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Robert E. O'Connor



Boasting a colorful show-biz background as a circus and vaudeville performer, Robert Emmet O'Connor entered films in 1926. Blessed with a pudgy Irish mug that could convey both jocularity and menace, O'Connor was most often cast as cops and detectives, some of them honest and lovable, some of them corrupt and pugnacious. His roles ranged from such hefty assignments as the flustered plainclothesman Henderson in Night at the Opera (1935) to such bits as the traffic cop who is confused by Jimmy Cagney's barrage of Yiddish in Taxi! (1932). One of his most famous non-cop roles was warm-hearted bootlegger Paddy Ryan in Public Enemy. During the 1940s, O'Connor was a contract player at MGM, showing up in everything from Our Gang comedies to the live-action prologue of the Tex Avery cartoon classic Who Killed Who? (1944). Robert Emmet O'Connor's last film role was Paramount studio-guard Jonesy in Sunset Boulevard (1950). Twelve years later, he died of injuries sustained in a fire.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% Sunset Boulevard
  • Jonesy
1950
89% Easter Parade
  • Policeman
1948
No Score Yet High Wall
  • Joe the gatekeeper
1947
No Score Yet Fiesta
  • Bus Driver
1947
No Score Yet High Barbaree
  • Stationmaster
1947
No Score Yet The Hucksters
  • Doorman
1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By
  • Clerk
1947
No Score Yet Undercurrent
  • Stationmaster
1946
No Score Yet Easy to Wed
  • Taxi Driver
1946
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie
  • Deputy
1946
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint
  • Conductor
1946
100% The Harvey Girls
  • Conductor
1946
No Score Yet The Show-Off
  • Motorman
1946
89% They Were Expendable
  • Bartender at Silver Dollar
1945
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
  • Studio Cop
1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home
  • Baggage Man
1945
No Score Yet Thrill of a Romance
  • Mr. Vemmering
1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie
  • Childers
1945
100% Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Conductor
1944
No Score Yet Nothing but Trouble
  • Mulligan
1944
No Score Yet Meet the People
  • Attendant
1944
No Score Yet Whistling in Brooklyn
  • Detective Finnigan
1943
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward
  • Railroad Conductor
1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous
  • Reporter
1943
80% The Human Comedy
  • Bartender
1943
No Score Yet Air Raid Wardens
  • Charlie Beaugart
1943
No Score Yet No Time for Comedy
  • Desk Sergeant
1940
80% Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Actor
1940
100% Road to Singapore
  • Immigration Officer
1940
No Score Yet Streets of New York
  • Burke
1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other
  • Harry - Elevator Starter
1939
No Score Yet Professor Beware
  • Cop at estate
1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns
  • Gendarme
1938
No Score Yet Boy of the Streets
  • Rourke
1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth
  • Casey
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Bartender at Santa Anita
1937
No Score Yet Waikiki Wedding
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Park Avenue Logger
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet The Crime Nobody Saw
  • Burke
1937
No Score Yet When You're in Love
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Desire
  • Customs Official
1936
83% Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Policeman
1936
97% A Night at the Opera
  • Detective Henderson
1935
No Score Yet Let 'em Have It
  • Police Captain
1935
No Score Yet Star of Midnight
  • Sgt. Cleary
1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • Police Lt. Mac
1935
No Score Yet Waterfront Lady
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Mysterious Mr. Wong
  • McGillicuddy
1934
No Score Yet The Big Shakedown
  • Regan, the Bartender
1934
100% Lady for a Day
  • The Inspector
1933
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover)
  • Lt. Stevens
1933
No Score Yet Picture Snatcher
  • Casey Nolan
1933
90% The Mystery of the Wax Museum
  • Joe the Cop (uncredited)
1933
No Score Yet The Great Jasper
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Frisco Jenny
  • Jim Sandoval
1933
No Score Yet Midnight Mary
  • Cop
1933
92% Gabriel over the White House
  • Inspector
1933
No Score Yet The Kid from Spain
  • Detective Crawford
1932
57% Blonde Venus
  • Dan O'Connor
1932
No Score Yet American Madness
  • The Inspector
1932
No Score Yet The Dark Horse
  • Sheriff
1932
No Score Yet Night World
  • Policeman
1932
No Score Yet The Big Timer
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Taxi!
  • Cop with Jewish man
1932
100% The Public Enemy
  • Paddy Ryan
1931
No Score Yet Up the River
  • Guard
1930
No Score Yet Our Blushing Brides
  • The Detective
1930
83% The Big House
  • Sgt. Donlin
1930
No Score Yet Paid
  • Cassidy
1930
No Score Yet Weary River
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet The Singing Fool
  • Cafe Manager
1928
No Score Yet The Noose
  • Jim Conley
1928
No Score Yet Four Walls
  • Sullivan
1928

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