Austin O'Brien

Actor
This bright, wholesome young performer won the coveted role of Danny Madigan, the 11-year-old protagonist of the spectacular Arnold Schwarzenegger box-office flop, "The Last Action Hero" (1993). O'Brien entered show ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1981 in Eugene, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Helix 2014 (Movie)

Jae (Actor)

Bones 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1998 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace 1996 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Whiz Kid (Actor)

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Baby-Sitter's Club 1995 (Movie)

Logan Bruno (Actor)

My Girl 2 1994 (Movie)

Nick Zsigmond (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 7th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Danny Madigan (Actor)

Prehysteria! 1992 (Movie)

Jerry Taylor (Actor)

The Lawnmower Man 1992 (Movie)

Peter Parkette (Actor)

Biography

This bright, wholesome young performer won the coveted role of Danny Madigan, the 11-year-old protagonist of the spectacular Arnold Schwarzenegger box-office flop, "The Last Action Hero" (1993). O'Brien entered show business as a model and actor, appearing in over 40 TV commercials and magazine ads. He made his feature debut in the Stephen King-inspired sci-fi thriller, "The Lawnmower Man" (1992) and reprised the role in the tepid sequel "Lawmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace" (1996). O'Brien also appeared in Charles Band's "Prehysteria!" (1993), a low-budget dinosaur epic partly inspired by "Jurassic Park", "My Girl 2" (1994) and "The Baby-sitter's Club" (1995). He made his TV series debut as Gerald McRaney's son in the CBS drama "Promised Land" (1996-99).

Relationships

Valerie O'Brien

Mother

Trever O'Brien

Brother
younger born c. 1985

Amanda O'Brien

Sister
older born c. 1979

Milestones

1996

TV series debut as regular, "Promised Land" (CBS)

1993

Won the coveted role of Danny Madigan in "The Last Action Hero" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger

1992

Feature acting debut, "The Lawnmower Man"

Appeared in over 24 TV commercials as well as magazine ads

Bonus Trivia

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". . . There will be absolutely no cuss words for this little guy.""The 11-year-old and his family were adamant that he not be made to swear in the film. O'Brien saw Danny as a role model and didn't want it to seem he was setting a bad example."C5"`If I cussed, every kid out there on the street will think it's cool to cuss,' he says. `At the beginning, `I went in for the read-through . . . and I just didn't say anything during the cuss words. Later on, they said, `If you don't like them we'll take them out.'""His mother, Valerie O'Brien, agrees.""`We absolutely will not take the Lord's name in vain. And I said to Austin, if it came to that, we'd walk. They'd have to find someone else. And they were really great about it. They took them all out.'" --From USA TODAY, March 10, 1993.

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