Michael O'Keefe


Actor

About

Also Known As
Michael Raymond O'Keefe
Birth Place
Paulland, New Jersey, USA
Born
April 24, 1955

Biography

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 1...

Family & Companions

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

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Raising the Ashes (1997)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Instant Family (2018)
Eye in the Sky (2016)
Finding Neighbors (2015)
Too Big to Fail (2011)
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (2011)
American Violet (2008)
An American Crime (2008)
Keith (2008)
Frozen River (2008)
Cherry Crush (2007)
Michael Clayton (2007)
Barry Grissom
Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story (2003)
Mike Harris
The Hot Chick (2002)
The Pledge (2001)
Herman U.S.A. (2001)
Dennis
The Glass House (2001)
Just One Night (2000)
The Mao Game (1999)
Swing Vote (1999)
The People Next Door (1996)
Edie & Pen (1996)
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Three Wishes (1995)
Kangaroo Court (1994)
Incident at Deception Ridge (1994)
Nina Takes a Lover (1994)
Journalist
Me & Veronica (1992)
Out of the Rain (1991)
In the Best Interest of the Child (1990)
Too Young to Die? (1990)
Fear (1990)
Bridge To Silence (1989)
Unholy Matrimony (1988)
Dr Bill Sader/Dr Charles Stofoll
Disaster at Silo 7 (1988)
Ironweed (1987)
Billy
The Whoopee Boys (1986)
The Slugger's Wife (1985)
Vocals
Finders Keepers (1984)
Nate and Hayes (1983)
Split Image (1982)
Caddyshack (1980)
The Gift of Fury (1979)
Great Santini (1979)
Ben Meechum
Panache (1976)
Except For Thee And Me (1975)

Cast (Special)

The Oath: 33 Hours in the Life of God (1976)
Freddie

Producer (Special)

The Look For Less (1999)
Assistant Producer
Shabby Chic (1999)
Segment Producer

Music (Special)

Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested (1995)
Song

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

A Rumor of War (1980)
Walter Cohen
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978)
Worthy Pettinger

Life Events

1970

Acting debut in Colgate toothpaste commercial

1974

Stage debut in New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Killdeer" (billed as Michael Raymond O'Keefe)

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)

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"

Videos

Movie Clip

Great Santini, The (1979) - Welcome Home, Colonel Introducing the family of the title character (Robert Duvall as the Marine pilot “Bull” Meechum), Blythe Danner as mom Lillian, Michael O’Keefe as Ben (representing Pat Conroy from his autobiographical novel), with Lisa Jane Persky, Brian Andrews and Jullie Anne Haddock, early in The Great Santini, 1979.
Great Santini, The (1979) - Would You Like To Be Killed In Action? En route to his new post at Beaufort, South Carolina, 1962, Robert Duvall as Marine Col. “Bull” Meechum (title character), Michael O’Keefe his son Ben, the substantially autobiographical character from the Pat Conroy novel, Blythe Danner as wife Lillian, in The Great Santini, 1979.
Great Santini, The (1979) - Squirt A Few Probably the best-known scene, Robert Duvall as the title character, Marine pilot “Bull” Meechum, Michael O’Keefe as his son, based on the author Pat Conroy from his novel, Blythe Danner as mother Lillian, the family watching a one-on-one challenge, South Carolina ca. 1962, in The Great Santini, 1979.
Great Santini, The (1979) - You're Probably Wondering Why I Attacked You Reporting to his new post in South Carolina, 1962, belligerent Marine pilot Col. Meechum (Robert Duvall) attacks unsuspecting Atchley (Bennett Liss), thinking he was surprising his old buddy, fellow officer Hedgepath (Paul Mantee), in The Great Santini, 1979, from the Pat Conroy novel.
Great Santini, The (1979) - Over Spain, 1962 Opening with the biggest aerial scene in the picture, Robert Duvall as the self-nicknamed title character, Marine pilot Col. “Bull” Meechum, in exercises against Navy pilots in Spain, Lewis John Carlino directing, from his script from the Pat Conroy novel, in The Great Santini, 1979.
Caddyshack - License To Kill First Carl (Bill Murray) preparing to kill gophers, then Judge Smails (Ted Knight) and Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) in a battle of attitudes at the Country Club dining room, in Caddyshack, 1980.
Caddyshack - Be The Ball Danny (Michael O'Keefe) and wealthy Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) in the famous tone-setting first scene from Caddyshack, 1980, written by Doug Kenney, Brian Doyle-Murray and Harold Ramis.

Trailer

Family

Mary O'Keefe
Sister
Lawyer.
James O'Keefe
Brother
Lawyer.

Companions

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

Bibliography