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Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien

D.O.B.: November 11, 1899 (Milwaukee, WI)

D.O.D.: October 15, 1983 (Santa Monica, CA)

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Location: Holy Cross; Section F; Tier 56; #62

Biographical Notes:

Pat O'Brien made 116 movies. He usually portrayed an Irishman, often a Catholic priest.

His most memorable role was as coach Knute Rockne (opposite Ronald Reagan's 'Gipper') in the movie "Knute Rockne, All-American."

Deciding against entering seminary to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood, Pat O'Brien would not wear the clerical collar in real life. But he made up amply for that by performing memorably as priest in so many of his films.

Often enough as well, one could discern in his delivery the affectation of an Irish brogue, which, although stereotypical, generally charmed his movie audiences.

Pat O'Brien excelled in roles of beneficent men but could also give convincing performances as wise guys or con artists.

Appeared In:

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" (1976) TV

"The People Against O'Hara" (1950) Movie

"Fighting Father Dunne" (1948) Movie

"'Til We Meet Again" (1940) Movie

"The Fighting 69th" (1940) Movie

 

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