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Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien


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Also Known As: Died: October 15, 1983
Born: November 11, 1899 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Ragtime (1981) as Delmas
A proud black musician rebels against racism in turn-of-the-century New York.
Scout's Honor (1980) as Mr Caboose
Gary Coleman's second TV movie stars him as an orphan yearning to become a boy scout and features not only a handful of former child stars of an earlier television age, here playing the parents of Coleman's fellow scouts, but also Pat O'Brien in his final screen role. It also was the last film for v
The End (1978) as Ben Lawson
A dying man enlists a mental patient to help him commit suicide.
Kiss Me... Kill Me (1976) as Jimmy--Morgue Attendant
A pilot movie about a lady investigator for the district attorney's office and her relentless search for the killer of a young teacher who appeared to have been a pillar of the community.
Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1976) as Vice President
After a senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining senator and the state governor must decide on a person who will play along with their shady deals and not cause any problems. They decide on Billy Jack, currently sitting in prison after being sent to jail at the end of his previous film, as they don't expect him to be capable of much, and they think he will attract young voters to the party. Billy is pardoned, released and nominated, after which he begins his duties. He soon notices that things aren't right, and starts trying to find out just what is going on.
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (1972) as Sergeant Mcgill
A Vietnam prisoner-of-war tries to return to the small New England hometown he dreamed of in captivity, but strangely, he can find no trace of it.
Adventures of Nick Carter, The (1972) as Hallelujah Harry
Nick Carter learns that a fellow private eye's death is tied into the disappearance of a wealthy playboy's wife, and he hunts for the killer among the social register as well as the dregs of 1912 New York. Pilot to a prospective series.
The Phynx (1970) as
A rock band tours to Albania to rescue kidnapped American stars.
Over-the-hill Gang, The (1969) as Captain Oren Hayes
In this comedy Western, a retired Texas Ranger and three aged pals help to clean up a town run by a crooked mayor, a drunken judge and a trigger-happy sheriff. This marked the TV-movie debuts of both Rick Nelson and Gypsy Rose Lee, and it was the latter's farewell acting appearance.
Naked Fog (1966) as Lynn
Town Tamer (1965) as Judge Murcott
A lawyer, avenging his wife''s death, corrals the lawless in western towns.
Some Like It Hot (1959) as Mulligan
Two musicians on the run from gangsters masquerade as members of an all-girl band.
The Last Hurrah (1958) as John Gorman
A political boss faces changing times as he runs for re-election.
Kill Me Tomorrow (1957) as Bart Crosbie
A boozy old reporter finds his life is falling apart around him. He loses his wife and then his job. He is dragged back to reality when his son needs help. He goes to ask for his old job back but finds his old boss dead in the office ...
Inside Detroit (1956) as Gus Linden
Ring of Fear (1954) as Frank Wallace
Mystery writer Mickey Spillane tries to help Clyde Beatty deal with a plot to sabotage his circus.
Jubilee Trail (1954) as Texas
A pregnant widow ventures West in search of a new life.
Okinawa (1952) as Lt. Commander Hale
(War ''52,BW). Pat O''Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Richard Denning, Rhys Williams, James Dobson, Richard Benedict, Alvy Moore. The gun crew of a destroyer stationed off Okinawa duke it out with the Japanese during the Pacific Campaign of WWII.
Criminal Lawyer (1951) as Jimmy Reagan
An alcoholic lawyer sobers up to defend his friend in a murder case.
The Hills of Ireland (1951) as Narrated by
The People Against O'Hara (1951) as Vince Ricks
A defense attorney jeopardizes his career to save his client.
Johnny One-Eye (1950) as Martin Martin
Big-time racketeer Martin Martin (Pat O'Brien), on the eve of his projected move into New York politics, barely escapes the District Attorney's men who attempt to arrest him for a murder committed five-years earlier by Martin and his former partner Dane Cory (Wayne Morris.) Martin, who knows that Cory has copped a plea with the D.A. to save himself, arranges a meeting. At the meeting, Cory's henchman, Cute Freddie (Harry Bronson), shoots Martin and the latter kills Freddie. Cory hides in the Greenwich Village apartment of his girl friend, burlesque queen Lily White (Dolores Moran.) With them is Lily's six-year-old daughter, Elsie (Gayle Reed), and her dog Skipper. Martin trails Cory, but weakened by his bullet wound, is forced to seek refuge in an abandoned building next to Lily's. Bad-to-the-bone Cory kicks Skipper and the dog finds shelter with Martin, where Elsie finds them sleeping. Martin is charmed by Elsie and the dog, whom he names Johnny One-Eye, and takes the animal to a vet (Donald Woods) who can't help the dog but does take the bullet slug out of Martin. Barely eluding capture, Martin returns to the building where Elsie tells him she is Lily's daughter, and that Cory is hiding in their house. Later Cory follows Elsie to where Martin is hiding. She is caught in the line of fire and, to save her, Martin exposes himself for a fatal wound from Cory but not before he kills Cory. His last words to a policeman are: "Buy Elsie another dog, and make sure he has two good eyes."
