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William Joseph Patrick “Pat” O’Brien was born on 11 November 1899, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, inTO a Roman Catholic family with Irish ancestry. He was an actor most recognized for movies such as ‘’Some Like it Hot’’ and ‘’Angels With Dirty Faces’’.

So, just how rich was Pat O’Brien? Authoritative sources estimate that O’Brien’s net worth was as high as $1.5 million, accumulated from his six decades long acting career in Hollywood, as well as on the silver screen. He also wrote a couple of books.

Pat O’Brien Net Worth $1.5 million

Pat grew up near 13th and Clybourn streets in Milwaukee. He attended Marquette Academy and went on to join the US Navy in World War I. Having returned from war, O’Brien decided to continue his education and enrolled into Marquette University shortly after. During his college days, O’Brien found an acting job, and went on to appear in several Broadway plays and spent a decade there. Pat made his silver screen debut in Paramount’s film ‘’Honor Among Lovers’’ which was well received by the critics. He continuously played significant roles during the early ‘30s, appearing in several MGM musicals. In the upcoming years, he played in a variety of Warner Bros movies which resulted in a long term contract, making a name for himself and gaining attention and reputation. His appearances, either supporting or lead roles, were often critically acclaimed. During this era of his career, he played lead parts in ‘’I Married a Doctor’’ and ‘’Public Enemy’s Wife’’ among many others. However, the highlight of this period was his role in ‘’Angels with Dirty Faces’’ in which he played a Catholic priest with a problematic past, Fr. Jerry Connolly. The movie was nominated for several awards and earned a total of $1.7 million at the box office, considerable in those days. O’Brien’s performance is said to have added significantly to the movie.

Pat eventually left Warner Bros and signed a contract with 20th Century Fox, but never appeared in any of their movies, and went on to sign a contract with RKO, eventually appearing in several of their movies usually playing a certain type of military or authority characters. In the mid ‘40s, he established his own production company with his manager, and signed a contract with Columbia to make several movies together. One of the most noted appearances he made during this period was his role of Father Peter J. Dunne, in ‘’Fighting Father Dunne’’, a 1948 biographical film. The number of roles Pat would get was slowly decreasing in the 1950s and his friend Spencer Tracy persuaded MGM studio to give O’Brien parts in a couple of their films, and in the following year, he had several big roles, the highlight being the role of Detective Mulligan in ‘’Some like it Hot’’, a 1959 comedy in which he played alongside Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis.

He continued to appear in movies, but eventually returned to theatre, and remained a theatre actor throughout the ‘60s until the ‘80s. During his long career, he appeared in over 80 movies and had plenty of television appearances.

In his personal life, Pat married Eloise in 1931 and they had four kids together – three of them adopted. O’Brien is said to have been passionate about storytelling and jokes, and a regular guest at many Hollywood parties. He died on 15 October 1983 from a heart attack – even President Ronald Regan expressed his sadness at Pat’s death.

Quick Facts

Birth date: November 11, 1899
Birth place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Death date: October 15, 1983, Santa Monica, California, United States
Height:1.8 m
Profession:Actor
Nationality:American
Spouse:Eloise Taylor (m. 1931–1983)
Children:Brigid O’Brien, Mavourneen O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Terry O’Brien
Parents:Margaret O'Brien, William O'Brien
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Met his wife Eloise while appearing at the Selwyn Theatre in Chicago in 1927.
2Attended Marquette Academy and Marquette University in Milwaukee.
3He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1531 Vine Street; and for Television at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Had appeared with Henry O'Neill in eleven films: Flirtation Walk (1934), Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934), I've Got Your Number (1934), Oil for the Lamps of China (1935), The Great O'Malley (1937), Submarine D-1 (1937), Knute Rockne All American (1940), Castle on the Hudson (1940), The Fighting 69th (1940), 'Til We Meet Again (1940) and The People Against O'Hara (1951).
5Had appeared with James Cagney in nine films: Here Comes the Navy (1934), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935), The Irish in Us (1935), Ceiling Zero (1936) Boy Meets Girl (1938), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Fighting 69th (1940), Torrid Zone (1940) and Ragtime (1981).
6O'Brien first met his lifelong friend Spencer Tracy when Tracy enrolled at Milwaukee's Marquette Academy in 1917.
7O'Brien formed his own production company in 1944 which made only one motion picture, Secret Command (1944).
8Pat was a great personal friend of fellow Irish-American actor James Cagney, from the early days of their career right up to Pat's death in 1983. They also starred in seven films together, Pat often playing the role of a Catholic priest.
9He wore a toupee.
10Patrick O'Brien passed away on October 15, 1983, one month away from what would have been his 84th birthday on November 11.
11His final acting role was as a guest star in an episode of Happy Days (1974). The series was set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which was O'Brien's hometown.
12Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 607-608. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
13Had been playing Walter Burns in "The Front Page" on Broadway before being tapped to appear in the 1931 film (The Front Page (1931)). The studio, confusing Burns with the other lead role, Hildy Johnson, offered O'Brien the latter role, assuming it was the one he had played onstage. He took the job, not informing them of their mistake.
14Politically, he was extremely right-wing, so much so that he was termed "a near-fascist", mainly because of his strong support of Generalissimo Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War.
15He and his wife had one biological child and three adopted children: Sean O'Brien, Terry O'Brien, Brigid O'Brien and Mavourneen O'Brien.
16Following his death, he was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.


