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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 11, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Eugene, Oregon, USA Profession: actor

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This bright, wholesome young performer won the coveted role of Danny Madigan, the 11-year-old protagonist of the spectacular Arnold Schwarzenegger box-office flop, "The Last Action Hero" (1993). O'Brien entered show business as a model and actor, appearing in over 40 TV commercials and magazine ads. He made his feature debut in the Stephen King-inspired sci-fi thriller, "The Lawnmower Man" (1992) and reprised the role in the tepid sequel "Lawmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace" (1996). O'Brien also appeared in Charles Band's "Prehysteria!" (1993), a low-budget dinosaur epic partly inspired by "Jurassic Park", "My Girl 2" (1994) and "The Baby-sitter's Club" (1995). He made his TV series debut as Gerald McRaney's son in the CBS drama "Promised Land" (1996-99).

This bright, wholesome young performer won the coveted role of Danny Madigan, the 11-year-old protagonist of the spectacular Arnold Schwarzenegger box-office flop, "The Last Action Hero" (1993). O'Brien entered show business as a model and actor, appearing in over 40 TV commercials and magazine ads. He made his feature debut in the Stephen King-inspired sci-fi thriller, "The Lawnmower Man" (1992) and reprised the role in the tepid sequel "Lawmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace" (1996). O'Brien also appeared in Charles Band's "Prehysteria!" (1993), a low-budget dinosaur epic partly inspired by "Jurassic Park", "My Girl 2" (1994) and "The Baby-sitter's Club" (1995). He made his TV series debut as Gerald McRaney's son in the CBS drama "Promised Land" (1996-99).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Apollo 13 (1995) Whiz Kid
3.
 Baby-Sitters Club, The (1995) Logan Bruno
4.
 My Girl 2 (1994) Nick Zsigmond
5.
 Last Action Hero (1993) Danny Madigan
6.
 Prehysteria (1993) Jerry Taylor
7.
 Lawnmower Man, The (1992) Peter Parkette
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Appeared in over 24 TV commercials as well as magazine ads
1992:
Feature acting debut, "The Lawnmower Man"
1993:
Won the coveted role of Danny Madigan in "The Last Action Hero" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
1996:
TV series debut as regular, "Promised Land" (CBS)
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Notes

". . . There will be absolutely no cuss words for this little guy."

"The 11-year-old and his family were adamant that he not be made to swear in the film. O'Brien saw Danny as a role model and didn't want it to seem he was setting a bad example."

C5"`If I cussed, every kid out there on the street will think it's cool to cuss,' he says. `At the beginning, `I went in for the read-through . . . and I just didn't say anything during the cuss words. Later on, they said, `If you don't like them we'll take them out.'"

"His mother, Valerie O'Brien, agrees."

"`We absolutely will not take the Lord's name in vain. And I said to Austin, if it came to that, we'd walk. They'd have to find someone else. And they were really great about it. They took them all out.'" --From USA TODAY, March 10, 1993.

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mother:
Valerie O'Brien.
sister:
Amanda O'Brien. Actor. Older; born c. 1979.
brother:
Trever O'Brien. Actor. Younger; born c. 1985.

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