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Also Known As: Michael Raymond O'Keefe Died:
Born: April 24, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paulland, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, manager, songwriter

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This tall, slim actor is one of those rare performers who manages to divide his time equally between stage, film and TV work, though his regular stint in "Roseanne" has taken up much of his time since the early 1990s. One of seven children born into a wealthy Irish-American family, O'Keefe was a baseball star for his parochial school team. He began acting in his teens, and by the early 1980s had amassed an impressive theater resume including "Fifth of July", "Streamers", "Mass Appeal" and "Short Eyes". O'Keefe has also acted in TV-movies and miniseries, beginning with "Friendly Persuasion/Except for Me and Thee" in 1975 and including "Incident at Deception Ridge"(1994). His credits have ranged from dramas ("A Rumor of War", 1980 and "In the Best Interest of the Child", 1990) to comedies ("Panache", 1976) to horror ("Dark Secret of Harvest Home", 1978). He has also co-starred in the crime drama series "Against the Law" (Fox, 1990-91) and the "thirtysomething"-inspired comedy "Middle Ages" (CBS, 1991-92). His most profitable stint on series TV has been as the father of Jackie's baby on "Roseanne" (ABC, 1993-95). He returned to series work co-starring with Lisa Ann Walter in "Life's Work" (ABC,...

This tall, slim actor is one of those rare performers who manages to divide his time equally between stage, film and TV work, though his regular stint in "Roseanne" has taken up much of his time since the early 1990s. One of seven children born into a wealthy Irish-American family, O'Keefe was a baseball star for his parochial school team. He began acting in his teens, and by the early 1980s had amassed an impressive theater resume including "Fifth of July", "Streamers", "Mass Appeal" and "Short Eyes".

O'Keefe has also acted in TV-movies and miniseries, beginning with "Friendly Persuasion/Except for Me and Thee" in 1975 and including "Incident at Deception Ridge"(1994). His credits have ranged from dramas ("A Rumor of War", 1980 and "In the Best Interest of the Child", 1990) to comedies ("Panache", 1976) to horror ("Dark Secret of Harvest Home", 1978). He has also co-starred in the crime drama series "Against the Law" (Fox, 1990-91) and the "thirtysomething"-inspired comedy "Middle Ages" (CBS, 1991-92). His most profitable stint on series TV has been as the father of Jackie's baby on "Roseanne" (ABC, 1993-95). He returned to series work co-starring with Lisa Ann Walter in "Life's Work" (ABC, 1996-97). In 1999, O'Keefe made his way back to the stage snagging a role in the award winning Broadway play "Side Man." After which, he was cast as the father of both Leelee Sobieski's character in the action "The Glass House"(2001), and as Rachel McAdam's father in the comedy feature "The Hot Chick" (2002).

With about a dozen films to his credit, O'Keefe has had very mixed luck. He made an enormous splash with his second film, as Robert Duvall's son in the drama "The Great Santini" (1979); from there he went straight into the comedy "Caddyshack" (1980, as a hapless golfer). Though he has worked steadily in films since, O'Keefe has starred in numerous projects which have not lived up to expectations: "Finders Keepers" (1984); "The Slugger's Wife" (1985); "The Whoopee Boys" (1986); and "Me and Veronica" (1992). He gained some praise for his dramatic turn in "Ironweed" (1987), and also served as the narrator (and star of the framing story) for the fantasy "Three Wishes" (1995).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Raising the Ashes (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Too Big to Fail (2011)
3.
 American Violet (2008)
4.
 Frozen River (2008)
5.
6.
 Keith (2008)
7.
 Michael Clayton (2007)
8.
 Cherry Crush (2007)
10.
 Hot Chick, The (2002) Richie
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1970:
Acting debut in Colgate toothpaste commercial
1974:
Stage debut in New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Killdeer" (billed as Michael Raymond O'Keefe)
:
Co-founded Colannades Theatre Lab in NYC with voice coaches Arthur and Michael Lessac; acted with company for three years
1975:
TV-movie debut in "Friendly Persuasion/Except for Me and Thee"
1977:
Film debut in supporting role, "Gray Lady Down"
1979:
Received nomination for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for breakthrough film role in "The Great Santini"
1990:
Starred in TV drama series "Against the Law" (Fox)
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Played Fred in ABC sitcom "Roseanne"
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Co-starred with Lisa Ann Walter in the ABC sitcom "Life's Work"
1999:
Assumed role of the jazz musician father in the award-winning Broadway play "Side Man"
2001:
Cast in the action thriller "The Glass House"
2002:
Portrayed the father of Rachel McAdam's character in "The Hot Chick"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

In 1995, O'Keefe co-wrote the song "Longing in Their Hearts" with wife Bonnie Raitt.

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wife:
Alma O'Keefe. Divorced.
wife:
Bonnie Raitt. Singer, composer. Born on September 8, 1949; married April 27, 1991; Grammy-winner; separated in early 1999; announced plans to divorce in November 1999.

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sister:
Mary O'Keefe. Lawyer.
brother:
James O'Keefe. Lawyer.

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