Renee O'Connor

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Renee O'Connor
Renee O'Connor Xena Con 2007.jpg
Renee O'Connor at a Xena Convention NJ, 2007
BornEvelyn Renee O'Connor
(1971-02-15) February 15, 1971 (age 43)
Katy, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, film director and producer
Years active1989–present
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Renee O'Connor
Renee O'Connor Xena Con 2007.jpg
Renee O'Connor at a Xena Convention NJ, 2007
BornEvelyn Renee O'Connor
(1971-02-15) February 15, 1971 (age 43)
Katy, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, film director and producer
Years active1989–present

Renee O'Connor (born Evelyn Renee O'Connor on 15 February 1971) is an American actress, producer and director best known for the role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

Personal life[edit]

Evelyn Renee O'Connor was born in Katy, Texas on 15 February 1971 to Walter and Sandra O'Connor. Her mother and step-father, Eddie Wilson, own the restaurant "Threadgill's" in Austin, Texas.

From 1995 to 2001, during the filming of Xena, O'Connor lived in New Zealand, where she still owns a home. She married New Zealand native and restaurant manager Steve Muir on 14 October 2000. Their son, Miles William Muir, was born on 22 September 2001; the couple divorced in 2004. O'Connor became involved with fellow actor Jed Sura in 2004, and the couple have a daughter, Iris Sura O'Connor (born 19 March 2006).


At sixteen, O'Connor began her career with a string of commercials and minor television roles. She first came to the attention of Xena executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi when she landed the role of Deianeira in their television movie, Hercules and the Lost Kingdom. After Xena ended, O'Connor began her own film company, ROC Productions.



1989Night GameLorraine Beasley
1990Black SnowJennifer Winslow
1990False IdentityAngela Errickson
1991Stone ColdTinselteeth
1993Adventures of Huck Finn, TheThe Adventures of Huck FinnJulia Wilks
1995Darkman II: The Return of DurantLaurie BrinkmanVideo
1998Hercules and Xena – The Animated MovieGabrielle (voice)Video
2004One Weekend a MonthMeg McDermottShort film
2007Ghost Town: The MovieLittle Jack
2007Boogeyman 2Dr. Jessica Ryan
2008Diamonds and GunsAshleyVideo
2009Bitch SlapSister Batril
2010Words UnspokenSueShort film
2010Moby DickDr. Michelle HermanVideo
2011InfinityElizabethShort film
2013Beyond the Farthest StarMaureen Wells
2014Usual, TheThe UsualMrs. FordShort film
2015Race to JudgmentMona BeyersPre-production


1989Match PointRobinTV film
1989Teen AngelNancy NicholsTV series
1991ABC Afterschool SpecialLindaEpisode: "The Less Than Perfect Daughter"
1991ChangesJessica AdamsTV film
1992FBI: The Untold StoriesOfc. Renee LanotEpisodes: "Blue Fiber: Parts 1 & 2"
1993Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?, TheThe Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?LeslieTV film
1993NYPD BlueRebecca SloaneEpisode: "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner"
1994Hercules and the Lost KingdomDeianeiraTV film
1995Follow the RiverBettie DraperTV film
1995Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise, TheThe Rockford Files: A Blessing in DisguiseLaura Sue DeanTV film
1995-2001Xena: Warrior PrincessGabrielleMain role (134 episodes)
1997Hercules: The Legendary JourneysGabrielle / Delaneire / The ExecutionerEpisodes: "Judgment Day", "The Lost City", "Stranger in a Strange World"
1998Hercules: The Legendary JourneysGabrielleEpisode: "Armageddon Now: Part 2"
1999Hercules: The Legendary JourneysSunny DayEpisode: "For Those of You Just Joining Us..."
2005Alien ApocalypseKellyTV film
2008Criminal MindsPam BalemanEpisode: "A Higher Power"
2008Monster ArkDr. Ava GreenwayTV film
2010ArkConnie MillerRegular role (9 episodes)


2002MacbethLady MacbethShakespeare by the Sea

Other work[edit]

1999Xena: Warrior PrincessDirectorEpisode: "Deja Vu All Over Again"
2001Xena: Warrior PrincessDirectorEpisode: "Dangerous Prey"
2008Diamonds and GunsProducer, co-directorVideo
2010Words UnspokenProducer, director, writerShort film
2011InfinityProducerShort film
2011Are You Kidding MeDirector
2013Stranded from an IslandExecutive producer, assistant editorShort film
2014Broken ThingsDirectorTV film
2014Usual, TheThe UsualExecutive producer / ActorShort film

“The Usual” won Best Director at Action on Film, Best Dramatic Short Film at Independent Filmmaker Showcase, Best Short Film at On Location Memphis, and the Platinum Remi Award at Worldfest Houston amongst others, and was an Official Selection Finalist at American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Festival de Cannes, and screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes and Palm Springs Shortfest markets. The film is set to screen at the San Pedro International Film Festival and in Laughlin International Film Festival via NewfilmmakersLA in October. “The Usual” has been featured in several entertainment news articles.


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