Quotes

#Quote
1John Ford, the old master, is the orderly type. Working for him is like being part of a ballet. He hardly ever moves the camera, but composes his shots like a master painter, a Rembrandt or Degas. The actor becomes part of the scene. Ford lets the action swirl past his lens. But the reality of his seamen, miners, dust-bowlers, horse soldiers, or Wesrern heroes, when he is at his best, is a literature that the screen rarely gets. Working for him one feels a special pride. Lewis Milestone is a bouncing camera mover. For him the seeing eye is all. He stands the camera on its head, rolls it, rushes it, brings it in on the run. The actors are part of the scenery, and they must fight to survive, come alive while he catches them on the run. Neither men are static directors. They don't care for too much talk in their script, or stage business over meaningless chatter.
2I am not a loner, not a solitary. I liked people, crowds, activities, so I didn't stay in dark corners. I made friends
3Women''s pictures (so-called) are talky pictures. Their use of the cigarette and the telephone break the talk, talk, talk of soap-opera storytelling.
4[interviewed in 1982]: I despise the Method, as do Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and as Jack Barrymore surely would have. I think the Method has ruined an awful lot of potentially fine actors. Look, the theatre is nothing but a mystique. It's nebulous. You get the part, you study your lines, you see what you can do with it and, finally, you evolve yourself into the part. But the Method - be a window, be a door... what's that got to do with anything?
5[on Knute Rockne] He was not only a great coach but also an extraordinary human being, and I felt privileged, humble, trying to convey the glory and the humanness that was 'Rock'. And there were frightening moments when I briefly felt as if I were Knute Rockne.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsBest Actor in Daytime Drama - For a Special ProgramThe ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972)
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsDaytime Actor of the YearThe ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1531 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6240 Hollywood Blvd.


