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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 ...
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Met lifelong friend Spencer Tracy in high school in Milwaukee
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Joined the US Navy during World War I; saw no combat
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Returned to Milwaukee, graduated high school and attended law school
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While visiting relatives in NYC, cast as a dancer in the Broadway production "Adrienne"
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Returned to Milwaukee to look after his ill father; resumed law studies; when father recovered, returned to NYC
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Rented an apartment in Manhattan with Tracy; attended acting classes paid for with his veteran's stipend
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Cast alongside Tracy in the science fiction play "R.U.R."
1923:
Joined a traveling stock theater company
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Returned to Milwaukee at a girlfriend's urging; worked as insurance salesman; was soon back in NYC, acting on stage
1930:
Had an uncredited turn as a police detective in "Compliments of the Season"
1931:
Breakthrough film role, Hildy Johnson in "The Front Page"
1933:
Played a studio head in Victor Fleming's Hollywood satire "Bombshell", starring Jean Harlow
1934:
First film with James Cagney, Lloyd Bacon's "Here Comes the Navy"
1935:
Reteamed with Cagney in Howard Hawks' "Ceiling Zero"
1935:
Featured in Bacon's "Devil Dogs of the Air" and "The Irish In Us" with James Cagney
1938:
Played the priest opposite Cagney's gangster in "Angels With Dirty Faces", Michael Curtiz's iconic portrait of childhood friends who take different paths
1938:
Reteamed with Bacon and Cagney, playing a wisecracking screenwriter in the fast-moving Hollywood spoof "Boy Meets Girl"
1940:
Starred as the titular Notre Dame coach in "Knute Rockne, All American"; producers initially wanted Cagney for the role but Rockne's widow insisted upon O'Brien
1940:
Played Father Francis Duffy, the beloved chaplain of WWI's famed New York Irish regiment in "The Fighting 69th"
1942:
Starred with George Raft in the second film adaptation of the Prohibition-set "Broadway"
1943:
Played Major Chick Davis, a commander in charge of turning cadets into fighter pilots in the quasi-documentary "Bombardier"
1944:
Was star of the jungle-set WWII adventure "Marine Raiders"
1945:
Starred as a lawyer trying to keep his clients out of trouble on their honeymoon in the zany but predictable caper "Having Wonderful Crime"
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Performed on several of early television's drama showcases including "Kraft Television Theater" and "Ford Television Theater" (both NBC then ABC)
1947:
Starred with Anne Jeffreys in the adventure "Riffraff", playing private eye Dan Hammer
1948:
Played Gramp, a lovable ex-vaudevillean who serves as guardian to "The Boy with Green Hair", an orphaned and tormented youngster played by Dean Stockwell
1948:
Starred in "Fighting Father Dunne" as a parish priest in 1900s St Louis trying to help the street urchin newsboys
1950:
As Father O'Hara in "The Fireball", runs the orphanage that Mickey Rooney's rollerskating champ flees
1951:
Featured in "The People Against O'Hara"; paired with Spencer Tracy, who had never starred in a film with O'Brien despite their longtime friendship
1952:
Played the Commander of a Navy warship leading an attack on Japan in "Okinawa", a WWII action drama
1955:
Co-starred in "Inside Detroit", a dramatized expose of corruption in the US auto industry
1958:
Starred with Tracy in John Ford's political drama "The Last Hurrah"
1959:
Had a featured role in the Billy Wilder classic "Some Like it Hot", playing the cop trailing the gangsters and the bumbling heros in drag
1960:
Starred as a maverick veteran lawyer partnered with his newly practicing by-the-book son in the ABC sitcom "Harrigan and Son"
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Continued to actively perform on stage, working in regional touring theater productions with his wife Eloise Taylor and starring in a popular nightclub comedy act
1965:
Lone film credit of the decade, co-starring role in the Western "Town Tamer"
1969:
Starred as a retired Texas Ranger who reenters law enforcement to clean up a besieged small town in the ABC TV-movie "The Over-the-Hill Gang", co-starring such fellow veterans as Walter Brennan and Andy Devine
1973:
Starred as a doctor in "The Other Woman", an installment of of the daytime drama special series "ABC's Matinee Today"
1977:
Portrayed the US Vice President in the sequel/remake "Billy Jack Goes to Washington"
1978:
With Myrna Loy, co-starred as Burt Reynolds parents in the black comedy "The End"
1980:
Played Howard's uncle Joe on "Happy Days" (ABC)
1980:
Final TV-movie role, co-starring in the Gary Coleman vehicle "Scout's Honor"
1981:
Final film role, playing Delmas in Milos Forman's "Ragtime", also starring Cagney in his final role

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