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Edmond O'Brien, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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O'Brien in THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA.

Edmond O'Brien: Best Supporting Actor 1954: MovieActors.com

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THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (Drama)

Edmond O'Brien won his Supporting Oscar for playing the overbearing, loud mouthed press agent in THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA.












About Edmond O'Brien (1915 – 1985)

Edmond O'Brien was born on September 10th, 1915, in the Bronx, New York City, New York, named Redmond O'Brien by his parents. His younger brother, Liam O'Brien, became a famed screenwriter.

Edmond was introduced to show business by learning the craft of magicianship from his neighbor, Harry Houdini, at the age of ten.

Sometimes Edmond O'Brien was credited as Sgt. Edmond O'Brien.

Edmond O'Brien was unlucky at love. Edmond was married to his first wife, actress Nancy Kelly for a brief time; 1941-1942. After World War 2, in 1948,  Edmond O'Brien married actress Olga San Juan. They had three children together: Bridget, Maria and Brendan. Edmond and Olga divorced in 1976. His illness must of been very apparent at this time, perhaps causing strife in their marriage.

All three of their children became employed in the entertainment business. Bridget became a television producer, while Maria O'Brien and Brendan O'Brien followed directly in their parents footsteps and become actors.

Edmond attended Columbia University and studied drama. In 1936, Edmond was in his first Broadway play, DAUGHTERS OF ATREAUS, at the age of twenty-one.

The first time Edmond O'Brien was on the big screen was in 1938, with an uncredited role as an extra in PRISON BREAK. It was about a year later that O'Brien would have his first credited role in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.

During World War 2, Edmond joined the U.S. Army Air Force, and was in the war-tme Broadway play and film, WINGED VICTORY;(1944)

In 1954, Edmond O'Brien won an academy award as a Best Supporting actor for his role in THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA.

Edmond O'Brien also received a Supporting Actor nomination for his 1964 performance in SEVEN DAYS IN MAY.

In 1961, Edmond O'Brien made his producing/directing debut in the movie MAN-TRAP. For this movie, Edmond O'Brien also took an uncredited role as the voice of the photographer.

In 1974, O'Brien performed in his last two feature-length movies; LUCKY LUCIANO; cast in the role of Commissioner Harry J Anslinger, and in the film, 99 and 44/100% DEAD, portraying the character of Uncle Frank Kelly.

His last film was a short, thirty minute project, called JUICIO DE SOCRATES, Directed by Mexican director, Raul Araiza.

On May 9th, 1985, Edmond O'Brien passed away in Inglewood, California, from early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, at the age of 69.

Edmond's disease made an early appearance, by first affecting his memory. As early as 1953, Edmond was having his assistant read his lines to him in his trailer, right before filming of CHINA VENTURE, so Edmond could remember them for the actual filming. Edmond kept this strategy for twenty-one years; until 1974, as a way to continue to be able to work as an actor, to great success. Edmund didn't let this illness stop him, until it progressed to a later stage of the disease.

Edmond O'Brien's notable movie credits include...

HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)
PARACHUTE BATTALION (1941)
POWDER TOWN (1942)
THE AMAZING MRS. HOLLIDAY (1943)
THE KILLERS (1946)
DOUBLE LIFE (1947)
AN ACT OF MURDER (1948)
WHITE HEAT (1949)
D.O.A. (1950)
BACKFIRE (1950)
TWO OF A KIND (1951)
JULIUS CAESAR (1953)
THE HITCH HIKER (1953)
CHINA VENTURE (1953)
1984 (1956)
THE RACK (1956)
THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT (1956)
THE THIRD VOICE (1960)
THE LAST VOYAGE (1960)
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1960)
FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1960)
THE GREAT IMPOSTER (1961)
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962)
THE BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962)
THE LONGEST DAY (1962)
SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964)
SYLVIA (1965)
SYNANON (1965)
THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
THE LOVE GOD? (1969)
DREAM NO EVIL (1970)
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (1972)
THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS (1972)
LUCKY LUCIANO (1973)
99 AND 44/100% DEAD (1973)

Edmond O'Brien's television credits include...

JOHNNY MIDNIGHT (TV Series)(1960)
SAM BENEDICT (TV Series 1962-1963)
THE HANGED MAN (TV MOVIE)(1964)
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (TV series) (1964)
BREAKING POINT (TV Series 1964)
WALT DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR (1965 TV Series)(GALLEGAR EPISODES)
THE LONG HOT SUMMER (TV Series 1965)


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Edmond O'Brien in A DOUBLE LIFE (1947).

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O'Brien in THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA.

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Edmond O'Brien in THE WILD BUNCH (1969).

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Edmond O'Brien in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE.