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Dennis O'Keefe

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Dennis O'Keefe (29 March 1908 – 31 August 1968) was an American actor. Born as Edward Vance Flanagan he was the son of Irish vaudevillians working in the United States. As a small child he joined his parents' act and later wrote skits for the stage. O'Keefe started in films as an extra in the early 1930s and appeared in numerous films under the name Bud Flanagan. After a small but impressive role in Saratoga (1937), Clark Gable recommended O'Keefe to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which signed him to a contract in 1937 and re-named him Dennis O'Keefe. His film roles were bigger after that, starting with The Bad Man of Brimstone (1938), and the lead role in Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939). O'Keefe left MGM around 1940 but continued to work in mostly lower budget productions. He often played the tough guy in action and crime dramas but was also known as a comic actor as well as a dramatic lead. In the 1950s he did some directing and wrote mystery stories. In the middle 1950s, he appeared on NBC's legal drama Justice and on the network's The Martha Raye Show. On October 3, 1957, he was a guest star on another NBC variety show, The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. From 1959-1960, he was the star of the CBS situation comedy, The Dennis O'Keefe Show. A heavy cigarette smoker, O'Keefe died of lung cancer at the age of sixty. Ironically in his 1954 film "The Diamond Wizard", which he stars and directed, he plays a U.S. Treasury Agent in London who, during the course of the film, is trying to quit smoking and throughout the film is prevented from lighting up by different characters in the film, however, after the rousing finale, as a reward for his heroism he is finally allowed to light up. He takes a deep puff and joyously exhales. Description above from the Wikipedia article Dennis O'Keefe, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Mar 29, 1908 In Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Reaching for the Moon 1930-12-29
Latest Project:
Movie The Naked Flame 1964-03-08
Known For
Movie The Naked Flame Paul Ashley 1964-03-08
Movie All Hands on Deck Brian O'Gara 1961-03-30
Movie Lady of Vengeance William T. Marshall 1957-08-01
Movie Dragoon Wells Massacre Capt. Matt Riordan 1957-08-28
Movie Inside Detroit Blair Vickers 1956-01-01
Movie Las Vegas Shakedown Joe Barnes 1955-05-15
Movie Chicago Syndicate Barry Amsterdam 1955-07-01
Movie Drums of Tahiti Mike Macklin 1954-04-23
Movie The Diamond Wizard Joe Dennison 1954-04-01
Movie Angela Steve Catlett 1954-11-16
Movie The Lady Wants Mink Jim Connors 1953-03-29
Movie The Fake Paul Mitchell 1953-09-25
Movie One Big Affair Jimmy Donovan 1952-02-22
Movie Everything I Have Is Yours Alec Tacksbury 1952-10-31
Movie The Company She Keeps Larry Collins 1951-01-27
Movie Passage West Jacob Karns 1951-10-01
Movie Follow the Sun Chuck Williams 1951-05-22
Movie The Eagle and the Hawk Whitney Randolph 1950-10-01
Movie Woman on the Run Dan Legget 1950-11-10
Movie Siren of Atlantis Jean Morhange 1949-01-01
Movie Cover Up Sam Donovan 1949-02-25
Movie The Great Dan Patch David Palmer 1949-07-22
Movie T-Men Dennis O'Brien / Vannie Harrigan 1948-01-22
Movie Walk a Crooked Mile Daniel F. O'Hara 1948-09-02
Movie Mr. District Attorney Steve Bennett 1947-02-20
Movie Dishonored Lady Dr. David Cousins 1947-05-16
Movie Earl Carroll Vanities Danny Baldwin 1945-04-05
Movie Brewster's Millions Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster 1945-04-07
Movie The Affairs of Susan Bill Anthony 1945-03-28
Movie Getting Gertie's Garter Kenneth B. Ford 1945-11-27
