Spec O'Donnell

Highest Rated: 100% San Francisco (1936)
Lowest Rated: 42% Convoy (1978)
Birthday: Apr 9, 1911
Birthplace: Not Available
To call child actor Spec O'Donnell homely, a critic once wrote, "would imply that your home was in grave need of repair." Alarmingly freckled and having beady little eyes, O'Donnell (real name Walter) was Hollywood's premiere enfant terrible in the 1920s. Although he bravely defended Mary Pickford's honor in Little Annie Rooney (1925), he was decidedly up to no good in her 1927 release Sparrows. As the spoiled son of baby mill owners, Spec is all but irredeemable in that classic melodrama, but offscreen Pickford and husband Douglas Fairbanks were his biggest boosters, the latter once calling him "the greatest child star" of the day. The boy Spec grew into a gawky young man who would play innumerable elevator boys, call boys, telegram boys, and so on. He remained homely, though, as attested by the description of his role in Life Begins in College (1937), which simply, and rather brutally, read: Ugly Student. O'Donnell's career, one of the longest in Hollywood, lasted at least until 1978, when he played a bit in the action comedy-drama Convoy. He passed away at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
42% Convoy 18 Wheel Eddie 1978
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's Actor 1965
No Score Yet Has Anybody Seen My Gal? Candy Vendor 1952
No Score Yet Murder in the Music Hall Usher 1946
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Usher 1944
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Fiddle Player 1943
No Score Yet Hers to Hold William Morley 1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay Newsboy 1943
No Score Yet The Male Animal Student 1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live Usher 1941
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Western Union Boy 1941
No Score Yet Accidents Will Happen Specs 1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady Boy in Overalls 1938
No Score Yet Love Is on the Air Pinky 1937
No Score Yet Exclusive Telephone Boy 1937
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve Newsboy 1937
No Score Yet Life Begins in College Ugly Student 1937
No Score Yet College Holiday Lafayette 1936
100% San Francisco Man Praying 1936
No Score Yet Freshman Love Eddie 1936
67% One Night of Love Call Boy 1934
100% Baby Face Office Boy 1933
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast Office Boy 1932
No Score Yet Young America (We Humans) Bull Butler 1932
No Score Yet Hello Trouble Actor 1932
No Score Yet Show Girl in Hollywood Office Boy 1930
No Score Yet Movie Night Actor 1929
No Score Yet Sparrows Ambrose Grimes 1926
No Score Yet Old Ironsides Cabin Boy 1926
No Score Yet Little Annie Rooney Able 1925
No Score Yet The Country Kid Joe Applegate 1923

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Council member
  • 1961

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