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Dennis O'Keefe (29 March 1908 – 31 August 1968) was an American actor. Born as Edward Vance Flanagan he was the son of Irish vaudevillians working in the United States. As a small child he joined his parents' act and later wrote skits for the stage.

O'Keefe started in films as an extra in the early 1930s and appeared in numerous films under the name Bud Flanagan. After a small but impressive role in Saratoga (1937), Clark Gable recommended O'Keefe to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which signed him to a contract in 1937 and re-named him Dennis O'Keefe. His film roles were bigger after that, starting with The Bad Man of Brimstone (1938), and the lead role in Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939).

O'Keefe left MGM around 1940 but continued to work in mostly lower budget productions. He often played the tough guy in action and crime dramas but was also known as a comic actor as well as a dramatic lead. In the 1950s he did some directing and wrote mystery stories. In the middle 1950s, he appeared on NBC's legal drama Justice and on the network's The Martha Raye Show. On October 3, 1957, he was a guest star on another NBC variety show, The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. From 1959-1960, he was the star of the CBS situation comedy, The Dennis O'Keefe Show.

A heavy cigarette smoker, O'Keefe died of lung cancer at the age of sixty. Ironically in his 1954 film "The Diamond Wizard", which he stars and directed, he plays a U.S. Treasury Agent in London who, during the course of the film, is trying to quit smoking and throughout the film is prevented from lighting up by different characters in the film, however, after the rousing finale, as a reward for his heroism he is finally allowed to light up. He takes a deep puff and joyously exhales.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Dennis O'Keefe (29 March 1908 – 31 August 1968) was an American actor. Born as Edward Vance Flanagan he was the son of Irish vaudevillians working in the United States. As a small child he joined his parents' act and later wrote skits for the stage.

O'Keefe started in films as an extra in the early 1930s and appeared in numerous films under the name Bud Flanagan. After a small but impressive role in Saratoga (1937), Clark Gable recommended O'Keefe to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which signed him to a contract in 1937 and re-named him Dennis O'Keefe. His film roles were bigger after that, starting with The Bad Man of Brimstone (1938), and the lead role in Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939).

O'Keefe left MGM around 1940 but continued to work in mostly lower budget productions. He often played the tough guy in action and crime dramas but was also known as a comic actor as well as a dramatic lead. In the 1950s he did some directing and wrote mystery stories. In the middle 1950s, he appeared on NBC's legal drama Justice and on the network's The Martha Raye Show. On October 3, 1957, he was a guest star on another NBC variety show, The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. From 1959-1960, he was the star of the CBS situation comedy, The Dennis O'Keefe Show.

A heavy cigarette smoker, O'Keefe died of lung cancer at the age of sixty. Ironically in his 1954 film "The Diamond Wizard", which he stars and directed, he plays a U.S. Treasury Agent in London who, during the course of the film, is trying to quit smoking and throughout the film is prevented from lighting up by different characters in the film, however, after the rousing finale, as a reward for his heroism he is finally allowed to light up. He takes a deep puff and joyously exhales.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Dennis O'Keefe, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 168

Birthday 1908-03-29

Day of Death 1968-08-31

Place of Birth Fort Madison, Iowa, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • E.J. Flanagan
  • Jonathan Ricks
  • Jonathan Rix
  • Bud Flannagan
  • Bud Flanagan
  • Al Everett Dennis

