Michael O'Keefe

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Michael O'Keefe
Raymond Peter O'Keefe Jr.

(1955-04-24) April 24, 1955 (age 68)
Years active1974–present
(m. 1991; div. 1999)
(after 2011)

Michael O'Keefe (Irish: Micheál Ó Caoimh; born Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr.; April 24, 1955) is an American actor, known for his roles as Danny Noonan in Caddyshack, Ben Meechum in The Great Santini, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Darryl Palmer in the Neil Simon movie The Slugger's Wife. He also appeared as Fred on the television sitcom Roseanne from 1993 to 1995.

Early life, family and education[edit]

Raymond Peter O'Keefe Jr. was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the oldest of seven children in an Irish American family.[1] He is the son of Stephanie (née Fitzpatrick) and Raymond Peter O'Keefe, who was a law professor at Fordham University and who also taught at St. Thomas University.[2][3] O'Keefe was raised in Larchmont, New York.[4]

He graduated from Mamaroneck High School.[5] He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.[6]


O'Keefe is known for his role as Danny Noonan in the comedy film Caddyshack.[7] He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Ben, the oldest son of a Marine aviator in The Great Santini (1979) starring Robert Duvall, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for the film.[8] He played a Marine in the CBS miniseries A Rumor of War (1980) as the friend of Brad Davis' character, Philip Caputo.[9]

O’Keefe played the lead role in the 1982 film Split Image as a college athlete who is lured into a religious cult by a beautiful girl (Karen Allen).[10] He appeared in the Neil Simon movie The Slugger's Wife (1985) as Darryl Palmer, a baseball player for the Atlanta Braves who enjoys the fame and fringe benefits of bachelor life until he meets rock singer Debby Huston, falls in love, and decides to settle down.

He appeared in the thriller film The Glass House and starred with Tommy Lee Jones in the 1983 pirate adventure Nate and Hayes. O'Keefe appeared with George Clooney in Michael Clayton. He has appeared twice with Jack Nicholson, as his son in Ironweed and as the father of a murdered girl in The Pledge. He appeared in the film Frozen River. He played the district attorney Calvin Beckett in the film American Violet.

O'Keefe's Broadway theatre credits include Side Man (1998),[11] Mass Appeal (1981),[12] Fifth of July (1980),[13] and Reckless with Mary-Louise Parker (2004).[14] He starred in the play A Few Good Men in 1992 with a national tour as Lt. Jg. Daniel Kaffee.[15]

O'Keefe's highest-profile television role was as Fred, the husband of Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf) on the ABC series Roseanne from 1993 to 1995. He played the husband in the series Life's Work from 1996 to 1997.[16] Additional television credits include the lead role of Simon MacHeath in the short-lived Boston-based series Against the Law, which aired on Fox during the 1990–91 season, and the role of Ron Steffey in the 1992 CBS drama Middle Ages.[17]

O'Keefe has guest-starred on Saving Grace, The West Wing, Criminal Minds, The Closer, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, House, M*A*S*H, Ghost Whisperer, Brothers and Sisters, Leverage, Blue Bloods and The Waltons.[18] In 2014, he appeared in a recurring role in Homeland as CIA agent and former interim station chief John Redmond [19] and as Detective Winslow in the Amazon Prime original TV series Sneaky Pete.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

O'Keefe was married to rock/blues singer Bonnie Raitt from April 27, 1991, to November 1999, when they divorced.[22][18][23]

He married actress Emily Donahoe in 2011,[24] with whom he has a son.[25]

He has been a practicing Zen Buddhist since 1981.[26]



Sources: Hollywood.com[18] TCM[27]

Year Film Role Other notes
1978 Gray Lady Down Harris
1979 The Great Santini Ben Meechum Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1980 Caddyshack Danny Noonan
1982 Split Image Danny 'Joshua' Stetson
1983 Nate and Hayes Nathaniel Williamson
1984 Finders Keepers Michael Rangeloff
1985 The Slugger's Wife Darryl Palmer
1986 The Whoopee Boys Jake Bateman
1987 Ironweed Billy Phelan
1989 The First Year
1989 Bridge to Silence Dan
1990 Fear Jack Hays
1991 Out of the Rain Frank Reade
1993 Me and Veronica Michael
1994 Kangaroo Court Short film
Nina Takes a Lover Journalist
1995 Three Wishes Adult Tom
1996 Edie & Pen Ken
Ghosts of Mississippi Merrida Coxwell
2000 Just One Night Wayne
2001 The Pledge Duane Larsen
Herman U. S. A. Dennis
The Glass House Dave Baker
Prancer Returns Mr. James Klock Direct-to-video
2002 The Hot Chick Richard Spencer
2003 The Inner Circle Jack Scott
Delusion Magritte Short film
2007 An American Crime Rev. Bill Collier
Cherry Crush Det. Griffin
Michael Clayton Barry Grissom
2008 Frozen River State Trooper Finnerty
Keith Alan Ascher
Chasing 3000 Dr. Stuart
2009 American Violet Calvin Beckett
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Hugh Akston
Too Big to Fail Chris Flowers
Apartment 143 Dr. Helzer
2012 A Thousand Cuts Frank
2013 The Wait Ben's Dad
Finding Neighbors Sam
2015 Eye in the Sky Secretary of State Ken Stanitzke
2018 Instant Family Jerry


