- Michael O'Keefe
Michael O'Keefe Born Raymond Peter O'Keefe Jr.
April 24, 1955 (age 56)
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor Years active 1974–present Spouse Bonnie Raitt (1991-1999)
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. His father was a law professor at Fordham University, as well as also teaching at St. Thomas of Villanova College. O'Keefe attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University, and made his acting debut in a 1970 Colgate television commercial. He is a cousin of Will Eno.
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 independent film The Glass House, as well as starring alsongside 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's 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 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 and guest appearances on Saving Grace, The West Wing, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, House MD, M*A*S*H, Ghost Whisperer, "Brothers and Sisters", Leverage, and The Waltons.
O'Keefe appears briefly in part 1 of the film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged as Hugh Akston.
O'Keefe was married to rock/blues singer Bonnie Raitt from April 27, 1991 to November 9, 1999 when they were divorced. He has since become a practicing Zen Buddhist. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.
Film Year Film Role Other notes 1978 Gray Lady Down Harris 1979 The Great Santini Ben Meechum nominated for an Academy Award 1980 Caddyshack Danny Noonan 1982 Split Image Danny 'Joshua' Stetson 1983 Nate and Hayes Nathaniel Williamson 1984 Finders Keepers Michael Rangeloff 1985 The Slugger's Wife Darryl Palmer 1986 The Whoopee Boys Jake Bateman 1987 Ironweed Billy Phelan 1989 The First Year 1990 Fear Jack Hays 1991 Out of the Rain Frank Reade 1993 Me and Veronica Michael 1994 Kangaroo Court Short film Nina Takes a Lover Journalist 1995 Three Wishes Adult Tom 1996 Edie & Pen Ken Ghosts of Mississippi Merrida Coxwell 2000 Just One Night Wayne 2001 The Pledge Duane Larsen Herman U. S. A. Dennis The Glass House Dave Baker Prancer Returns Mr. James Klock Direct-to-Video Release 2002 The Hot Chick Richard Spencer 2003 The Inner Circle Jack Scott Delusion Magritte Short film 2007 An American Crime Rev. Bill Collier Cherry Crush Det. Griffin Michael Clayton Barry Grissom 2008 Frozen River State Trooper Finnerty Chasing 3000 Dr. Stuart 2009 American Violet Calvin Beckett 2011 Too Big to Fail Chris Flowers 2011 Atlas Shrugged Hugh Akston Part 1 of planned trilogy Television Year Title Role Notes 1974 The Texas Wheelers Jeff Episode: X-Rated Movie 1974, 1977 M*A*S*H Corp. Richard Travis
Episode: Mad Dogs and Servicemen
Episode: War of Nerves
1975 Lucas Tanner Brad Patterson Episode: A Touch of Bribery Friendly Persuasion Josh Birdwell TV-Movie The Blue Knight Episode: Triple Threat 1975, 1977 The Waltons Chad Marshall Episode: The Competition
Episode: The Elopement
1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Terry Long TV-Movie Panache Horseman TV-Movie 33 Hours in the Life of God Freddie Unsold TV-Pilot Maude Lee Harrison Episode: The Election 1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home Worthy Pettinger Miniseries 1980 A Rumor of War Lt. Walter Cohen Miniseries 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Art Toomey Episode: The Night Caller The Hitchhiker Richard Shepard Episode: Man's Best Friend 1988 Unholy Matrimony Dr. Cassius William 'Bill' Sander TV-Movie Disaster at Silo 7 Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald TV-Movie 1989 Bridge to Silence Dan TV-Movie 1990 Too Young to Die? Mike Medwicki TV-Movie In the Best Interest of the Child Walt Colton TV-Movie 1990–1991 Against the Law Simon MacHeath 17 episodes 1992 Middle Ages Ron Steffey 6 episodes 1993–1995 Roseanne Fred 35 episodes 1994 Incident at Deception Ridge Jack Bolder TV-Movie 1996 The Outer Limits Eddie Wexler Episode: Beyond the Veil The People Next Door Garrett James TV-Movie 1996–1997 Life's Work Kevin Hunter 18 episodes 1999 Swing Vote TV-Movie 2001 Law & Order Cally Lonegan/Professor Donald Lonegan Episode: Brother's Keeper The West Wing Will Sawyer Episode: War Crimes 2001, 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Father Michael McShale
Dr. Eli Rush
Episode: The Faithful
2002, 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Marcosi
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Daniel Easton Episode: Got Murder? Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story Mike Harris TV-Movie 2005 Night Stalker Doug Panero Episode: Burning Man 2006 House Fletcher Stone Episode: Failure to Communicate The Closer Agent Tim Hecht Episode: Overkill Vanished Bob Nagel Episode: Black Box
Episode: Warm Springs
2007 State of Mind Petrovsky Episode: Pilot Saving Grace Father Lloyd Tierney Episode: Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned Criminal Minds Dr. Stan Howard Episode: Scared to Death 2008 Numb3rs Rev. Joseph Ezra Episode: Atomic No. 33 Eleventh Hour Philip Gifford Episode: Resurrection 2008–2009 Brothers & Sisters Wally Wandell Episode: Prior Commitments
Episode: You Get What You Need
Episode: The Wig Party
2009 Two Dollar Beer Dad TV-Pilot Ghost Whisperer Dr. Byrd Episode: Delusions of Grandview
Episode: Leap of Faith
Awards and nominations
- 1981: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" - The Great Santini
- 1987: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series" - The Hitchhiker
- 1981: Nominated, "New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" - The Great Santini
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