J. Pat O'Malley
|J. Pat O'Malley|
As "Perkins" in the 1955 hit television serial, Spin and Marty
|Born||James Patrick Francis O'Malley
15 March 1904
Burnley, Lancashire, England, U.K.
|Died||27 February 1985
San Juan Capistrano, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cardiovascular disease|
|Occupation||Singer, composer, songwriter, actor, music director|
|Spouse(s)||Fay M. O'Malley (19??-1985; his death)|
James Patrick Francis O'Malley (15 March 1904 in Burnley, Lancashire – 27 February 1985) was an English singer and character actor, who appeared in many American films and television programmes from the 1940s to 1982, using the stage name J. Pat O'Malley. He also appeared on the Broadway stage in Ten Little Indians (1944) and Dial M for Murder. A New York Times drama critic praised O'Malley's performance in Ten Little Indians, calling him "a rara avis, a comedian who does not gauge the success of his efforts by the number of laughs he induces at each performance".
O'Malley began his career in entertainment in 1925 as a recording artist and then as principal singer with Jack Hylton and his orchestra in the United Kingdom from 1930 to 1933. Known at that time as Pat O'Malley, he recorded more than four hundred popular songs of the day. He began a solo recording career in 1935 in parallel with his work with Hylton.
At the end of 1935, Hylton and O'Malley came to the United States to record with a band composed of American musicians, thus emulating Ray Noble and Al Bowlly. The venture was short-lived. O'Malley remained in the U.S., known professionally as J. Pat O'Malley (to avoid confusion with another film actor named Pat O'Malley), he had a long and varied acting career including the film Lassie Come Home in 1943 as "Hynes".
O'Malley guest starred in 1951 as a sheriff on Bill Williams's syndicated western series, The Adventures of Kit Carson. From 1950-55, he appeared in five episodes of The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. From 1951-57, he was cast in eight episodes of another anthology series, Robert Montgomery Presents. Other television work from this period include roles in Walt Disney's Spin and Marty film (1955) and serial (1955-57) as the always-faithful ranch steward, Perkins.
He also appeared in Rod Cameron's syndicated City Detective in the episode "Found in a Pawnshop" (1955). In 1960, O'Malley was cast in another Cameron syndicated series, COronado 9, set in San Diego. In 1959 and 1960, O'Malley portrayed a judge and a newspaper editor in three episodes of the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams, as a roaming former Confederate soldier.
On January 6, 1959, O'Malley played a priest in the episode, "The Secret of the Mission," on the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries. In the story line, the priest is trapped with a would-be thief named Carlos (Rafael Campos) under the roof of a collapsed church.
O'Malley was cast as Walter Morgan in the 1959 episode, "The First Gold Brick", of the NBC western series, The Californians. In 1959-60, he made eight appearances as Judge Caleb Marsh in Black Saddle. In 1959, he was cast as Dr. Hardy in an early episode of Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper. In season 3, Episode 10, entitled "The Medicine Man", of the television series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" starring Steve McQueen, O'Malley played the role of Doc. He also appeared in an episode of "The Real McCoys" as the bank President entitled "The Bank Loan" which was released January 15, 1959.
In 1960, O'Malley made guest appearances in The Tab Hunter Show, The Law and Mr. Jones, Johnny Midnight, Johnny Staccato, Harrigan and Son, Adventures in Paradise, The Islanders, Going My Way and The Tall Man. He made numerous guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, including the defendant in the Season 3, 1960 episode, "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor" and the murderer in the Season 5, 1961 episode of "The Case of the Roving River".
In 1961, O'Malley guest starred in Bus Stop. He appeared in 1962 on Twilight Zone (episodes: "The Fugitive", "Walking Distance"). In the 1962-63 season, he guest starred twice on The Lloyd Bridges Show. He and Spring Byington starred together in a 1964 episode ("This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There") of The Greatest Show on Earth.
During the 1963-64 season, O'Malley appeared in eight episodes of My Favorite Martian. In 1964-65 season, he was cast in Wendy and Me. In 1966, O'Malley appeared in the Hogan's Heroes episode "How to Cook a German Goose by Radar". Also in 1966, he appeared as Ed Breck in the episode "Win Place and Die" of Jack Sheldon's short-lived sitcom, Run, Buddy, Run. He appeared occasionally as "Vince" in The Rounders.
In the 1966 episode "The Four Dollar Law Suit" of the syndicated western series, Death Valley Days, O'Malley played the lawyer for Alfred Hall (Strother Martin), a country chicken farmer who sues an insurance company for underpayment of $4 he believed owed him after his chicken coop burns to the ground.
The name "Fleming" was used in O'Malley's first two appearances on The Fugitive (Season 1, See Hollywood And Die; Season 3, Crack In A Crystal Ball).