Sources: Hollywood.com[18] TCM[27]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Texas Wheelers Jeff Episode: "X-Rated Movie"
1974 M*A*S*H Corp. Richard Travis Episode: "Mad Dogs and Servicemen"
1975 Lucas Tanner Brad Patterson Episode: "A Touch of Bribery"
Friendly Persuasion[28] Josh Birdwell Television movie
The Blue Knight N/A Episode: "Triple Threat"
1975–77 The Waltons Chad Marshall 2 episodes
1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Terry Long Television movie
Panache Horseman Television movie
33 Hours in the Life of God[29] Freddie Unsold TV pilot
Maude Lee Harrison Episode: "The Election"
1977 M*A*S*H Tom Episode: "War of Nerves"
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home Worthy Pettinger 2 episodes
1980 A Rumor of War Lt. Walter Cohen 2 episodes
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Art Toomey Episode: "The Night Caller"
The Hitchhiker Richard Shepard Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
1988 Unholy Matrimony Dr. Cassius William 'Bill' Sander Television movie
Disaster at Silo 7 Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald Television movie
1989 Bridge to Silence Dan Television movie
1990 Too Young to Die? Mike Medwicki Television movie
In the Best Interest of the Child Walt Colton Television movie
1990–91 Against the Law Simon MacHeath 17 episodes
1992 Middle Ages Ron Steffey 6 episodes
1993–95 Roseanne Fred 35 episodes
1994 Incident at Deception Ridge Jack Bolder Television movie
1996 The Outer Limits Eddie Wexler Episode: "Beyond the Veil"
The People Next Door Garrett James Television movie
1996–97 Life's Work Kevin Hunter 18 episodes
1999 Swing Vote N/A Television movie
2001 Law & Order Cally Lonegan/Professor Donald Lonegan Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
The West Wing Will Sawyer Episode: "War Crimes"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Father Michael McShale Episode: "The Faithful"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Marcosi Episode: "Counterfeit"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Daniel Easton Episode: "Got Murder?"
Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story[30] Mike Harris Television movie
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ronald McCain Episode: "Outcry"
2005 Night Stalker Doug Panero Episode: "Burning Man"
2006 House Fletcher Stone Episode: "Failure to Communicate"
The Closer Agent Tim Hecht Episode: "Overkill"
Vanished Bob Nagel 3 episodes
2007 State of Mind Petrovsky Episode: "Pilot"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Eli Rush Episode: "Seeds"
Saving Grace Father Lloyd Tierney Episode: "Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned"
Criminal Minds Dr. Stanley Howard Episode: "Scared to Death"
2008 Numb3rs Rev. Joseph Ezra Episode: "Atomic No. 33"
Eleventh Hour Philip Gifford Episode: "Resurrection"
2008–09 Brothers & Sisters Wally Wandell 3 episodes
2009 Two Dollar Beer Dad Unsold TV pilot
Ghost Whisperer Dr. Byrd 2 episodes
2010 Leverage Darren Hoffman 1 episode
Outlaw Dr. Damon 1 episode
2011 Burn Notice Wallace 1 episode
2012 Daybreak Professor Aaron Wilkins 1 episode
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Dr. Skrutz 1 episode
King & Maxwell FBI Agent Frank Rigby 10 episodes
2014 Royal Pains Dave 1 episode
Homeland John Redmond 8 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2015–16 Masters of Sex Harry Eshelman 6 episodes
2015–16 Sleepy Hollow Jack Walters 3 episodes
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Eugene O'Hannigan 2 episodes
Elementary Harris Waylon Greer 1 episode
Blue Bloods Lieutenant Tim Harrison Episode: "Stomping Grounds"
Falling Water Mr. Jones 1 episode
2017 The Blacklist Mr. Deavers 1 episode
2017 Sneaky Pete Detective Winslow 10 episodes
2019 The Enemy Within Paul Backus 2 episodes
2022 Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Jack Kent Cooke 1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Award
  • 1981: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" – The Great Santini[31]
CableACE Award
  • 1987: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series" – The Hitchhiker
Golden Globe Award
  • 1981: Nominated, "New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" – The Great Santini


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