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happy Days1980-1982TV SeriesUncle Joe
WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV SeriesCol. Buchanan
Ragtime1981Delphin
Scout's Honor1980TV MovieMr. Caboose
The End1978Ben Lawson
Billy Jack Goes to Washington1977Vice President
Kiss Me, Kill Me1976TV MovieJimmy, morgue attendant
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1975TV SeriesAbner Therman
The Sky's the Limit1975Abner Therman
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak1973TV SeriesDr. Miller
McCloud1973TV SeriesMac Ferguson
Tenafly1973TV SeriesAvery
Amanda Fallon1973TV MovieEmory
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1973TV SeriesEmory
Banyon1972TV SeriesBig Jim Rawlins
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1972TV SeriesAttorney
Adventures of Nick Carter1972TV MovieHallelujah Harry
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol1972TV MovieSgt. McGll
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesHayfoot Stockton
The Phynx1970Pat O'Brien
The Over-the-Hill Gang1969TV MovieCapt. Oren Hayes
My Friend Tony1969TV Series
The Virginian1964-1967TV SeriesDoc Bigelow / J. Jimerson Jones
Hazel1966TV SeriesUncle Jerome Van Meter
Branded1965TV SeriesPhineas T. Barnum
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964-1965TV SeriesDistrict Attorney Hightower / Otto Mead
Town Tamer1965Judge Murcott
Slattery's People1965TV SeriesAssemblyman Raymond J. O'Riordan
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesInspector Dan Zarilla / Lt. John Curwood
Going My Way1963TV SeriesFrank McCaffey
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesClerk
The Road to Hong Kong1962Chinese Restaurateur (uncredited)
Harrigan and Son1960-1961TV SeriesJames Harrigan Sr.
Joyful Hour1960TV MovieHost
The Best of the Post1960TV SeriesMike
Some Like It Hot1959Detective Mulligan
The Last Hurrah1958John Gorman
Target1958TV SeriesDaniels
Kraft Theatre1958TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1958TV SeriesMike Waterson
Studio 571956-1957TV SeriesCapt. Frank Brodie / Al Richards / Jay Breen
The Ford Television Theatre1953-1957TV SeriesLt. V. Keever / Richard Brown / Spud Malone
The Red Skelton Hour1957TV Seriesthe Sheriff
Kill Me Tomorrow1957Bart Crosbie
Crossroads1956-1957TV SeriesFather Patrick O'Neil / Father Edward Sullivan / Father Jim / ...
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesSheriff Kyle Bickford
Lux Video Theatre1951-1957TV SeriesCaptain Barnaby / Eddie Gorman / Charley Hackett / ...
Sneak Preview1956TV Series
The United States Steel Hour1956TV SeriesJim
Climax!1955-1956TV SeriesEd Talbot / Police Lieutenant / Police Lieutenant Moore
Inside Detroit1956Gus Linden
Science Fiction Theatre1955TV SeriesDr. Walter Arnold
The Christophers1955TV Series
Celebrity Playhouse1955TV Series
Front Row Center1955TV SeriesDan Packard
The Star and the Story1955TV SeriesLarry Johnson
Stage 71955TV SeriesDan Jennings
Ring of Fear1954Frank Wallace
Jubilee Trail1954Ernest 'Texas' Conway
Schlitz Playhouse1952-1953TV Series
General Electric Theater1953TV Series
Okinawa1952Lt. Cmdr. Hale
The People Against O'Hara1951Det. Vincent Ricks
Criminal Lawyer1951James Edward Reagan
The Fireball1950Father O'Hara
Johnny One-Eye1950Martin Martin
A Dangerous Profession1949Joe Farley
The Boy with Green Hair1948Gramp
Fighting Father Dunne1948Father Peter J. Dunne
Riff-Raff1947Dan
Crack-Up1946George Steele
Perilous Holiday1946Patrick Nevil
Man Alive1945Michael O'Flaherty 'Speed' McBride
Having Wonderful Crime1945Michael J. Malone
Secret Command1944Sam Gallagher
Marine Raiders1944Maj. Steve Lockhart
His Butler's Sister1943Martin Murphy
The Iron Major1943Francis William 'Frank' / 'Cav' Cavanaugh
Bombardier1943Maj. Chick Davis
The Navy Comes Through1942Chief Michael 'Mike' Mallory
Flight Lieutenant1942Samuel J. 'Sam' Doyle
Broadway1942Dan McCorn
Two Yanks in Trinidad1942Tim Reardon
Knute Rockne All American1940Knute Rockne
Flowing Gold1940Ian 'Hap' O'Connor
Escape to Glory1940Mike Farrough
Torrid Zone1940Steve Case
'Til We Meet Again1940Steve Burke
Castle on the Hudson1940Warden Long
The Fighting 69th1940Father Duffy
Slightly Honorable1939John Webb
The Night of Nights1939Dan O'Farrell
Indianapolis Speedway1939Joe Greer
The Kid from Kokomo1939William Jennings 'Billy / 'Square Shooting Murph' Murphy
Off the Record1939Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott
Swingtime in the Movies1938ShortPat O'Brien (uncredited)
Angels with Dirty Faces1938Jerry Connolly
Garden of the Moon1938John Quinn
Boy Meets Girl1938J.C. Benson
Cowboy from Brooklyn1938Roy Chadwick
Out Where the Stars Begin1938ShortPat O'Brien (uncredited)
Women Are Like That1938Bill Landin
Submarine D-11937'Butch' Rogers
Back in Circulation1937Bill Morgan
Slim1937Red Blayd
San Quentin1937Capt. Stephen Jameson
The Great O'Malley1937James Aloysius O'Malley
China Clipper1936Dave Logan
Public Enemy's Wife1936Lee Laird
I Married a Doctor1936Dr. William P. Kennicott
Ceiling Zero1936Jake L. Lee
Stars Over Broadway1935Al McGillevray
Page Miss Glory1935Click Wiley
The Irish in Us1935Pat O'Hara
Oil for the Lamps of China1935Stephen Chase
In Caliente1935Larry MacArthur
Devil Dogs of the Air1935Lieut. Brannigan
Flirtation Walk1934'Scrapper' Thornhhill
I Sell Anything1934'Spot Cash' Cutler
Here Comes the Navy1934Biff
