Edmond O'Brien

Actor, Producer, Director
Talented leading man of the 1940s turned veteran Hollywood character player, at his best playing roles requiring sweat and strain. O'Brien joined Orson Welles' Mercury Players in 1937 and worked in film and on stage ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1915 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Isn't It Shocking? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

99 and 44/100% Dead 1973 (Movie)

Uncle Frank (Actor)

Jigsaw 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Luciano 1972 (Movie)

Harry Anslinger (Actor)

They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Liquor Store Owner (Actor)

The Love God? 1969 (Movie)

Osborn Tremain (Actor)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

Sykes (Actor)

Flesh and Blood 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Fantastic Voyage 1966 (Movie)

General Carter (Actor)

The Long Hot Summer 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Viscount 1966 (Movie)

Rico Barone (Actor)

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

Oscar Stewart (Actor)

The Hanged Man 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rio Conchos 1964 (Movie)

Col Theron Pardee (Actor)

Seven Days in May 1964 (Movie)

Sen Raymond Clark (Actor)

Synanon 1964 (Movie)

Chuck Dederich (Actor)

Sam Benedict 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hanged Man 1963 (Movie)

Arnie Seeger (Actor)

Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 (Movie)

Tom Gaddis (Actor)

Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

McClosky (Actor)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

General Barton (Actor)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

Dutton Peabody (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Captain Glover (Actor)

The Last Voyage 1960 (Movie)

Second Engineer Walsh (Actor)

The Third Voice 1960 (Movie)

The Voice (Actor)

A Gun Is For Killing 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Sing Boy Sing 1958 (Movie)

Joseph Sharkey (Actor)

The World Was His Jury 1958 (Movie)

David Carson (Actor)

Up Periscope 1958 (Movie)

Commander Stevenson (Actor)

Stopover Tokyo 1957 (Movie)

George Underwood (Actor)

The Comedian 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

1984 1956 (Movie)

Winston Smith (Actor)

A Cry in the Night 1956 (Movie)

Taggart (Actor)

D-Day the Sixth of June 1956 (Movie)

Colonel Timmer (Actor)

The Big Land 1956 (Movie)

Jagger (Actor)

The Girl Can't Help It 1956 (Movie)

Murdock (Actor)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Waswick (Actor)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

Fran McCarg (Actor)

Shield For Murder 1954 (Movie)

Barney Nolan (Actor)

The Barefoot Contessa 1954 (Movie)

Oscar Muldoon (Actor)

The Shanghai Story 1954 (Movie)

Dr Dan Maynard (Actor)

China Venture 1953 (Movie)

Captain Matt Reardon (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

Casca (Actor)

Man in the Dark 1953 (Movie)

Steve Rawley/James Blake (Actor)

The Bigamist 1953 (Movie)

Harry Graham (Actor)

D.O.A. 1950 (Movie)

Frank Bigelow (Actor)

White Heat 1949 (Movie)

Hank Fallon/Vic Pardo (Actor)

The Web 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

711 Ocean Drive (Movie)

Mal Granger (Actor)

A Double Life (Movie)

Bill Friend (Actor)

A Girl, a Guy and A Gob (Movie)

Stephen Herrick (Actor)

Between Midnight and Dawn (Movie)

Dan Purvis (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Fighter Squadron (Movie)

Maj. Ed Hardin (Actor)

Jigsaw (TV Show)

Actor

Parachute Battalion (Movie)

Bill Burke (Actor)

Powder Town (Movie)

Pennant (Actor)

River of Mystery (TV Show)

Actor

The Admiral Was a Lady (Movie)

Jimmie Stevens (Actor)

The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (Movie)

Tom Holliday (Actor)

The Blue Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)

Actor

The Hitch-Hiker (Movie)

Ray Collins (Actor)

The Intruders (TV Show)

Actor

The Killers (Movie)

Jim Reardon (Actor)

The Outsider (Movie)

(Actor)

The Redhead and the Cowboy (Movie)

Dunn Jeffers (Actor)

Winged Victory (Movie)

Irving Miller (Actor)
Director (2)

Man-Trap 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Shield For Murder 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Talented leading man of the 1940s turned veteran Hollywood character player, at his best playing roles requiring sweat and strain. O'Brien joined Orson Welles' Mercury Players in 1937 and worked in film and on stage through the 1940s, turning primarily to the screen after WWII. He is best remembered as the impetuous young street poet in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939); the enterprising insurance investigator of "The Killers" (1946); the doomed lead in the noir classic, "D.O.A." (1949); the sycophantic Hollywood press agent in "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954), which won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar; and for a string of weather-beaten character parts in the 70s. O'Brien was married to actresses Nancy Kelly and Olga San Juan; Maria O'Brien, his daughter by the latter, has appeared in several films.

Relationships

Nancy Kelly Actor

Wife

Maria O'Brien

Daughter
born 1950, mother Olga San Juan featured in film, "Smile" (1975)

Liam O'Brien

Brother
born c. 1913, died 1996 of heart failure at age 83

Olga San Juan Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

Fordham University

Bronx , New York
transferred out after first year to accept scholarship from Neighborhood Playhouse

attended a Westport CT high school

Columbia University

New York , New York
joined Columbia Laboratory Players

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