In 1973, O'Malley starred with Shirley Booth in the short-lived comedy, A Touch of Grace. He made several appearances in Maude, between 1973 and 1975. He made appearances on such television series as It Takes a Thief, Emergency!, Adam-12 and The Practice, Three's Company and Taxi.
Walt Disney engaged O'Malley to provide voices for animated films such as the Cockney coster in the "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" sequence in Mary Poppins (1964); Cyril Proudbottom, Winkie and a policeman in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949); and the role of Colonel Hathi and the vulture Buzzie in The Jungle Book (1967). His voice can be heard in Alice in Wonderland (1951), in which he performs all the character voices in the "The Walrus and the Carpenter" segment (besides Alice), including Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Walrus, the Carpenter, and Mother Oyster.
He performed the roles of the Colonel and Jasper in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) and in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in several roles including the original voice of the Pirate Captain dunking the magistrate into the well.
The 1970 Disney film "The Aristocats" starred Phil Harris as "Thomas O'Malley the Alley Cat," an inside joke.
Selected TV and filmography
The following is a list of notable films and television episodes in which J. Pat O'Malley appeared or for which he did voices.
|1941||Paris Calling||Sgt. Bruce McAvoy|
|1943||Lassie Come Home||Hynes|
|1943||Thumbs Up||Sam Keats|
|1949||The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad||Cyril Proudbottom, Mr. Winkie, Policeman, and Paper boy (unseen)||(Voices)|
|1951||Alice in Wonderland||Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Walrus, Carpenter and Mother Oyster||(Voices)|
|1957||Witness for the Prosecution||the shorts salesman||uncredited|
|1958||The Long, Hot Summer||Ratliff|
|1958||Playhouse 90 'Bomber's Moon'||Pubkeeper|
|1961||One Hundred and One Dalmatians||Jasper Badun and Colonel||(Voices)|
|1962||The Cabinet of Caligari||Perkins|
|1962||The Fugitive (Twilight Zone)||Old Ben|
|1963||The Andy Griffith Show||Mr. Fields||Episode: ″Up in Barney's Room″|
|1964||The Twilight Zone||Gooberman||Episode: ″Mr. Garrity and the Graves″|
|1964||A House Is Not a Home||Muldoon|
|1964||Mary Poppins||Pearly Drummer, Master of Hounds, Huntsman, and various other roles||(Voices)|
|1964||Apache Rifles||Captain Thatcher|
|1964||Hey There, It's Yogi Bear||Snively||(Voices)|
|1964||The Lucy Show||Major MacFarland||Episode: "Lucy Goes Into Politics"|
|1964||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Sam Petrie||Episode: "The Plots Thicken"|
|1966||The Man From U.N.C.L.E.||The Old Prospector||Episode: "The Nowhere Affair"|
|1966||Hogan's Heroes||Corp. Walter Tillman||Episode: "How To Cook A German Goose With Radar"|
|1966-1968||Green Acres||various||4 episodes|
|1967||The Jungle Book||Colonel Hathi and Buzzie the Vulture||(Voices)|
|1967||Hogan's Heroes||British General||Episode: "D-Day At Stalag 13"|
|1968||It Takes a Thief||Thoreau||Episode: "A Matter of Royal Larceny"|
|1969||Hello, Dolly!||Park policeman|
|1969||Daniel Boone||Uncle Brian||Episode: "Copperhead Izzy"|
|1970||The Cheyenne Social Club||Dr. Foy|
|1973||Robin Hood||Otto the Blacksmith - a dog||(Voice)|
|1973||A Touch of Grace||Herbert Morrison||Regular cast member; 13 episodes|
|1975||Emergency!||Mr. Wilson||Episode: "The Mouse"|
|1976||The Gumball Rally||Barney Donahue|
|1979||Three's Company||Leo Moran||Episode: "Old Folks at Home"|
|1979||Barney Miller||Walter Hathaway||Episode: "The Counterfeiter"|
|1981||Barney Miller||Walter Dooley||Episode: "The Rainmaker"|
|1981||Cheaper to Keep Her||Landlord|
- "J. Pat O'Malley". The New York Times. 1985-03-02. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- Theodore Goldsmith (30 July 1944). "One of the 'Ten Little Indians'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- J. Pat O'Malley at the Internet Movie Database
- ""The Guilty", Justice". Internet Movie Data Base. 5 February 1956. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- "J. Pat O'Malley". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
- "The Secret of the Mission, Rescue 8". Internet Movie Data Base. 6 January 1959. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "The Four Dollar Law Suit". Internet Movie Data Base. April 1966. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- "Social Security Death Index: Fay M. O'Malley". Rootsweb Ancestry. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
- J. Pat O'Malley at the Internet Broadway Database
- J. Pat O'Malley profile; accessed 22 September 2014.