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Edmond O'Brien (1915–1985)

Oscar-winner Edmond O'Brien was one of the most-respected character actors in American cinema, from his heyday of the mid-1940s through the late 1960s. Born on September 10, 1915, in the New York City borough of The Bronx, O'Brien learned the craft of performance as a magician, reportedly tutored by neighbor Harry Houdini. He took part in student ... See full bio »

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 1974 Juicio de Socrates (Short)
 1974 99 and 44/100% Dead
Uncle Frank
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Chief Frank Modeer
- Chain of Command (1974) ... Chief Frank Modeer
 1973 Lucky Luciano
Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger (as Edmund O'Brien)
 1973 Isn't It Shocking? (TV Movie)
Justin Oates
 1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Dr. Banning
- Super Doc (1973) ... Dr. Banning
 1972 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Mr. Fontaine
- Cop of the Year (1972) ... Mr. Fontaine
 1972 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Officer Gustav 'Gus' Charnovski, SFPD
- The Thirty-Year Pin (1972) ... Officer Gustav 'Gus' Charnovski, SFPD
 1972 Jigsaw (TV Movie)
Det. Ed Burtelson
 1972 Cade's County (TV Series)
Clint Pritchard
- The Brothers (1972) ... Clint Pritchard
 1971 River of Mystery (TV Movie)
R.J. Twitchell
 1971 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Morgan MacQuarie
- The Hostage (1971) ... Morgan MacQuarie
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
- LA 2017 (1971) ... Bergman
 1970 Dream No Evil
Timothy MacDonald
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
- MacGillicuddy Always Was a Pain in the Neck (1970) ... MacGillicuddy
 1970 The Intruders (TV Movie)
Col. William Bodeen
 1961-1970 Insight (TV Series)
- The 7 Minute Life of James Houseworthy (1970) ... Houseworthy (as Edmund O'Brien)
- Breakthrough (1961)
 1969 The Bold Ones: The Protectors (TV Series)
Warden Millbank
- If I Should Wake Before I Die (1969) ... Warden Millbank
 1969 The Love God?
Osborn Tremaine
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Rocky McCauley
- Rock-Bye, Bye, Baby (1969) ... Rocky McCauley
 1968 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Raymond Halder
- The Counterfeiter (1968) ... Raymond Halder
 1968 Flesh and Blood (TV Movie)
 1967 The Outsider (TV Movie)
Marvin Bishop
 1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Thomas Manstead
- Ah Sing vs. Wyoming (1967) ... Thomas Manstead
 1967 The Viscount
Ricco Barone
 1966 The Doomsday Flight (TV Movie)
The Man
 1965 Synanon
Chuck Dederich
 1965 Sylvia
Oscar Stewart
 1964 The Hanged Man (TV Movie)
Arnie Seeger
 1964 Rio Conchos
Col. Theron Pardee
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Buck Denholt
- The Color of Sunset (1964) ... Buck Denholt
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Roger Conning
- The Tides of Darkness (1964) ... Roger Conning
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Mike O'Kelley
- Clancy (1964) ... Mike O'Kelley
 1962 The Longest Day
Gen. Raymond D. Barton
 1962 Birdman of Alcatraz
Tom Gaddis
 1962 Moon Pilot
McClosky aka 'Mac'
 1961 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Ollie Crown
- The Invisible Government (1961) ... Ollie Crown
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Sid Williams
- Killer in the House (1961) ... Sid Williams
 1961 The Great Impostor
Capt. Glover - HMCS Cayuga
 1960 The 3rd Voice
The Voice (voice)
 1960 Johnny Midnight (TV Series)
Johnny Midnight
- X Equals Murder (1960) ... Johnny Midnight
- Voice of the Dummy (1960) ... Johnny Midnight
- Trouble on the Road (1960) ... Johnny Midnight
- Token of Love (1960) ... Johnny Midnight
- The Whammy (1960) ... Johnny Midnight
 1957-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Marshal Ben Clark / Russ Andrews
- Lonesome Road (1959) ... Marshal Ben Clark
- A Gun Is for Killing (1957) ... Russ Andrews
 1959 Laramie (TV Series)
Captain Sam Prado
- The Iron Captain (1959) ... Captain Sam Prado
 1959 The Ambitious One
Mike Buchanan
 1959 Up Periscope
Commander Paul Stevenson
 1957-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Roy Brenner / Joe Ferguson / Al Preston
