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Date Of BirthNovember 11, 1899
DiedOctober 15, 1983, Santa Monica, California, United States
SpouseEloise Taylor
FactHad been playing Walter Burns in "The Front Page" on Broadway before being tapped to appear in the 1931 film (The Front Page (1931)). The studio, confusing Burns with the other lead role, Hildy Johnson, offered O'Brien the latter role, assuming it was the one he had played onstage. He took the job, not informing them of their mistake.

Pat O’Brien is an American sportscaster and television host. He is best known for his work on the CBS sports program The NFL Today.

O’Brien was born on February 14, 1948, in Miami, Florida. His father, Pat O’Brien Sr., was a police officer, and his mother, Dorothy, was a homemaker. He has four siblings: two brothers, Kevin and Sean, and two sisters, Maureen and Eileen.

O’Brien attended Catholic schools in Miami, graduating from Christopher Columbus High School in 1966. He then enrolled at the University of Florida, where he studied journalism and played on the school’s baseball team.

After graduation, O’Brien began his broadcasting career as a sports reporter for WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. He then worked as a sports anchor at WPLG-TV in Miami and at WBBM-TV in Chicago.

In 1974, O’Brien joined CBS Sports as a reporter and studio host. He has since worked on a number of CBS programs, including The NFL Today, College Football Today, and The Golf Club. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer for CBS’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

O’Brien has won several Emmy Awards for his work on CBS Sports programs. In addition, he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

O’Brien has been married twice. His first marriage, to Barbara Lewis, ended in divorce. He has three children from that marriage: Patrick, Kevin, and Sean. He married his second wife, Ann Marie, in 1992. They have two children: Erin and Connor.

O’Brien’s annual salary is $1 million. His net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

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Date Of BirthNovember 11, 1899
DiedOctober 15, 1983, Santa Monica, California, United States
Height1.8 m
EducationUniversity of South Dakota, Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies


SpouseEloise Taylor
ChildrenBrigid O’Brien, Mavourneen O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Terry O’Brien
PartnerBetsy Hoyt Stephens


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor In A Daytime Drama Special
Music GroupsCannibal Corpse, Nevermore, Monstrosity, Chastain, Evisceration Plague, Kill Or Become, Priests of Sodom
MoviesAngels with Dirty Faces, Some Like It Hot, Knute Rockne, All American, The Fighting 69th, Ragtime, The People Against O'Hara, The Front Page, Torrid Zone, The Boy with Green Hair, The Last Hurrah, Ceiling Zero, Flirtation Walk, Here Comes the Navy, American Madness, Having Wonderful Crime, The Fireb...
TV ShowsHarrigan and Son

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1John Ford, the old master, is the orderly type. Working for him is like being part of a ballet. He hardly ever moves the camera, but composes his shots like a master painter, a Rembrandt or Degas. The actor becomes part of the scene. Ford lets the action swirl past his lens. But the reality of his seamen, miners, dust-bowlers, horse soldiers, or Wesrern heroes, when he is at his best, is a literature that the screen rarely gets. Working for him one feels a special pride. Lewis Milestone is a bouncing camera mover. For him the seeing eye is all. He stands the camera on its head, rolls it, rushes it, brings it in on the run. The actors are part of the scenery, and they must fight to survive, come alive while he catches them on the run. Neither men are static directors. They don't care for too much talk in their script, or stage business over meaningless chatter.
2I am not a loner, not a solitary. I liked people, crowds, activities, so I didn't stay in dark corners. I made friends
3Women''s pictures (so-called) are talky pictures. Their use of the cigarette and the telephone break the talk, talk, talk of soap-opera storytelling.
4[interviewed in 1982]: I despise the Method, as do Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and as Jack Barrymore surely would have. I think the Method has ruined an awful lot of potentially fine actors. Look, the theatre is nothing but a mystique. It's nebulous. You get the part, you study your lines, you see what you can do with it and, finally, you evolve yourself into the part. But the Method - be a window, be a door... what's that got to do with anything?
5[on Knute Rockne] He was not only a great coach but also an extraordinary human being, and I felt privileged, humble, trying to convey the glory and the humanness that was 'Rock'. And there were frightening moments when I briefly felt as if I were Knute Rockne.


