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Edmond O’Brien, American actor. Recipient Look magazine award, 1955; Foreign Correspondents award, 1955; Academy award for Barefoot Contessa, 1954; Exhibitor Laurel awards, 1956, 57. Served with United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II; Member Screen Actors Guild. Screen Dirs. Guild, A.F.R.T.A.


O’Brien, Edmond was born on September 10, 1915 in New York City. Son of James Alfred and Agnes (Baldwin) O’B.


Student public Schools, New York City. Student Neighborhood Play House, Studio of the Theatre.


His other notable films include The Killers (1946), White Heat (1949), D.O.A. (1950), Julius Caesar (1953), 1984 (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1961), Seven Days in May (1964) – for which he received an Oscar nomination – and The Wild Bunch (1969). After attending Columbia University for one year, he went to Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre on a scholarship. O'Brien made his first Broadway appearance at age 21 in Daughters of Atreus.

O'Brien made his film debut in 1938, and gradually built a career as a highly regarded supporting actor. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and appeared in the Air Forces' Broadway play and film Winged Victory. From 1950 to 1952, O'Brien starred in the radio drama Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

His other work in radio included Philip Morris Playhouse on Broadway. O'Brien died May 9, 1985, at St. Erne's Sanitorium in Inglewood, California, of Alzheimer's disease. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Edmond O'Brien has a star on the Hollywood at 1725 Vine Street, and a second star at 6523 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to the television industry.

Both were dedicated on February 8, 1960.


  • He received an Academy Award for his supporting role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954). O'Brien won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a harried publicity agent in The Barefoot Contessa (1954) and was also nominated for his role as an alcoholic U.S. senator in Seven Days in May (1964).


Served with United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II. Member Screen Actors Guild. Screen Dirs. Guild, A.F.R.T.A.


Married Olga San Juan, September 26, 1948. Children: Bridget, Maria.

James Alfred O’B.

Agnes (Baldwin) O’B.

Olga San Juan

Bridget O’Brien

Maria O’Brien