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.
Reneé lived in Texas and began her professional film career at the age of 17, starring in the serial Teen Angel, a regular feature on the Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club. Other credits include the Disney film, The Adventures of Huck Finn with Elijah Wood, Danielle Steele’s Changes, and co-starring with James Garner in his second Rockford Files reunion movie.She also appeared in the independent films Boogeyman 2 with Tobin Bell, Alien and Apocalypse with Bruce Campbell to name a few.
She made guest appearances on TV shows such as “NYPD Blue” , before starring as “Deineira” in the Hercules TV movie Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – 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. Soon after, Hercules’ sister show, “Xena” was launched, and Renée was cast as “Gabrielle”, Xena’s trusty sidekick from 1996-2001. The scene stealing role created a huge worldwide fan base, one still active in countless websites dedicated to the actress and this signature series.
She then moved on to launch her own film production company – ROC Pictures: www.ROCPictures.com Her first independent production under the company was the romantic comedy, Diamonds and Guns which was released on DVD in January 2008. She wrote, directed, and produced the award winning short film, Words Unspoken in 2010.
She produces a Video Subscription Channel for her company with the vision of bridging the internet community to sustainable personal awareness by means of entertainment. It is located on her website www.ReneeOConnor.net.
Renee has starred in several independent films including Beyond The Farthest Star, the anticipated release from Pathlight Entertainment, an American Beauty’ style family drama. Also in 2011 is the supernatural feature film, Deadrise, by Michigan Filmmaker of the year, Rich Brauer.
Reneé’s talent extends well beyond the big screen or the small screen. Also an acclaimed stuntwoman, Reneé is proficient in Tae Kwon Do. Additionally, she is a talented artist and has auctioned off paintings for charities as well as to help finance projects under her production company.
Renee is looking forward to meeting her fans in Brisbane, November 5th and 6th, 11am to 5pm (breaks aside) with at least one publically accessible Q&A free with admission (auditorium attendance limits apply), being in photos* and signing* for fans.
* Fees apply: $30 per autograph and $40 per photo (professional 8 x 10 photo printed on the spot)
Guest confirmed other commitments and health pending.