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Pat O'Brien (I) (1899–1983)

Although he came to be called "Hollywood's Irishman in Residence"--and, along with good friends James Cagney, Allen Jenkins, Frank McHugh and a few others were called "The Irish Mafia"--and he often played Irish immigrants, Pat O'Brien was US-born and -bred. As a young boy the devoutly Roman Catholic O'Brien considered entering the seminary to ... See full bio »

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Some Like It Hot Detective Mulligan
Angels with Dirty Faces
Angels with Dirty Faces Jerry Connolly
Ragtime Delphin
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 1980-1982 Happy Days (TV Series)
Uncle Joe
- Grandma Nussbaum (1982) ... Uncle Joe
- The Roaring Twenties (1980) ... Uncle Joe
 1981 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Col. Buchanan
- Jennifer and the Will (1981) ... Col. Buchanan
 1981 Ragtime
 1980 Scout's Honor (TV Movie)
Mr. Caboose
 1978 The End
Ben Lawson
 1977 Billy Jack Goes to Washington
Vice President
 1976 Kiss Me, Kill Me (TV Movie)
Jimmy, morgue attendant
 1975 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Abner Therman
- The Sky's the Limit: Part 2 (1975) ... Abner Therman
- The Sky's the Limit: Part 1 (1975) ... Abner Therman
 1975 The Sky's the Limit
Abner Therman
 1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
Dr. Miller
- The Other Woman (1973) ... Dr. Miller
 1973 McCloud (TV Series)
Mac Ferguson
- Butch Cassidy Rides Again (1973) ... Mac Ferguson
 1973 Tenafly (TV Series)
- Joyride to Nowhere (1973) ... Avery
 1973 Amanda Fallon (TV Movie)
 1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
- And Other Springs I May Not See (1973) ... Emory
 1972 Banyon (TV Series)
Big Jim Rawlins
- The Graveyard Vote (1972) ... Big Jim Rawlins
 1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
- Words of Summer (1972) ... Attorney
 1972 Adventures of Nick Carter (TV Movie)
Hallelujah Harry
 1972 Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (TV Movie)
Sgt. McGll
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Hayfoot Stockton
- Shootout at Diablo Station (1971) ... Hayfoot Stockton
 1970 The Phynx
Pat O'Brien
 1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Movie)
Capt. Oren Hayes
 1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series)
 1964-1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Doc Bigelow / J. Jimerson Jones
- Yesterday's Timepiece (1967) ... Doc Bigelow
- The Fortunes of J. Jimerson Jones (1964) ... J. Jimerson Jones
 1966 Hazel (TV Series)
Uncle Jerome Van Meter
- Once an Actor (1966) ... Uncle Jerome Van Meter
 1964-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
District Attorney Hightower / Otto Mead
- The Crime (1965) ... District Attorney Hightower
- A Case of Armed Robbery (1964) ... Otto Mead
 1965 Town Tamer
Judge Murcott
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Assemblyman Raymond J. O'Riordan
- Question: What's New in Timbuktoo? (1965) ... Assemblyman Raymond J. O'Riordan
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Dan Zarilla / Lt. John Curwood
- The Jack Is High (1964) ... Inspector Dan Zarilla
- The Threatening Eye (1964) ... Lt. John Curwood
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Frank McCaffey
- The Boss of the Ward (1963) ... Frank McCaffey
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
- Thunder in a Forgotten Town (1963) ... Clerk
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong
Chinese Restaurateur (uncredited)
 1960 Joyful Hour (TV Movie)
 1960 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
- Cop Without a Badge (1960) ... Mike
 1958 The Last Hurrah
John Gorman
 1958 Target (TV Series)
- Backfire (1958) ... Daniels
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Eddie (1958)
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mike Waterson
- The Brotherhood of the Bell (1958) ... Mike Waterson
 1956-1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Capt. Frank Brodie / Al Richards / Jay Breen
- Rebel Rookie (1957) ... Capt. Frank Brodie
- Strange Quarry (1957) ... Al Richards
- Exit Laughing (1956)
- Who's Calling? (1956) ... Jay Breen
 1953-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. V. Keever / Richard Brown / Spud Malone
- Adventure for Hire (1957) ... Lt. V. Keever
- Daughter of Mine (1954) ... Richard Brown
- Tomorrow's Men (1953) ... Spud Malone
 1957 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
the Sheriff
- Medicine Man (1957) ... the Sheriff
 1957 Kill Me Tomorrow
Bart Crosbie
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Father Patrick O'Neil / Father Edward Sullivan / Father Jim / ...
- Benediction of Blood (1957) ... Father Patrick O'Neil
- Circus Priest (1956) ... Father Edward Sullivan
- A Holiday for Father Jim (1956) ... Father Jim
