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Date Of BirthApril 24, 1955
FactOther ordained Zen priests include Leonard Cohen, Bernie Glassman, Pat O'Hara, and Peter Matthiessen.

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.

O’Keefe is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and has blue eyes.

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Date Of BirthApril 24, 1955
Height1.85 m


SiblingsMary O'Keefe

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1He is of Irish, and a smaller amount of French-Canadian, ancestry.
2While 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.
3Was a very shy kid growing up.
4Brother-in law of actor Michael O'Neill, who is married to his sister Mary.
5Has herniated discs in his neck from playing golf and doesn't play the game anymore.
6Ex-brother-in-law of David Raitt and Steven Raitt.
7Ex-son-in-law of John Raitt.
8Began his acting career in Colgate TV commercials and at Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York City.
9Tends to play athletes in movies: he's a basketball player in The Great Santini (1979), a golfer in Caddyshack (1980), a gymnast in Split Image (1982), and a baseball player in The Slugger's Wife (1985).
10In the same branch of Buddhism as Peter Matthiessen, Leonard Cohen, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, Bernie Glassman, Reb Anderson, Philip Whalen, Richard Baker, Pat O'Hara, Soe Roshi, and Daido Loori.
11Has 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."
12Lost to Peter MacNicol for the part of Stingo in Sophie's Choice (1982).
13Other ordained Zen priests include Leonard Cohen, Bernie Glassman, Pat O'Hara, and Peter Matthiessen.
14Student of the Zen Master Bernie Glassman.
15Announced plans to divorce Bonnie Raitt on November 9, 1999.
16Graduate of Mamaroneck (NY) High School.
17Enjoys hiking.
18Joined a sect called The Way when he was 15.




