Feb. 15th, 1971
Katy, Texas, USA
Renée O'Connor's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Bitch Slap
1993 - The Adventures of Huck Finn
1991 - Stone Cold
Guest TV Roles
Renée O'Connor was born in Houston, Texas, to Walter and Sandra O'Connor (now Wilson), and raised in Katy, a Houston suburb. She attended Taylor High School and the Houston High School of Visual and Performing Arts. Renée has one older brother, Chris.
Renée appeared in commercials, including one for McDonalds, a feature film called Night Game (1989), and some work for the Mickey Mouse Club in 1989. She also made guest appearances on TV shows such as NYPD Blue, before starring as Deineira in the Hercules TV movie "Hercules and the Lost Kingdom". She caught the eyes of executive producers Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert, who cast Renée in the 1994 film Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) (V). Soon after, Hercules' sister show, "Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995) was launched, and Renée was cast as Gabrielle, Xena's trusty sidekick.
Until 2001, Renée resided in Auckland, New Zealand, where Xena was filmed. She was married to restaurant owner Steve Muir (II) (a kiwi, or New Zealander) in October 2000, in Austin, Texas, and they had a son. However, after the series ended, Renée returned to Texas and was divorced from Steve. In 2005, she had a baby girl with her new boyfriend, actor Jed Sura.
- Favorite movie is _The Piano (1993)_ (qv).
- Her hobbies are rock climbing, kickboxing, horseback riding, and painting.
- Had a role in the 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)-directed episode of _"Tales from the Crypt" (1989)_ (qv) entitled "The Switch." Her role ended up on the cutting room floor.
- While Lucy only had the one trademark armor that she wore for every episode of _"Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995)_ (qv) (except in season 5 when she was pregnant), Renée had a total of seven main costumes -- two of them being used for the first season with a new one introduced for every season after that. As each season went by, each outfit continued to get smaller and more revealing.
- Mother - Sandra Wilson; Father - Walter O'Connor; Stepfather - Eddie Wilson; Brother - Chris O'Connor.
- Played Lady Macbeth in the Shakespeare by the Sea's production of Macbeth. (Seven locations in the Los Angeles area, June 20 - August 17, 2002)
- One teacher at Taylor HS (Katy, Texas) realized her potential for acting and got an autograph before Renée graduated, knowing that she'd become a star soon after.
- At the end of 2006 Reneé was chosen by LesbiaNATION.com as their most loved woman of 2006, a poll that she dominated all year. Her co-star from the _"Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995)_ (qv) series, 'Lucy Lawless' (qv), ended up second in the poll.
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