Dave O'Brien

Highest Rated: 100% Footlight Parade (1933)
Birthday: May 31, 1912
Birthplace: Big Spring, Texas, USA
A longtime character actor/stuntman/leading man/director, Dave O'Brien (born David Barclay) was born in Big Springs, Texas, and entered movies in the early '30s as a stuntman and occasional character actor -- he is probably best remembered by college students of the late '60s and early '70s for his portrayal of the crazed marijuana smoker in the exploitation film Reefer Madness. During the late '30s and early '40s, O'Brien also played the title role in the serial Captain Midnight, and was the responsible adult in the East Side Kids series, but it was as the lead in MGM's Pete Smith Specialty comedy shorts -- which O'Brien also directed, under his real name David Barclay -- that he was best known to '40s moviegoers. The Pete Smith shorts, which were basically comedic looks at human foibles, took full advantage of O'Brien's background in stunt work, and hold up extremely well today. O'Brien still played occasional lead roles, especially in B-pictures such as The Man Who Walks Alone (1946), an unusual comedy with serious overtones about a veteran returning home from World War II, but by the early '50s had moved into supporting parts, such as that of the stage manager in Kiss Me Kate (1953), directed by his fellow Pete Smith alumnus George Sidney. O'Brien later became a writer for Red Skelton on television.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vincente Fernandez Producer $10.4K 2012
No Score Yet Equality U Director 2008
13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Actor 1988
No Score Yet Heritage of the Heisman Trophy Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks Conductor 1956
90% Kiss Me Kate Ralph 1953
No Score Yet Bargain Madness Director 1951
No Score Yet Flaming Bullets Actor 1945
No Score Yet Frontier Fugitives Dave Wyatt 1945
No Score Yet Enemy of the Law Actor 1945
No Score Yet The Man Who Walked Alone Cpl. Marion Scott 1945
No Score Yet Phantom of 42nd Street Tony Woolrich 1945
No Score Yet Marked for Murder Texas Ranger Dave Wyatt 1945
No Score Yet The Whispering Skull Dave Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet Gangsters of the Frontier Dave Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet Brand of the Devil Tex Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet Spook Town Texas Ranger Tex 1944
No Score Yet Guns of the Law Tex Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet The Pinto Bandit Tex Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet Trail of Terror Tex 1944
No Score Yet Three in the Saddle Actor 1944
No Score Yet Outlaw Roundup Tex Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet Boss of Rawhide Tex Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet The Rangers Take Over Tex 1942
No Score Yet 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Sgt. Phil Lyons 1942
No Score Yet The Yanks Are Coming Sgt. Callahan 1942
40% Bowery at Midnight Pete Crawford 1942
No Score Yet Code of the Redman Actor 1942
No Score Yet Down Texas Way Dave 1942
No Score Yet Captain Midnight Captain Midnight 1942
No Score Yet Law and Order Jeff 1942
No Score Yet Forbidden Trails Jim Cramer 1941
No Score Yet Spooks Run Wild Jeff Dixon 1941
No Score Yet Murder by Invitation Michael, the Chauffeur 1941
No Score Yet Flying Wild Tom Larson 1941
No Score Yet The Texas Marshal Buzz 1941
No Score Yet The Gunman from Bodie Actor 1941
No Score Yet The Spider Returns Jackson 1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid in Santa Fe Texas Joe 1941
58% The Devil Bat Johnny Layton (reporter) 1940
No Score Yet That Gang of Mine Knuckles Dolan 1940
No Score Yet Hold That Woman Miles Hanover 1940
No Score Yet Son of the Navy Nelson 1940
No Score Yet East Side Kids Knuckles Dolan 1940
No Score Yet Queen of the Yukon Bob 1940
No Score Yet Buzzy Rides the Range Actor 1940
No Score Yet Gun Code Gale 1940
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Boys of the City Actor 1940
No Score Yet Danger Ahead Kelly 1940
No Score Yet Boys of the City Knuckles Dolan 1940
No Score Yet Yukon Flight Kelly 1940
No Score Yet Billy the Kid's Gun Justice Actor 1940
No Score Yet Sky Bandits Constable Kelly 1940
No Score Yet Murder on the Yukon Constable Kelly 1940
No Score Yet Mutiny in the Big House Daniels 1939
No Score Yet Fighting Renegade Jerry Leonard 1939
No Score Yet Daughter of the Tong Jerry Morgan 1939
No Score Yet New Frontier (Frontier Horizon) Jason 1939
No Score Yet Wyoming Outlaw Acacia Park Game Warden (uncredited) 1939
No Score Yet Outlaw's Paradise Meggs 1939
No Score Yet Texas Wildcats Arden 1939
No Score Yet Code of the Cactus Bob Swane 1939
No Score Yet Crashing Thru Fred Chambers 1939
No Score Yet Fighting Mad Kelly 1939
No Score Yet Phantom Rancher Henchman Luke 1939
No Score Yet The Singing Cowgirl Dick Williams 1939
No Score Yet Flaming Lead Gordon 1939
No Score Yet Water Rustlers Bob Lawson 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Scout Steve Hickok 1938
No Score Yet Whirlwind Horseman Slade 1938
No Score Yet Starlight over Texas Henchman 1938
No Score Yet Utah Trail Mason 1938
No Score Yet When You're in Love Dancer 1937
No Score Yet Lightnin' Crandall Tommy Shannon 1937
No Score Yet Rough Ridin' Rhythm Detective Waters 1937
No Score Yet Brothers of the West Bart, Tracy Henchman 1937
No Score Yet The Lion's Den Actor 1936
42% Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) Ralph 1936
No Score Yet Black Coin Terry Navarro 1936
No Score Yet No More Ladies Party Guest 1935
No Score Yet The Little Colonel Frank Randolph 1935
No Score Yet The Woman in Red Actor 1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss Man 1935
No Score Yet Red Salute Students at Rally 1935
No Score Yet Music in the Air Montgomery's Voice Double 1934
80% Bright Eyes Tex 1934
No Score Yet Gift of Gab Actor 1934
No Score Yet The Silver Streak Dam Phone Operator 1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Chorus Boy 1934
100% Footlight Parade Chorus boy 1933
No Score Yet Rasputin and the Empress Soldier 1933
95% 42nd Street Chorus Boy 1933
No Score Yet Hot Saturday Guest 1932
No Score Yet Is My Face Red Chorus Boy 1932

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show
1953
Screenwriter

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