Edmond O'Brien Overview:

Legendary actor, Edmond O'Brien, was born Redmond O'Brien on Sep 10, 1915 in New York City, NY. O'Brien died at the age of 69 on May 9, 1985 in Inglewood, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.

MINI BIO:

Heavy-cheeked, burly, careworn-looking American actor, in leading parts almost from the beginning of his career, who gave everything, and sometimes a little more, to his roles. His career ran in phases: comedy and drama until war service; thrillers from 1946 to 1950; westerns from 1950 to 1953, then more thrillers and a natural sidestep into leading character parts when weight tipped him from the top of the cast. Oscar for The Barefoot Contessa (Best Supporting Actor). Also a nomination for Seven Days in May. Married to Nancy Kelly from 1941 to 1942 and musical star Olga San Juan from 1948; they later divorced after many years. Died from Alzheimer's Disease.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Edmond O'Brien was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for The Barefoot Contessa (as Oscar Muldoon) in 1954.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1954Best Supporting ActorThe Barefoot Contessa (1954)Oscar MuldoonWon
1964Best Supporting ActorSeven Days in May (1964)Senator Raymond ClarkNominated
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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

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Edmond O'Brien Quotes:

Dutton Peabody: Liberty Valance defeated. D-E-F-E-E... T-E-D? The unsteady hand betrays. What's the matter, Mr. Peabody? Are you afraid? The answer is indub... yes. No courage left. Well, courage can be purchased at yon tavern. But have we credit? That is the question. Have we credit? Well, credit is cheap. Wait for me, old servant of the public wheel. Our shining hour is yet to come. As for you, Horace Greeley, go west, old man, and grow young with the country.


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Homicide Detective: Can I help you?
Frank Bigelow: I'd like to see the man in charge.
Homicide Detective: In here...
Frank Bigelow: I want to report a murder.
Homicide Captain: Sit down. Where was this murder committed?
Frank Bigelow: San Francisco, last night.
Homicide Captain: Who was murdered?
Frank Bigelow: I was.


Hank Fallon: You put it on a pole, wind a spool of silk thread around it, and you hold the pole over the water. Then you sit under a nice shady tree and relax. After a while, a hungry fish comes along, takes a nip at your hook, and you've got dinner. For the next two weeks, I'm not gonna think about anything except the eternal struggle between man and the fish...


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At the age of 10 he learned conjuring tricks from his neighbor, Harry Houdini.

Father, with Olga San Juan, of actress Maria O'Brien, TV producer Bridget O'Brien Adelman and Brendan O'Brien.

O'Brien was originally cast as the photo-journalist Jackson Bentley (based on Lowell Thomas) in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). After O'Brien filmed several scenes, he suffered a heart attack and had to be replaced.

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