Joe Conners

Joe Conners, 90, longtime bit player and actor at several of the major studios, died Nov. 15 of natural causes in Hollywood.

Conners, whose real name was Joseph M. Kaunas, worked in the vaudeville and nightclub circuit as a dancer before coming to Hollywood in 1934.

He then found work as a bit player at several of the studios before settling on the Warner Bros. lot for 30 years.

Following World War II service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Conners served as a stand-in for numerous movie stars, including Humphrey Bogart, Ronald Reagan, William Holden, Lew Ayres, Paul Newman and Ralph Bellamy.

Conners is survived by two sisters and a brother. There were no services.

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