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Pat O'Malley

Often confused with the British-born comic actor J. Pat O'Malley, who is the better remembered, silent dramatic film star Pat O'Malley had an enduring career that stands on its own. He was of solid Irish-American stock, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, in 1890. A one-time railroad switchman, he also had circus experience by the time he discovered an interest in movie making. He began with the Kalem Studio in 1913 and appeared in a few Irish films before signing on with Thomas Edison's company in 1914. The following year, he married actress Lillian Wilkes, and three of their children, Eileen, Mary Katherine, and Sheila, would become actors as well. His brother Charles O'Malley was a sometime actor, appearing in westerns on occasion. His first identifiable film is The Alien (1913). He began freelancing in 1916 and from then on, appeared in scores of silents as both a rugged and romantic lead, some classic films being The Heart of Humanity (1918), My Wild Irish Rose (1922), and The Virginian (1923). He did not age well come sound pictures, and he was quickly relegated to supporting parts. He appeared in hundreds upon hundreds of bits (mostly unbilled) until 1956, when he retired. He died a decade later.

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Sep 3, 1890
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Gladiola 1915-10-15
Latest Project:
Movie Days of Wine and Roses 1962-12-26
Known For
Poster of This Gun for Hire
Poster of We're Only Human
Poster of Frisco Jenny
Poster of Klondike
Movie Days of Wine and Roses Tenant (uncredited) 1962-12-26
Series Black Saddle Unknown 1959-01-10
Series The Twilight Zone Mr. Wilson 1959-10-02
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Movie Blackjack Ketchum Desperado Doc Blaine 1956-04-01
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Series Highway Patrol Unknown 1955-10-03
Movie All the King's Men Politician 1949-11-08
Movie Alias Nick Beal Committee Man 1949-03-04
Movie The Racket Man Postman 1944-01-18
Movie The Whistler Police Detective in Alley (uncredited) 1944-03-30
Movie Quiet Please Murder Guard killed in library (uncredited) 1943-03-19
Movie Redhead from Manhattan Cop 1943-05-06
Movie Mission to Moscow Irish-American in Montage 1943-05-22
Movie Batman Cop 1943-07-16
Movie Destroyer Postman 1943-08-19
Movie Over My Dead Body Petie Stuyvesant (as J. Patrick O'Malley) 1942-01-15
Movie Blue, White, and Perfect Police Sergeant 1942-01-06
Movie Gang Busters Police Chemist Crandall 1942-03-31
Movie The Great Man's Lady Officer Murphy (uncredited) 1942-04-15
Movie Gentleman Jim Detective (uncredited) 1942-11-14
Movie Thru Different Eyes Coroner 1942-06-19
Movie Deep in the Heart of Texas Jonathan Taylor 1942-09-25
Movie This Gun for Hire Conductor (uncredited) 1942-05-13
Movie The Great Mr. Nobody Policeman 1941-02-15
Movie Blonde Inspiration Police Sergeant (uncredited) 1941-02-07
Movie Law of the Range Mr. Howard 1941-06-20
Movie Pals of the Pecos Dan Burke 1941-04-07
Movie Cracked Nuts Officer #1 1941-07-02
Movie Reg'lar Fellers Mr. Dugan Sr. 1941-09-05
Movie Honky Tonk Party Guest 1941-10-01
Movie Steel Against the Sky Construction Worker (uncredited) 1941-12-13
Movie Shooting High Lem Pritchard 1940-04-25
Movie Tear Gas Squad Patrolman 1940-05-04
Movie Castle on the Hudson Guard 1940-02-17
Movie Emergency Squad Fire Captain 1940-01-05
Movie Remember the Night Jury Member (uncredited) 1940-01-01
Movie Rocky Mountain Rangers Captain Taylor 1940-05-24
Movie The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Laboratory Technician 1940-01-23
Movie The Saint's Double Trouble Express Man 1940-01-26
