Biography

Often confused with the British-born comic actor J. Pat O'Malley, who is the better remembered, silent dramatic film star Pat O'Malley had an enduring career that stands on its own. He was of solid Irish-American stock, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, in 1890. A one-time railroad switchman, he also had circus experience by the time he discovered an interest in movie making. He began with the Kalem Studio in 1913 and appeared in a few Irish films before signing on with Thomas Edison's company in 1914. The following year, he married actress Lillian Wilkes, and three of their children, Eileen, Mary Katherine, and Sheila, would become actors as well. His brother Charles O'Malley was a sometime actor, appearing in westerns on occasion. His first identifiable film is The Alien (1913). He began freelancing in 1916 and from then on, appeared in scores of silents as both a rugged and romantic lead, some classic films being The Heart of Humanity (1918), My Wild Irish Rose (1922), and The Virginian (1923). He did not age well come sound pictures, and he was quickly relegated to supporting parts. He appeared in hundreds upon hundreds of bits (mostly unbilled) until 1956, when he retired. He died a decade later.

Often confused with the British-born comic actor J. Pat O'Malley, who is the better remembered, silent dramatic film star Pat O'Malley had an enduring career that stands on its own. He was of solid Irish-American stock, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, in 1890. A one-time railroad switchman, he also had circus experience by the time he discovered an interest in movie making. He began with the Kalem Studio in 1913 and appeared in a few Irish films before signing on with Thomas Edison's company in 1914. The following year, he married actress Lillian Wilkes, and three of their children, Eileen, Mary Katherine, and Sheila, would become actors as well. His brother Charles O'Malley was a sometime actor, appearing in westerns on occasion. His first identifiable film is The Alien (1913). He began freelancing in 1916 and from then on, appeared in scores of silents as both a rugged and romantic lead, some classic films being The Heart of Humanity (1918), My Wild Irish Rose (1922), and The Virginian (1923). He did not age well come sound pictures, and he was quickly relegated to supporting parts. He appeared in hundreds upon hundreds of bits (mostly unbilled) until 1956, when he retired. He died a decade later.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 114

Birthday 1890-09-03

Day of Death 1966-05-21

Place of Birth Forest City, Pennsylvania, USA

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Also Known As

  • Patrick H. O'Malley Jr.

