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Dennis O'Keefe

Highest Rated:   100% Raw Deal (1948)
Lowest Rated:   53% Cimarron (1931)
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Born Edward Flanagan, O'Keefe was a lithe, brash, charming, tall, rugged lead actor. The son of vaudevillians, he began appearing onstage in his parents' act while still a toddler. By age 16 he was writing scripts for "Our Gang" comedy shorts. He attended some college and did more work on vaudeville before entering films in the early '30s, appearing in bit roles in more than 50 films under the name Bud Flanagan. His work in a small role in the film Saratoga (1937) impressed Clark Gable, who recommended that he be cast in leads. MGM agreed, so he changed his name to Dennis O'Keefe and went on to play leads in numerous films, beginning with Bad Man of Brimstone (1938). Besides many light action-oriented films, he also appeared in numerous '40s comedies, and later specialized in tough-guy parts. Later in his career he directed a film or two and also wrote mystery stories. In the late '50s O'Keefe starred in the short-lived TV series "The Dennis O'Keefe Show." He was in only two films in the '60s. He died at 60 of lung cancer. His widow is actress Steffi Duna.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1937
  • Control Room Director
2001
No Score Yet Naked Flame
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet The Eagle And The Hawk
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet Dunkirk
  • Himself
1958
No Score Yet Lady of Vengeance
  • William T. Marshall
1957
No Score Yet Dragoon Wells Massacre
  • Capt. Matt Riordan
1957
No Score Yet Inside Detroit
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Chicago Syndicate
  • Dennis O'Keefe
1955
No Score Yet Drums of Tahiti
  • Mike Macklin
1954
No Score Yet Everything I Have Is Yours
  • Alec Tackabury
1952
No Score Yet Passage West
  • Jacob Karns
1951
No Score Yet Follow the Sun
  • Chuck Williams
1951
80% Woman on the Run
  • Danny Leggett
1950
No Score Yet The Company She Keeps
  • Larry Collins
1950
No Score Yet The Great Dan Patch
  • David Palmer
1949
No Score Yet Abandoned
  • Mark Sitko
1949
No Score Yet Cover-Up
  • Sam Donovan
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Walk a Crooked Mile
  • Daniel O'Hara
1948
100% Raw Deal
  • Joseph Emmett (Joe) Sullivan
1948
No Score Yet Siren of Atlantis
  • Captain Jean Morhange
1948
100% T-Men
  • Dennis O'Brien/Vannie Harrigan
1947
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady
  • Dr. David Cousins
1947
No Score Yet Doll Face
  • Michael Francis "Mike"
1945
80% Getting Gertie's Garter
  • Ken
1945
No Score Yet Brewster's Millions
  • Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster
1945
No Score Yet Abroad with Two Yanks
  • Jeff Reardon
1944
No Score Yet Up In Mabel's Room
  • Gary Ainsworth
1944
100% The Fighting Seabees
  • Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
1944
No Score Yet The Story of Dr. Wassell
  • Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins
1944
No Score Yet Sensations of 1945
  • Junior Crane
1944
No Score Yet Hi Diddle Diddle
  • Sonny Phyffe
1943
88% The Leopard Man
  • Jerry Manning
1943
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Jan Horek
1943
No Score Yet Great Guy
  • Guest
1942
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three)
  • Jim Craig
1941
No Score Yet Broadway Limited (The Baby Vanishes )
  • Dr. Harvey North
1941
100% Topper Returns
  • Bob
1941
No Score Yet Unforgotten Crime
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet You'll Find Out (Here Come the Boogie Men)
  • Chuck Deems
1940
No Score Yet Arise, My Love
  • Shep
1940
No Score Yet Pop Always Pays
  • Jeff Thompson
1940
No Score Yet Hold That Kiss
  • Tommy Bradford
1938
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Student
1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living
  • Man in Building Lobby
1938
No Score Yet Saratoga
  • Steve
1937
100% Easy Living
  • Office Manager
1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon)
  • Salesman
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Party Guest
1937
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low
  • Purser
1937
No Score Yet The Firefly
  • Soldiers in Bayonne Cafe
1937
No Score Yet O-Kay for Sound
  • Actor
1937
86% Three Smart Girls
  • Club Extra
1936
No Score Yet Born to Dance
  • Man in Club Lobby
1936
No Score Yet The Plainsman
  • Man #2
1936
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild
  • Man
1936
100% Swing Time
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range
  • Heckler
1936
100% San Francisco
  • New Year's Celebrant
1936
No Score Yet And So They Were Married
  • Drunks in Car
1936
No Score Yet 13 Hours by Air (Thirteen Hours by Air)
  • Baker the Copilot
1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Reporter
1936
No Score Yet Love Before Breakfast
  • College Boy
1936
82% Libeled Lady
  • Barker
1936
100% Top Hat
  • Elevator Passenger
1935
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Devil Dogs of the Air
  • Student
1935
No Score Yet Rumba
  • Man in Diane's Party at Theater
1935
No Score Yet Mississippi
  • Party Guest
1935
No Score Yet Shipmates Forever
  • Trainee
1935
100% Imitation of Life
  • Dance Extra
1934
No Score Yet Broadway Bill
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Lady by Choice
  • Dancing Extra
1934
No Score Yet Gift of Gab
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet He Was Her Man
  • Reporter
1934
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco
  • Van Brugh
1934
No Score Yet Smarty
  • Dancing Extra
1934
No Score Yet Jimmy the Gent
  • Chester Coote
1934
No Score Yet The Girl From Missouri (100 Per Cent Pure) (Born to Be Kissed)
  • Dance Extra
1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar
  • Man at Bar
1934
No Score Yet Torch Singer (Broadway Singer)
  • Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1933
90% I'm No Angel
  • Reporter
1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Extra During Intermission
1933
No Score Yet The Eagle and the Hawk
  • Flier
1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer
  • Man in casino
1933
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • Dance Extra
1932
No Score Yet Cabin in the Cotton
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Week-Ends Only
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell
  • Usher
1932
100% Scarface
  • Dance Extra
1932
100% The Miracle Woman
  • Man in Audience
1931
53% Cimarron
  • Extra
1931

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