Movie The House Across the Bay Prison Guard 1940-03-01
Movie Little Nellie Kelly Mounted Policeman 1940-11-22
Movie The Green Hornet Strikes Again! Editor Gunnigan 1940-12-24
Movie Girl in 313 Bartender 1940-05-30
Movie East of the River Policeman 1940-11-09
Movie The Bank Dick Cop (uncredited) 1940-11-29
Movie A Dispatch from Reuter's Laborer (uncredited) 1940-10-19
Movie Lucky Cisco Kid Minor Role 1940-06-28
Movie A Fugitive from Justice Policeman 1940-06-15
Movie They Made Her a Spy Intelligence Service Man 1939-04-14
Movie Five Came Back Tommy's Father Michael 'Mike' Mulvaney (uncredited) 1939-06-23
Movie Women in the Wind Cleveland Official 1939-04-15
Movie Wolf Call RCMP Sergeant 1939-05-22
Movie Dodge City Conductor 1939-03-31
Movie The Phantom Creeps AMI Chief 1939-01-07
Movie Secret Service of the Air Guard Cooper 1939-03-04
Movie Sergeant Madden Police Sergeant 1939-03-24
Movie Romance of the Redwoods Yerkes 1939-03-29
Movie Let Us Live Police Captain 1939-03-29
Movie Frontier Marshal Bar Patron 1939-07-28
Movie The Housekeeper's Daughter Policeman 1939-10-26
Movie The Light That Failed Bullock (uncredited) 1939-12-24
Movie Invisible Stripes Jailhouse Lieutenant with Capt. Johnson 1939-12-30
Movie Stunt Pilot Sheehan 1939-06-30
Movie The Roaring Twenties Jailer 1939-10-23
Movie Smashing the Money Ring Second Convict Custodian on Train 1939-10-21
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Bailiff 1939-09-16
Movie Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Police Guard 1939-07-07
Movie The Escape Neighbor 1939-10-05
Movie Love on a Budget Townsman 1938-03-04
Movie Always Goodbye Cop (uncredited) 1938-07-01
Movie He Couldn't Say No Policeman in Car 1938-03-19
Movie Ever Since Eve Police Officer 1937-07-15
Movie Music for Madame Policeman 1937-10-08
Movie The Big Noise Boyle, Policeman with Kerrigan 1936-06-21
Movie Champagne Charlie Ship's Officer 1936-05-07
Movie 36 Hours to Kill G-Man 1936-07-24
Movie High Tension Ship's Mate 1936-05-06
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Pat O'Malley - Pago Pago Patron 1936-08-20
Movie Beloved Enemy Patrick Callahan 1936-12-25
Movie Wanted: Jane Turner Joe - Lansing's Assistant 1936-12-04
Movie His Family Tree Seated Pub Sailor 1935-09-29
Movie Paddy O'Day Immigration Officer Tom Wilson 1935-10-29
Movie Heir to Trouble Mining Engineer 1935-12-17
Movie We're Only Human Police Officer Jordan 1935-12-27
Movie Pirate Treasure John Craig 1934-01-29
Movie Parachute Jumper Pilot 1933-01-28
Movie I Love That Man Prison Interne 1933-07-07
Movie A Man of Sentiment Officer Ryan 1933-09-15
Movie Riot Squad Det. Bob Larkin 1933-07-25
Movie Attorney for the Defense Dr. Strong 1932-05-21
Movie The Reckoning Bob 1932-02-15
Movie The Shadow of the Eagle Ames 1932-02-01
Movie Speed Madness McCarey 1932-07-29
Movie Exposure Van Avery - City Editor 1932-08-20
Movie Frisco Jenny Policeman Pat O'Hoolihan 1932-12-30
Movie The Penal Code Sergeant Detective W. J. Bender 1932-12-23
Movie Klondike Burke 1932-08-29
Movie Homicide Squad Man 1931-08-01
Movie Die Maske fällt 1931-02-05
Movie Night Life in Reno District Attorney 1931-11-01
Movie Anybody's Blonde Reporter 1931-11-17
Movie The Fall Guy Charles Newton 1930-06-15
Movie Mothers Cry Frank Williams 1930-12-07
Movie The Man I Love D.J. McCarthy 1929-05-25
Movie My Old Dutch Joe Brown 1926-09-27
Movie Proud Flesh Pat O'Malley 1925-04-27
Movie Happiness Fermoy MacDonough 1924-03-09
Movie Brass Harry Baldwin 1923-03-04
Movie The Virginian Steve 1923-09-29
Movie Go and Get It Kirk Connelly 1920-07-18
Movie Dinty Jack North 1920-11-21
Movie The Heart of Humanity Clancy 1918-12-21
Movie Gladiola 1915-10-15