Dennis O'Keefe


Actor
Dennis O'Keefe

About

Also Known As
Bud Flanagan, Edward Vance Flanagan, Bud Flannigan, Jonathan Rix, Edward James Flanagan
Birth Place
Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Born
March 29, 1908
Died
August 31, 1968
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

Dennis O'Keefe was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, O'Keefe landed roles in various films, including the dramatic adaptation "A Bill of Divorcement" (1932) with John Barrymore, "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" (1932) and "Imitation of Life" (1934) with Claudette Colbert. He also appeared in "Hold That Kiss" (1938), the western "The Bad...

Photos & Videos

Walk a Crooked Mile - Movie Posters
Walk a Crooked Mile - Lobby Card Set
The Leopard Man - Publicity Stills

Family & Companions

Steffi Duna
Wife
Actor. Married from 1940 until his death.

Biography

Dennis O'Keefe was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, O'Keefe landed roles in various films, including the dramatic adaptation "A Bill of Divorcement" (1932) with John Barrymore, "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" (1932) and "Imitation of Life" (1934) with Claudette Colbert. He also appeared in "Hold That Kiss" (1938), the western "The Bad Man of Brimstone" (1938) with Wallace Beery and "The Kid From Texas" (1939). His film career continued throughout the forties in productions like "Moonlight Masquerade" (1942), "Hangmen Also Die" (1943) with Brian Donlevy and the Adolphe Menjou comedy "Hi, Diddle Diddle" (1943). He also appeared in "The Leopard Man" (1943). Film continued to be his passion as he played roles in "Walk a Crooked Mile" (1948), "Cover-Up" (1949) and "The Great Dan Patch" (1949). He also appeared in "Abandoned" (1949) and "Woman on the Run" (1950). O'Keefe was most recently credited in "Craigslist: Classified for Murder" (CBS, 2008-09). O'Keefe passed away in August 1968 at the age of 60.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Angela (1955)
Director
The Diamond Wizard (1954)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Naked Flame (1970)
The Wild Affair (1966)
Sergeant Bletch
Life Is a Circus (1962)
Bud
All Hands on Deck (1961)
Lieut. Comdr. Brian O'Gara
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957)
Capt. Matt Riordan
Lady of Vengeance (1957)
William T. Marshall
Inside Detroit (1956)
Blair Vickers
Chicago Syndicate (1955)
Barry Amsterdam
Las Vegas Shakedown (1955)
Joe Barnes
Angela (1955)
Steve Catlett
Drums of Tahiti (1954)
Mike Macklin
The Diamond Wizard (1954)
Joe Dennison
The Lady Wants Mink (1953)
Jim Connors
The Fake (1953)
Paul Mitchell
One Big Affair (1952)
Jimmy Donovan
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)
Alec Tackabury
The Company She Keeps (1951)
Larry [Collins]
Follow the Sun (1951)
Chuck Williams
Passage West (1951)
Jacob Karns
Woman on the Run (1950)
Dan Leggett
The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)
Whitney Randolph
Cover Up (1949)
Sam Donovan
Abandoned (1949)
Mark Sitko
The Great Dan Patch (1949)
David Palmer
Siren of Atlantis (1949)
Jean Morhange
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)
Daniel O'Hara
Raw Deal (1948)
Joe Sullivan
T-Men (1948)
Dennis O'Brien, also known as Vannie Harrigan
Dishonored Lady (1947)
Dr. David Cousins
Mr. District Attorney (1947)
