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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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Knute Rockne All American
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 1980-1982 Happy Days (TV Series)
Uncle Joe
 1981 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)
Col. Buchanan
 1981 Ragtime
 1980 Scout's Honor (TV Movie)
Mr. Caboose
 1978/I 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
 1975 The Sky's the Limit
Abner Therman
 1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
Dr. Miller
 1973 McCloud (TV Series)
Mac Ferguson
 1973 Tenafly (TV Series)
 1973 Amanda Fallon (TV Movie)
 1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
 1972 Banyon (TV Series)
Big Jim Rawlins
 1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
 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
 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
 1966 Hazel (TV Series)
Uncle Jerome Van Meter
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Phineas T. Barnum
 1964-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
District Attorney Hightower / Otto Mead
 1965 Town Tamer
Judge Murcott
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Assemblyman Raymond J. O'Riordan
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Dan Zarilla / Lt. John Curwood
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Frank McCaffey
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong
Chinese Restaurateur (uncredited)
 1960-1961 Harrigan and Son (TV Series)
James Harrigan Sr.
 1960 Joyful Hour (TV Movie)
 1960 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
 1959 Some Like It Hot
Detective Mulligan
 1958 The Last Hurrah
John Gorman
 1958 Target (TV Series)
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mike Waterson
 1956-1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Capt. Frank Brodie / Al Richards / Jay Breen
 1953-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. V. Keever / Richard Brown / Spud Malone
 1957 Kill Me Tomorrow
Bart Crosbie
 1957 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
the Sheriff
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Father Patrick O'Neil / Father Edward Sullivan / Father Jim / ...
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sheriff Kyle Bickford
 1951-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Barnaby / Eddie Gorman / Charley Hackett / ...
 1956 Sneak Preview (TV Series)
 1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
 1956 Inside Detroit
Gus Linden
 1955-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Ed Talbot / Police Lieutenant / Police Lieutenant Moore
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Walter Arnold
 1955 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Dan Packard
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Larry Johnson
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Dan Jennings
 1954 Ring of Fear
Frank Wallace
 1954 Jubilee Trail
Ernest 'Texas' Conway
 1952-1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
John Wentworth
 1953 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Major Irish
 1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
 1952 Okinawa
Lt. Cmdr. Hale
 1951 The People Against O'Hara
Det. Vincent Ricks
 1951 Criminal Lawyer
James Edward Reagan
 1950 The Fireball
Father O'Hara
 1950 Johnny One-Eye
Martin Martin
 1949 A Dangerous Profession
Joe Farley
 1948 Fighting Father Dunne
Father Peter J. Dunne
 1947 Riffraff
Dan Hammer
 1946 Crack-Up
George Steele
 1946 Perilous Holiday
Patrick Nevil
 1945 Man Alive
Michael O'Flaherty 'Speed' McBride
 1945 Having Wonderful Crime
Michael J. Malone
 1944 Secret Command
Sam Gallagher
 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
 1942 Broadway
Dan McCorn
 1940 Knute Rockne All American
Knute Rockne
 1940 Flowing Gold
Ian 'Hap' O'Connor
 1940 Escape to Glory
Mike Farrough
 1940 Torrid Zone
Steve Case
 1940 'Til We Meet Again
Steve Burke
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
Warden Long
 1940 The Fighting 69th
Father Duffy
 1939 Slightly Honorable
John Webb
 1939 The Night of Nights
Dan O'Farrell
 1939 Indianapolis Speedway
Joe Greer
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
William Jennings 'Billy / 'Square Shooting Murph' Murphy
 1939 Off the Record
Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott
 1938 Swingtime in the Movies (Short)
Pat O'Brien (uncredited)
 1938 Angels with Dirty Faces
Jerry Connolly
 1938 Garden of the Moon
John Quinn
 1938 Boy Meets Girl
J.C. Benson
 1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
Roy Chadwick
 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 Back in Circulation
Bill Morgan
 1937 Slim
Red Blayd
 1937 San Quentin
Captain Stephen Jameson
 1937 The Great O'Malley
James Aloysius O'Malley
 1936 China Clipper
Dave Logan
 1936 Public Enemy's Wife
Lee Laird
 1936 I Married a Doctor
Dr. William P. Kennicott
 1936 Ceiling Zero
Jake L. Lee
 1935 Stars Over Broadway
Al McGillevray
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Click Wiley
 1935 The Irish in Us
Pat O'Hara
 1935 Oil for the Lamps of China
Stephen Chase
 1935 In Caliente
Larry MacArthur
 1935 Devil Dogs of the Air
Lieut. Brannigan
 1934 Flirtation Walk
'Scrapper' Thornhhill
 1934 I Sell Anything
'Spot Cash' Cutler
 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 The World Gone Mad
Andy Terrell
 1933 Destination Unknown
Matt Brennan
 1933 Laughter in Hell
Barney Slaney
 1932 Air Mail
Duke Talbot
 1932 Virtue
 1932 Flaming Gold
Ben Lear
 1932 American Madness
 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 Consolation Marriage
Steve Porter
 1931 Personal Maid
Peter Shea
 1931 Crimes Square (Short)
 1931 The Front Page
Hildy Johnson
 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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