Dennis O'Keefe

Highest Rated: 100% Raw Deal (1948)
Lowest Rated: 53% Cimarron (1931)
Birthday: Mar 29, 1908
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
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 All Hands on Deck Lt. Cmdr. Brian O'Gara 1961
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 The Fake Paul Mitchell 1953
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
85% 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 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 Twenty Million Sweethearts Reporter 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

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Screenwriter
  • 1985

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