1Met his wife Eloise while appearing at the Selwyn Theatre in Chicago in 1927.
2Attended Marquette Academy and Marquette University in Milwaukee.
3He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1531 Vine Street; and for Television at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Had appeared with Henry O'Neill in eleven films: Flirtation Walk (1934), Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934), I've Got Your Number (1934), Oil for the Lamps of China (1935), The Great O'Malley (1937), Submarine D-1 (1937), Knute Rockne All American (1940), Castle on the Hudson (1940), The Fighting 69th (1940), 'Til We Meet Again (1940) and The People Against O'Hara (1951).
5Had appeared with James Cagney in nine films: Here Comes the Navy (1934), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935), The Irish in Us (1935), Ceiling Zero (1936) Boy Meets Girl (1938), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Fighting 69th (1940), Torrid Zone (1940) and Ragtime (1981).
6O'Brien first met his lifelong friend Spencer Tracy when Tracy enrolled at Milwaukee's Marquette Academy in 1917.
7O'Brien formed his own production company in 1944 which made only one motion picture, Secret Command (1944).
8Pat was a great personal friend of fellow Irish-American actor James Cagney, from the early days of their career right up to Pat's death in 1983. They also starred in seven films together, Pat often playing the role of a Catholic priest.
9He wore a toupee.
10Patrick O'Brien passed away on October 15, 1983, one month away from what would have been his 84th birthday on November 11.
11His final acting role was as a guest star in an episode of Happy Days (1974). The series was set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which was O'Brien's hometown.
12Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 607-608. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
13Had been playing Walter Burns in "The Front Page" on Broadway before being tapped to appear in the 1931 film (The Front Page (1931)). The studio, confusing Burns with the other lead role, Hildy Johnson, offered O'Brien the latter role, assuming it was the one he had played onstage. He took the job, not informing them of their mistake.
14Politically, he was extremely right-wing, so much so that he was termed "a near-fascist", mainly because of his strong support of Generalissimo Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War.
15He and his wife had one biological child and three adopted children: Sean O'Brien, Terry O'Brien, Brigid O'Brien and Mavourneen O'Brien.
16Following his death, he was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.




