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RENÉE O'CONNOR ILLUSTRATED FILMOGRAPHY

1994

A PLACE FOR SARA - Sara

Produced by Steven Nash. Film about mental illness.

Unable to locate this. Apparently it was distributed as an educational video. Another cast member was Jana Robbins.   Shauna Giesbrecht was Assistant Makeup Artist. Giesbrecht was also Asst. Makeup Artist on 12 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 2003. No other information available.

HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS
- The Lost Kingdom - Deianeira

TV movie. This role led to O'Connor's being considered for the part of Gabrielle. It is somewhat curious that this series used the Roman name for the main character, rather than the Greek (Heracles).

Hercules is provoked into fighting Gargan, a giant with whom he had no quarrel, and defeats him easily. Then a dying messenger begs him to come end Hera's rule of terror in the "lost city of Troy", which Zeus, tells him can only be found with a magical compass which was last seen in the possession of Queen Omphale. In the process of searching for the Queen, he frees Deianeira, who is about to be sacrificed (willingly) to the river god to end a drought. Hercules defeats the 48 sons of the gate guardian and arranges to be sold at the annual slave market to the Queen, who wants to sleep with him. It is not clear if he does that, but he gets the compass from Omphale. He and Deianeira get swallowed by a sea monster that ends up coughing them up near Troy. They find her father, the dying king of Troy, and prepare an army of Trojans to reconquer the city. Hera's soldiers, whose leader wants to sacrifice Deianeira (just natural sacrifice material I guess), are defeated.

Hercules and the Lost Kingdom. Renée O'Connor as DeianeiraRenée O'Connor as Deianeira

In the subsequent film HERCULES AND THE CIRCLE OF FIRE, Deianeira was played by Tawney Kitaen and was unrelated to the Deianeira played by O'Connor in the previous film. It must have been a very common Greek name. The character Phaedra (Stephanie Barrett) was offered to Anna Paquin (it was the year after THE PIANO) but she turned it down.

Elizabeth Hawthorne (Queen Omphale) would later be Alcmene in 6 episodes of HERCLUES THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS. She was a news reporter in the Xena episode "Send In the Clones".

DARKMAN II: THE RETURN OF DURANT - Laurie Brinkman (Darkman's sister)

Renée O'Connor in Darkman II

In this sequel, Darkman has perfected his synthetic skin, and is horrified to learn that his nemesis, Robert G. Durant, is alive, and that has constructed a laser weapon. Using disguises and great physical strength, Darkman defeats Durant.

Pulp fiction. At least this time she gets to be the sister of the main character, though she has only a few lines. Kim Delaney is in this. Larry Drake (Durant) was Benny Stulwicz in LA LAW. Went directly to video. Not released in theaters.

1993

NYPD BLUE - Oscar, Meyer, Weiner (Season 1 Episode 10) - Rebecca Sloane

Renée O'Connor as Rebecca Sloane in NYPD Blue

Investigation focuses on the brutal murder of a wealthy family (as a relative of the victims, ROC gets to be interviewed by Sipowitz). Lastarza orders Janice to cooperate with the mob resulting in a death. Kelly works on his relationship with Janice as she tries to keep him out of her current situation. Sipowicz takes a statement from a gay writer whose Academy Award was stolen.

THE FLOOD: WHO WILL SAVE OUR CHILDREN? - TV movie - Leslie
Renée O'Connor in "The Flood" Renée O'Connor in "The Flood"

A flash flood on the Guadalupe river on 17 July 1987 near Comfort, Texas swept a bus from a nearby road. Forty-three students returning from bible camp were on the bus at the time. Ten of them drowned, the rest were rescued mostly from treetops. On April 18, 1989, the story was aired as part of the pilot episode of Rescue 911 and it was later made into this film.

Joe Spano of Hill Street Blues starred in this one. Holly Brisley was the Training Video Woman in the film SCOOBY-DOO (2002). David Franklin (Dave Villareal) was Brutus in four episodes of Xena, Warrior Princess.

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN - Julia Wilks
Renée O'Connor as Julia Wilks

Disney flick with Anne Heche. Not a terrific interpretation of Huck. ROC plays one of a pair of sisters and I do not think she has a spoken line (the other sister does). The film employed no digital effects and no sound stages were used in the production. Tom Sawyer was not used in this film either, which will be something of a surprise for people who have read the book.

SWORN TO VENGEANCE - TV movie - Sergeant Stewart's daughter

Renée O'Connor in Sworn To Vengeance

Sergeant Stewart (Robert Conrad) investigates three macabre murders, making use of a psychic in the investigation. Based on actual events in an unspecified Texas town. Michael Cavanaugh (Pete Hall) was Captain Robert DeSoto in the STTNG episode "Tin Man".

Rest of Cast: William McNamara, Gary Bayer, Sharon Farrell, Peter Breck, Tom Atkins, Kurt McKinney, Paul Scherrer, Meg Witner, Dori Brenner, and Monica Creel. O'Connor appears for about 20 seconds, sleeping.

