Renee O'Connor

Renee O'Connor (born February 15, 1971)[1][2] is an American actress, producer, and director, known for the role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.[3]

Renee O'Connor
Renee O'Connor Xena Con 2007.jpg
O'Connor in 2007
Born (1971-02-15) February 15, 1971 (age 49)
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present
Children2

Early lifeEdit

Raised in suburban Katy, Texas, by her mother Sandra, O'Connor at age 12 studied acting at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas.[4][1] She attended Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and made her professional debut as a dancing Porky Pig at that city's Six Flags AstroWorld. Afterward, she moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an acting career.[1]

CareerEdit

She made her screen debut at 17, starring in the "Teen Angel" segment of the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club,[5] and the subsequent Teen Angel TV series. She went on to the Disney film The Adventures of Huck Finn and TV-movies including Follow the River, Danielle Steele's Changes, and Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, starring Kevin Sorbo[5] There, in the role of Deianeira, she came to the attention of Hercules executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, who cast her as Gabrielle in the spinoff TV series Xena: Warrior Princess.[citation needed]

In 2001, O'Connor began her own film production company, Roc Productions.[5] The following year, she played Lady Macbeth in the Shakespeare by the Sea production of Macbeth. She reprised the role in a House of Bards Theatre Company production in San Pedro, California, from October 11 to November 3, 2019.[6] She played Nurse in the Southern Shakespeare Company's May 10–13, 2018, production of Romeo and Juliet alongside her 16-year-old son Miles Muir.[7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 1998, O'Connor was in a relationship with restaurateur Steve Muir.[1] She has a son, Miles Muir, who was 16 years old as of May 2018.[7]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Match Point Robin Television movie
1989 Night Game Lorraine Beasley
1990 Black Snow Jennifer Winslow
1990 False Identity Angela Errickson
1991 Changes Jessica Adams
1991 Stone Cold Tinselteeth
1993 Sworn to Vengeance Television movie
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn Julia Wilks
1993 The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children? Leslie Television movie
1994 Hercules and the Lost Kingdom Deianeira Television movie
1995 Follow the River Bettie Draper Television movie
1995 The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Laura Sue Dean Television movie
1995 Darkman II: The Return of Durant Laurie Brinkman
1997 Hercules & Xena: Wizards of the Screen Gabrielle Short film
1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Gabrielle
2001 Accidents Don't Happen Ashton
2004 One Weekend a Month Meg McDermott Short film
2005 Alien Apocalypse Kelly Television movie
2007 Ghost Town: The Movie Little Jack
2007 Boogeyman 2 Dr. Jessica Ryan
2008 Diamonds and Guns Ashley Executive Producer, Co-Director
2008 Monster Ark Dr. Ava Greenway Television movie
2009 Bitch Slap Sister Batril
2010 Words Unspoken Sue Short film, Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Writer
2010 2010: Moby Dick Dr. Michelle Herman
2011 Deadrise Paula
2011 Infinity Elizabeth Short film, Producer
2011 Are You Kidding Me? Director
2013 Stranded From An Island Short, Executive Producer, Assistant Editor
2015 Beyond the Farthest Star Maureen Wells
2015 Last Chance Carrie Television movie, Executive Producer
2015 Broken Things Director
2016 The Usual Mrs. Ford Short film, Executive Producer
2017 Watch the Sky Shannon Producer
2017 A Question of Faith Mary Danielson

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Teen Angel Nancy Nichols
1990 Tales from the Crypt Waitress Episode: "The Switch"
1991 ABC Afterschool Specials Linda Episode: "The Less Than Perfect Daughter"
1992 FBI: The Untold Stories Ofc. Renee Lanot / Tina Marie Risico 3 episodes
1993 NYPD Blue Rebecca Sloane Episode: "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner"
1997–1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Gabrielle 4 episodes
1995–2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Gabrielle 134 episodes
2002 Mataku American Buyer Episode: "The Heirloom"
2008 Criminal Minds Pam Baleman Episode: "A Higher Power"
2010 Ark Connie Miller 9 episodes

TheatreEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Macbeth Lady Macbeth Shakespeare by the Sea
2017 Dinner With Friends[9] Beth Little Fish Theatre
2017 Annie[10] Lily St.Regis (as Renee Sura) Warner Grand Theatre
2018 Romeo and Juliet[11] The Nurse Southern Shakespeare Company
2018 On Clover Road[12] Kate Hunter Little Fish Theatre
2018 Mary Poppins[13] Ms. Brill (as Renee Sura) Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
2019 Wizard of Oz[14] The Wicked Witch of the West (as Renee Sura) Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
2019 Uncle Vanya Yelena Andreyevna Little Fish Theatre

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Messer, Kate X. (February 13, 1998). "Women Who Run With Warrior Princesses: Reneé O'Connor ROCs". The Austin Chronicle. Archived from the original on April 23, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2020. Born February 15, 1971 near Houston, O'Connor was raised by her mom, Sandra ...
  2. ^ "Famous birthdays for Feb. 15: Alex Borstein, Jane Seymour". United Press International. February 15, 2019. Archived from the original on July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020. … actor Renee O'Connor in 1971 (age 48) [as of February 15, 2019]
  3. ^ Stafford, Nikki (1998). Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor: Warrior Stars of Xena. ECW Press.
  4. ^ Derrick, Katherine (August 1998). "Of Mythic Proportions". Curve. Archived from the original on May 1, 2020. Retrieved May 1, 2020. Raised in the suburb of Katy, Texas...
  5. ^ a b c "About Us -". Roc Productions. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "'Macbeth' Starring Renee O'Connor and Jed Sura Opens October 11 at Grand Annex". Broadway World. October 7, 2019. Archived from the original on May 1, 2020. Retrieved May 1, 2020. O'Connor reprises the role of Lady Macbeth after a 2002 production with Shakespeare by the Sea.
  7. ^ a b Atwood, Randi (May 2, 2018). "Xena's Gabrielle headlines Southern Shakespeare Festival". Tallahassee Democrat. Florida. Archived from the original on April 21, 2020. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "[Image: Southern Shakespeare Festival playbill for Romeo and Juliet]". Southern Shakespeare Company Instagram account. May 10, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "TV Star Renee O'Connor Appears in 'Dinner with Friends' at Little Fish Theatre". Broadway World.
  10. ^ "Cast list" (PDF). www.encoresouthbay.org. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  11. ^ "Renee O'Connor swaps 'Xena' for Shakespeare | Southern Shakespeare Company".
  12. ^ "Steven Dietz's 'On Clove Road' Starring Renee O'Connor Opens Sept. 21 At Little Fish Theatre". Broadway World.
  13. ^ Barrett, Shari. "BWW Review: Encore Entertains Audiences with Fun-Filled 'Mary Poppins' Musical". Broadway World.
  14. ^ "The Wizard of Oz" (PDF).

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