Pat O'Brien (actor)

Pat O'Brien (actor)

Infobox Actor
name = Pat O'Brien

caption = O'Brien in "Public Enemy's Wife" (1936).
birthname = William Joseph Patrick O'Brien
birthdate = birth date|1899|11|11
birthplace = Milwaukee, Wisconsin
deathdate = death date and age|1983|10|15|1899|11|11
deathplace = Santa Monica, California
yearsactive = 1930 - 1982
occupation = actor
spouse = Eloise Taylor (1931-1983)
emmyawards = Best Actor in Daytime Drama - For a Special Program
1974 "The ABC Afternoon Playbreak"
Daytime Actor of the Year
1974 "The ABC Afternoon Playbreak"
awards = Walk of Fame - Motion Picture
1529 Vine Street
Walk of Fame - Television
6200 Hollywood Blvd

Pat O'Brien (November 11, 1899October 15, 1983) was an American movie actor with over 100 screen credits.O'Brien was born William Joseph Patrick O'Brien to an Irish American Catholic family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [ [,vol.10,no.143txt/aug2top.htm/] ] He served as an altar boy at Gesu Church while growing up near 13th and Clybourn streets. O'Brien attended Marquette Academy with fellow actor Spencer Tracy, and later attended Marquette University. Reportedly he also served with Jack Benny at Great Lakes Naval Station during World War I.

O'Brien appeared with James Cagney in eight movies including "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938) and Cagney's last film "Ragtime" (1981). He began appearing in movies (many times playing Irish cops or priests) in the 1930s, starting with the role of ace reporter Hildy Johnson in the original version of "The Front Page" in 1931. He memorably appeared in the highly successful 1946 suspense film, "Crack-Up" and played the lead in "The Personality Kid".

He may be best remembered for his role as a police detective opposite George Raft in "Some Like It Hot" and the title role as a football coach in "Knute Rockne, All American" (1940), where he gave the speech to "win just one for the Gipper," referring to recently deceased football player George Gipp, portrayed in the film by a young Ronald Reagan (the origin of countless later references to President Reagan as "the Gipper"). O'Brien's movie career more or less ended in the early 1950s when he was apparently partially blacklisted for being a political conservative. He still did manage to get work in television; O'Brien later claimed to be completely flummoxed about this in his autobiography "The Wind At My Back." His close friend Spencer Tracy had to fight the studio to get a small role for O'Brien in Tracy's film "The Last Hurrah" in 1958. O'Brien did have a small role as Burt Reynolds' father in Reynold's 1978 comedy film "The End"; veteran actress Myrna Loy played Reynolds' mother in the film.

O'Brien died from a heart attack at the age of 83.


*"Honor Among Lovers" (1931)
*"The Front Page" (1931)
*"Personal Maid" (1931)
*"Flying High" (1931)
*"Consolation Marriage" (1931)
*"Hell's House" (1932)
*"Scandal for Sale" (1932)
*"The Strange Case of Clara Deane" (1932)
*"Hollywood Speaks" (1932)
*"American Madness" (1932)
*"Virtue" (1932)
*"Airmail" (1932)
*"Laughter in Hell" (1933)
*"Destination Unknown" (1933)
*"The World Gone Mad" (1933)
*"Bureau of Missing Persons" (1933)
*"Flaming Gold" (1933)
*"Bombshell" (1933)
*"College Coach" (1933)
*"I've Got Your Number" (1934)
*"Gambling Lady" (1934)
*"Twenty Million Sweethearts" (1934)
*"Here Comes the Navy" (1934)
*"The Personality Kid" (1934)
*"Flirtation Walk" (1934)
*"I Sell Anything" (1934)
*"Devil Dogs of the Air" (1935)
*"In Caliente" (1935)
*"Oil for the Lamps of China" (1935)
*"The Irish in Us" (1935)
*"Page Miss Glory" (1935)
*"Stars Over Broadway" (1935)
*"Ceiling Zero" (1936)
*"I Married a Doctor" (1936)
*"Public Enemy's Wife" (1936)
*"China Clipper" (1936)
*"The Great O'Malley" (1937)
*"Slim" (1937)
*"San Quentin" (1937)
*"Back in Circulation" (1937)
*"Submarine D-1" (1937)
*"Women Are Like That" (1938)
*"Panamint's Bad Man" (1938)
*"Cowboy from Brooklyn" (1938)
*"Boy Meets Girl" (1938)
*"Garden of the Moon" (1938)
*"Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938)
*"Off the Record" (1939)
*"The Kid from Kokomo" (1939)
*"Indianapolis Speedway" (1939)
*"The Night of Nights" (1939)
*"Slightly Honorable" (1940)
*"The Fighting 69th" (1940)
*"Castle on the Hudson" (1940)
*"'Til We Meet Again" (1940)
*"Torrid Zone" (1940)
*"Escape to Glory" (1940)
*"Flowing Gold" (1940)
*"Knute Rockne, All American" (1940)
*"Doomed Caravan" (1941)
*"Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1941)
*"Two Yanks in Trinidad" (1942)
*"Broadway" (1942)
*"Flight Lieutenant" (1942)
*"The Navy Comes Through" (1942)
*"Bombardier" (1943)
*"The Iron Major" (1943)
*"His Butler's Sister" (1943)
*"Marine Raiders" (1944)
*"Secret Command" (1944)
*"Having Wonderful Crime" (1945)
*"Man Alive" (1945)
*"Perilous Holiday" (1946)
*"Crack-Up" (1946)
*"Riffraff" (1947)
*"Fighting Father Dunne" (1948)
*"The Boy with Green Hair" (1948)
*"A Dangerous Profession" (1949)
*"Johnny One-Eye" (1950)
*"The Fireball" (1950)
*"Criminal Lawyer" (1951)
*"The People Against O'Hara" (1951)
*"Okinawa" (1952)
*"Jubilee Trail" (1954)
*"Ring of Fear" (1954)
*"Inside Detroit" (1956)
*"Kill Me Tomorrow" (1957)
*"The Last Hurrah" (1958)
*"Some Like It Hot" (1959)
*"Town Tamer" (1965)
*"The Phynx" (1970) (Cameo)
*"The Sky's the Limit" (1975)
*"Billy Jack Goes to Washington" (1977)
*"The End" (1978)
*"Ragtime" (1981)

Short Subjects:
*"Compliments of the Season" (1930)
*"A Dream Comes True" (1935)
*"A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio" (1935)
*"Swingtime in the Movies" (1938)
*"Out Where the Stars Begin" (1938)
*"Screen Snapshots: Famous Fathers and Sons" (1946)
*"Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Happy Homes" (1949)
*"Screen Snapshots: Motion Picture Mothers, Inc." (1949)
*"Screen Snapshots: Hopalong in Hoppy Land" (1951)
*"Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson" (1952)
*"Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Mothers and Fathers" (1955)
*"Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Beauty" (1955)

Television Work

*"Joyful Hour" (1960)
*"Harrigan and Son" (1960-1961)
*"The Over-the-Hill Gang" (1969)
*"Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol" (1972)
*"Adventures of Nick Carter" (1972) (unsold pilot)
*"Kiss Me, Kill Me" (1976)
*"Scout's Honor" (1980)
*"WKRP In Cincinnati" (1981)
*"Happy Days" (1982)

External links

*imdb name|id=0002285|name=Pat O'Brien
* [ Pat O'Brien's Gravesite]


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