The Personality Kid1934Ritzy McCarty
Twenty Million Sweethearts1934Rush Blake
Gambling Lady1934Charlie Lang
I've Got Your Number1934Terry Riley
College Coach1933Coach Gore
Bombshell1933Jim Brogan
Bureau of Missing Persons1933Butch Saunders
The World Gone Mad1933Andy Terrell
Destination Unknown1933Matt Brennan
Laughter in Hell1933Barney Slaney
Air Mail1932Duke Talbot
Virtue1932Jimmy
Flaming Gold1932Ben Lear
American Madness1932Matt
Hollywood Speaks1932Jimmy Reed
The Strange Case of Clara Deane1932Frank Deane
Scandal for Sale1932Waddell
The Final Edition1932Sam Bradshaw
Hell's House1932Matt Kelly
Flying High1931Sport
Consolation Marriage1931Steve Porter
Personal Maid1931Peter Shea
Crimes Square1931ShortMarty
The Front Page1931Hildy Johnson
Honor Among Lovers1931Conroy
The Nightingale1931ShortThe Sweetheart
Compliments of the Season1930ShortPolice Detective (uncredited)
My Mistake1930Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Boy with Green Hair1948performer: "Tread on the Tail of Me Coat", "How Many Miles to Dublin Town?" - uncredited
The Iron Major1943"Billy Boy Can She Bake a Cherry Pie", uncredited / performer: "As the Backs Go Tearing By Dartmouth Fight Song", "Billy Boy Can She Bake a Cherry Pie", "In the Town of Donegal" - uncredited
Knute Rockne All American1940performer: "Happy Land" - uncredited
Angels with Dirty Faces1938performer: "In My Merry Oldsmobile" 1905 - uncredited
Garden of the Moon1938performer: "I'll String Along With You" 1934 - uncredited
Women Are Like That1938performer: "I've Been Working on the Railroad" - uncredited
Oil for the Lamps of China1935"Chinatown, My Chinatown" 1910, uncredited / performer: "Don't Send My Boy to Harvard" - uncredited
In Caliente1935"To Call You My Own" 1935, uncredited / performer: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" 1912 - uncredited
The Personality Kid1934performer: "The Gold Diggers' Song We're in the Money" 1933 - uncredited
Crimes Square1931Short performer: "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Secret Command1944executive producer - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
Screen Snapshots: Hopalong in Hoppy Land1951Documentary shortHimself
The Fred Waring Show1951TV SeriesHimself
The Hills of Ireland1951DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Screen Snapshots: Motion Picture Mothers, Inc.1949ShortHimself - Master of Ceremonies
Texaco Star Theatre1949TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Happy Homes1949Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 10: Famous Fathers and Sons1946Documentary shortHimself
Breakdowns of 19381938Documentary shortPat O'Brien (Back in Circulation / Women Are Like That / Cowboy from Brooklyn outtakes) (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 71937Documentary shortHimself
Breakdowns of 19371937ShortHimself
Breakdowns of 19361936ShortHimself
A Dream Comes True1935Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio1935Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Things You Never See on the Screen1935ShortHimself
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds1984TV MovieHimself
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parkinson1981TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1980TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1962-1979TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Over Easy1977TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Greats1977TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
The Movie Crazy Years1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Gypsy1967TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show1950-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor / Himself - Comedian
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHimself
To Tell the Truth1964TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960-1962TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1959TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1953-1957TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party1957ShortHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Hollywood Mothers and Fathers1955Documentary shortHimself
Shower of Stars1955TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Beauty1955Documentary shortHimself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself
Place the Face1954TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1953TV SeriesHimself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (New York)
I've Got a Secret1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson1952Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood on the Ball1952ShortHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling2010TV MovieHimself
American Masters2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Secret Lives1996TV Series documentaryHimself - Funeral Guest
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1992TV Series documentaryHimself
Fonda on Fonda1992TV Movie documentaryActor in 'Slim' (uncredited)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney1974TV Special documentaryActor 'Angels with Dirty Faces'
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Telephone Time1957TV Series
Breakdowns of 19411941ShortHimself (uncredited)
Studio Highlights1934ShortHimself

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