Happy Days1980-1982TV SeriesUncle Joe
WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV SeriesCol. Buchanan
Scout's Honor1980TV MovieMr. Caboose
The End1978Ben Lawson
Billy Jack Goes to Washington1977Vice President
Kiss Me, Kill Me1976TV MovieJimmy, morgue attendant
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1975TV SeriesAbner Therman
The Sky's the Limit1975Abner Therman
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak1973TV SeriesDr. Miller
McCloud1973TV SeriesMac Ferguson
Tenafly1973TV SeriesAvery
Amanda Fallon1973TV MovieEmory
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1973TV SeriesEmory
Banyon1972TV SeriesBig Jim Rawlins
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1972TV SeriesAttorney
Adventures of Nick Carter1972TV MovieHallelujah Harry
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol1972TV MovieSgt. McGll
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesHayfoot Stockton
The Phynx1970Pat O'Brien
The Over-the-Hill Gang1969TV MovieCapt. Oren Hayes
My Friend Tony1969TV Series
The Virginian1964-1967TV SeriesDoc Bigelow / J. Jimerson Jones
Hazel1966TV SeriesUncle Jerome Van Meter
Branded1965TV SeriesPhineas T. Barnum
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964-1965TV SeriesDistrict Attorney Hightower / Otto Mead
Town Tamer1965Judge Murcott
Slattery's People1965TV SeriesAssemblyman Raymond J. O'Riordan
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesInspector Dan Zarilla / Lt. John Curwood
Going My Way1963TV SeriesFrank McCaffey
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesClerk
The Road to Hong Kong1962Chinese Restaurateur (uncredited)
Harrigan and Son1960-1961TV SeriesJames Harrigan Sr.
Joyful Hour1960TV MovieHost
The Best of the Post1960TV SeriesMike
Some Like It Hot1959Detective Mulligan
The Last Hurrah1958John Gorman
Target1958TV SeriesDaniels
Kraft Theatre1958TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1958TV SeriesMike Waterson
Studio 571956-1957TV SeriesCapt. Frank Brodie / Al Richards / Jay Breen
The Ford Television Theatre1953-1957TV SeriesLt. V. Keever / Richard Brown / Spud Malone
The Red Skelton Hour1957TV Seriesthe Sheriff
Kill Me Tomorrow1957Bart Crosbie
Crossroads1956-1957TV SeriesFather Patrick O'Neil / Father Edward Sullivan / Father Jim / ...
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesSheriff Kyle Bickford
Lux Video Theatre1951-1957TV SeriesCaptain Barnaby / Eddie Gorman / Charley Hackett / ...
Sneak Preview1956TV Series
The United States Steel Hour1956TV SeriesJim
Climax!1955-1956TV SeriesEd Talbot / Police Lieutenant / Police Lieutenant Moore
Inside Detroit1956Gus Linden
Science Fiction Theatre1955TV SeriesDr. Walter Arnold
The Christophers1955TV Series
Celebrity Playhouse1955TV Series
Front Row Center1955TV SeriesDan Packard
The Star and the Story1955TV SeriesLarry Johnson
Stage 71955TV SeriesDan Jennings
Ring of Fear1954Frank Wallace
Jubilee Trail1954Ernest 'Texas' Conway
Schlitz Playhouse1952-1953TV Series
General Electric Theater1953TV Series
Okinawa1952Lt. Cmdr. Hale
The People Against O'Hara1951Det. Vincent Ricks
Criminal Lawyer1951James Edward Reagan
The Fireball1950Father O'Hara
Johnny One-Eye1950Martin Martin
A Dangerous Profession1949Joe Farley
The Boy with Green Hair1948Gramp
Fighting Father Dunne1948Father Peter J. Dunne
Crack-Up1946George Steele
Perilous Holiday1946Patrick Nevil
Man Alive1945Michael O'Flaherty 'Speed' McBride
Having Wonderful Crime1945Michael J. Malone
Secret Command1944Sam Gallagher
Marine Raiders1944Maj. Steve Lockhart
His Butler's Sister1943Martin Murphy
The Iron Major1943Francis William 'Frank' / 'Cav' Cavanaugh
Bombardier1943Maj. Chick Davis
The Navy Comes Through1942Chief Michael 'Mike' Mallory
Flight Lieutenant1942Samuel J. 'Sam' Doyle
Broadway1942Dan McCorn
Two Yanks in Trinidad1942Tim Reardon
Knute Rockne All American1940Knute Rockne
Flowing Gold1940Ian 'Hap' O'Connor
Escape to Glory1940Mike Farrough
Torrid Zone1940Steve Case
'Til We Meet Again1940Steve Burke
Castle on the Hudson1940Warden Long
The Fighting 69th1940Father Duffy
Slightly Honorable1939John Webb
The Night of Nights1939Dan O'Farrell
Indianapolis Speedway1939Joe Greer
The Kid from Kokomo1939William Jennings 'Billy / 'Square Shooting Murph' Murphy
Off the Record1939Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott
Swingtime in the Movies1938ShortPat O'Brien (uncredited)
Angels with Dirty Faces1938Jerry Connolly
Garden of the Moon1938John Quinn
Boy Meets Girl1938J.C. Benson
Cowboy from Brooklyn1938Roy Chadwick
Out Where the Stars Begin1938ShortPat O'Brien (uncredited)
Women Are Like That1938Bill Landin
Submarine D-11937'Butch' Rogers
Back in Circulation1937Bill Morgan
Slim1937Red Blayd
San Quentin1937Capt. Stephen Jameson
The Great O'Malley1937James Aloysius O'Malley
China Clipper1936Dave Logan
Public Enemy's Wife1936Lee Laird
I Married a Doctor1936Dr. William P. Kennicott
Ceiling Zero1936Jake L. Lee
Stars Over Broadway1935Al McGillevray
Page Miss Glory1935Click Wiley
The Irish in Us1935Pat O'Hara
Oil for the Lamps of China1935Stephen Chase
In Caliente1935Larry MacArthur
Devil Dogs of the Air1935Lieut. Brannigan
Flirtation Walk1934'Scrapper' Thornhhill
I Sell Anything1934'Spot Cash' Cutler
Here Comes the Navy1934Biff
The Personality Kid1934Ritzy McCarty
Twenty Million Sweethearts1934Rush Blake
Gambling Lady1934Charlie Lang
I've Got Your Number1934Terry Riley
College Coach1933Coach Gore
Bombshell1933Jim Brogan
Bureau of Missing Persons1933Butch Saunders
The World Gone Mad1933Andy Terrell
Destination Unknown1933Matt Brennan
Laughter in Hell1933Barney Slaney
Air Mail1932Duke Talbot
Flaming Gold1932Ben Lear
American Madness1932Matt
Hollywood Speaks1932Jimmy Reed
The Strange Case of Clara Deane1932Frank Deane
Scandal for Sale1932Waddell
The Final Edition1932Sam Bradshaw
Hell's House1932Matt Kelly
Flying High1931Sport
Consolation Marriage1931Steve Porter
Personal Maid1931Peter Shea
Crimes Square1931ShortMarty
The Front Page1931Hildy Johnson
Honor Among Lovers1931Conroy
The Nightingale1931ShortThe Sweetheart
Compliments of the Season1930ShortPolice Detective (uncredited)
My Mistake1930Short


