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in D.O.A. (1950)
September 10, 1915|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 9, 1985
Inglewood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Alzheimer's disease|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Kelly (1941-42) (divorced)
Olga San Juan (1948-76) (divorced) three children
Edmond O'Brien (September 10, 1915 – May 9, 1985) was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 films from the 1940s to the 1970s, often playing character parts. He received an Academy Award for his supporting role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954). His other notable films include The Killers (1946), White Heat (1949), D.O.A. (1950), Julius Caesar (1953), 1984 (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1961), Seven Days in May (1964) – for which he received an Oscar nomination – and The Wild Bunch (1969).
O'Brien was born in Brooklyn, New York, of English and Irish stock. After attending Columbia University for one year, he went to Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre on a scholarship. O'Brien made his first Broadway appearance at age 21 in Daughters of Atreus. O'Brien made his film debut in 1938, and gradually built a career as a highly regarded supporting actor. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and appeared in the Air Forces' Broadway play and film Winged Victory.
O'Brien won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a harried publicity agent in The Barefoot Contessa (1954) and was also nominated for his role as an alcoholic U.S. senator in Seven Days in May (1964). Prior to that, O'Brien had an acclaimed role in 1950's film noir drama D.O.A. as a poisoned man who sets out to find his own murderer before he dies.
His other notable films include The Killers (1946), An Act of Murder (1948), White Heat (1949), Backfire (1950),The Girl Can't Help It (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Longest Day (1962), Fantastic Voyage (1966), and The Wild Bunch (1969).
He appeared extensively in television, including the 1957 live 90-minute broadcast on Playhouse 90 of The Comedian, a drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer in which Mickey Rooney portrayed a television comedian while O'Brien played a writer driven to the brink of insanity.
From 1959-60 O'Brien portrayed the title role in the syndicated crime drama Johnny Midnight, the story of a New York City actor-turned-private detective. O'Brien had roles on many television series, including an appearance on Target: The Corruptors!, The Eleventh Hour, Breaking Point and Mission: Impossible.
In the mid-'60s O'Brien co-starred with Roger Mobley and Harvey Korman in the "Gallegher" episodes of NBC's Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. From 1963-65 he co-starred in the NBC legal drama Sam Benedict.
In 1957 O'Brien recorded a spoken-word album of The Red Badge of Courage (Caedmon TC 1040). Billboard said, "Edmond O'Brien brings intensity in the narrative portions and successfully impersonates the varied characters in dialog."
O'Brien was divorced from actresses Nancy Kelly 1941-1942 and Olga San Juan. San Juan was the mother of his three children, including television producer Bridget O'Brien and actors Maria O'Brien and Brendan O'Brien.
Walk of Fame
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Edmond O'Brien has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1725 Vine Street, and a second star at 6523 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to the television industry. Both were dedicated February 8, 1960.
|1939||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Gringoire|
|1941||A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob||Stephen Herrick|
|Parachute Battalion||William 'Bill' Mayberry Burke|
|1942||Obliging Young Lady||'Red' Reddy, aka Professor Stanley|
|Powder Town||J. Quincy 'Penji' Pennant|
|1943||The Amazing Mrs. Holliday||Tom Holliday|
|1944||Winged Victory||Irving Miller||credited as Sgt. Edmond O'Brien|
|1946||The Killers||Jim Riordan|
|1947||The Web||Bob Regan|
|A Double Life||Bill Friend|
|1948||Another Part of the Forest||Benjamin 'Ben' Hubbard|
|For the Love of Mary||Lt. Tom Farrington|
|An Act of Murder||David Douglas|
|Fighter Squadron||Major Ed Hardin|
|1949||Task Force||Radio Announcing Pearl Harbor Attack||(voice, uncredited)|
|White Heat||Hank Fallon
|711 Ocean Drive||Mal Granger|
|The Admiral Was a Lady||Jimmy Stevens|
|Between Midnight and Dawn||Officer Dan Purvis|
|1951||The Redhead and the Cowboy||Maj. Dunn Jeffers|
|Pulitzer Prize Playhouse||Ben Jordan||episode: Icebound|
|Two of a Kind||Michael 'Lefty' Farrell|
|Silver City||Larkin Moffatt|
|1952||The Greatest Show on Earth||Midway Barker at End||(uncredited)|
|Denver and Rio Grande||Jim Vesser|
|The Turning Point||John Conroy|
|1953||The Hitch-Hiker||Roy Collins|
|Man in the Dark||Steve Rawley|
|Cow Country||Ben Anthony|
|China Venture||Capt. Matt Reardon|