The Fireball (1950) as Father O'Hara
Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he is a champion, not, as with Mary, out of love for him. Then he gets polio.
A Dangerous Profession (1949) as Joe Farley
A bail bondsman is asked to raise money to free his girlfriend''s husband.
Fighting Father Dunne (1948) as Father [Peter J.] Dunne
A dedicated priest tries to reform a group of homeless boys in turn-of-the-century St. Louis.
The Boy with Green Hair (1948) as Gramp [Frye]
An orphaned boy mystically acquires green hair and a mission to end war.
Riffraff (1947) as Dan [Hammer]
After lucking into a map to a rich oil field, a man has to dodge those out to steal it.
Crack-Up (1946) as George Steele
An art critic risks his reputation and his life to track down a forgery racket.
Perilous Holiday (1946) as Patrick Nevil
Based on a "serial" story by Robert Carson that ran in the Saturday Evening Post, this tale of an international counterfeiting-ring operating in Mexico starts with Patrick Nevil (Pat O'Brien)viewed as a suspicious character by newspaper woman Agnes Stuart (Ruth Warrick), who is working on a story to expose racketeering night-club owner Doc Lilley (Alan Hale.) She searches Lilley's home and finds the counterfeiting plates and thinks Nevil is part of the gang.
Having Wonderful Crime (1945) as Michael J. Malone
Three amateur detectives try to find a missing magician.
Man Alive (1945) as Michael O'Flaherty "Speed" McBride
A man thought dead returns as a ghost to scare off his wife''''s suitors.
Secret Command (1944) as Sam Gallagher
A surprise visit from his brother almost blows an undercover agent out of the water.
Marine Raiders (1944) as Major Steve Lockhard
Marine buddies training in Australia battle over love.
Bombardier (1943) as Major Chick Davis
Military officers compete for the same woman while training pilots for war.
The Iron Major (1943) as Frank "Cav" Cavanaugh
In this true story, Frank Cavanaugh proves himself as a football coach and a World War I hero.
His Butler's Sister (1943) as Martin Murphy
Flight Lieutenant (1942) as Sam Doyle
A disgraced pilot sets out to regain his son''''s respect.
The Navy Comes Through (1942) as Michael Mallory
An old freighter single-handedly takes on a Nazi war fleet.
Two Yanks in Trinidad (1942) as Tim ["Timmy"] Reardon
Broadway (1942) as Dan [Alyosius] McCorn
Flowing Gold (1940) as Hap O'Connor
A fugitive from justice tries to get work in a western oil field.
'Til We Meet Again (1940) as Steve Burke
A dying woman shares a shipboard romance with a criminal on his way to the gallows.
Torrid Zone (1940) as Steve Case
A Central American plantation manager and his boss battle over a traveling showgirl.
Knute Rockne--All American (1940) as Knute Rockne
Biography of the famed Notre Dame coach and his fight to "win one for the Gipper."
The Fighting 69th (1940) as Father [Francis] Duffy
A braggart soldier learns the true meaning of heroism when he joins World War I's all-Irish unit.
Escape to Glory (1940) as Mike Farrough
Amid rumors of war in Europe, a group of Americans rush homeward aboard a British freighter.
Castle on the Hudson (1940) as Warden Long
A hardened crook behind bars comes up against a reform-minded warden.
The Kid from Kokomo (1939) as Billy Murphy
A fight manager decides his client needs a family for publicity purposes.
Off the Record (1939) as Thomas "Breezy" Elliott
A lady reporter adopts the young delinquent her crime exposes helped send to jail.
Slightly Honorable (1939) as John Webb
A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.
Indianapolis Speedway (1939) as Joe Greer
A race-car driver tries to keep his kid brother from taking to the track.
The Night of Nights (1939) as Dan O'Farrell
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) as Ray Chadwick
A singing cowboy turns out to be a tenderfoot.
Women Are Like That (1938) as Bill Landin
Years after their break-up, a couple finds each other all over again.
Garden of the Moon (1938) as John Quinn
A nightclub owner and a bandleader compete for the lead singer''''s heart.
Boy Meets Girl (1938) as J. C. Benson
Two wacky Hollywood writers drive their boss crazy while trying to help a pregnant waitress.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) as Jerry Connolly
Childhood friends on opposite sides of the law fight over the future of a street gang.
Submarine D-1 (1937) as "Butch" Rogers
Recruits on a new submarine fall for the same girl.
Back in Circulation (1937) as Bill Morgan
A reporter tries to win her editor's heart by solving a murder case.
Slim (1937) as Red Blayd
Electric linemen compete on the job and in love.
