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  • BIRTH 31/05/1912
  • DEATH 08/11/1969
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 15
  • DIRECTOR 1
  • SCRIPT 1

Dave O'Brien

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Dave O'Brien (born David Poole Fronabarger, May 31, 1912 – November 8, 1969) was an American film actor, director, and writer.

O'Brien was best known to movie audiences in the 1940s as the hero of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy short film series Pete Smith Specialties narrated by Pete Smith. O'Brien wrote and directed many of these subjects under the name David Barclay. He also appeared in many low-budget Westerns, often billed as Tex O'Brien. In 1942, O'Brien starred in the movie serial Captain Midnight.

Modern audiences perhaps best remember O'Brien as a frantic dope addict in the 1936 low-budget exploitation film Tell Your Children (better known under its reissue title, Reefer Madness).

As a writer for The Red Skelton Show, O'Brien shared an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1961 and shared a nomination for the same award in 1963.

O'Brien died, aged 57, of a heart attack while competing in a yachting race.

Dave O'Brien

Movies (15)

Bowery at Midnight
Bowery at Midnight
Det. Pete Crawford
The Kettles in the Ozarks
The Kettles in the Ozarks
Conductor
Hot Saturday
Hot Saturday
Party Guest (Uncredited)
Wrong Way Butch
Wrong Way Butch
Butch
Sheriff of Sage Valley
Sheriff of Sage Valley
Jeff
Tomorrow's Children
Tomorrow's Children
Interne (uncredited)
The Devil Bat
The Devil Bat
Johnny Layton
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
Dave Wyatt
T.V. of Tomorrow
T.V. of Tomorrow
Man on TV
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
Christian on Stairway (uncredited)
Trail of Terror
Trail of Terror
Tex Wyatt / Curly Wyatt
Tell Your Children
Tell Your Children
Ralph
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
Christian on Stairway (uncredited)
Riders of the Sage
Riders of the Sage
Tom Martin
Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate
Ralph

Director

Wrong Way Butch
Wrong Way Butch

Script

Wrong Way Butch
Wrong Way Butch