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Dave O'Brien

Highest Rated:   100% Footlight Parade (1933)
Lowest Rated:   13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Marked for Murder
  • Texas Ranger Dave Wyatt
1945
No Score Yet Phantom of 42nd Street
  • Tony Woolrich
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 Boss of Rawhide
  • Tex Wyatt
1944
No Score Yet Outlaw Roundup
  • 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 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 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 Billy the Kid in Santa Fe
  • Texas Joe
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
55% 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 East Side Kids - Boys of the City
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Danger Ahead
  • Kelly
1940
No Score Yet Gun Code
  • Gale
1940
No Score Yet Yukon Flight
  • Kelly
1940
No Score Yet Boys of the City
  • Knuckles Dolan
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 Water Rustlers
  • Bob Lawson
1939
No Score Yet Fighting Mad
  • Kelly
1939
No Score Yet Phantom Rancher
  • Henchman Luke
1939
No Score Yet Crashing Thru
  • Fred Chambers
1939
No Score Yet The Singing Cowgirl
  • Dick Williams
1939
No Score Yet Flaming Lead
  • Gordon
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 Rough Ridin' Rhythm
  • Detective Waters
1937
No Score Yet Lightnin' Crandall
  • Tommy Shannon
1937
No Score Yet Brothers of the West
  • Bart, Tracy Henchman
1937
No Score Yet Black Coin
  • Terry Navarro
1936
No Score Yet The Lion's Den
  • Actor
1936
46% Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)
  • Ralph
1936
No Score Yet No More Ladies
  • Party Guest
1935
No Score Yet The Little Colonel
  • Frank Randolph
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

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