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Robert Emmet O'Connor

Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmet O'Connor, who was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ultimately appearing in 13 musical comedies and operettas on the Great White Way through 1930 (he also appeared in four straight plays during that period, mostly comedies such as "The Old Soak" during the 1922-23 season). After 1930, he never appeared on Broadway again, focusing instead on his movie career. He made his movie debut in 1920 in the Harold Lloyd comedy short His Royal Slyness (1920), directed by Hal Roach. He made six comedies for the Hal Roach Studios in the years 1920-21, including one more Harold Lloyd vehicle, Never Weaken (1921), before taking a five-year hiatus from films. He returned in the Thomas Meighan drama, Tin Gods (1926), directed by Allan Dwan, then spent the next 24 years acting in movies. In 1930, he went back to the Roach Studio to support Laurel and Hardy in two Spanish language shorts, then moved over to Warner Bros. as a bit player. He played the Irish bootlegger Paddy Ryan in the classic The Public Enemy (1931) in support of fellow Irish-American James Cagney, and appeared in another classic, Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). He then settled into being typecast as Irish cops. After he moved on to MGM, the typecasting led to one of his most famous roles: the plain-clothes detective in pursuit of the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera (1935). During the 1940s, still under contract player to MGM, he was kept busy, appearing in every genre, including the "Our Gang" comedies. His last film role was as the Paramount Studios' guard who remembers Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. (1950). He virtually retired from his acting career at the age of 65, though he made some television appearances in the 1950s. Robert Emmett O'Connor died on September 4, 1962, of injuries sustained in a fire. He was 77 years old.

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Mar 18, 1885 In Milwaukee, WI
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Noose 1928-01-29
Latest Project:
Movie Tenth Avenue Angel 1948-02-20
Known For
Movie Tenth Avenue Angel Mr. O'Callan (uncredited) 1948-02-20
Movie The Hucksters Frank - Hotel Doorman (uncredited) 1947-07-17
Movie Merton of the Movies Mac - Restaurant Counterman (uncredited) 1947-10-11
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited) 1946-04-04
Movie Boys Ranch Druggist 1946-07-18
Movie Adventure Man in Cantina (uncredited) 1945-12-28
Movie Rationing Sheriff 1944-03-24
Movie Gentle Annie Childers - Bartender 1944-12-05
Movie The Human Comedy Bartender (uncredited) 1943-03-02
Movie Air Raid Wardens Charlie Beaugart 1943-04-04
Movie Whistling in Brooklyn Detective Leo Finnigan (as Robert Emmet O'Connor) 1943-12-01
Movie Who Killed Who? Host 1943-06-19
Movie Jackass Mail Peter Lawson 1942-07-01
Movie I Take This Oath Police Car Driver 1940-05-20
Movie The Lone Wolf Strikes House Detective 1940-01-26
Movie Dance, Girl, Dance Plainclothesman at Palais Royale 1940-08-30
Movie No Time for Comedy Desk Sergeant 1940-09-14
Movie Sergeant Madden Capt. Crane 1939-03-24
Movie Made for Each Other Harry - Elevator Starter 1939-02-10
Movie Streets of New York Police Officer Burke 1939-04-12
Movie Professor Beware Cop at Estate 1938-07-29
Movie Waikiki Wedding Policeman (uncredited) 1937-03-23
Movie The Crime Nobody Saw Tim Burke 1937-03-12
Movie We Who Are About to Die Detective Mitchell 1937-01-08
Movie A Star Is Born Santa Anita Clubhouse Bartender (uncredited) 1937-04-27
Movie Park Avenue Logger Police Sergeant 1937-03-16
Movie The Frame-Up Larry Mann 1937-05-02
Movie Boy of the Streets Police Officer Rourke 1937-12-08
Movie Trapped by G-Men Federal Agent Jim 1937-09-09
Movie New Faces of 1937 Policeman 1937-07-02
Movie Wells Fargo Sea Captain 1937-12-31
Movie At Sea Ashore First Immigration Officer (as Robert O'Connor) 1936-04-04
Movie Little Lord Fauntleroy Policeman 1936-03-06
Movie Jailbreak Policeman 1936-08-05
Movie Desire Customs Official 1936-04-11
Movie Sinner Take All Police Capt. Greenwood 1936-12-18
Movie Stolen Harmony Warden Clark 1935-04-20
Movie Diamond Jim Brady's Father 1935-09-01
Movie Star of Midnight Police Sgt. Cleary 1935-04-19
Movie The Lone Wolf Returns Detective Benson 1935-12-31
Movie Waterfront Lady Police Lieutenant 1935-10-04
Movie A Night at the Opera Henderson (as Robert Emmet O'Connor) 1935-11-15
Movie The Big Shakedown Regan 1934-01-06
Movie Bottoms Up Detective Rooney 1934-04-12
Movie The Mysterious Mr. Wong Officer 'Mac' McGillicuddy (as Robert Emmet O'Connor) 1934-12-22
Movie Picture Snatcher Lieutenant Casey Nolan 1933-05-06
Movie Midnight Mary Cop 1933-06-30
Movie Penthouse Police Lt. 'Steve' Stevens 1933-09-08
Movie Lady for a Day Inspector MacCreary 1933-09-13
Movie Don't Bet on Love Edward Shelton 1933-06-30
Movie Night World The Policeman 1932-05-04
Movie Two Kinds of Women Tim Gohagen 1932-01-16
Movie The Dark Horse le sheriff 1932-06-16
Movie The Big Timer Dan Wilson 1932-03-10
Movie The Arm of the Law Capt. Blake, Chief of Detectives 1932-04-19
Movie American Madness Police Inspector 1932-08-15
Movie Frisco Jenny Jim Sandoval 1932-12-30
Movie The Kid from Spain Detective Crawford 1932-11-17
Movie Blonde Venus Dan O'Connor 1932-09-23
Movie The Single Sin Detective 1931-02-23
Movie Three Who Loved Police Lieutenant Tom Rooney 1931-07-03
Movie The Public Defender Detective Brady 1931-08-01
Movie Fanny Foley Herself Burns 1931-10-09
Movie Alias French Gertie Detective Kelcey 1930-04-20
Movie Framed Sergeant Schultze 1930-03-16
Movie The Big Fight Detective 1930-05-11
Movie Up the River Prison Warden (uncredited) 1930-10-12
Movie Man to Man Sheriff 1930-12-05
Movie Shooting Straight Detective Regan 1930-06-20
Movie The Big House Donlin (as Robert Emmet O'Connor) 1930-06-14
Movie Weary River Police Sergeant 1929-02-10
Movie The Noose Jim Conley 1928-01-29
Movie Dressed to Kill Detective Gilroy 1928-03-17
Movie The Singing Fool Cafe Owner, Bill 1928-09-19
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