Steve Bennett
Her Adventurous Night (1946)
Bill Fry
Doll Face (1945)
Michael Francis Hannegan
Brewster's Millions (1945)
Montague "Monty" L. Brewster
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945)
Dr. Kenneth B. Ford
Earl Carroll Vanities (1945)
Danny Baldwin
The Affairs of Susan (1945)
Bill Anthony
Sensations of 1945 (1944)
Junior Crane
Up in Mabel's Room (1944)
Gary Ainsworth
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
Lt. Comdr. Bob Yarrow
Abroad with Two Yanks (1944)
Jeff Reardon
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
"Hoppy" Hopkins
Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
Jan Horok
Tahiti Honey (1943)
Mickey Monroe
Good Morning, Judge (1943)
David Barton
The Leopard Man (1943)
Jerry Manning
Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)
Sonny Phyffe
Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942)
Mike Jason
Moonlight Masquerade (1942)
John Bennett, Jr.
Mr. District Attorney (1941)
P. Cadwallader Jones
Week-End for Three (1941)
Jim Craig
Broadway Limited (1941)
Dr. Harvey North
Lady Scarface (1941)
Lt. Bill Mason
Topper Returns (1941)
Bob
You'll Find Out (1940)
Chuck Deems
La Conga Nights (1940)
Steve Collins
Pop Always Pays (1940)
Jeff Thompson
Bowery Boy (1940)
Dr. Tom O'Hara
I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940)
Tod Lowell
Girl from Havana (1940)
Woody Davis
Arise, My Love (1940)
Shep
Alias the Deacon (1940)
Johnny Sloan
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939)
Chuck Deems
Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)
Jerry O'Connor
The Kid from Texas (1939)
William Quincy Malone
Unexpected Father (1939)
Jimmy Hanley
Hold That Kiss (1938)
Tommy Bradford
The Chaser (1938)
Thomas Z. Brandon
Vacation from Love (1938)
Bill Blair
Vivacious Lady (1938)
Student
The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)
Jeffrey ["The Kanarsy Kid"] Burton
Top of the Town (1937)
Frank
Easy Living (1937)
Office manager
Conquest (1937)
Jan Walewska
Between Two Women (1937)
Patricia's friend
A Star Is Born (1937)
Man at party
Life Begins with Love (1937)
Musician
Married Before Breakfast (1937)
Salesman
The Girl from Scotland Yard (1937)
John
Big City (1937)
Stanley, cab driver
Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
The purser
Saratoga (1937)
Second bidder
The Plainsman (1937)
Second man
Parole Racket (1937)
Thompson/Reporter
Nobody's Baby (1937)
Man in night club
Libeled Lady (1936)
Barker at Wheel-o-chance
13 Hours by Air (1936)
Baker
Sworn Enemy (1936)
Band leader
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Yours for the Asking (1936)
Love Before Breakfast (1936)
College boy
And So They Were Married (1936)
Drunk
Rose Bowl (1936)
Jones
Piccadilly Jim (1936)
Petie McGregor
Nobody's Fool (1936)
Young man
Born to Dance (1936)
Young man on couch
Rhythm on the Range (1936)
Heckler
Fury (1936)
Reporter
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Reporter
Small Town Girl (1936)
Bob's friend dancing at Tait's Tavern
Personal Maid's Secret (1935)
Guest
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)
Student
Top Hat (1935)
Passenger in elevator
Rumba (1935)
Man in Diana's party
Jimmy the Gent (1934)
First young man
Broadway Bill (1934)
Fog over Frisco (1934)
Van Brugh
Registered Nurse (1934)
Intern
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Critic during intermission

