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Dennis O'Keefe ACTOR


Dennis O'Keefe was born on March 29th, 1908 in Fort Madison, Iowa with the birth name Edward Vance Flanagan.  His parents were both Irish vaudevillians who worked in the United States.  As a young boy, his parents had him join their act and he became interested in pursuing a career as an adult in the entertainment industry.
As O'Keefe grew up he began writing skits for, "Our Gang" comedy shorts and then started working in the film industry as an extra.  He used the stage name Bud Flannigan in the 1930's and appeared in numerous films.  In total he worked in over 200 films as an extra before getting small parts in larger films.
In 1937 he had a small role in the film, "Saratoga" and from there Clark Gable recommended O'Keefe to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).  He was signed to a contract with MGM and then changed his stage name to Dennis O'Keefe.
As his career progressed, so did the size of roles he was cast in.  He worked on the film, "The Bad Man of Brimstone" (1938) and was even cast as the lead in the film, "Burn 'Em Up O'Connor" (1939).
By 1940, O'Keefe decided to leave working with MGM and work as a free lance actor in mostly lower budget films.  He mostly worked in light action oriented films and crime dramas.  He also got involved in directing and writing mystery stories.    
O'Keefe also did some television work such as appearing on NBC's, "Justice" (1954) and "The Ford Show" (1957).  Dennis was also the star of his own television show, "The  Dennis O'Keefe Show" (1959-1960). 
Dennis O'Keefe was married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Louise Stanley for a short time and he then married, Steffi Duna in 1940 and they remained together having one child together, James O'Keefe who is a director and producer.  He was a heavy cigarette smoker and sadly, at the age of sixty O'Keefe passed away on August 31st, 1968 in Santa Monica, California from lung cancer. 


