George O'Brien

Actor, Assistant cameraman, Stuntman
Muscular, barrel-chested, yet sensitively talented silent star whose breakthrough came with the lead role in John Ford's "The Iron Horse" (1924). O'Brien starred for Fox Studios in many films after that, reuniting with ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1900 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fort Apache 1948 (Movie)

Captain Collingwood (Actor)

O'Malley of the Mounted 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Holy Terror 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Salute 1928 (Movie)

Cadet John Randall (Actor)

Sunrise 1926 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bullet Code (Movie)

Steve Condon (Actor)

Ever Since Eve (Movie)

Neil Rogers (Actor)

Fair Warning (Movie)

Whistlin' Dan Barry (Actor)

Frontier Marshal (Movie)

Michael Wyatt (Actor)

Gun Law (Movie)

Tom O'Malley (Actor)

Hollywood Cowboy (Movie)

Jeffery Carson (Actor)

Last of the Duanes (Movie)

Buck Duane (Actor)

Lawless Valley (Movie)

Larry Rhodes (Actor)

My Wild Irish Rose (Movie)

William (Duke) Muldoon (Actor)

Mystery Ranch (Movie)

Bob Sanborn (Actor)

Noah's Ark (Movie)

Travis/Japheth (Actor)

Park Avenue Logger (Movie)

Grant Curran (Actor)

Rainbow Trail (Movie)

Shefford (Actor)

The Cowboy Millionaire (Movie)

Bob Walker (Actor)

The Dude Ranger (Movie)

Ernest Selby (Actor)

The Iron Horse (Movie)

Davy Brandon (Actor)

The Last Trail (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lone Star Ranger (Movie)

Buck Duane (Actor)

The Renegade Ranger (Movie)

Capt. Jack Steele (Actor)

Three Bad Men (Movie)

Dan O'Malley (Actor)

Thunder Mountain (Movie)

Kal Emerson (Actor)

Whispering Smith Speaks (Movie)

Whispering Smith (Actor)

Woman-Proof (Movie)

Bill Burleigh (Actor)

Biography

Muscular, barrel-chested, yet sensitively talented silent star whose breakthrough came with the lead role in John Ford's "The Iron Horse" (1924). O'Brien starred for Fox Studios in many films after that, reuniting with Ford for such films as "The Fighting Heart" (1925) and "Three Bad Men", as well as playing in Howard Hawks' dated but amusing marital farce "Fig Leaves" (1926). 1927 saw O'Brien give an excellent performance in the greatest and most famous film of his career, F.W. Murnau's classic "Sunrise" (1927). He made a successful transition to sound soon thereafter, and began playing tough but good-humored heroes in many enjoyable B-budget Westerns including "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1931) and "Mystery Ranch" (1932). Ending his dozen years with Fox, O'Brien moved over to RKO for "Daniel Boone" (1936), "Border G-Man" (1938), and "Racketeers of the Range" (1939), among others. He made few film appearances after the advent of WWII, though he was most welcome in small roles in Ford's "Fort Apache" (1948) and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949) and made his last film (and the last of 11 with Ford) in 1964, "Cheyenne Autumn".

Relationships

Orin O'Brien

Daughter

Marguerite Churchill

Wife
married in 1933, divorced in 1948

Darcy O'Brien

Son
born in 1939 died on March 2, 1998 of a heart attack at age 59

EDUCATION

University of Santa Clara

Santa Clara , California

Milestones

1964

Last film, "Cheyenne Autumn", directed by John Ford

1940

Made last starring films for RKO

1936

Signed with RKO; first films there, "Daniel Boone"

Earliest screen credits include "White Hands" (1922)

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