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George O'Brien
Born April 19, 1899(1899-04-19)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died September 4, 1985 (aged 86)
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1922–1964
Spouse(s) Marguerite Churchill (m. 1933–1948) «start: (1933)–end+1: (1949)»"Marriage: Marguerite Churchill to George O'Brien (actor)" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_O%27Brien_(actor))

George O'Brien (April 19, 1899 – September 4, 1985) was an American actor, popular during the silent film era and into the talkie era of the 1930s, best known today as the lead actor in F. W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.

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Early life

Born in San Francisco, California, O'Brien was the oldest son of Daniel J. and Margaret L. (Donahue) O'Brien; O'Brien's father later became the Chief of Police for the City of San Francisco (Dan O'Brien ordered the arrest of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in September 1921 at the scandalous Labor Day party held by Arbuckle). After his retirement from that office, Dan was the Director of Penology for the State of California.

In 1917 O'Brien enlisted in the United States Navy to fight in World War I, serving on a Submarine chaser. He volunteered to act as a stretcher bearer for wounded Marines and was decorated for bravery. Right after the war O'Brien became Light Heavyweight champion of the Pacific Fleet.

Career

O'Brien came to Hollywood in his early twenties hoping to become a cameraman and did work as an assistant cameraman for a while, for both Tom Mix and Buck Jones. He began his acting career in bit parts and as a stuntman. One of his earliest roles was in the 1922 George Melford-directed drama Moran of the Lady Letty, most notable for starring Rudolph Valentino. In 1924 O'Brien received his first starring role in the drama The Man Who Came Back opposite the English actress Dorothy Mackaill. That same year he was chosen by the famed movie director John Ford to star in The Iron Horse opposite actress Madge Bellamy. The film was an immense success at the box-office and O'Brien made nine more films for Ford. In 1927 he starred in the F. W. Murnau-directed Sunrise opposite Janet Gaynor, which won three Academy Awards.

O'Brien would spend the remainder of the 1920s as an extremely popular leading man in films, often starring in action and adventure roles alongside such popular actresses of the era as Alma Rubens, Anita Stewart, Dolores Costello, Madge Bellamy, Olive Borden (with whom he was linked romantically during the 1920s) and Janet Gaynor. With the advent of sound, George O'Brien became a popular star of Westerns and rarely took parts outside of the Western film genre. Throughout the 1930s, O'Brien was a consistent Top Ten box-office draw appearing in scores of Westerns, often atop his horse named Mike.

During World War II, O'Brien re-enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a beachmaster in the Pacific and was decorated several times. He left service with the rank of commander. He later joined the United States Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of captain in 1962, having four times been recommended for the rank of admiral. Following his service in World War II, O'Brien would occasionally take feature parts in films directed by his old friend and mentor John Ford including Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Cheyenne Autumn.

While serving in the Naval Reserve, O'Brien took on a project for the Department of Defense as part of President Eisenhower's "People to People" program. He was project officer for a series of orientation films on three Asian countries. One of these films, on Korea, was directed by his old friend, John Ford. The other two countries covered were Formosa (Taiwan) and the Philippines.

Personal life

O'Brien dated actress Olive Borden from 1926 until 1930. He married the actress Marguerite Churchill on July 15, 1933 and the couple had a son, Darcy O'Brien in 1939 who would become a successful writer and a daughter, Orin O'Brien who would become a double bassist with the New York Philharmonic. A third child, Brian, died in infancy. The couple divorced in 1948.

Death

O'Brien suffered a stroke in 1981 and was bedridden the last few years of his life. He died in 1985 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, George O'Brien was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1922 White Hands Sailor
1923 The Ne'er-Do-Well Clifford
1924 The Iron Horse Davy Brandon
1925 The Dancers Tony
The Fighting Heart Denny Bolton
Thank You Kenneth Jamieson
1926 The Johnstown Flood Tom O'Day
The Blue Eagle George Darcy
3 Bad Men Dan O'Malley
1927 Paid to Love Crown Prince Michael
1928 Noah's Ark Travis/Japheth
Sharp Shooters George
1929 Salute Cadet John Randall
1930 Rough Romance Billy West
1931 Riders of the Purple Sage Jim Lassiter
1932 The Golden West David Lynch/Motano
1933 The Last Trail Tom Daley
1934 Frontier Marshal Michael Wyatt
1935 The Cowboy Millionaire Bob Walker
1936 Daniel Boone Daniel Boone
1937 Windjammer Bruce Lane
1938 Lawless Valley Larry Rhodes
1939 The Fighting Gringo Wade Barton
1940 Triple Justice Brad Henderson
1947 My Wild Irish Rose William "Duke" Muldoon
1948 Fort Apache Capt. Sam Collingwood
1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Maj. Mac Allshard
1951 Gold Raiders George O'Brien Alternative title: The Stooges Go West
1964 Cheyenne Autumn Major Braden
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1957 Studio 57 1 episode

Awards

Year Award Result Category Notes
1976 Western Heritage Awards Won Trustees Award For outstanding career portraying the Western movie hero

Further reading

  • George O'Brien: A Man's Man in Hollywood by David W. Menefee (BearManor Media 2010) ISBN 1593934734.

