Robert Emmett O'Connor

Robert Emmett O'Connor
Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmett O'Connor was born on March 18, 1885 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ultimately appearing in 13 musical comedies and operettas on the Great White Way through 1930 (he also appeared in four straight plays during that period, mostly comedies such as "The Old Soak" during the 1922-23 season). After 1930, he never appeared on Broadway again, focusing instead on his movie career. He made his movie debut in 1920 in the Harold Lloyd comedy short His Royal Slyness (1920), directed by Hal Roach. He made six comedies for the Hal Roach Studios in the years 1920-21, including one more Harold Lloyd vehicle, Never Weaken (1921), before taking a five-year hiatus from films. He returned in the Thomas Meighan drama, Tin Gods (1926), directed by Allan Dwan, then spent the next 24 years acting in movies. In 1930, he went back to the Roach Studio to support Laurel and Hardy in two Spanish language shorts, then moved over to Warner Bros. as a bit player. He played the Irish bootlegger Paddy Ryan in the classic The Public Enemy (1931) in support of fellow Irish-American James Cagney, and appeared in another classic, Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). He then settled into being typecast as Irish cops. After he moved on to MGM, the typecasting led to one of his most famous roles: the plain-clothes detective in pursuit of the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera (1935). During the 1940s, still a contract player at MGM, he was kept busy, appearing in every genre, including the "Our Gang" comedies. His last film role was as the Paramount Studios' guard who remembers Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. (1950). He virtually retired from his acting career at the age of 65, though he made some television appearances in the 1950s. Robert Emmett O'Connor died on September 4, 1962, of injuries sustained in a fire. He was 77 years old.
Name Robert Emmett O'Connor
Also Known As Robert Emmet O'Connor, Robert E. O'Connor, Robert E. O'Conner, Robert O'Connor
Birthday 1885-03-18
Deathday 1962-09-04
Gender Male
IMDB Robert Emmett O'Connor profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
As: Police Inspector (as
1932-08-04
American Madness...
As: Santa Anita Clubhous
1937-04-27
A Star Is Born...
As: Policeman
1936-03-06
Little Lord Fauntler...
As: Detective Gilroy (as
1928-03-17
Dressed to Kill...
As: Dan O'Connor
1932-09-09
Blonde Venus...
As: Police Lt. 'Steve' S
1933-09-08
Penthouse...
As: Sergeant Schultze
1930-03-16
Framed...
As: Inspector MacCreary
1933-09-13
Lady for a Day...
As: Jim - Police Detecti
1932-09-10
Blessed Event...
As: Charlie Beaugart (as
1943-04-04
Air Raid Wardens...
As: Henderson (as Robert
1935-11-08
A Night at the Opera...
As: Officer 'Mac' McGill
1934-12-22
The Mysterious Mr. W...
As: Ed (uncredited)
1946-12-05
Till the Clouds Roll...
As: Donlin (as Robert Em
1930-06-14
The Big House...
As: Paddy Ryan (as Rober
1931-04-23
The Public Enemy...
As: Lieutenant Casey Nol
1933-05-06
Picture Snatcher...
As: Cop
1933-06-30
Midnight Mary...
As: Detective Leo Finnig
1943-12-01
Whistling in Brookly...
As: Sheriff (as Robert E
1932-06-16
The Dark Horse...
As: Regan
1934-01-06
The Big Shakedown...
As: Detective Crawford (
1932-11-17
The Kid from Spain...
As: Federal Agent Jim
1937-09-09
Trapped by G-Men...
As: Tim Burke
1937-03-12
The Crime Nobody Saw...
As: Edward Shelton
1933-06-30
Don't Bet on Love...
As: Cafe Owner Bill (as
1928-09-19
The Singing Fool...
As: Sheriff
1944-03-24
Rationing...
As: Druggist
1946-07-18
Boys Ranch...
As: Police Sergeant (as
1937-03-16
Park Avenue Logger...
As: Police Officer Rourk
1937-12-08
Boy of the Streets...
As: Dan Wilson (as Rober
1932-03-10
The Big Timer...
As: Prison Warden (uncre
1930-10-12
Up the River...
As: Man in Cantina (uncr
1945-12-28
Adventure...
As: Frank - Hotel Doorma
1947-08-27
The Hucksters...
As: Police Lt. Tom Roone
1931-07-03
Three Who Loved...
As: Cop (uncredited)
1945-07-14
Anchors Aweigh...
As: Chief of Detectives
1932-04-19
The Arm of the Law...
As: The Policeman
1932-05-04
Night World...
As: Detective (as Robert
1930-05-11
The Big Fight...