San Quentin (1937) as Capt. Stephen Jameson
A convict's sister falls for the captain of the prison guards.
The Great O'Malley (1937) as James Aloysius O'Malley
A ruthless cop gets mixed up with a man who''''s only turned to crime to help his crippled daughter.
China Clipper (1936) as Dave Logan
A flyer sacrifices everything to open a transpacific airline.
I Married a Doctor (1936) as Dr. Wm. [Will] P. Kennicott
An idealistic city girl moves to the country with her doctor husband.
Public Enemy's Wife (1936) as Lee Laird
An escaped convict''''s bride joins forces with the FBI.
Ceiling Zero (1936) as Jake Lee
War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline. Dizzy is fooling with one of the younger pilot's girl-friend and due to this, he changes flights with Texas. Texas' plane crashes attempting to land on their airfield under extremly bad weather circumstances, he is killed in this accident. Dizzy feels guilty for his friend's death and takes the next flight under even worse circumstances, testing a new anti-ice device on the plane.
Roaring West, The (1935)
"The Roaring West" was Universal's 27th sound-era serial (between "The Call of the Savage" and "Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery") and the second of the five serials Buck Jones made at Universal, with his sixth serial "White Eagle-1941" coming from Columbia. The Whitman Publishing Company of Racine, Wisconsin also put out two different Big Little Books, "Buck Jones in 'The Roaring West'-number 1174 and "Buck Jones in 'The Fighting Rangers'--number 1188---based on this serial with over 100 production stills from the serial in each book. Possibly,but not likely, someday the sources that insist on putting the Pat O'Brien from Warners into the cast of Universal serials will either actually see this (and other Universal serials) and learn that the actor in those was one Pat J. O'Brien, who was nearly always billed just as Pat O'Brien. If they don't care to bother with watching the films, there is the possibility that some kind soul will scan and send them some stills of both Pat O'Briens. The opening chapter of this serial---"The Land Rush"---finds cowpunchers Montana Larkin (Buck Jones) and Jinglebob Morgan (Frank McGlynn) riding into new territory to join an impending land rush. They carry a mail-order catalogue hiding a map giving the location of valuable mineral deposits in the land-rush territory. They stop at the ranch of Jim Parker (William Desmond) where Montana saves Parker's daughter Mary (Muriel Evans) from a wild horse. The gabby Jinglebob plays poker with ranch foreman Gil Gillespie (Walter Miller) and reveals the secret of the map. Gil has his henchman, Hank (Slim Whitaker), steal the map, copy it and return it without being seen. Montana, Jinglebob, Parker, Mary, Gillespie and Ann Hardy (Eole Galli), a Parker neice, and some stock-footage land-rushers gather the next day for the land rush, where Montana learns that Gillespie has a copy of the map. Montana is riding hard to beat Gillespie to the mineral deposits but Mary falls from her horse and Montana picks her up on the run but the usually-reliable Silver falls over an unseen embankment, and Montana and Mary are underneath as the other horses and wagons plunge after them. That ends chapter one, but things get worse in chapter two as they find that Gillespie has beaten them to the site and has already staked nine claims. But Gillespie, the cad, is willing to share the claims with old man Parker if he will turn Mary over to Gillespie as his bride. 13 more chapters of such high-handed villainy occur before Montana gets total control of the situation.
Page Miss Glory (1935) as Click Wiley
A con artist creates a composite photo to win a beauty contest, then has to find the real thing.
In Caliente (1935) as Larry MacArthur
At a Mexican resort, a fast-talking magazine editor woos the dancer he's trashed in print.
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) as Lieut. [Bill] Brannigan
Two Marine pilots vie for romance and glory.
The Irish in Us (1935) as Pat O'Hara
The sons of an Irish family have to choose among police work, prize fighting and love.
Stars over Broadway (1935) as Al McGillevray
An aggressive agent turns a hotel porter into an overnight sensation.
Oil for the Lamps of China (1935) as Stephen Chase
An American oil company representative almost sacrifices his marriage for his career.
The Personality Kid (1934) as Ritzy [McCarty]
Success corrupts a young prizefighter and leads him to neglect his wife.
I Sell Anything (1934) as Spot Cash Cutler
A small-time auctioneer tries to break into society.
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934) as Rush [Blake]
A promoter neglects his wife to make a singer a radio star.
I've Got Your Number (1934) as Terry [Riley]
Two telephone engineers try to clear a woman of criminal charges.
Here Comes the Navy (1934) as Biff [Martin]
A cocky naval cadet clashes with an old friend serving with him.
Flirtation Walk (1934) as Scrapper Thornhill
A West Point cadet falls for his commanding officer's daughter.
Gambling Lady (1934) as Charlie Lang
Two gamblers fall in love but one is already married to a possible murderer.