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1964 The Naked Flame as Paul Ashley
1963 Petticoat Junction (1 episode)
1961 All Hands on Deck as Lt. Cmdr. Brian O'Gara
1959 The Dennis O'Keefe Show (32 episodes) as Hal Towne
1959 Riverboat (1 episode)
1957 Suspicion (41 episodes) as Host
1957 Dragoon Wells Massacre as Capt. Matt Riordan
1957 Lady of Vengeance as William T. Marshall
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode)
1956 Inside Detroit as Blair Vickers
1955 Chicago Syndicate as Barry Amsterdam
1955 Las Vegas Shakedown as Joe Barnes
1954 Angela as Steve Catlett
1954 Climax! (4 episodes)
1954 Drums of Tahiti as Mike Macklin
1954 The Diamond Wizard as Joe Dennison
1953 The Fake as Paul Mitchell
1953 The Lady Wants Mink as Jim Connors
1952 Everything I Have Is Yours as Alec Tacksbury
1952 One Big Affair as Jimmy Donovan
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Passage West as Jacob Karns
1951 Follow the Sun as Chuck Williams
1951 The Company She Keeps as Larry Collins
1950 Woman on the Run as Dan Legget
1950 Lux Video Theatre (5 episodes)
1950 The Eagle and the Hawk as Whitney Randolph
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1949 Abandoned as Mark Sitko
1949 The Great Dan Patch as David Palmer
1949 Cover Up as Sam Donovan
1949 Suspense (1 episode)
1949 Siren of Atlantis as Jean Morhange
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Walk a Crooked Mile as Daniel F. O'Hara
1948 Raw Deal as Joseph Emmett (Joe) Sullivan
1947 T-Men as Dennis O'Brien / Vannie Harrigan
1947 Dishonored Lady as Dr. David Cousins
1947 Mr. District Attorney as Steve Bennett
1945 Doll Face as Michael Francis 'Mike' Hannegan
1945 Getting Gertie's Garter as Kenneth B. Ford
1945 Brewster's Millions as Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster
1945 Earl Carroll Vanities as Danny Baldwin
1945 The Affairs of Susan as Bill Anthony
1944 Up in Mabel's Room as Boris
1944 Abroad with Two Yanks as Jeff Reardon
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell as Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins
1944 Sensations of 1945 as Junior Crane
1944 The Fighting Seabees as Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
1943 Hi Diddle Diddle as Sonny Phyffe
1943 The Leopard Man as Jerry Manning
1943 Good Morning, Judge as David Barton
1943 Hangmen Also Die! as Jan Horak
1943 Tahiti Honey as Mickey Monroe
1942 Moonlight Masquerade as John Bennett Jr.
1942 The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine as Mike Jason
1941 Weekend for Three as Jim 'Jimbo' Craig
1941 Lady Scarface as Lieutenant Bill Mason
1941 Broadway Limited as Dr. Harvey North
1941 Mr. District Attorney as P. Cadwallader Jones
1941 Topper Returns as Bob
1940 Bowery Boy as Dr. Tom O'Hara
1940 You'll Find Out as Chuck Deems
1940 Arise, My Love as Joe 'Shep' Shepard
1940 I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now as Tod Lowell
1940 Girl from Havana as Woody Davis
1940 Pop Always Pays as Jeff Thompson
1940 La Conga Nights as Steve Collins
1940 Alias the Deacon as Johnny Sloan
1939 That's Right - You're Wrong as Chuck Deems - the Band Manager
1939 Unexpected Father as Jimmy Hanley
1939 The Kid From Texas as William Quincy
1939 Burn 'Em Up O'Connor as Jerry O'Connor
1938 Vacation from Love as Bill Blair
1938 The Chaser as Thomas Z. 'Tom' Brandon
1938 Hold That Kiss as Tommy Bradford
1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone as Jeffrey Burton
1937 Vogues of 1938 as Nightclub Patron
1937 One Mile From Heaven as Party Guest
1937 Saratoga as Party guest
1937 Easy Living as Office Manager (uncredited)
1937 Captains Courageous as Bit Role (uncredited)
1937 The Great Gambini as Nightclub Patron
1937 The Girl from Scotland Yard as John (as Bud Flanagan)
1937 Make Way for Tomorrow as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1937 A Star Is Born as Burke's Party Guest (uncredited)
1937 Top of the Town as Frank
1937 Swing High, Swing Low as Purser (uncredited)
1937 History Is Made at Night as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