External links

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George O'Brien
Born April 19, 1899(1899-04-19)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died September 4, 1985 (aged 86)
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1922–1964
Spouse Marguerite Churchill (1933–1948) «Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.–Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.»"Marriage: Marguerite Churchill to George O'Brien (actor)" Location: (linkback:http://yak.rapint.com/wiki/George_O%27Brien_(actor))
George O'Brien (April 19, 1899 – September 4, 1985) was an American actor, popular during the silent film era and into the talkie era of the 1930s, best known today as the lead actor in F. W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.

Contents

Early life

Born in San Francisco, California, O'Brien was the oldest son of Daniel J. and Margaret L. (Donahue) O'Brien; O'Brien's father later became the Chief of Police for the City of San Francisco (Dan O'Brien ordered the arrest of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in September 1921 at the scandalous Labor Day party held by Arbuckle). After his retirement from that office, Dan was the Director of Penology for the State of California.

In 1917 O'Brien enlisted in the United States Navy to fight in World War I, serving on a Submarine chaser. He volunteered to act as a stretcher bearer for wounded Marines and was decorated for bravery. Right after the war O'Brien became Light Heavyweight champion of the Pacific Fleet.

Career

O'Brien came to Hollywood in his early twenties hoping to become a cameraman and did work as an assistant cameraman for a while, for both Tom Mix and Buck Jones. He began his acting career in bit parts and as a stuntman. One of his earliest roles was in the 1922 George Melford-directed drama Moran of the Lady Letty, most notable for starring Rudolph Valentino. In 1924 O'Brien received his first starring role in the drama The Man Who Came Back opposite the English actress Dorothy Mackaill. That same year he was chosen by the famed movie director John Ford to star in The Iron Horse opposite actress Madge Bellamy. The film was an immense success at the box-office and O'Brien made nine more films for Ford. In 1927 he starred in the F. W. Murnau-directed Sunrise opposite Janet Gaynor, which won three Academy Awards.

O'Brien would spend the remainder of the 1920s as an extremely popular leading man in films, often starring in action and adventure roles alongside such popular actresses of the era as Alma Rubens, Anita Stewart, Dolores Costello, Madge Bellamy, Olive Borden (with whom he was linked romantically during the 1920s) and Janet Gaynor. With the advent of sound, George O'Brien became a popular star of Westerns and rarely took parts outside of the Western film genre. Throughout the 1930s, O'Brien was a consistent Top Ten box-office draw appearing in scores of Westerns, often atop his horse named Mike.

During World War II, O'Brien re-enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a beachmaster in the Pacific and was decorated several times. He left service with the rank of commander. He later joined the United States Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of captain in 1962, having four times been recommended for the rank of admiral. Following his service in World War II, O'Brien would occasionally take feature parts in films directed by his old friend and mentor John Ford including Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Cheyenne Autumn.

While serving in the Naval Reserve, O'Brien took on a project for the Department of Defense as part of President Eisenhower's "People to People" program. He was project officer for a series of orientation films on three Asian countries. One of these films, on Korea, was directed by his old friend, John Ford. The other two countries covered were Formosa (Taiwan) and the Philippines.

Personal life

O'Brien dated actress Olive Borden from 1926 until 1930. He married the actress Marguerite Churchill on July 15, 1933 and the couple had a son, Darcy O'Brien in 1939 who would become a successful writer and a daughter, Orin O'Brien who would become a double bassist with the New York Philharmonic. A third child, Brian, died in infancy. The couple divorced in 1948.

Death

O'Brien suffered a stroke in 1981 and was bedridden the last few years of his life. He died in 1985 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, George O'Brien was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1922 White Hands Sailor
1923 The Ne'er-Do-Well Clifford
1924 The Iron Horse Davy Brandon
1925 The Dancers Tony
The Fighting Heart Denny Bolton
Thank You Kenneth Jamieson
1926 The Johnstown Flood Tom O'Day
The Blue Eagle George Darcy
3 Bad Men Dan O'Malley
1927 Paid to Love Crown Prince Michael
1928 Noah's Ark Travis/Japheth
Sharp Shooters George
1929 Salute Cadet John Randall
1930 Rough Romance Billy West
1931 Riders of the Purple Sage Jim Lassiter
1932 The Golden West David Lynch/Motano
1933 The Last Trail Tom Daley
1934 Frontier Marshal Michael Wyatt
1935 The Cowboy Millionaire Bob Walker
1936 Daniel Boone Daniel Boone
1937 Windjammer Bruce Lane
1938 Lawless Valley Larry Rhodes
1939 The Fighting Gringo Wade Barton
1940 Triple Justice Brad Henderson
1947 My Wild Irish Rose William "Duke" Muldoon
1948 Fort Apache Capt. Sam Collingwood
1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Maj. Mac Allshard
1951 Gold Raiders George O'Brien Alternative title: The Stooges Go West
1964 Cheyenne Autumn Major Braden
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1957 Studio 57 1 episode

Awards

Year Award Result Category Notes
1976 Western Heritage Awards Won Trustees Award For outstanding career portraying the Western movie hero

Further reading

  • George O'Brien: A Man's Man in Hollywood by David W. Menefee (BearManor Media 2010) ISBN 1-59393-473-4.

External links


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