Movie Doll Face Michael Francis 'Mike' Hannegan 1945-12-31
Movie The Story of Dr. Wassell Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins 1944-07-04
Movie The Fighting Seabees Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow 1944-01-27
Movie Sensations of 1945 Junior Crane 1944-06-30
Movie Abroad with Two Yanks Jeff Reardon 1944-08-04
Movie Up in Mabel's Room Boris 1944-09-12
Movie Hangmen Also Die! Jan Horak 1943-04-15
Movie Tahiti Honey Mickey Monroe 1943-04-06
Movie The Leopard Man Jerry Manning 1943-05-19
Movie Hi Diddle Diddle Sonny Phyffe 1943-08-02
Movie Good Morning, Judge David Barton 1943-05-07
Movie The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine Mike Jason 1942-03-27
Movie Moonlight Masquerade John Bennett Jr. 1942-06-10
Movie Topper Returns Bob 1941-03-21
Movie Broadway Limited Dr. Harvey North 1941-06-13
Movie Mr. District Attorney P. Cadwallader Jones 1941-03-27
Movie Lady Scarface Lieutenant Bill Mason 1941-09-26
Movie Weekend for Three Jim 'Jimbo' Craig 1941-12-12
Movie Pop Always Pays Jeff Thompson 1940-06-21
Movie La Conga Nights Steve Collins 1940-05-31
Movie Girl from Havana Woody Davis 1940-09-11
Movie Alias the Deacon Johnny Sloan 1940-05-13
Movie I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now Tod Lowell 1940-10-19
Movie Bowery Boy Dr. Tom O'Hara 1940-12-28
Movie You'll Find Out Chuck Deems 1940-11-22
Movie Arise, My Love Joe 'Shep' Shepard 1940-11-08
Movie Burn 'Em Up O'Connor Jerry O'Connor 1939-01-13
Movie The Kid From Texas William Quincy 1939-04-14
Movie That's Right - You're Wrong Chuck Deems 1939-11-24
Movie Unexpected Father Jimmy Hanley 1939-06-14
Movie Hold That Kiss Tommy Bradford 1938-05-13
Movie Vacation from Love Bill Blair 1938-09-29
Movie Top of the Town Frank 1937-04-17
Movie A Star Is Born Burke's Party Guest (uncredited) 1937-04-27
Movie Swing High, Swing Low Purser (uncredited) 1937-03-12
Movie History Is Made at Night Restaurant Patron (uncredited) 1937-03-05
Movie Mama Steps Out Dance Extra 1937-02-05
Movie Champagne Waltz Dance Extra at Blue Danube Room 1937-02-05
Movie Make Way for Tomorrow Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1937-05-09
Movie One Mile From Heaven Party Guest 1937-08-18
Movie Vogues of 1938 Nightclub Patron 1937-08-18
Movie The Girl from Scotland Yard John 1937-05-30
Movie The Bad Man of Brimstone Jeffrey Burton 1937-12-31
Movie Saratoga Party guest 1937-07-23
Movie Easy Living Office Manager (uncredited) 1937-07-16
Movie The Great Gambini Nightclub Patron 1937-06-24
Movie 13 Hours by Air Baker-Co-Pilot 1936-04-30
Movie Burning Gold Derrick Worker 1936-05-22
Movie Fury Reporter (uncredited) 1936-06-05
Movie Small Town Girl Man Dancing in Tavern (uncredited) 1936-04-10
Movie Private Number Gambler (Uncredited) 1936-06-05
Movie Colleen Extra on Dance Floor (uncredited) 1936-03-21
Movie San Francisco New Year's Celebrant (uncredited) 1936-06-26
Movie Strike Me Pink Club Lido Patron (uncredited) 1936-01-24
Movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Courtroom Reporter (uncredited) 1936-04-09
Movie The Singing Kid Bud (uncredited) 1936-04-10
Movie Sinner Take All Night Club Guest 1936-12-18
Movie Theodora Goes Wild Man (uncredited) 1936-11-12
Movie The Accusing Finger Reporter 1936-11-17
Movie Beloved Enemy Reception Guest 1936-12-25
Movie Rhythm on the Range Sidewalk Heckler 1936-07-01
Movie Libeled Lady Barker at Charity Affair (uncredited) 1936-10-09
Movie Three Smart Girls Nightclub Extra 1936-12-20
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1937 Sound Technician (uncredited) 1936-10-05
Movie Piccadilly Jim Petie McGregor (uncredited) 1936-08-14
Movie Swing Time Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited) 1936-08-27
