Pat O'Brien Overview:

Legendary actor, Pat O'Brien, was born William Joseph Patrick O'Brien on Nov 11, 1899 in Milwaukee, WI. O'Brien died at the age of 83 on Oct 15, 1983 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.


Round-faced, dark-haired, solidly-built Hollywood star of the thirties and forties. Pat O'Brien was so Irish that one could hardly believe he actually spoke with an American accent, even if there was a hint of soft Irishness in it. A boyhood friend of Spencer Tracy, he chose acting in preference to the priesthood, but made up for it at Warners by playing priests several times, when he wasn't being fast-talking reporters or happy-go-lucky adventurers. He seemed heavy by the mid-forties and his standing gradually declined, but he kept acting, latterly in character roles. Died from a heart attack.

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television. O'Brien was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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James Cagney and in Angels with Dirty Faces

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 19, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the friendship of Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) and Jerry Conolly () in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), This article is part of the You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon hosted by Moon in Gemini. A gentle reminder that this article contains spoilers for a 78-year... Read full article

James Cagney and

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 16, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, we're participating in the Luck of the Irish Blog O'Thon with a feature on two of old Hollywood's legendary Irish Americans, James Cagney and . Here's Cagney (front row, left) and O'Brien (front row, right) at the races with their fellow "Irish mafia" members Frank McHugh (back row... Read full article

TV Tuesday: James Cagney and

By KC on Jul 28, 2009 From Classic Movies

In this excerpt from a 1981 interview on the BBC talk show Parkinson, is moved to tears as he discusses his 55-year friendship with James Cagney. I love how O'Brien holds Cagney's hand. The obviously deep affection between the two is incredibly moving.... Read full article

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Pat O'Brien Quotes:

Duke Talbot: I'da made that flight to Paris but Lindy beat me to it.

Terry Cordell: [Opening her car's passenger door] Come on. Get in.
George Steele: No thanks, I'll take a streetcar; I can trust streetcars.
[A policeman's whistle is heard and we see two cops running toward Steele. Steele jumps into the car, and they take off.]
George Steele: What's your racket girlie? Whattya do for a living?
Terry Cordell: I'm outta my head. I drive around in cars picking up psychopathic killers.
Terry Cordell: Someone has to look after you. I was at a party at Reynolds'. Things began to come apart at the seams. I drove Traybin....
George Steele: [interrupting] I know that.
Terry Cordell: OK, you know that. You know everything. You're the great Steele. You walk through brick walls. You...
[She pulls over]
Terry Cordell: You can wait here. They're going to put in a streetcar soon. Unless... unless you have some dim idea of what you're doing and want me to help you.
George Steele: I always ask one question of people who want to join my club. Who's Traybin?

Mr. Steve Case: [to the engineer of an overdue train] How'd you come? By way of Jersey City?

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Daughter Kathleen Brigid was born in June, 1946.

Pat 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.

Films co-starring Pat O'Brien and James Cagney were these 9: Here Comes the Navy (1934), Ceiling Zero (1936), Torrid Zone (1940), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935), The Irish in Us (1935), Boy Meets Girl (1938), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938); The Fighting 69th (1940), as well as their finale together, four decades later, Ragtime (1981).

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