As an athlete: Connors appeared in a total of 53 games for the Boston Celtics during the 1946-47 and 1947-48 seasons. But he also excelled at baseball. He appeared in one game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 and 66 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1951. As an actor: Connors played Lucas McCain in the western TV series "The Rifleman" from 1958 to 1963, but he also had a long and successful film career, appearing in such films as "Soylent Green".
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