1992

ARRESTING BEHAVIOR - Jade Pearl
Amy Hathaway The late Leo Burmester

Directed by Ed Solomon and Andy Wolk, this hour-long ABC TV series with Amy Hathaway and Eric Balfour was a parody of "Cops", and was a sitcom without a laugh track. It lasted only 4 episodes (the fifth episode was never aired). Episode titles were:

  1. Pilot - aired 18 August 1992
  2. Homemakers and Hookers - 19 August
  3. Oaxitajaca - 26 August
  4. Labor Day - 2 September
  5. Family Values - never aired

The regular cast members were: Leo Burmester as Officer Bill Ruskin; Ron Eldard as Officer Donnie Walsh, Chris Mulkey as Officer Pete Walsh, Lee Garlington as Connie Ruskin, Amy Hathaway as Rhonda Ruskin; Eric Balfour as Billy Ruskin, and Joe Simmrin as Seth Ruskin.

Near as I can tell O'Connor was in only one episode, and since the name Jade Pearl sounds like it might belong to a hooker, I think she might have been in episode 2.

FBI: THE UNTOLD STORIES - 2 episodes
Renée O'Connor in Blue Fiber Renée O'Connor in The Millionaire Murders

episode title: Blue Fiber Pt.1 & Pt.2 - Ofc. Renée Lanot

Officer Lano goes undercover as a hooker to catch a serial killer. O'Connor wore brown contact lenses for this episode. With Tom Hallick and Ian Blackman.

episode title: Millionaire Murderer - Tina Marie Risico

The millionaire referenced in the title would be Christopher Wilder. amd Risico was a victim who was allowed to escape. With John Lawlor and Rex Lynn (as Christopher Wilder).

Host was Pernell Roberts. I can't find these episodes (or the series) anywhere. AUSXIP has some stills and clips.

1991

STONE COLD - checkout clerk - character referred to only as "Tinselteeth"

Renee O'Connor as Tinselteeth in STONE COLD Joe Huff is angry at the system for handling criminals with kid gloves. Joe is a cop on suspension, but the FBI asks him to go undercover in Mississippi and infiltrate a white supremacist biker gang that runs drugs. Starred Brian Bosworth, Lance Henrikson, William Forsythe, and Arabella Holzbog. Directed by Craig R. Baxley (who as an actor was Mr. R.I.N.G. in 4 episodes of KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER in 1975).

O'Connor's first name is listed in the credits as RENE. Her character is called Tinselteeth presumably because she wears braces, although there is no visual indication that she does. Tinselteeth appears only in the first few minutes of the film.

Other countries, other titles:

TITLE COUNTRY ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Syntynyt vaaralliseksi Finland Born Dangerous
Dur comme stone Canada Hard as Stone
Forza d'urto Italy Concussion
Duro Como Aço Portugal Hard as Steel
Frío como el acero Spain Cold as Steel
Kalt wie Stein Germany Cold as Stone
Psyhros antipalos Greece Cold Opponent
A Fùria do Justiceiro Brazil The Fury of Justice
A sangre fría Argentina In Cold Blood
(DANIELLE STEEL's) CHANGES - Jessica Adams

Renée O'Connor afloat in an innertube and reading D.H. Lawrence in 'Changes'

TV news anchor Melanie Adams falls in love with heart surgeon Peter Hallam. They get married. Each has children from previous marriages (but not as many as the Bradys). One of the boys gets one of the girls pregnant (not ROC). Main focus of Ladd's character seems to be to get her new husband (Michael Nouri) to take down that painting in the living room. Christy Clark (Valerie Adams) played Carrie Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Starred Cheryl Ladd. O'Connor plays he quiet younger sister again. Plot is soap-opera-ish. Not having to recite too much of the dialogue written by Ms. Steel must have been a mercy.

CHANGES PAGE

THE LESS THAN PERFECT DAUGHTER (ABC Afterschool Specials) - Linda

Very bad teen-oriented thing. Teenager wants to be more independent. Mom doesn't want her to. Robin Lively (Melissa Harmon) was Angela Schiff in the X-Files episode "Field Trip". Ernie Lively (Jack Harmon) was Sherriff Teller in the X-Files episode "D.P.O.". Jeanne Mori (Mrs. Tanka) was Helmsman on the U.S.S. Grissom in Star Trek III The Search for Spock. Arlene Taylor (Jeri) was Monica Creel in Sworn to Vengeance (see 1993). Also in the cast were Andrea Elson, Michael Kopelow (who played an unnamed student in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film with Kristy Swanson), Leia Kim, Michael Pritchard, and Debbie Morgan.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Renee O'Connor on The Price Is Right Renee O'Connor on The Price Is Right

O'Connor was a contestant. SHERRIEB77'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL has video of this.

Everything prior to 1991, with the exception of Tales From the Crypt,
is available only on VHS as far as I can tell.