- The Blue Men (1959) ... Roy Brenner
- The Comedian (1957) ... Al Preston
 1958 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Big Jim Webber
- Coney Island Winter (1958) ... Big Jim Webber
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Sgt. Miles Odeen
- Death Watch (1958) ... Sgt. Miles Odeen
 1953-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Jim Reardon / Rick Saunders / Captain Simpson
- The Town That Slept with the Lights On (1958) ... Jim Reardon
- Tower Room 14-A (1957)
- The Net Draws Tight (1954) ... Rick Saunders
- Lineman's Luck (1953)
- The Long Shot (1953) ... Captain Simpson
 1958 Sing Boy Sing
Joseph Sharkey
 1958 The World Was His Jury
David Carson
 1957 Stopover Tokyo
George Underwood
 1957 The Big Land
Joe Jagger
 1951-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Harry 'Steve' Morgan / Major Jepelo / Randall / ...
- A Bell for Adano (1955) ... Major Jepelo
- Five Star Final (1954) ... Randall
- Lady of Suspicion (1953) ... Mike Dixon
- Ceylon Treasure (1952) ... Rorsford
 1956 The Rack
Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
 1956 A Cry in the Night
Capt. Dan Taggart
 1954-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Leo Waldek / Joel Flint
- Figures in Clay (1956) ... Leo Waldek
- An Error in Chemistry (1954) ... Joel Flint
 1956 D-Day the Sixth of June
Lt. Col. Alexander Timmer
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Thaddeus Kubaczik
- A Ticket for Thaddeus (1956) ... Thaddeus Kubaczik
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Ray Ericson
- End of Flight (1955)
- Dark Stranger (1955) ... Ray Ericson
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
- The Heart's a Forgotten Hotel (1955) ... Sidney
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues
Fran McCarg
 1955 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Grizzled Old Prospector
- Episode #4.23 (1955) ... Grizzled Old Prospector
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Clinton Sturges
- Debt of Honor (1955) ... Clinton Sturges
 1953-1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Joyce
- Charlie C Company (1954) ... Captain Joyce
- To Any Soldier (1953)
 1954 Shield for Murder
Detective Lt. Barney Nolan
 1954 The Shanghai Story
Dr. Dan Maynard
 1953 The Bigamist
Harry Graham / Harrison Graham
 1953 China Venture
Capt. Matt Reardon
 1953 Cow Country
Ben Anthony
 1953 Man in the Dark
Steve Rawley
 1953 The Hitch-Hiker
Roy Collins
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Ricochet (1953)
 1952 The Turning Point
John Conroy
 1952 Denver and Rio Grande
Jim Vesser
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
Midway Barker at End (uncredited)
 1951 Silver City
Larkin Moffatt
 1951 Warpath
John Vickers
 1951 Two of a Kind
Michael "Lefty" Farrell
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Ben Jordan
- Icebound (1951) ... Ben Jordan
 1951 The Redhead and the Cowboy
Maj. Dunn Jeffers
 1950 The Admiral Was a Lady
Jimmy Stevens
 1949 Task Force
Radio Announcing Pearl Harbor Attack (voice, uncredited)
 1948 An Act of Murder
David Douglas
 1948 For the Love of Mary
Lt. Tom Farrington
 1944 Winged Victory
Irving Miller (as Sgt. Edmond O'Brien)
 1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
Tom Holliday
 1942 Powder Town
J. Quincy 'Penji' Pennant
 1942 Obliging Young Lady
'Red' Reddy, aka Professor Stanley
 1941 Parachute Battalion
Bill Burke
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(2/18/51) Radio: Appeared in a "Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast of "The Big Lift". See more »

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Alternate Names:

Edmund O'Brien | Sgt. Edmond O'Brien


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Personal Quote:

Versatility is a dangerous thing. It's very satisfying to portray many types of roles, but often your own identity gets lost. Seldom does a producer say, "This is an Eddie O'Brien part." On the other hand, while the rewards may be great in fame and financially for stars, the work becomes monotonous. No actor who plays himself is a happy person.


Father, with Olga San Juan, of actress Maria O'Brien, TV producer Bridget O'Brien Adelman and Brendan O'Brien. See more »


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