Writer (Feature Film)

Angela (1955)
Screenwriter
The Black Knight (1954)
Additional Dialogue
Cover Up (1949)
Original Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Angela (1955)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Life Is a Circus (1962)
Composer
Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
Composer

Cast (Special)

Take 5 (1958)
The Agent
It's Always Sunday (1956)
Reverand Charles Parker

Cast (Short)

"Behind the Movie Lens" Subject: On Location with The Bad Man (1937)
Himself
The Misses Stooge (1935)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Walk a Crooked Mile - Movie Posters
Walk a Crooked Mile - Movie Posters
Walk a Crooked Mile - Lobby Card Set
Walk a Crooked Mile - Lobby Card Set
The Leopard Man - Publicity Stills
The following are publicity stills for the RKO horror film The Leopard Man (1943). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
T-Men - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from T-Men (1948), directed by Anthony Mann. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Leopard Man - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from Val Lewton's The Leopard Man (1943).

Videos

Movie Clip

Woman On The Run (1950) - Why Don't You Drop Dead? Eleanor (Ann Sheridan) waits for the cops to leave her San Francisco apartment before she can go look for her artist husband, whom she doesn’t much like, who fled after witnessing a murder, but reporter Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe) intervenes, in Woman On The Run, 1950.
Woman On The Run (1950) - It's Our First Murder Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), hunting her semi-estranged husband who skedaddled after witnessing a murder, leaves the San Francisco store where he worked, where she hoped to find a letter, a cop (Robert Keith) and reporter Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe) on her trail, in Woman On The Run, 1950.
Brewster's Millions (1945) - Maybe Them Nazis Are Suing Having just arrived home, soldier Monty Brewster (Dennis O'Keefe), family and pals get news of great wealth from the unexpected Swearengen Jones (John Litel) in Brewster's Millions, 1945.
You'll Find Out (1940) - You Made The Society Page The bus carries Kay Kyser and the band to the high society home of Janis (Helen Parrish), girlfriend of manager Chuck (Dennis O’Keefe) and Aunt Margo (Alma Kruger), singers Sully Mason, Ginny Simms and Harry Babbitt and kook Ish Kabibble (M.A. Bogue) commenting, in the RKO comic-variety-horror spoof You’ll Find Out, 1940.
You'll Find Out (1940) - Mysterious Struggle Between Light And Shadow On a stormy evening after Kay Kyser’s gig at the pre-wedding party, singer Ginny Simms, manager/groom Chuck (Dennis O’Keefe) and his girlfriend, the hostess Janis (Helen Parrish) get a surprise from heretofore benevolent family friend judge Mainwaring (Boris Karloff) and unexpected professor Fenninger (Peter Lorre), in the horror-comedy You’ll Find Out, 1940.
Brewster's Millions (1945) - On Our Way To The Poorhouse Mickey (Mischa Auer) and Trixie (June Havoc, her first scene) arrive to tell Monty (Dennis O’Keefe, title character) the Philadelphia show, designed to burn money, had to close, fianceè Peggy (Helen Walker) and pals (Joe Sawyer, Herbert Rudley) helping, in Brewster’s Millions, 1945.
Brewster's Millions (1945) - Open, He's Completely Whole Again Most of the key players including Jackson (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson), Peggy (Helen Walker) and soldier Monty Brewster (Dennis O'Keefe) are introduced in the opening to Brewster's Millions, 1945.
Brewster's Millions (1945) - Brewster And Company Suddenly under a secret obligation to spend a million dollars fast, Monty (Dennis O'Keefe) baffles friends and family (Herbert Rudley, Joe Sawyer, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Helen Walker) in Brewster's Millions, 1945.
Brewster's Millions (1945) - Black Magic Watching on an early TV, the Brewster and Company crew (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Helen Walker, Joe Sawyer and Herbert Rudley) don't realize Monty (Dennis O'Keefe) is trying to lose money on a horse race in Brewster's Millions, 1945.
Raw Deal (1948) - Like A Two Time Loser Girlfriend Pat (Claire Trevor) again narrating as she and escaped convict Joe (Dennis O'Keefe) have now kidnapped his social worker Ann (Marsha Hunt) and look to avoid a dragnet, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, in Anthony Mann's Raw Deal, 1948.
Cover-Up (1949) - I'd Say It Was Nice Director Alfred E. Green’s opening, from an original screenplay by Jerome Odlum and Jonathan Rix, played perfectly sweet, as Anita (Barbara Britton) arrives for Christmas in her midwestern home town, charmed by Sam (Dennis O’Keefe), who doesn’t mention his business, in Cover Up, 1949.
Cover-Up (1949) - He Don't Think It's Suicide Maid Hilda (Doro Merande) seems the boss as home-for-Christmas Anita (Barbara Britton) and her family (Art Baker, Helen Spring and Ann E. Todd as dad, mom and little sister) await handsome insurance investigator Sam (Dennis O’Keefe), who arrived on the same train, early in Cover Up, 1949.

Companions

Steffi Duna
Wife
Actor. Married from 1940 until his death.

Bibliography