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1962 Days of Wine and Roses as Tenant (uncredited)
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode) as Mr. Wilson
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode) as Attendant
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode) as Mr. Llewellyn
1959 Black Saddle(1 episode)
1958 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer(1 episode) as Neighbor
1957 M Squad(1 episode)
1956 State Trooper(1 episode)
1956 Blackjack Ketchum Desperado as Doc Blaine
1955 Highway Patrol(1 episode)
1949 All the King's Men as Politician
1949 Alias Nick Beal as Committee Man
1944 The Whistler as Police Detective in Alley (uncredited)
1944 The Racket Man as Postman
1943 Double Up as Jim Bowers
1943 Redhead from Manhattan as Cop
1943 Quiet Please Murder as Guard killed in library (uncredited)
1942 Duck Soup as Cop
1942 Gentleman Jim as Detective (uncredited)
1942 Deep in the Heart of Texas as Jonathan Taylor
1942 Thru Different Eyes as Coroner
1942 This Gun for Hire as Conductor (uncredited)
1942 The Great Man's Lady as Officer Murphy (uncredited)
1942 Gang Busters as Police Chemist Crandall
1942 Over My Dead Body as Petie Stuyvesant (as J. Patrick O'Malley)
1942 Blue, White, and Perfect as Police Sergeant
1941 Steel Against the Sky as Construction Worker (uncredited)
1941 Honky Tonk as Party Guest
1941 Reg'lar Fellers as Mr. Dugan Sr.
1941 Cracked Nuts as Officer #1
1941 Law of the Range as Mr. Howard
1941 Pals of the Pecos as Dan Burke
1941 The Great Mr. Nobody as Policeman
1941 Blonde Inspiration as Police Sergeant (uncredited)
1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again! as Editor Gunnigan
1940 The Bank Dick as Cop (uncredited)
1940 Little Nellie Kelly as Mounted Policeman
1940 East of the River as Policeman
1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's as Laborer (uncredited)
1940 Lucky Cisco Kid as Minor Role
1940 A Fugitive from Justice as Policeman
1940 Girl in 313 as Bartender
1940 Rocky Mountain Rangers as Captain Taylor
1940 Tear Gas Squad as Patrolman
1940 Shooting High as Lem Pritchard
1940 The House Across the Bay as Prison Guard
1940 Castle on the Hudson as Guard
1940 The Saint's Double Trouble as Express Man
1940 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk as Laboratory Technician
1940 Emergency Squad as Fire Captain
1940 Remember the Night as Jury Member (uncredited)
1939 Invisible Stripes as Jailhouse Lieutenant with Capt. Johnson
1939 The Light That Failed as Bullock (uncredited)
1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter as Policeman
1939 The Roaring Twenties as Jailer
1939 Smashing the Money Ring as Second Convict Custodian on Train
1939 The Escape as Neighbor
1939 Dust Be My Destiny as Bailiff
1939 Frontier Marshal as Bar Patron
1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation as Police Guard
1939 Stunt Pilot as Sheehan
1939 Five Came Back as Tommy's Father Michael 'Mike' Mulvaney (uncredited)
1939 Wolf Call as RCMP Sergeant
1939 Women in the Wind as Cleveland Official
1939 They Made Her a Spy as Intelligence Service Man
1939 Dodge City as Conductor
1939 Let Us Live as Police Captain
1939 Romance of the Redwoods as Yerkes
1939 Sergeant Madden as Police Sergeant
1939 Secret Service of the Air as Guard Cooper
1939 The Phantom Creeps as AMI Chief
1938 Always Goodbye as Cop (uncredited)
1938 He Couldn't Say No as Policeman in Car
1938 Love on a Budget as Townsman
1937 Music for Madame as Policeman
1937 Ever Since Eve as Police Officer
1936 Beloved Enemy as Patrick Callahan
1936 Wanted: Jane Turner as Joe - Lansing's Assistant
1936 Hollywood Boulevard as Pat O'Malley - Pago Pago Patron
1936 36 Hours to Kill as G-Man
1936 The Big Noise as Boyle, Policeman with Kerrigan
1936 Champagne Charlie as Ship's Officer
1936 High Tension as Ship's Mate
1935 We're Only Human as Police Officer Jordan
1935 Heir to Trouble as Mining Engineer
1935 Paddy O'Day as Immigration Officer Tom Wilson
1935 His Family Tree as Seated Pub Sailor
1934 Pirate Treasure as John Craig
1933 A Man of Sentiment as Officer Ryan
1933 Riot Squad as Det. Bob Larkin
1933 I Love That Man as Prison Interne
1933 Parachute Jumper as Pilot
1932 Frisco Jenny as Policeman Pat O'Hoolihan
1932 The Penal Code as Sergeant Detective W. J. Bender
1932 Klondike as Burke
1932 Exposure as Van Avery - City Editor
1932 Speed Madness as McCarey
1932 Attorney for the Defense as Dr. Strong
1932 The Reckoning as Bob
1932 The Shadow of the Eagle as Ames
1931 Anybody's Blonde as Reporter
1931 Night Life in Reno as District Attorney
1931 Homicide Squad as Man
1931 Die Maske fällt
1930 Mothers Cry as Frank Williams
1930 The Fall Guy as Charles Newton
1929 The Man I Love as D.J. McCarthy
1926 My Old Dutch as Joe Brown
1925 Proud Flesh as Pat O'Malley
1924 Happiness as Fermoy MacDonough
1923 The Eternal Struggle as Bucky O'Harra
1923 The Virginian as Steve
1923 Brass as Harry Baldwin
1920 Dinty as Jack North
1920 Go and Get It as Kirk Connelly
1918 The Heart of Humanity as Clancy

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