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Actor Discharged From Hospital After Heart Surgery

March 28, 1989 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) _ Actor Carroll O’Connor, who underwent heart bypass and gallbladder surgery at Emory University Hospital, was discharged Tuesday and said, ″I feel a lot better than when I went in.″

O’Connor, who gained fame as the neighborhood bigot Archie Bunker in the television series ″All In The Family,″ was admitted to the hospital March 10 after a routine physical examination. He was working on his current series, ″In The Heat Of The Night,″ in nearby Covington at the time.

He underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery the next day. The gallbladder surgery was performed March 20 after O’Connor developed unrelated gallbladder problems while recovering from the bypass.

O’Connor, 64, said he did not suffer a heart attack. ″I had a surgery that is going to prevent a heart attack,″ he told reporters outside the hospital.

″The heart is better than it has ever been, and here I am walking out. Thank the Lord,″ he added.

He said doctors told him he could return to work in about a month. He also said he will quit smoking and get more exercise.

He said filming of ″In The Heat Of The Night″ will not resume until July.