As: Tim Gohagen
1932-01-16
Two Kinds of Women...
As: Larry Mann
1937-05-02
The Frame-Up...
As: Detective Regan
1930-06-20
Shooting Straight...
As: Customs Official
1936-04-11
Desire...
As: Jim Sandoval
1932-12-30
Frisco Jenny...
As: Detective Kelcey (as
1930-04-20
Alias French Gertie...
As: Sheriff
1930-12-05
Man to Man...
As: Detective
1931-02-23
The Single Sin...
As: Detective Benson
1935-12-31
The Lone Wolf Return...
As: Police Sergeant
1929-02-10
Weary River...
As: First Immigration Of
1936-04-04
At Sea Ashore...
As: Childers the Bartend
1944-12-05
Gentle Annie...
As: Detective Mitchell
1937-01-08
We Who Are About to ...
As: Sea Captain
1937-12-31
Wells Fargo...
As: Policeman (uncredite
1937-03-23
Waikiki Wedding...
As: Policeman
1937-07-02
New Faces of 1937...
As: Detective Rooney
1934-04-12
Bottoms Up...
As: Warden Clark
1935-04-20
Stolen Harmony...
As: Detective Brady (as
1931-08-01
The Public Defender...
As: Burns
1931-10-09
Fanny Foley Herself...
As: Harry - Elevator Sta
1939-02-10
Made for Each Other...
As: Police Officer Burke
1939-04-12
Streets of New York...
As: Capt. Crane
1939-03-24
Sergeant Madden...
As: Cop at Estate
1938-07-29
Professor Beware...
As: Police Sgt. Cleary
1935-04-19
Star of Midnight...
As: House Detective
1940-01-26
The Lone Wolf Strike...
As: Host
1943-06-19
Who Killed Who?...
As: Jim Conley (as Rober
1928-01-29
The Noose...
As: Bartender (uncredite
1943-03-02
The Human Comedy...
As: Police Car Driver
1940-05-20
I Take This Oath...
As: Mac - Restaurant Cou
1947-10-11
Merton of the Movies...
As: Mr. O'Callan (uncred
1948-02-20
Tenth Avenue Angel...
As: Policeman
1936-08-05
Jailbreak...
As: Police Desk Sergeant
1946-04-04
The Hoodlum Saint...
As: Older Paramount Gate
1950-08-10
Sunset Boulevard...
As: Plainclothesman at P
1940-08-30
Dance, Girl, Dance...
As: Police Lieutenant
1935-10-04
Waterfront Lady...
As: Desk Sergeant
1940-09-14
No Time for Comedy...
As: Brady's Father
1935-09-01
Diamond Jim...
As: Peter Lawson
1942-07-01
Jackass Mail...
As: Police Capt. Greenwo
1936-12-18
Sinner Take All...
As: Police Sgt. Cassidy
1930-12-30
Paid...
As: Cop with Jewish Man
1932-01-23
Taxi!...
As: Laughing Man (uncred
1945-10-06
The Great American M...
As: (uncredited)
1920-02-08
His Royal Slyness...
As: Dugan (uncredited)
1934-12-07
A Wicked Woman...
As: Patrolman Delaney
1940-03-01
Double Alibi...
As: Oxen Owner (uncredit
1942-09-01
The Omaha Trail...
As: Joe the Bartender (u
1944-09-01
Barbary Coast Gent...
As: Policeman (uncredite
1948-07-08
Easter Parade...
As: Southerner (uncredit
1947-08-04
The Romance of Rosy ...
As: Deputy (uncredited)
1946-11-08
Courage of Lassie...
As: Conductor (uncredite
1946-01-18
The Harvey Girls...
As: Silver Dollar Barten
1945-12-20
They Were Expendable...
As: Policeman (uncredite
1945-04-25
The Clock...
As: Motorman (uncredited
1944-11-23
Meet Me in St. Louis...
As: River Boat Captain S
1933-06-29
Bed of Roses...
As: Corrupt Police Inspe
1933-03-31
Gabriel Over the Whi...
As: Joe the Cop (uncredi
1933-02-18
Mystery of the Wax M...
As: Police Desk Clerk Ed
1932-06-18
Week-End Marriage...
As: Police Sergeant (unc
1932-03-12
Play Girl...
As: Booking Policeman (u
1932-02-13
The Beast of the Cit...
As: The Detective (as Ro
1930-07-19
Our Blushing Brides...
As: Charlie the Bartende
1943-12-25
Shoe Shine Boy...
As: Casey
1937-07-16
Super-Sleuth...
As: Reporter (uncredited
1943-04-01
Slightly Dangerous...