mike connors dead mannix obituary 3
"When I was discovered by a producer in the early 1950s," said the Armenian-Irish actor, "every star had to have an easy name to pronounce. They told me everybody got another name when they entered films, and at the time it was true. I became 'Touch' Connors. I tried it for a while, but it was too outlandish — and in 1956, I changed 'Touch' to 'Mike.' In retrospect, I wish I had taken the chance and stuck to my real name!"