Gerald S. O'Loughlin

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Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Gerald S. O'Loughlin The Rookies.JPG
O'Loughlin as Eddie Ryker in The Rookies.
Born Gerald Stuart O'Loughlin, Jr.
(1921-12-23) December 23, 1921 (age 93)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1952-2008
Spouse(s) Meryl O'Loughlin
(1966-1976) (divorced)
2 children
Children Chris O'Loughlin
Laura O'Loughlin (b. 1969)

Gerald Stuart O'Loughlin, Jr. (born December 23, 1921, in New York City), is an American television, stage, and film actor and director who was primarily known for playing tough-talking and rough-looking characters.



After a stint with the United States Marine Corps, O'Loughlin used his GI Bill of Rights benefits to train at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Continuing to hone his skills at the Actors Studio,[1] he would land a handful of TV and/or film roles throughout the 1950s. It was during the '60s and 70s, however, that O'Loughlin would become virtually ubiquitous on TV, his workload decreasing only slightly during the century's final two decades.[2] One of his early guest-starring role was on ABC's Going My Way, based on a 1944 film.

The highlight of his stage career was a national tour of A Streetcar Named Desire as Stanley Kowalski, opposite Tallulah Bankhead as Blanche DuBois.

O'Loughlin appeared in an episode of the 1961 television series The Asphalt Jungle. He appeared in three episodes of Hawaii Five-0. The first was aired January 29, 1969 in the episode "The Box". The second was called "Six Kilos" on March 12, 1969 (playing the same character as in "The Box"), and the third was called "A Time to Die" on September 16, 1970. He also appeared on Cannon on February 22, 1972, in the episode "Flight of the Hawks". he also appeared on episode 16 of the tv show [3] The Green Hornet

From 1972 to 1976 O'Loughlin appeared as Lt. Ed Ryker on The Rookies. He has also appeared in semi-regular roles on the series Our House and Automan.

In 1986, O'Loughlin played the part of Mr. Parks in a first season episode of Highway to Heaven entitled "The Brightest Star". His movie credits include Desperate Characters, A Fine Madness, In Cold Blood, Ice Station Zebra, The Valachi Papers, Twilight's Last Gleaming and Crimes of Passion and Frances. He also appeared as Sgt. O'Toole in the 1983 made-for-TV miniseries The Blue and the Gray.

Personal life[edit]

O'Loughlin and his wife, the late Meryl Abeles O'Loughlin (1933–2007), had two children: Chris O'Loughlin (b. 1967), a member of the 1992 United States Olympic épée fencing team, and Laura O'Loughlin.


  1. ^ Gerald O'Loughlin at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection
  2. ^ Gerald O'Loughlin filmography at IMDb
  3. ^ the green hornet

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