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Posted by Jim Botticelli  August 14, 2013 11:29 AM

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The Rifleman, a.k.a. Chuck Connors was once a Boston Celtic

Standing 6'5" at a trim 200 lbs., the handsome square jawed Chuck Connors cut a commanding presence. Playing a single Dad and justice seeker, he is best remembered as Lucas McCain, The Rifleman, a single dad whose son Mark (Johnny Crawford) grew up to sing "Your Nose Is Gonna Grow".

Many do not know that the left handed, Brooklyn-raised Chuck Connors started out as a professional athlete after graduating Seton Hall as an elocution contest winner. Following a stint the military for which he volunteered, Connors joined the newly formed Boston Celtics where his claim to fame was shattering a glass backboard during warmups before the first ever Celtics game on November 5, 1946. As we can see, this white man could jump.

Chuck joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 playing literally only one game for them before joining the Chicago Cubs for whom he played 66 games. The Cubs sent him to play for their then minor league team, the original Los Angeles Angels. Fortuitously he was seen by a Hollywood director and landed a role in the Spencer Tracy Katherine Hepburn film Pat and Mike. In 1957 he played Burt Sanderson in Old Yeller which led to his role in The Rifleman in 1958. It came in fourth in the Nielsens lasting until 1963, longer certainly than his professional athletic career took him. But for one shining moment he was part of Dirty Old Boston.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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