1966   Petticoat Junction 
1964   Deadline for Murder 
1963   The Red Skelton Hour 
1961-1962  Follow the Sun 
1961   The Dick Powell Theatre 
1961   The Joey Bishop Show 
1961   All Hands on Deck 
1960   Riverboat
1959-1960  The Dennis O'Keefe Show  
1958   Suspicion 
1958   Studio 57 
1957   El aventurero 
1957   Lady of Vengeance 
1957   Schlitz Playhouse 
1957   Dragoon Wells Massacre  
1956   Playhouse 90 
1954-1956  Climax!
1951-1956  Lux Video Theatre  
1956   Studio One in Hollywood 
1956   Kraft Theatre 
1956   Screen Directors Playhouse 
1956   Inside Detroit
1955   Chicago Syndicate 
1955   Las Vegas Shakedown
1955   Producers' Showcase  
1954   Angela 
1954   Justice 
1954   The Diamond Wizard 
1954   Drums of Tahiti
1953   Suspense 
1953   The Fake
1953   Robert Montgomery Presents 
1953   The Lady Wants Mink 
1952   Everything I Have Is Yours 
1952   The Gulf Playhouse
1952   One Big Affair 
1951   Passage West 
1951   Follow the Sun 
1951   Nash Airflyte Theatre
1951   The Company She Keeps 
1950   Woman on the Run 
1950   The Eagle and the Hawk 
1949   The Great Dan Patch 
1949   Abandoned 
1949   Cover Up 
1949   Siren of Atlantis 
1948   Walk a Crooked Mile 
1948   Raw Deal 
1947   T-Men
1947   Dishonored Lady 
1947   Mr. District Attorney 
1946   Getting Gertie's Garter 
1946   Her Adventurous Night 
1945   Doll Face  
1945   Brewster's Millions
1945   Earl Carroll Vanities 
1945   The Affairs of Susan 
1944   Abroad with Two Yanks 
1944   Sensations of 1945 
1944   The Story of Dr. Wassell 
1944   Up in Mabel's Room 
1944   The Fighting Seabees 
1943   Hi Diddle Diddle
1943   The Leopard Man 
1943   Good Morning, Judge 
1943   Tahiti Honey 
1943   Hangmen Also Die! 
1942   Moonlight Masquerade
1942   The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine 
1941   Weekend for Three 
1941   Lady Scarface 
1941   Broadway Limited 
1941   Mr. District Attorney  
1941   Topper Returns 
1940   Bowery Boy 
1940   You'll Find Out  
1940   I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now 
1940   Arise, My Love 
1940   Girl from Havana 
1940   Pop Always Pays
1940   La Conga Nights  
1940   Alias the Deacon 
1939   That's Right - You're Wrong
1939   Unexpected Father  
1939   The Kid from Texas 
1939   Burn 'Em Up O'Connor 
1938   Vacation from Love  
1938   The Chaser 
1938   Hold That Kiss 
1938   Joy of Living 
1938   A Yank at Oxford 
1937   The Bad Man of Brimstone
1937   Conquest 
1937   Life Begins with Love  
1937   Big City 
1937   The Firefly  
1937   Double or Nothing 
1937   Vogues of 1938 
1937   Saratoga 
1937   Super-Sleuth 
1937   Between Two Women 
1937   Easy Living 
1937   Blazing Barriers  
1937   The Great Gambini 
1937   Married Before Breakfast 
1937   Riding on Air 
1937   The Girl from Scotland Yard 
1937   Make Way for Tomorrow 
1937   Nobody's Baby 
1937   A Star Is Born 
1937   Top of the Town 
1937   Swing High, Swing Low 
1937   Parole Racket
1937   History Is Made at Night
1937   When's Your Birthday? 
1937   Mama Steps Out 
1937   Champagne Waltz 
1936   Great Guy 
1936   Beloved Enemy 
1936   Three Smart Girls 
1936   Hats Off 
1936   Born to Dance 
1936   The Accusing Finger 
1936   The Plainsman 
1936   Theodora Goes Wild  
1936   Legion of Terror 
1936   Rose Bowl 
1936   Libeled Lady  
1936   Sworn Enemy 
1936   Swing Time 
1936   Piccadilly Jim 
1936   Yours for the Asking
1936   Rhythm on the Range 
1936   San Francisco 
1936   The Return of Sophie Lang 
1936   The Last Outlaw 
1936   Private Number  
1936   Nobody's Fool 
1936   Fury 
1936   Burning Gold 
1936   And So They Were Married 
1936   Thirteen Hours by Air
1936   Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 
1936   Small Town Girl 
1936   Till We Meet Again 
1936   The Singing Kid 
1936   The Great Ziegfeld 
1936   Colleen  
1936   Love Before Breakfast 
1936   Anything Goes 
1936   Strike Me Pink 
1935   Broadway Hostess 
1935   The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo 
1935   Mary Burns, Fugitive 
1935   Shipmates Forever 
1935   It's in the Air 
1935   Personal Maid's Secret 
1935   The Girl Friend 
1935   Anna Karenina 
1935   Top Hat 
1935   Here Comes the Band  
1935   Every Night at Eight
1935   Dante's Inferno
1935   The Daring Young Man 
1935   Doubting Thomas
1935   A Night at the Biltmore Bowl
1935   Let 'em Have It 
1935   The Misses Stooge
1935   Baby Face Harrington 
1935   Mississippi
1935   Gold Diggers of 1935 
1935   The Wedding Night  
1935   One New York Night  
1935   Devil Dogs of the Air 
1935   Rumba 
1935   The Gilded Lily 
1935   Biography of a Bachelor Girl
1934   365 Nights in Hollywood
1934   Broadway Bill
1934   Imitation of Life 
1934   College Rhythm 
1934   Kid Millions 
1934   Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round  
1934   Everything's Ducky (short) 
1934   Lady by Choice 
1934   Madame Du Barry  
1934   A Lost Lady 
1934   Young and Beautiful
1934   Death on the Diamond
1934   Desirable 
1934   Gift of Gab
1934   The Man with Two Faces 
1934   The Girl from Missouri 
1934   We're Rich Again 
1934   Fog Over Frisco 
1934   Smarty
1934   He Was Her Man  
1934   Upperworld 
1934   Twenty Million Sweethearts 
1934   Registered Nurse 
1934   Jimmy the Gent 
1934   Coming-Out Party
1934   Wonder Bar 
1934   All of Me
1934   The Meanest Gal in Town
1933   Lady Killer 
1933   The House on 56th Street 
1933   Duck Soup 
1933   Blood Money 
1933   The Prizefighter and the Lady 
1933   Broadway Thru a Keyhole 
1933   Only Yesterday 
1933   Bombshell 
1933   I'm No Angel 
1933   Too Much Harmony 
1933   Torch Singer 
1933   Midnight Club 
1933   She Had to Say Yes 
1933   Ann Carver's Profession 
1933   Cocktail Hour 
1933   Gold Diggers of 1933 
1933   The Eagle and the Hawk 
1933   A Bedtime Story 
1933   42nd Street 
1933   Girl Missing 
1933   From Hell to Heaven 
1933   Grand Slam 
1933   The Woman Accused 
1933   Hello, Everybody! 
1932   Central Park 
1932   Tess of the Storm Country 
1932   I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 
1932   Night After Night 
1932   Hat Check Girl 
1932   A Bill of Divorcement 
1932   The Cabin in the Cotton 
1932   Blonde Venus 
1932   Big City Blues 
1932   Two Against the World  
1932   Crooner 
1932   Skyscraper Souls
1932   Hollywood Speaks
1932   The Man from Yesterday 
1932   Week Ends Only 
1932   Merrily We Go to Hell 
1932   Huddle 
1932   Scarface  
1932   The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood 
1932   Devil's Lottery  
1932   Love Affair 
1931   Under 18 
1931   Working Girls 
1931   West of Broadway 
1931   The Miracle Woman 
1931   Cimarron 
1930   Reaching for the Moon 
1930   The Silver Horde 
1930   Check and Double Check 

Matinee Classics - The Fighting Seabees starring John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe, William Frawley, Paul Fix, Grant Withers, Ben Welden, Leonid Kinskey, J.M. Kerrigan, William Forrest, Addison Richards, Jay Norris, Duncan Renaldo and Wally Wales
Matinee Classics - Broadway Limited starring Victor McLaglen, Zasu Pitts, Patsy Kelly and Dennis O'Keefe
Matinee Classics - T Man Radio Show starring Dennis O'Keefe
Matinee Classics - The Dennis O'Keefe Show
Matinee Classics - That's Right You're Wrong starring Kay Kyser, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Lucille Ball, Dennis O'Keefe, Edward Everett Horton, Roscoe Karns, Moroni Olsen, Hobart Cavanaugh, Kay Kyser Band, Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt and Sully Mason
Matinee Classics - The Bad Man of Brimstone starring Wallace Beery, Virginia Bruce, Dennis O'Keefe, Joseph Calleia, Lewis Stone, Guy Kibbee, Bruce Cabot, Cliff Edwards, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Arthur Hohl, Noah Beery, John Qualen, Charley Grapewin and Robert Barrat
Matinee Classics - The Great Dan Patch starring Dennis O'Keefe, Gail Russell, Ruth Warrick, Charlotte Greenwood, Henry Hull, John Hoyt, Arthur Honnicutt, Clarence Muse, Harry Lauter and Visalia Abbe

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