The actor passed away in Woodland Hills, California on Thursday (10Sep15).

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native was a decorated World War II veteran who served as a radio operator and waist gunner with the U.S. Air Force.

He later pursued a career in entertainment, and made his Broadway debut in shows like Time Limit and Uncle Willie.

Connell landed his screen acting debut in a 1949 episode of Captain Video and His Video Rangers, and went on to make appearances on TV projects Danger, Goodyear Playhouse and The Big Story, before scoring his big break in live daytime soap opera Young Dr. Malone.

His film credits include Fail Safe, Dark Shadows, Family Business and Three Days of the Condor, while he used his voiceover talents as a radio and TV pitchman for brands like American Airlines, Ford and MCDonald's.

Connell also served for 13 years on the national board of directors for the Screen Actors Guild.