Date of Birth: 10 September 1915
Edmond O'Brien biography:
Father, with Olga San Juan, of actress Maria O'Brien and Brendan O'Brien. His production company, Tiger Productions, came from his childhood nickname, 'Tiger'. At the age of 10 he learned conjuring tricks from his neighbor, Harry Houdini. Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA. Specific Interment Location: F, T54, 50. Brother of screenwriter Liam O'Brien. Second actor to portray the title character on CBS Radio's "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" (1950-1952). Recited Shakespeare with Keith Moon at Sam Peckinpah's surprise birthday party. A German Shepherd aficionado. Was original choice to play newspaper reporter Jackson Bentley in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), but health problems forced him to turn down the role, which eventually went to Arthur Kennedy. Father-in-law of Ingrid K. Behrens (wife of son Brendan). Was cast in Black Christmas (1974) as Lt. Kenneth Fuller, but the part was recast with John Saxon because of O'Brien's poor health. He was rumored to be suffering from Alzheimers. Performed a reading of "The Red Badge Of Courage" that was available as an LP. O'Brien' was originally cast as the photo-journalist Jackson Bentley (based on Lowell Thomas) in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (1962). After O'Brien filmed several scenes, he suffered a heart attack and had to be replaced.