After Christopher Connelly (1941 – 1988) played ‘Norman Harrington on Peyton Place (TV 1964 – 69), he played the Ryan O’Neal role opposite Jodie Foster in the Tatum O’Neal role in a TV series version of Paper Moon (1973).
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1974 – ON THE AIR
If you forego “The Waltons” tonight to watch “Sierra” on NBC (Channel 11) you just may get temporarily hooked on the scenery.
If, on the other hand, you opt for comedy, staying on with ABC (Channel 4) after “The Odd Couple” to catch “Paper Moon,” the chances are good that for “Waltons” fans Thursday nights between 8 and 9 o’clock are going to create quite a problem in the weeks to come.
Once you’ve been introduced to young Jodie Foster and her con man companion, Chris Connelly, a weekly reunion is likely to become mandatory. They make an enormously engaging pair, working faultlessly together to achieve a low key comedy success unique in the weekly series bag.
… when he was In Pittsburgh recently Connelly told me that he spent most of his free time, largely on weekends, teaching Miss Foster to drive their vintage car, taking bike tours with her and otherwise enjoying an almost father-daughter relationship.
“My wife (Cindy Carol) often goes with me on location,” Chris said, “but as there was absolutely nothing for her to do all day in Hays while we were out shooting, and as we were installing a new kitchen in our San Fernando Valley home, she decided to stay back and oversee the job.”
Thus, he said, “It was a godsend to find that Jodie and I could strike it off so well together. I guess it shows in the series, too.” He guessed correctly.