- The Strange Bequest (1956) ... Father Edmund Boyle
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sheriff Kyle Bickford
- Invitation to a Gunfighter (1957) ... Sheriff Kyle Bickford
 1951-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Barnaby / Eddie Gorman / Charley Hackett / ...
- Vice Squad (1957) ... Captain Barnaby
- The Chase (1954) ... Eddie Gorman
- One for the Road (1953) ... Charley Hackett
- The Face of Autumn (1952) ... George Morrell
- Tin Badge (1951) ... Joe Crandall
 1956 Sneak Preview (TV Series)
- The Way Back (1956)
 1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Thirty Year Man (1956) ... Jim
 1955-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Ed Talbot / Police Lieutenant / Police Lieutenant Moore
- The Prowler (1956) ... Ed Talbot
- Thin Air (1955) ... Police Lieutenant
- The Box of Chocolates (1955) ... Police Lieutenant Moore
 1956 Inside Detroit
Gus Linden
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Walter Arnold
- Are We Invaded? (1955) ... Dr. Walter Arnold
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Very Big Man (1955)
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Dan Packard
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Larry Johnson
- Newspaper Man (1955) ... Larry Johnson
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Dan Jennings
- The Greatest Man in the World (1955) ... Dan Jennings
 1954 Ring of Fear
Frank Wallace
 1954 Jubilee Trail
Ernest 'Texas' Conway
 1952-1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Second Sight (1953)
- A Man's World (1952)
 1953 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
 1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- Interviews (1952)
 1952 Okinawa
Lt. Cmdr. Hale
 1951 The People Against O'Hara
Det. Vincent Ricks
 1951 Criminal Lawyer
James Edward Reagan
 1947 Riff-Raff
 1945 Man Alive
Michael O'Flaherty 'Speed' McBride
 1944 Marine Raiders
Maj. Steve Lockhart
 1943 His Butler's Sister
Martin Murphy
 1943 The Iron Major
Francis William 'Frank' / 'Cav' Cavanaugh
 1943 Bombardier
Maj. Chick Davis
 1942 The Navy Comes Through
Chief Michael 'Mike' Mallory
 1942 Flight Lieutenant
Samuel J. 'Sam' Doyle
 1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad
Tim Reardon
 1940 Flowing Gold
Ian 'Hap' O'Connor
 1940 Escape to Glory
Mike Farrough
 1940 Torrid Zone
Steve Case
 1940 The Fighting 69th
Father Duffy
 1939 The Night of Nights
Dan O'Farrell
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
William Jennings 'Billy / 'Square Shooting Murph' Murphy
 1938 Swingtime in the Movies (Short)
Pat O'Brien (uncredited)
 1938 Out Where the Stars Begin (Short)
Pat O'Brien (uncredited)
 1938 Women Are Like That
Bill Landin
 1937 Submarine D-1
'Butch' Rogers
 1937 Slim
Red Blayd
 1936 Public Enemy's Wife
Lee Laird
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Click Wiley
 1935 The Irish in Us
Pat O'Hara
 1935 In Caliente
Larry MacArthur
 1935 Devil Dogs of the Air
Lieut. Brannigan
 1934 Flirtation Walk
'Scrapper' Thornhhill
 1934 Here Comes the Navy
 1934 The Personality Kid
Ritzy McCarty
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
Rush Blake
 1934 Gambling Lady
Charlie Lang
 1934 I've Got Your Number
Terry Riley
 1933 College Coach
Coach Gore
 1933 Bombshell
Jim Brogan
 1933 Bureau of Missing Persons
Butch Saunders
 1933 Destination Unknown
Matt Brennan
 1933 Laughter in Hell
Barney Slaney
 1932 Virtue
 1932 Hollywood Speaks
Jimmy Reed
 1932 The Strange Case of Clara Deane
Frank Deane
 1932 Scandal for Sale
 1932 The Final Edition
Sam 'Brad' Bradshaw
 1932 Hell's House
Matt Kelly
 1931 Flying High
 1931 Personal Maid
Peter Shea
 1931 Crimes Square (Short)
 1931 Honor Among Lovers
 1931 The Nightingale (Short)
The Sweetheart
 1930 Compliments of the Season (Short)
Police Detective (uncredited)
 1930 My Mistake (Short)
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(5/22/39) Rado: Appeared (as "Father Jerry Connolly") in a "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast of "Angels With Dirty Faces". See more »

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[interviewed in 1982]: I despise the Method, as do Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and as Jack Barrymore surely would have. I think the Method has ruined an awful lot of potentially fine actors. Look, the theatre is nothing but a mystique. It's nebulous. You get the part, you study your lines, you see what you can do with it and, finally, you evolve yourself into the part. But the Method - be a ... See more »


Pat was a great personal friend of fellow Irish-American actor James Cagney, from the early days of their career right up to Pat's death in 1983. They also starred in seven films together, Pat often playing the role of a Catholic priest. See more »

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