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Dennis O'Keefe in The Kid From Texas (1939)
Edward Vanes Flanagan, Jr.
March 29, 1908
|Died||August 31, 1968 (aged 60)|
|Other names||Bud Flanagan|
(m. 1937; div. 1938)
Dennis O'Keefe (born Edward Vanes Flanagan, Jr., March 29, 1908 – August 31, 1968) was an American actor and writer,
Born in Fort Madison, Iowa, O'Keefe was the son of Edward and Charlotte Flanagan, Irish vaudevillians working in the United States. As a small child, he joined his parents' act and later wrote skits for the stage. He attended the University of Southern California but left midway through his sophomore year after his father died.
O'Keefe continued his father's vaudeville act for several years after the father's death. He started in films as an extra in 1931 and appeared in numerous films under the name Bud Flanagan. After a small but impressive role in Saratoga (1937), Clark Gable recommended O'Keefe to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which signed him to a contract in 1937 and renamed him Dennis O'Keefe. His film roles were bigger after that, starting with The Bad Man of Brimstone (1938) opposite Wallace Beery, and the lead role in Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939).
O'Keefe left MGM around 1940 but continued to work in mostly lower budget productions. He often played the tough guy in action and crime dramas, but was also known as a comic actor as well as a dramatic lead.
In 1950, O'Keefe starred in the old-time radio program T-Man on CBS. Also in the 1950s, he did some directing and wrote mystery stories. He appeared on NBC's legal drama Justice and on the network's The Martha Raye Show. On October 3, 1957, he was a guest star on another NBC variety show, The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. In 1957 he was to be the permanent host of Suspicion,:1043 an anthology TV series in which ten episodes were produced by Alfred Hitchcock. After two episodes he left the series and was not replaced. From 1959-1960, he was the star of the CBS Television situation comedy, The Dennis O'Keefe Show.
O'Keefe's Broadway credits include Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory (1964) and Never Too Late.
O'Keefe wrote under the pen name Jonathan Ricks. His Don't Pull Your Punches was produced by Warner Bros. In 1947, he was working on plans to co-produce and act in Drawn Sabers, another of his stories. He also wrote and directed Angela.
A heavy cigarette smoker, O'Keefe died of lung cancer in 1968 at the age of sixty at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California and was buried at Wee Kirk O' the Heather, Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale).
As Bud Flanagan:
- Reaching for the Moon (1930)
- Cimarron (1931) (uncredited)
- Smart Woman (1931) (uncredited)
- Cocktail Hour (1933) (uncredited)
- Lady Killer (1933)
- Fog Over Frisco (1934)
- Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)
- Jimmy the Gent (1934)
- Thirteen Hours by Air (1936)
- Saratoga (1937) as Second Bidder / Dancer at party (uncredited)
As Dennis O'Keefe:
- Conquest (1937) as Jan Walewska (uncredited)
- The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)
- Hold That Kiss (1938)
- The Chaser (1938)
- Vacation from Love (1938)
- Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)
- Unexpected Father (1939)
- The Kid From Texas (1939)
- Topper Returns (1941) as Bob
- Mr. District Attorney (1941) as P. Cadwallader Jones
- Broadway Limited (1941) as Dr. Harvey North
- Lady Scarface (1941) as Lt. Bill Mason
- Weekend for Three (1941) as Jim Craig
- The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942) as Mike Jason
- Moonlight Masquerade (1942) as John Bennett Jr.
- Hangmen Also Die! (1943) as Jan Horak
- Tahiti Honey (1943) as Mickey Monroe
- Good Morning, Judge (1943) as David Barton
- The Leopard Man (1943) as Jerry Manning
- Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) as Sonny Phyffe
- The Fighting Seabees (1944) as Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
- Up in Mabel's Room (1944) as Gary Ainsworth
- The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) as Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins
- Sensations of 1945 (1944) as Junior Crane
- Abroad with Two Yanks (1944) as Jeff Reardon
- The Affairs of Susan (1945) as Bill Anthony
- Earl Carroll Vanities (1945) as Danny Baldwin
- Brewster's Millions (1945) as Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster
- Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) as Dr. Kenneth B. Ford
- Doll Face (1945) as Michael Francis 'Mike' Hannegan
- Her Adventurous Night (1946) as Bill Fry
- Mr. District Attorney (1947) as Steve Bennett
- Dishonored Lady (1947) as Dr. David S. Cousins
- T-Men (1947) as Dennis O'Brien - aka Vannie Harrigan
- Raw Deal (1948) as Joe Sullivan
- Walk a Crooked Mile (1948) as Daniel F. O'Hara
- Siren of Atlantis (1949) as Capt. Jean Morhange
- Cover Up (1949) as Sam Donovan
- The Great Dan Patch (1949) as David Palmer
- Abandoned (1949) as Mark Sitko
- The Eagle and the Hawk (1950) as Whitney Randolph
- Woman on the Run (1950) as Dan Legget
- The Company She Keeps (1951) as Larry Collins
- Follow the Sun (1951) as Chuck Williams
- Passage West (1951) as Jacob Karns
- One Big Affair (1952) as Jimmy Donovan
- Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) as Alec Tacksbury
- The Lady Wants Mink (1953) as Jim Connors
- The Fake (1953) as Paul Mitchell
- Drums of Tahiti (1954) as Mike Macklin
- The Diamond (1954, aka The Diamond Wizard) as Joe Dennison
- Angela (1954) as Steve Catlett
- Las Vegas Shakedown (1955) as Joe Barnes
- Chicago Syndicate (1955) as Barry Amsterdam
- Inside Detroit (1956) as Blair Vickers
- Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957) as Capt. Matt Riordan
- Lady of Vengeance (1957) as William T. Marshall
- El aventurero (1957) as Steve Ryman
- All Hands on Deck (1961) as Lt. Cmdr. Brian O'Gara
- The Naked Flame (1964) as Paul Ashley
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