Michael O’Keefe is an American actor, best known for his role as Danny Noonan in the 1980 film Caddyshack. He has appeared in over 50 films and television shows in a career spanning more than four decades.
O’Keefe was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on April 24, 1955, the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, was a high school teacher and his mother, Mary, was a homemaker. He has two older sisters, Patricia and Kathleen. O’Keefe was raised in a Catholic household and attended Catholic schools. He graduated from Fordham University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
O’Keefe’s first acting role was in the Off-Broadway play The Great American Cowboy in 1974. He made his film debut in the 1976 film The Great Smokey Roadblock. His breakout role came in the 1980 film Caddyshack, where he played Danny Noonan, a caddy at a country club. He has since appeared in over 50 films and television shows, including The Godfather Part II (1974), The Rose (1979), The Great Santini (1979), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), The Natural (1984), The Slugger’s Wife (1985), The Big Chill (1983), Batman Forever (1995), and Roseanne (1998-2002).
O’Keefe has been married three times. His first wife was actress Jennifer Salt, with whom he has two children: son Michael and daughter Daisy. He was married to actress Leigh Taylor-Young from 1988 to 1994. He has been married to his third wife, Daphne, since 2002.
O’Keefe has a net worth of $5 million. He earns a salary of $50,000 per episode for his role on the television show Roseanne.
He is of Irish, and a smaller amount of French-Canadian, ancestry.
While at Mamaroneck High School Michael was cast in The Fantastics at a young age. An old HS friend cast him against Terry Davis as Matt and Luisa. Shortly after High School he attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and was cast in a Crest Commercial.
Was a very shy kid growing up.
Brother-in law of actor Michael O'Neill, who is married to his sister Mary.
Has herniated discs in his neck from playing golf and doesn't play the game anymore.
Has written lyrics for a number of songs and artists, including two for his ex-wife Bonnie Raitt, one of which, "Longing in Their Hearts," won a Grammy for Raitt. The other song was from Raitt's "Luck of the Draw" album and was entitled "One Part be My Lover."