1990

TALES FROM THE CRYPT (HBO) - Waitress (1 episode)

tales from the crypt season 2 dvd cover episode title: The Switch (Season Two Episode Two- ROC scenes deleted)
Directed by Arnold Swartzenegger - Waitress

Starred William Hickey (Don Corrado Prizzi in PRIZZI'S HONOR), Rick Rossovich, Kelly Preston, Roy Brocksmith, and Ian Abercrombie. Rich old guy sells his soul to look young. O'connor's scenes were entirely removed.

FALSE IDENTITY - Angela Errickson

Renée O'Connor as Angela Errickson in False Identity

Geneviève Bujold plays Rachel, a radio personality who discovers a Purple Heart at a garage sale. Traking its history, she discovers that it belonged to Harlan Errickson ( Stacey Keach), the long-lost brother of a prominent local man, who does not seem that hard to find. ROC plays Errickson's daughter.

Veronica Cartwright (Vera Errickson) was Cassandra Spender in the X-Files. Todd Jeffries (Chad) was Agent Mayfield in the X-Files episode "Roadrunners". Pat Crawford (Nellie) was Mrs. Meeker in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. This film could have been better, but it does have Bujold.

The film had other titles in other places:

TITLE COUNTRY ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Kytevä viha Finland Smoldering Anger
Dans la peau d'un mort France In the Skin of a Corpse
Identitá sepolta Italy Identity Buried
Identidade Perdida Portugal Lost Identity
Falsa identidad Spain False Identity
Labyrinth der Vergangenheit West Germany Labyrinth of the Past

1989

NIGHT GAME - Lorraine Beasley

Renée O'Connor as Lorraine Beasley in Night Game

Components are: a serial killer, Houston Astro's baseball (fictionalized), and heavy borrowing from some film I've seen somewhere but I don't quite know which. The killer only kills on nights when one of Houston's pitchers wins.

Cast: Roy Scheider, Karen Young, Lane Smith (Perry White in Lois & Clark TNAOS), Richard Bradford, Paul Gleason, Carlin Glynn, Anthony Palmer, Alex Morris, Michelle Cochran, Marco Perells, and Lisa Hart Carroll.

NIGHT GAME was distributed widely in Europe, and was known by various titles (see table below).

TITLE COUNTRY ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Armoton peli Finland A Ruthless Game
Meurtres en nocturne France Murder By Night
Egy null a halàlnak Hungary A Zero Death
partita con la morte Italy Playing With Death
Assassino Sem Rosto Portugal Faceless Killer
Nocna igra Serbia Night Game
Juego de noche Spain Game Night
Dödlig seger Sweden Fatal Victory
MATCH POINT - (Mickey Mouse Club) - Robin Metcalf

Renée O'Connor in Match Point Top: Robin Metcalf (ROC) accepting trophy and Bottom: best friend Francie

VIDEOS

Above is a clip of the only appearance of O'Connor I can find in this. Below is the entire Aferschool Special.

Another Disney TV thing. Co-starring Brian Krause as Metcalf's boyfriend Bart, Anthony Palmero as Jason, Zero Hubbard as Joel, and Evan Richards as Runkle. Drama centered around a tennis competition among teens. O'Connor's character has a cocker spaniel named Rocky. She defeats her best friend Francie (Crystal Justine) in the final match. Sherrieb77's YouTube Channel has a bunch of clips from this.

BLACK SNOW - (ROC's first full length film) - Jennifer Winslow
Renée O'Connor in "Black Snow"Renée O'Connor in "Black Snow"

In 1990, this film was released in France and Portugal under the title La preuve par 9 mm (Proof by 9mm), and as Missão Droga (Drug Mission).

Travis Winslow (Peter Sherayko), whose wife has recently died, finds out that his brother Matt is dead. Little does he know that Matt died without telling anyone where his last shipment of Cocaine was hidden. Naturally enough, folks needing to find that shipment come after Travis under the misapprehension that he knows where it is.

This confusion gets Travis' father killed and his daughter Jennifer (Renée O'Connor) kidnapped. I'm not sure what the point to this film might be, but O'Connor gets a lot of screen time, gets to ride a horse, and gets tied up. Co-starring Jane Badler, Julia Montgomery, and Randy Brooks.

BLACK SNOW PAGE

TEEN ANGEL - serial (The New Mickey Mouse Club) - Nancy Nichols

Renée O'Connor in Teen Angel

There was another Teen Angel series about 8 years later. Do not confuse the later series with this one. The 1989 series is completely unavailable as far as I can tell. Nancy Nichols apparently had a dog named Elvis, and rode around in her boyfriend Dennis Mullen's 57 Chevy convertible. Dennis Mullen was played by Adam Biesk, whose last TV appearance was in the SCRUBS episode "My Friend the Doctor" in 2003. Jason Priestly was the angel. He went on to play Brandon Walsh in BEVERLY HILLS 90210.

Sherrieb77's YouTube Channel has TEEN ANGEL clips.

Sasha Jenson (Jason) was the vampire named Grueller in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film with Kristy Swanson.

the 57 Chevy and a Dog named Elvis

WAREHOUSE SAFETY VIDEO

Just as the title specifies. Made for Randall's Food Market, a chain of 116 supermarkets in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, Texas.