Movie Sworn Enemy Bandleader 1936-09-11
Movie The Misses Stooge Party Guest (uncredited) 1935-04-20
Movie Doubting Thomas Member of Audience 1935-07-10
Movie Baby Face Harrington Country Club Patron 1935-04-12
Movie The Wedding Night Party Guest (uncredited) 1935-03-08
Movie The Daring Young Man Wedding Participant 1935-07-17
Movie The Gilded Lily Nightclub Extra (uncredited) 1935-01-25
Movie One New York Night Extra 1935-03-08
Movie Top Hat Elevator Passenger / Hotel Guest / Dancer (uncredited) 1935-08-29
Movie Broadway Hostess Donald Ross - Ronnie's Friend (uncredited) 1935-12-07
Movie Every Night at Eight Huxley Employee (uncredited) 1935-08-02
Movie Personal Maid's Secret Dinner Guest 1935-10-26
Movie Mary Burns, Fugitive 1935-11-15
Movie A Feather in Her Hat Theatergoer (uncredited) 1935-10-25
Movie It's in the Air Announcer / Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1935-10-10
Movie Here Comes the Band Party Guest at Reunion (uncredited) 1935-08-30
Movie Fog Over Frisco Van Brugh, Reporter (Uncredited) 1934-06-02
Movie He Was Her Man Man Leaving Courtroom 1934-06-16
Movie We're Rich Again Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1934-07-13
Movie Smarty Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1934-05-19
Movie All of Me 1934-02-01
Movie Jimmy the Gent Chester Coote (uncredited) 1934-03-09
Movie Wonder Bar Chorus Boy (uncredited) 1934-03-31
Movie Murder at the Vanities Chorus Boy (Uncredited) 1934-05-18
Movie The Red Rider Minor Role 1934-07-16
Movie College Rhythm Department Store Doorman 1934-11-23
Movie Broadway Bill (uncredited) 1934-11-30
Movie Gift of Gab Dancer (uncredited) 1934-09-01
Movie Kid Millions Chorus Boy in Ship's Show (uncredited) 1934-11-10
Movie Imitation of Life Party Guest (uncredited) 1934-11-23
Movie Everything's Ducky Party Guest 1934-10-18
Movie Desirable Party Guest 1934-09-08
Movie A Lost Lady Dance Extra (uncredited) 1934-09-29
Movie Two Heads on a Pillow Night Club Patron (uncredited) 1934-10-02
Movie Gold Diggers of 1933 Theatregoer (uncredited) 1933-05-27
Movie The Eagle and the Hawk Flier (uncredited) 1933-05-06
Movie From Hell to Heaven Louie - Switchboard Operator (uncredited) 1933-02-24
Movie She Had to Say Yes Cabaret Patron (uncredited) 1933-07-15
Movie Girl Missing Casino Patron (uncredited) 1933-03-04
Movie The Phantom of the Air Party Guest (uncredited) 1933-05-21
Movie Duck Soup Bridegroom at Firefly's Reception (uncredited) 1933-11-12
Movie Torch Singer Nightclub Patron 1933-09-08
Movie Broadway Thru a Keyhole Nightclub Dance Extra 1933-11-02
Movie Blood Money Racetrack Spectator (uncredited) 1933-11-17
Movie Only Yesterday New Year's Eve Reveler (Uncredited) 1933-11-01
Movie Too Much Harmony Cafe Patron 1933-09-23
Movie Huddle Dancer 1932-05-14
Movie The Man from Yesterday Cafe Patron 1932-06-24
Movie Scarface Night Club Patron (uncredited) 1932-04-09
Movie Big City Blues Dice Spectator (uncredited) 1932-09-18
Movie Love Affair One of Carol's Friends at Party (uncredited) 1932-03-17
Movie Blonde Venus Minor Role (uncredited) 1932-09-23
Movie The Cabin in the Cotton Dance Floor Extra at Madge's Party (uncredited) 1932-09-26
Movie Central Park Casino Diner (uncredited) 1932-12-10
Movie I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Café Chateau Dancer (uncredited) 1932-11-09
Movie A Bill of Divorcement Party Guest 1932-09-30
Movie Under Eighteen Penthouse Party Guest 1931-01-02
Movie Cimarron (uncredited) 1931-02-09
Movie Working Girls Dance Extra 1931-12-12
Movie The Miracle Woman Man in Audience (uncredited) 1931-07-20
Movie Reaching for the Moon Ship's Party Guest (uncredited) 1930-12-29
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