Flaming Gold (1933) as [Ben] Lear
Two friends working a jungle oil field clash when one marries a lady of the evening.
The World Gone Mad (1933) as Andy Terrell
Laughter in Hell (1933) as Barney Slaney
College Coach (1933) as Coach Gore
A timid chemistry major becomes a college football star.
Destination Unknown (1933) as Matt Brennan
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) as Butch Saunders
A police chief helps a young bride find her missing husband or at least his corpse.
Bombshell (1933) as [Jim] Brogan
A glamorous film star rebels against the studio, her pushy press agent and a family of hangers-on.
Virtue (1932) as Jimmy [Doyle]
A taxi driver falls for a sassy New York con girl.
The Final Edition (1932) as Sam Bradshaw
A newswoman comes on to a mobster to solve the police commissioner''''s murder.
Scandal for Sale (1932) as Waddell
Hollywood Speaks (1932) as Jimmy Reed
Hell's House (1932) as Kelly
Jimmy Mason idolizes bootlegger Matt Kelly who is interested in Jimmy's girlfriend Peggy. Unwilling to squeal on his idol, Jimmy winds up in a cruel reformatory where a new- found friend dies from abuse. Jimmy's aunt tells him Peggy is seeing a lot of Matt, so Jimmy escapes.
American Madness (1932) as Matt [Brown]
A banker fights to keep his independence and protect his customers.
Air Mail (1932) as Duke Talbot
Level headed Mike Miller runs Desert Airport, an air mail base full of daring young pilots risking their lives to get the mail through-regardless of the weather. Following the death of one pilot in a horrific crash, Miller is forced to engage the wild and arrogant, yet skillful, Duke Talbot. When pilot Dizzy Wilkins crashes and dies in a storm, Talbot runs off with the young Mrs.Wilkins, leaving Miller to complete the last leg of Wilkins' mail run. Miller crashes on a mountain. Alive but in an inaccessible location, Miller tries to endure his injuries while futile attempts are made by air mail pilots to rescue him. Hearing of the impossibility of reaching Miller's crash site in time to save him, Talbot can't resist the challenge of trying an airborne rescue himself.
The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932) as Frank Deane
The Front Page (1931) as Hildy Johnson
A crusading newspaper editor tricks his retiring star reporter into covering one last case.
Consolation Marriage (1931) as Steve Porter
A couple who married after each was jilted faces the return of their former loved ones.
Flying High (1931) as Sport [Wardell]
A hare-brained inventor invents a new flying machine but can''''t figure out how to land it.
Personal Maid (1931) as Peter Shea
Nora Ryan, a poor Irish girl, living in New York decides to change her life by working as a personal maid for the wealthy, Gary family. The Gary family fear Grandpa Gary Gary, a copper magnate, for he controls the family fortune. Mrs. Otis Gary, hearing that her son, Dick Gary has been expelled from college, sends Nora to meet Dick at the train station and escort him to his aunt's in Virginia. Dick flirts with Nora. Nora is repulsed, but finds him irresistible. Dick tries to con Nora out of the money his mother gave her. Nora, returns to the Gary home in New York to report the incident to Grandpa Gary. Dick, being Grandpa Gary's favorite dismisses the incident and gives Nora money for her troubles. Nora leaves the Gary's and moves into a lavish hotel under a different name. She meets, Peter Shea, Grandpa Gary's business manager, and they date. Grandpa knowing that Dick is in love with Nora and Nora with Dick, breaks them up. The problem is that Dick believed Nora is in love with Peter, has left...

Cast (special)

Amanda Fallon (1973) as Emory
A second pilot film about the work of Amanda Fallon, a pediatrician in Los Angeles. In the pilot episode, titled "And Other Things I May Not See," Amanda tries to help a pregnant teenager who desperately hopes that her baby will somehow fill the void in her life.
Super Comedy Bowl 1 (1971)
A comedy special poking fun at the Super Bowl, its fans, and its players.
Operation Entertainment (1954) as Guest
A tribute to the soldiers in greasepaint; the many members of show business who gave their services and time to the USO overseas during World War II and the Korean War.

Cast (short)

Swingtime in the Movies (1938)
In this musical short, a director making a western struggles to find a good lead actress. Vitaphone Release 8960-8961.
Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)
This musical short spoofs the production of Hollywood movies.
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
This short film presents a series of bloopers from various Warner Bros. productions.
A Dream Comes True The Making of an Unusual Motion Picture (1935)
This short film promotes the film "A Midsummer Night''''s Dream" (1935), and offers behind-the-scene footage of the creation of the film.
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)
This short film takes the viewer on a tour of the Warner Brothers studios lot. Vitaphone Release 6616.
Compliments of the Season (1930)
In this short film, a criminal attempting to go straight stops a young lady on Christmas eve from committing suicide. Vitaphone Release 1094-1095.

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