Daniel "Dan" Conner is the husband of the late Roseanne Conner and the father of Becky, Darlene, D.J., and Jerry Conner. He is the deuteragonist of the original series, and the main protagonist of the spin-off. The part of Dan is played by actor John Goodman.
Dan Conner is portrayed as an easygoing, loving family man. He tries not to argue with his wife Roseanne often to decrease arguing conflict in his family.
He is definitely a lot easier to get along with than Roseanne and acts like a realistic and normal working class father.
Compared to Roseanne, Dan is typically much more laid-back and easy to get along with, and generally lets Roseanne run things. But when he gets angry, everyone listens, Roseanne included (though she can talk him down sometimes).
In one episode, Dan showed concern or worry when Jackie mentions that his one son, D.J, could be gay. 21 years later, he is a lot more accepting with his grandson Mark Conner Healy homosexuality and his habits of dressing in women's clothing and showing a more feminine side.
About Dan ConnerEdit
In the episode "Heart & Soul" in Season 8, Roseanne said that she had been with Dan since she was sixteen years old. According to the episode "PMS, I Love You", from Season 3 his birthday falls on the same day as the Illinois vs. Michigan game. In the same episode it makes it clear that Dan is turning 39. Given that season three takes place in 1990, Dan's birthday is November 10th, 1951. He is the son of Audrey and Ed Conner, and also the grandfather to Harris Healy and Mark Conner Healy, Darlene and her husband David's children. He is a funny, nice, and easygoing family man, and is shown in some episodes having a small temper. But overall, Crystal, in one episode, describes him as a huge teddy bear. He is a moderately successful drywall worker, and a freelance contractor. Occasionally running into tough times when the construction work slows down, most likely due to the fact that he finds most jobs through Dwight's hardware store, or his lumber yard connections.
In season 3, his longtime friend Ziggy suggested that they begin a bike business. Unfortunately the bike shop, after about a year and a half, financially failed and was sold. Dan was crushed by this and he suffered another blow almost immediately afterwards. At the beginning of Season 5 Becky, convinced that she was losing everything that mattered to her because of her parents' financial carelessness, ran away and eloped with Mark at age 17. Dan refused to even communicate with Becky for most of Season 5 and became increasingly restrictive and paranoid of Darlene as she and David drew closer; however, he was much more open to the idea of her going to art school in Chicago than Roseanne was.
At Darlene's wedding to David in season 8, he had a heart attack, which showed his terrible health, which had been declining over the seasons. He is the father-in-law to Mark and David Healy. At first he did not really care for Mark, but over the seasons, they bonded.
David and Dan had a rough patch when David lied about living with Darlene- which resulted in Dan manhandling him and kicking him out of the house- but Dan came to forgive him overtime when Roseanne pointed out that Dan was placing the blame entirely on David and ignoring that Darlene had been equally responsible. Although Dan increasingly became exasperated with David's seeming over-sensitivity after he broke up with Darlene and often teased him about his less masculine and artistic interests, he was pleased with David's contributions to the household and congratulated him sincerely on graduating high school. They had another brief spat late in Season 8 when Dan learned Darlene was pregnant and planning to marry David, but Dan quickly reconciled with his newest son-in-law.
It was revealed at the end of Season 9 that Dan had in fact passed away from the heart attack that happened at Darlene and David's wedding. However, later in Season 10 this is mentioned as being a part of a book that Roseanne was writing and he did not actually die.
However, in an bizarre twist of fate, Dan himself is widowed following the death of Roseanne after she goes into cardiac arrest through an overdose on opioid drugs. This unforeseen tragedy leaves Dan heartbroken and embittered, slowly but surely though, he begins to heal and move on with his life. He finds a potential new romance in an old friend but he later reveals that he isn’t quite ready to date again.
List of AppearancesEdit
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