|Edmond O’Brien Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||September 10, 1915|
|Date of Death||May 9, 1985|
Edmond O’Brien was an American film director and actor whose career spanned over a period of four decades during which he won an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. He also earned himself two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Eamon Joseph O’Brien
Edmond O’Brien was born on September 10, 1915.
Edmond O’Brien died on May 9, 1985, at the age of 69 in Inglewood, California, United States due to complications with Alzheimer’s disease.
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Edmond studied at Fordham University for six months, before attaining a scholarship to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre where he studied under the watchful eye of Sanford Meisner. He also took lessons in Shakespeare at the Columbia Laboratory Players group.
Actor, Film Director
- Father – James O’Brien
- Mother – Agnes (née Baldwin)
- Siblings – Liam O’Brien (Older Brother) (Screenwriter, Television Producer), He had five older siblings.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Edmond O’Brien had been romantically involved with –
- Nancy Kelly (1941-1942) – O’Brien was married to film and theatre actress Nancy Kelly from 1941 to 1942.
- Olga San Juan (1948-1976) – Edmond tied the knot with actress Olga San Juan in 1948. They had three children together, television producer Bridget O’Brien and actors Maria O’Brien and Brendan O’Brien. O’Brien and Olga legally parted ways in 1976.
Race / Ethnicity
Edmond was of Irish descent.
- His deep, rich voice
- Inquisitive demeanor
- He was often cast as a writer and/or a reporter.
Edmond O’Brien Facts
- His family was originally from Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland.
- Edmond was just four years old when his father passed away.
- Growing up, Edmond enjoyed performing magic tricks for the neighborhood children under the moniker “Neirbo the Great” (Neirbo was his last name spelled backward).
- It was an aunt of Edmond who taught him theatre from an early age as a result of which he developed an interest in acting and appeared in various plays at school.
- He was classmates with Betty Garrett at Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
- Edmond made his debut Broadway appearance in Daughters of Atreus at the age of 21.
- Some of his most notable roles were in the films The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Killers (1946), A Double Life (1947), White Heat (1949), The Hitch-Hiker (1953), Julius Caesar (1953), The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Fantastic Voyage (1966), and The Wild Bunch (1969).
- Sometime in the late 1970s, Edmond was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease which eventually resulted in his demise on May 9, 1985, at St. Erne’s Sanitorium in Inglewood, California at age 69.
- The film The Other Side of the Wind which was filmed in the 70’s was released in 2018, adding to his notoriety even after his passing.
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