carroll O’Connor is best known for playing Archie Bunker in the famous comedy All in the Family. Episodes would not be the same without its presence. However, there was a time when O’Connor was missing at the start of season 5. Here ‘s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about what happened.

Norman Lear first thanked ‘God’ for Carroll O’Connor

Carroll O'Connor  Art Zelin / Getty Images
Carroll O’Connor Art Zelin / Getty Images

All in the Family the creator, Norman Lear, told the Los Angeles Times his first meeting with O’Connor went well. He knew immediately that he was the perfect actor for the role. Just after O’Connor read for the part, Lear said he offered a prayer of thanks.

“Carroll O’Connor walked into my office, stretched out our hands, sat at a table, took out a script and started reading Archie Bunker. And since the character didn’t then say, ‘Close the case,’ “he told the publication. “I looked up to the heavens and said,“ Thank God, Archie has arrived. ”

Why Carroll O’Connor was missing at the start of season 5 of ‘All in the Family’

Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor  Archives of Ron Eisenberg / Michael Ochs / Getty Images
Jean Stapleton and Carroll O’Connor Archives of Ron Eisenberg / Michael Ochs / Getty Images

Although Lear was delighted that O’Connor played the lead All in the Family, things went quickly. Communication did not always go smoothly on set. O’Connor reportedly had a disagreement with Lear. They could not agree on the creative direction of the show, which often led to riots.

At one point, O’Connor left the show and demanded a refund, according to Weekly entertainment. At the time, he was making $ 30,000 per program, reports The New York Times.

O’Connor was missing from a number of shows in season 5. These included events 8 and 9 (titled “Where’s Archie?” And “Archie is Missing”) which were about Edith becoming anxious after Archie disappearing while traveling to a conference held in Buffalo. These incidents were a way to find out that O’Connor had walked off the show.

Lear told Lena Dunham in an interview with the Sundance Film Festival that it was difficult to work with O’Connor, reporting Hollywood Reporter. once upon a time All in the Family starting down, he said O’Connor was the only one who didn’t want to end the show. The other members were ready to let go, but O’Connor reportedly wanted to continue filming moments.

“It simply came to our notice then [want to stop] it was Carroll, and he was the hardest, ”Lear told Dunham. “It was very difficult to deal with him as Archie Bunker. I worshiped the land on which he walked, no other Archie Bunker could be in the history of the world, he lived there like no one else could. However, it was very sad. ”

O’Connor moved on to make the spinoff Archie Bunker’s Place. The exhibition ran from 1979 to 1983.

Sally Struthers also left the short presentation

O’Connor isn’t the only member of the team that decided to walk off the show. Sally Struthers, played by Archie’s daughter Gloria, did not want to continue playing the same character indefinitely, reports The New York Times. One season, after the show went on hiatus for the summer, she decided not to return.

Lear responded by obtaining a restraining order to prevent Struthers from working for anyone else for the remainder of her contract (three years). She finally returned to work after being allowed to miss four of the 24 events in the show.

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