Hollywood Pays Homage to O'Connor

06/26/2001 01:30PM

Tuesday's funeral mass at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in West Los Angeles for "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor is expected to draw Hollywood stars and movers and shakers from the worlds of politics and religion. The beloved actor, 76, suffered a fatal heart attack last Thursday. Rob Reiner, who appeared with O'Connor as Archie Bunker's "meathead" son-in-law on the groundbreaking '70s sitcom (and is now a respected producer-director of such films as "The American President"), is due to appear. So are TV mogul Norman Lear, who wrote and produced "Family," as well as former California Gov. Jerry Brown, ex-L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Martin Sheen, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara (who starred in the "Family" spin-off "Archie Bunker's Place"). Sally Struthers, who played Archie's daughter, Gloria, on "All in the Family" and who is currently in a play in Pennsylvania, may appear. She phoned Larry King this week and shed some tears over the phone when she described the moment when she had learned that her TV father had died. Larry Hagman will be among the readers at the mass, reports Variety columnist Army Archerd, who notes that Hagman, 69, had known O'Connor for 42 years, since their Broadway and live-TV days. "He was my mentor," said Hagman. "I never made a move without asking him -- like for my 'Dallas' deal." One major player who won't be there: O'Connor's costar Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker. The New York Post reports that the actress, 78, could not break away from Houston, Tex., where she is appearing in a play.

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