The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Boy with Green Hair1948performer: "Tread on the Tail of Me Coat", "How Many Miles to Dublin Town?" - uncredited
The Iron Major1943"Billy Boy Can She Bake a Cherry Pie", uncredited / performer: "As the Backs Go Tearing By Dartmouth Fight Song", "Billy Boy Can She Bake a Cherry Pie", "In the Town of Donegal" - uncredited
Knute Rockne All American1940performer: "Happy Land" - uncredited
Angels with Dirty Faces1938performer: "In My Merry Oldsmobile" 1905 - uncredited
Garden of the Moon1938performer: "I'll String Along With You" 1934 - uncredited
Women Are Like That1938performer: "I've Been Working on the Railroad" - uncredited
Oil for the Lamps of China1935"Chinatown, My Chinatown" 1910, uncredited / performer: "Don't Send My Boy to Harvard" - uncredited
In Caliente1935"To Call You My Own" 1935, uncredited / performer: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" 1912 - uncredited
The Personality Kid1934performer: "The Gold Diggers' Song We're in the Money" 1933 - uncredited
Crimes Square1931Short performer: "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" - uncredited


Secret Command1944executive producer - uncredited


All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
Screen Snapshots: Hopalong in Hoppy Land1951Documentary shortHimself
The Fred Waring Show1951TV SeriesHimself
The Hills of Ireland1951DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Screen Snapshots: Motion Picture Mothers, Inc.1949ShortHimself - Master of Ceremonies
Texaco Star Theatre1949TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Happy Homes1949Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 10: Famous Fathers and Sons1946Documentary shortHimself
Breakdowns of 19381938Documentary shortPat O'Brien (Back in Circulation / Women Are Like That / Cowboy from Brooklyn outtakes) (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 71937Documentary shortHimself
Breakdowns of 19371937ShortHimself
Breakdowns of 19361936ShortHimself
A Dream Comes True1935Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio1935Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Things You Never See on the Screen1935ShortHimself
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds1984TV MovieHimself
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parkinson1981TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1980TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1962-1979TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Over Easy1977TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Greats1977TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
The Movie Crazy Years1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Gypsy1967TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show1950-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor / Himself - Comedian
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHimself
To Tell the Truth1964TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960-1962TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1959TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1953-1957TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party1957ShortHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Hollywood Mothers and Fathers1955Documentary shortHimself
Shower of Stars1955TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Beauty1955Documentary shortHimself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself
Place the Face1954TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1953TV SeriesHimself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (New York)
I've Got a Secret1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson1952Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood on the Ball1952ShortHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

My Music: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling2010TV MovieHimself
American Masters2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Secret Lives1996TV Series documentaryHimself - Funeral Guest
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1992TV Series documentaryHimself
Fonda on Fonda1992TV Movie documentaryActor in 'Slim' (uncredited)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney1974TV Special documentaryActor 'Angels with Dirty Faces'
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Telephone Time1957TV Series
Breakdowns of 19411941ShortHimself (uncredited)
Studio Highlights1934ShortHimself


Won Awards

1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsBest Actor in Daytime Drama - For a Special ProgramThe ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972)
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsDaytime Actor of the YearThe ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1531 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6240 Hollywood Blvd.

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