Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe
Michael O'Keefe
Born Raymond Peter O'Keefe Jr.
April 24, 1955(1955-04-24) (age 56)
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse Bonnie Raitt (1991-1999)

Michael Raymond O'Keefe (born April 24, 1955) is an American film and television actor.


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.[1] His father was a law professor at Fordham University, as well as also teaching at St. Thomas of Villanova College.[2] 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 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 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.

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 since become a practicing Zen Buddhist.[3] He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.[4]


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
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
Episode: Seeds
2002, 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Marcosi
Ronald McCain
Episode: Counterfeit
Episode: Outcry
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: Resurrection
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

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


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Michael O'Keefe — Michael O’Keefe (* 24. April 1955 in Mount Vernon, New York als Raymond Peter O’Keefe, Jr.) ist ein US amerikanischer Schauspieler. Leben und Leistungen O’Keefe ist das älteste von sieben Kindern einer streng katholischen Familie der Irisch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Michael O’Keefe — (* 24. April 1955 in Mount Vernon, New York als Raymond Peter O’Keefe, Jr.) ist ein US amerikanischer Schauspieler. Leben und Leistungen O’Keefe ist das älteste von sieben Kindern einer streng katholischen Familie der Irisch Amerikaner. Sein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Michael O'Keefe — Nombre real Raymond Peter O Keefe, Jr. Nacimiento 24 de abril de 1955 Nueva York, Estados Unidos Ocupación …   Wikipedia Español

  • Michael O'Keefe — est un acteur et réalisateur américain né le 24 avril 1955 à Mount Vernon, New York (États Unis). Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Filmographie 2.1 comme acteur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Michael Edwin Keefe — (April 14, 1844 – 1933) was a building contractor and political figure in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented Halifax County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1900 to 1906. He was born in Halifax, the son of John Keefe, of Irish descent.… …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Clayton — Données clés Réalisation Tony Gilroy Scénario Tony Gilroy Acteurs principaux George Clooney Tom Wilkinson Tilda Swinton Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Michael Clayton — Título Michael Clayton Ficha técnica Dirección Tony Gilroy Producción Sydney Pollack Steve Samuels Jennifer Fox …   Wikipedia Español

  • Michael Flessas — Michael C. Flessas (born June 2, 1959 in Miami, Florida), is the birth name of actor Michael Flessas. Flessas most notable film role was Angry Man in the Cannes Film Festival 2000 Palme d Or winning film Dancer in the Dark directed by Danish film …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Clayton — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Michael Clayton Produktionsland USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Michael A. O'Keefe — (b. 8 September 1942, in East Melbourne, Australia) is a physicist who has worked in materials science and electron microscopy.[1] He is perhaps best known for his production of the seminal computer code for modeling of high resolution… …   Wikipedia