1937 Champagne Waltz as Dance Extra at Blue Danube Room
1937 Mama Steps Out as Dance Extra
1936 Beloved Enemy as Reception Guest
1936 Three Smart Girls as Nightclub Extra
1936 Sinner Take All as Night Club Guest
1936 The Accusing Finger as Reporter
1936 Theodora Goes Wild as Man (uncredited)
1936 Libeled Lady as Barker at Charity Affair (uncredited)
1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937 as Sound Technician (uncredited)
1936 Sworn Enemy as Bandleader
1936 Swing Time as Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
1936 Piccadilly Jim as Petie McGregor (uncredited)
1936 Rhythm on the Range as Sidewalk Heckler
1936 San Francisco as New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)
1936 Fury as Reporter (uncredited)
1936 Burning Gold as Derrick Worker (as Bud Flanagan)
1936 13 Hours by Air as Baker-Co-Pilot (as Bud Flannagan)
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
1936 The Singing Kid as Bud
1936 Small Town Girl as Man Dancing in Tavern (uncredited)
1936 Colleen as Extra on Dance Floor
1936 Strike Me Pink as Club Lido Patron (uncredited)
1935 Broadway Hostess as Donald Ross - Ronnie's Friend
1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive
1935 Personal Maid's Secret as Dinner Guest
1935 It's in the Air as Announcer / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1935 Top Hat as Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
1935 Here Comes the Band as Party Guest at Reunion
1935 Every Night at Eight as Huxley Employee
1935 The Daring Young Man as Wedding Participant
1935 Doubting Thomas as Member of Audience
1935 A Night at the Biltmore Bowl as Dancer (uncredited)
1935 The Misses Stooge as Party Guest (uncredited)
1935 Baby Face Harrington as Country Club Patron
1935 The Wedding Night as Party Guest (uncredited)
1935 One New York Night as Extra
1935 The Gilded Lily as Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
1934 Broadway Bill as (uncredited)
1934 College Rhythm as Department Store Doorman
1934 Kid Millions as Chorus Boy in Ship's Show (uncredited)
1934 Everything's Ducky as Party Guest
1934 Lady by Choice as Dance Extra (uncredited)
1934 Two Heads On A Pillow as Night Club Patron (uncredited)
1934 A Lost Lady as Dance Extra (uncredited)
1934 Desirable as Party Guest
1934 Gift of Gab as Dancer (uncredited)
1934 The Red Rider as Minor Role
1934 We're Rich Again as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
1934 He Was Her Man as Man Leaving Courtroom
1934 Smarty as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1934 Murder at the Vanities as Chorus Boy (uncredited)
1934 Wonder Bar as Chorus Boy (uncredited)
1934 Jimmy the Gent as Chester Coote (uncredited) as Chester Coote
1934 All of Me
1933 Duck Soup as Bridegroom at Firefly's Reception (uncredited)
1933 Blood Money as Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole as Nightclub Dance Extra
1933 Too Much Harmony as Cafe Patron
1933 Torch Singer as Nightclub Patron
1933 She Had to Say Yes as Cabaret Patron (uncredited)
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 as Theatregoer (uncredited)
1933 The Phantom of the Air as Party Guest (uncredited)
1933 The Eagle and the Hawk as Flier (uncredited)
1933 Girl Missing as Casino Patron (uncredited)
1933 From Hell to Heaven as Louie - Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as Café Chateau Dancer (uncredited)
1932 The Cabin in the Cotton as Dance Floor Extra at Madge's Party (uncredited)
1932 Blonde Venus as Minor Role (uncredited)
1932 The Man from Yesterday as Cafe Patron
1932 Huddle as Dancer
1932 Scarface as Night Club Patron (uncredited)
1931 Working Girls as Dance Extra
1931 The Miracle Woman as Man in Audience (uncredited)
1931 Cimarron as (uncredited)
1931 Under Eighteen as Penthouse Party Guest
1930 Reaching for the Moon as Ship's Party Guest (uncredited)

Writing

1964 The Naked Flame Writer
1954 Angela Screenplay
1954 The Black Knight Dialogue
1949 Cover Up Screenplay
1938 The Kid Comes Back Story

Directing

1954 Angela Director
1954 The Diamond Wizard Director

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