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Also Known As: Died: September 4, 1985
Born: April 19, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California Profession: actor, assistant cameraman, stuntman

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Muscular, barrel-chested, yet sensitively talented silent star whose breakthrough came with the lead role in John Ford's "The Iron Horse" (1924). O'Brien starred for Fox Studios in many films after that, reuniting with Ford for such films as "The Fighting Heart" (1925) and "Three Bad Men", as well as playing in Howard Hawks' dated but amusing marital farce "Fig Leaves" (1926). 1927 saw O'Brien give an excellent performance in the greatest and most famous film of his career, F.W. Murnau's classic "Sunrise" (1927). He made a successful transition to sound soon thereafter, and began playing tough but good-humored heroes in many enjoyable B-budget Westerns including "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1931) and "Mystery Ranch" (1932). Ending his dozen years with Fox, O'Brien moved over to RKO for "Daniel Boone" (1936), "Border G-Man" (1938), and "Racketeers of the Range" (1939), among others. He made few film appearances after the advent of WWII, though he was most welcome in small roles in Ford's "Fort Apache" (1948) and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949) and made his last film (and the last of 11 with Ford) in 1964, "Cheyenne Autumn".

Muscular, barrel-chested, yet sensitively talented silent star whose breakthrough came with the lead role in John Ford's "The Iron Horse" (1924). O'Brien starred for Fox Studios in many films after that, reuniting with Ford for such films as "The Fighting Heart" (1925) and "Three Bad Men", as well as playing in Howard Hawks' dated but amusing marital farce "Fig Leaves" (1926). 1927 saw O'Brien give an excellent performance in the greatest and most famous film of his career, F.W. Murnau's classic "Sunrise" (1927). He made a successful transition to sound soon thereafter, and began playing tough but good-humored heroes in many enjoyable B-budget Westerns including "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1931) and "Mystery Ranch" (1932). Ending his dozen years with Fox, O'Brien moved over to RKO for "Daniel Boone" (1936), "Border G-Man" (1938), and "Racketeers of the Range" (1939), among others. He made few film appearances after the advent of WWII, though he was most welcome in small roles in Ford's "Fort Apache" (1948) and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949) and made his last film (and the last of 11 with Ford) in 1964, "Cheyenne Autumn".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cheyenne Autumn (1964) Major Braden
2.
 Gold Raiders (1951) George O'Brien
3.
 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Major "Mac" Allshard
4.
 Fort Apache (1948) Capt. Sam Collingwood
5.
 My Wild Irish Rose (1947) Duke Muldoon
6.
 December 7th (1943) Narrator
7.
 Legion of the Lawless (1940) Jeff Toland
8.
 Bullet Code (1940) Steve Holden
9.
 Triple Justice (1940) Brad Henderson
10.
 Stage to Chino (1940) Dan Clark
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Earliest screen credits include "White Hands" (1922)
1936:
Signed with RKO; first films there, "Daniel Boone"
1940:
Made last starring films for RKO
1964:
Last film, "Cheyenne Autumn", directed by John Ford
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Education

University of Santa Clara: Santa Clara , California -

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wife:
Marguerite Churchill. Actor. Married in 1933, divorced in 1948.

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son:
Darcy O'Brien. Author. Born in 1939; died on March 2, 1998 of a heart attack at age 59.
daughter:
Orin O'Brien.

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