|The Bigamist||Harry Graham
|1954||The Shanghai Story||Dr. Dan Maynard|
|Shield for Murder||Detective Lt. Barney Nolan|
|The Barefoot Contessa||Oscar Muldoon||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place, tied with Humphrey Bogart for The Caine Mutiny)
|The Ford Television Theatre||Captain Joyce||episode: Charlie C Company|
|1955||Stage 7||Clinton Sturgess||episode: Debt in Honor|
|The Red Skelton Show||Grizzled Old Prospector||episode: Episode #4.23|
|Damon Runyon Theater||Duke Martin||episode: Old Em's Kentucky Home|
|Pete Kelly's Blues||Fran McCarg|
|Playwrights '56||Sidney||episode: The Heart's a Forgotten Hotel|
|The Star and the Story||Ray Ericson||episode: Dark Stranger|
|1956||1984||Winston Smith of the Outer Party|
|Screen Directors Playhouse||Thaddeus Kubaczik||episode: A Ticket for Thaddeus|
|D-Day the Sixth of June||Lt. Col. Alexander Timmer|
|A Cry in the Night||Capt. Dan Taggart|
|The Rack||Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick|
|The Girl Can't Help It||Marty 'Fats' Murdock|
|episode: Figures in Clay
episode: An Error in Chemistry
|1957||The Big Land||Joe Jagger|
|Stopover Tokyo||George Underwood|
|1958||The World Was His Jury||David Carson|
|Sing, Boy, Sing||Joseph Sharkey|
|Suspicion (TV series)||Sgt. Miles Odeen||episode: Death Watch|
|Lux Playhouse||Big Jim Webber||episode: Coney Island Winter|
|1953-1958||Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars||Jim Reardon
|episode: The Town That Slept with the Lights On
episode: The Net Draws Tight
episode: The Long Shot
|1957-1959||Playhouse 90||Roy Brenner
|episode: The Blue Men
episode: The Male Animal
episode: The Comedian
|Zane Grey Theatre||Marshal Ben Clark
|episode: Lonesome Road
episode: A Gun Is for Killing
|1959||Up Periscope||Commander Paul Stevenson|
|The Restless and the Damned||Mike Buchanan||(L'Ambitieuse)|
|Laramie (TV series)||Captain Sam Prado||episode: The Iron Captain|
|1960||Johnny Midnight (TV series)||Johnny Midnight||(39 episodes)|
|The Last Voyage||Second Engineer Walsh|
|The 3rd Voice||The Voice||(uncredited)|
|1961||The Great Impostor||Capt. Glover - HMCS Cayuga|
|Man-Trap||Voice of Photographer||(uncredited)|
|The Dick Powell Show||Sid Williams||episode: Killer in the House|
|Target: The Corruptors!||Ollie Crown||episode: The Invisible Government|
|1962||Moon Pilot||McClosky ('Mac')|
|The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance||Dutton Peabody||Western Heritage Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture|
|Birdman of Alcatraz||Tom Gaddis|
|The Longest Day||Gen. Raymond D. Barton|
|1962-1963||Sam Benedict||Sam Benedict||(28 episodes)|
|1964||Seven Days in May||Sen. Raymond Clark||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated-Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
|The Greatest Show on Earth (TV series)||Mike O'Kelley||episode: Clancy|
|Breaking Point||Roger Conning||episode: The Tides of Darkness|
|The Eleventh Hour (TV series)||Buck Denholt||episode: The Color of Sunset|
|Rio Conchos||Col. Theron Pardee|
|The Hanged Man||Arnie Seeger|
|Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Jefferson Crowley||(6 episodes)|
|The Long, Hot Summer (TV series)||Will 'Boss' Varner||(13 episodes)|
|1966||Fantastic Voyage||General Carter|
|The Doomsday Flight||The Man||(TV movie)|
|1967||The Viscount||Ricco Barone|
|To Commit a Murder||Sphax (publisher)|
|The Virginian||Thomas Manstead||episode: Ah Sing vs. Wyoming|
|The Outsider||Marvin Bishop||(TV movie)|
|1968||Flesh and Blood||Harry||(TV movie)|
|Mission: Impossible||Raymond Halder||episode: The Counterfeiter|
|1969||It Takes a Thief||Rocky McCauley||episode: Rock-Bye, Bye, Baby|
|The Wild Bunch||Freddie Sykes|
|The Love God?||Osborn Tremaine|
|The Bold Ones: The Protectors||Warden Millbank||episode: If I Should Wake Before I Die|
|1970||Insight||Houseworthy - Tycoon||episode: The 7 Minute Life of James Houseworthy|
|The Intruders||Col. William Bodeen||(TV movie)|
|The Young Lawyers||MacGillicuddy||episode: MacGillicuddy Always Was a Pain in the Neck|
|Dream No Evil||Timothy MacDonald|
|1971||The Name of the Game||Bergman||episode: LA 2017|
|The High Chaparral||Morgan MacQuarie||episode: The Hostage|
|River of Mystery||R.J. Twitchell|
|What's a Nice Girl Like You...?||Morton Stillman|
|1972||Cade's County||Clint Pritchard||episode: The Brothers|
|Jigsaw||Det. Ed Burtelson||(TV movie)|
|The Streets of San Francisco||Officer Gustav 'Gus' Charnovski, SFPD||episode: The Thirty-Year Pin|
|McMillan & Wife||Mr. Fontaine||episode: Cop of the Year|
|They Only Kill Their Masters||George|
|The Other Side of the Wind||Pat|
|1973||The New Temperatures Rising Show||Dr. Banning||episode: Super Doc|
|Isn't It Shocking?||Justin Oates||(TV movie)|
|Lucky Luciano||Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger||(credited as Edmund O'Brien)|
|1974||Police Story||Chief Frank Modeer||episode: Chain of Command|
|99 and 44/100% Dead||Uncle Frank Kelly|
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