Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien

Show Count: 36
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: November 11, 1899
Old Time Radio, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S
Died: October 15, 1983, Santa Monica, California, U.S
An American film actor with more than one hundred screen credits, Pat O’Brien was born William Joseph Patrick O’Brien to an Irish-American Roman Catholic family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as an altar boy at Gesu Church while growing up near 13th and Clybourn streets. O’Brien attended Marquette Academy with fellow actor Spencer Tracy, and later attended Marquette University.

James Cagney and O’Brien in Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), the sixth of the nine features the pair made together

O'Brien and Anne Jeffreys in Riffraff(1947)

O’Brien appeared with James Cagney in nine feature films, including Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and Cagney’s last film, Ragtime (1981). The two originally met in 1926 and became lifelong friends. O'Brien began appearing in movies (many times playing Irish cops or priests) in the 1930s, starting with the role of ace reporter Hildy Johnson in the original version of The Front Page in 1931. He appeared in the successful 1946 suspense film, Crack-Up, and played the lead in the boxing film, The Personality Kid.

O’Brien may be best remembered for his role as a police detective opposite George Raft in Some Like It Hot and the title role of a football coach in Knute Rockne, All American (1940), where he gave the speech to “win just one for the Gipper,” referring to recently deceased football player, George Gipp, portrayed in the film by a young Ronald W. Reagan.

O’Brien’s movie career more or less ended in the early 1950s. He still managed to get work in television; O’Brien later claimed to be completely flummoxed about this in his autobiography The Wind At My Back.His close friend, Spencer Tracy, had to fight the studio to get a small role for O’Brien in Tracy’s film The Last Hurrah in 1958.

In his later years, O'Brien worked in television. He was cast in 1956 and 1957 in four episodes of the religion anthology series, Crossroads: in "The Strange Bequest", as the lead character Father Jim in "A Holiday for Father Jim", as Father Edward Sullivan in "Circus Priest", and as Father Patrick O'Neil in "Benediction of Blood".

On April 4, 1957, O'Brien guest starred in the first season of the NBC variety program, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. In the 1960—1961 television season, O’Brien joined Roger Perry in the 34-episode ABCsitcom, Harrigan and Son, about a father-and-son team of lawyers.

O’Brien had a small role as Burt Reynolds’ father in the 1978 comedy film The End, opposite Myrna Loy, cast as Reynolds’ mother.


O’Brien and his wife had four children: Sean, Terry, Brigid, and Mavourneen. Three of his four children were adopted.


Pat O’Brien died on October 15, 1983 from a heart attack, aged 83.

Source: Wikipedia

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Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 1935 to 1937, 30 December 1957 to 25 November 1960
Cast: Elinor Harriot, Pat O'Brien, Peg Lynch, Alan Bunce, Olan Soulé, Margaret Hamilton
Broadcast: 15th December 1948
Added: Dec 25 2005
Broadcast: 22nd May 1939
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 10th June 1953
Starring: Pat O'Brien, Betty Lynn
Added: Jun 10 2007
Broadcast: December 23, 1948
Added: Dec 23 2018
Broadcast: December 28, 1949
Added: Dec 28 2008
Broadcast: March 24, 1949
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 6th April 1942
Added: Nov 13 2005
Broadcast: 22nd June 1946
Added: Jun 23 2005
Broadcast: March 19, 1945
Added: Aug 11 2012
Broadcast: 5th October 1945
Starring: Pat O'Brien, Bill Stern
Added: Nov 18 2006
Broadcast: 3rd June 1945
Added: Sep 03 2006
Broadcast: 7th February 1944
Added: Feb 04 2012
Broadcast: 13th September 1943
Added: Sep 13 2007
Broadcast: 26th February 1948
Added: Feb 26 2005
Broadcast: 29th November 1943
Starring: Pat O'Brien
Added: May 15 2004
Broadcast: 3rd May 1943
Added: May 05 2012
Broadcast: 23rd April 1942
Added: May 28 2006
Broadcast: 22nd July 1949
Starring: Pat O'Brien
Added: Jul 16 2011
Broadcast: 4th May 1949
Added: May 04 2008
Broadcast: 26th December 1951
Added: Dec 27 2009
Broadcast: 31st August 1950
Starring: Pat O'Brien
Added: Apr 23 2009
Broadcast: October 1, 1945
Added: Oct 10 2016
Broadcast: March 18, 1947
Added: Mar 19 2006