The Hot Chick2002Richie
Prancer Returns2001VideoMr. James Klock
The West Wing2001TV SeriesWill Sawyer
The Glass House2001Dave Baker
Law & Order2001TV SeriesCally Lonegan / Professor Donald Lonegan
Herman U.S.A.2001Dennis
The Pledge2001/IDuane Larsen
Just One Night2000Wayne
Swing Vote1999TV Movie
Life's Work1996-1997TV SeriesKevin Hunter
Ghosts of Mississippi1996Merrida Coxwell
The People Next Door1996TV MovieGarrett James
Edie & Pen1996Ken
The Outer Limits1996TV SeriesEddie Wexler
Roseanne1993-1995TV SeriesFred
Three Wishes1995Adult Tom
Kangaroo Court1994Short
Incident at Deception Ridge1994TV MovieJack Bolder
Nina Takes a Lover1994Journalist
Me and Veronica1993Michael
Middle Ages1992TV SeriesRon Steffey
Out of the Rain1991Frank Reade
Against the Law1990-1991TV SeriesSimon MacHeath
Fear1990Jack Hays
In the Best Interest of the Child1990TV MovieWalt Colton
Too Young to Die?1990TV MovieMike Medwicki
The First Year1989
Bridge to Silence1989TV MovieDan
Disaster at Silo 71988TV MovieSgt. Mike Fitzgerald
Unholy Matrimony1988TV MovieDr. Cassius William 'Bill' Sander
Ironweed1987Billy Phelan
The Whoopee Boys1986Jake Bateman
The Hitchhiker1985TV SeriesRichard Shepard
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1985TV SeriesArt Toomey
The Slugger's Wife1985Darryl Palmer
Finders Keepers1984Michael Rangeloff
Nate and Hayes1983Nathaniel Williamson
Split Image1982Danny 'Joshua' Stetson
Caddyshack1980Danny Noonan
A Rumor of War1980TV Mini-SeriesLt. Walter Cohen
The Great Santini1979Ben Meechum
Gray Lady Down1978Harris
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home1978TV Mini-SeriesWorthy Pettinger
M*A*S*H1974-1977TV SeriesTom / Corporal Richard Travis
The Waltons1975-1977TV SeriesChad Marshall
Maude1976TV SeriesLee Harrison
33 Hours in the Life of God1976TV MovieFreddie
Panache1976TV MovieHorseman
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case1976TV MovieTerry Long
The Blue Knight1975TV SeriesScooter
Police Story1975TV SeriesOfficer Tolivar
Phyllis1975TV SeriesTony
Friendly Persuasion1975TV MovieJosh Birdwell
Lucas Tanner1975TV SeriesBrad Patterson
The Texas Wheelers1974TV SeriesJeff
Sneaky Pete2017TV SeriesDet. Winslow
Masters of Sex2015-2016TV SeriesHarry Eshelman
Falling Water2016TV SeriesMr. Jones
Sleepy Hollow2015-2016TV SeriesJack Walters
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002-2016TV SeriesFather Eugene O'Hannigan / Ronald McCain / Officer Marcosi
Blue Bloods2016TV SeriesLt. Tim Harrison
Elementary2016TV SeriesHarris Waylon Greer
Eye in the Sky2015Ken Stanitzke
Homeland2014TV SeriesJohn Redmond
Royal Pains2014TV SeriesDave
Finding Neighbors2013Sam
King & Maxwell2013TV SeriesFBI Agent Frank Rigby
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)2013TV SeriesDr. Skrutz
The Wait2013/IBen's Dad
Daybreak2012TV SeriesProfessor Aaron Wilkins
A Thousand Cuts2012Frank
Apartment 1432011Dr. Helzer
Burn Notice2011TV SeriesWallace
Too Big to Fail2011TV MovieChris Flowers
Atlas Shrugged: Part I2011Hugh Akston
Sarina's Song2011ShortCharles Berkeley
Outlaw2010TV SeriesDr. Damon
Chasing 30002010Dr. Stuart
Leverage2010TV SeriesDarren Hoffman
Brothers & Sisters2008-2009TV SeriesWally Wandell
Ghost Whisperer2009TV SeriesDr. Byrd
Two Dollar Beer2009TV MovieDad
Eleventh Hour2008TV SeriesPhilip Gifford
American Violet2008Calvin Beckett
Numb3rs2008TV SeriesReverend Joseph Ezra
Keith2008/IAlan Ascher
Frozen River2008Trooper Finnerty
Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show2007TV SeriesOfficer Parker
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2001-2007TV SeriesDr. Eli Rush / Father Michael McShale
Criminal Minds2007TV SeriesDr. Stan Howard
Michael Clayton2007Barry Grissom
Saving Grace2007TV SeriesFather Lloyd Tierney
State of Mind2007TV SeriesPetrovsky
Cherry Crush2007Detective Griffin
An American Crime2007Reverend Bill Collier
Vanished2006TV SeriesBob
The Closer2006TV SeriesAgent Tim Hecht
House M.D.2006TV SeriesFletcher Stone
Night Stalker2005TV SeriesDoug Panero
The Inner Circle2005Jack Scott
Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story2003TV MovieMike Harris
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2003TV SeriesDaniel Easton


Raising the Ashes1997Documentary


The Waltons1977TV Series performer - 1 episode


Argo2006Short special thanks


White Buffalo: An American Prophecy2015Documentary
Showing Up2014DocumentaryHimself
Caddyshack: The Inside Story2009TV MovieHimself
Inside the Inner Circle2003ShortHimself
60 Minutes Wednesday1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Bonnie's Husband (segment "Bonnie")
Lauren Hutton and...1996TV SeriesHimself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Archive Footage

60 Minutes Wednesday1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Bonnie's Husband (segment "Bonnie")
Roseanne1995TV SeriesFred


Won Awards

1997Silver PlaqueChicago International Film FestivalBest Documentary ShortRaising the Ashes (1997)

Nominated Awards

2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)
1987ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic SeriesThe Hitchhiker (1983)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Great Santini (1979)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USANew Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - MaleThe Great Santini (1979)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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