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Michael O'Keefe

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Occupation  Actor
Height  1.85 m
Years active  1974–present
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Full Name  Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr.
Born  April 24, 1955 (age 61) (1955-04-24) Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Books  Swimming from Under My Father
Spouse  Emily Donahoe (m. 2011), Bonnie Raitt (m. 1991–1999)
Parents  Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Stephanie O'Keefe
Movies and TV shows  Caddyshack, The Great Santini, Michael Clayton, Roseanne, Frozen River
Similar  Bonnie Raitt, Emily Donahoe, Michael Ealy, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Limmer

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Michael O'Keefe (born April 24, 1955) is an American film and television actor, known for his roles as Danny Noonan in Caddyshack and Ben Meechum in The Great Santini — for which he received a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


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Early life

O'Keefe was born Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr., in Mount Vernon, New York, the oldest of seven children in a devoutly Roman Catholic Irish American family. He is the son of Stephanie (née Fitzpatrick) and Raymond Peter O'Keefe, who was a law professor at Fordham University, and also taught at St. Thomas University.

O'Keefe grew up in Larchmont, New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University, and made his acting debut in a 1970 Colgate television commercial.


O'Keefe's best-known film role is Danny Noonan in the comedy film Caddyshack. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as the oldest son of a Marine aviator in The Great Santini, starring Robert Duvall, also nominated for an Academy Award for the film. He played a Marine in 1980 in the miniseries A Rumor of War as the friend of Brad Davis' character, Philip Caputo, and played the lead role in the 1982 film, Split Image, as an all-American college athlete who gets lured into a religious cult by a beautiful girl (Karen Allen). He has also appeared in the thriller film The Glass House, and starred with Tommy Lee Jones in the 1983 pirate adventure Nate and Hayes (also known as Savage Islands). More recently, O'Keefe appeared opposite George Clooney in Michael Clayton. He has appeared twice opposite Jack Nicholson, as his son in Ironweed and as the father of a murdered girl in The Pledge. His film Frozen River was in the competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. He also plays the powerful District Attorney Calvin Beckett in the film American Violet.

O'Keefe's Broadway theatre credits include Side Man, Mass Appeal, Fifth of July, and Reckless with Mary-Louise Parker.

O'Keefe's highest-profile television role to date has been his portrayal of Fred, the husband of Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf) on the ABC series Roseanne. O'Keefe appeared on the show from 1993 to 1995. After leaving the series, O'Keefe played the husband in the series Life's Work, which aired after Roseanne in its final season. Additional television credits include the lead role of Simon MacHeath in the short-lived Boston-based series Against the Law, which aired on Fox during the 1990–91 season, and the role of Ron Steffey in the short-lived 1992 CBS drama Middle Ages. He has guest starred on Saving Grace, The West Wing, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, House, M*A*S*H, Ghost Whisperer, Brothers and Sisters, Leverage, "Blue Bloods" and The Waltons. He can be seen currently in Homeland as CIA agent and former interim station chief John Redmond and as Detective Winslow in the Amazon Prime original series Sneaky Pete.

Personal life

O'Keefe was married to rock/blues singer Bonnie Raitt from April 27, 1991 to November 9, 1999, when they were divorced. He has been a practicing Zen Buddhist since 1981.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. He married actress Emily Donahoe in 2011.

Awards and nominations

Academy Award

  • 1981: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" – The Great Santini
  • CableACE Award

  • 1987: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series" – The Hitchhiker
  • Golden Globe Award

  • 1981: Nominated, "New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" – The Great Santini
  • References

    Michael O'Keefe Wikipedia

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