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Actor Christopher Connelly Dead at 47

December 8, 1988 GMT

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Christopher Connelly, who starred in the television series ″Peyton Place″ and ″Paper Moon,″ died from cancer at his home, his agent said Thursday. He was 47.

Connelly - who died Wednesday night, according to agent Tom Korman - was featured as Norman Harrington for five seasons in the romantic drama ″Peyton Place,″ the first of the prime-time serials. He was also seen as a guest star in several television dramas, most frequently in ″Police Story.″

In the series ″Paper Moon,″ he recreated the role of con-man Moses ″Moze″ Pray, originated by Ryan O’Neal in the film of the same name.

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Born in Wichita, Kan., Connelly was the youngest in a family of seven children. Connelly briefly attended Regis College in Denver, leaving it to study theater at the Pasadena Playhouse.

His first professional credits included the television series ″The Eleventh Hour,″ ″Sam Benedict,″ ″Alfred Hitchcock Presents,″ ″Mr. Novak″ and ″Gunsmoke.″ He also had roles in ″The Lieutenant,″ ″My Three Sons″ and ″Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.″

He appeared in 450 episodes of ″Peyton Place,″ which also launched the careers of Mia Farrow and O’Neal. He also starred in European Westerns.

Funeral services are scheduled Friday in Hollywood Hills.

Connelly is survived by two sons, Joseph, 11, and Daniel, 9.