Michael O'Keefe

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Michael O'Keefe
Raymond Peter O'Keefe Jr.

(1955-04-24) April 24, 1955 (age 65)
Years active1974–present
(m. 1991;div. 1999)

(m. after 2011)

Michael O'Keefe (born Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr.; April 24, 1955) is an American actor, known for his roles as Danny Noonan in Caddyshack , Ben Meechum in The Great Santini, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Darryl Palmer in the Neil Simon movie The Slugger's Wife . He also appeared as Fred on the television sitcom Roseanne.


Early life

O'Keefe was born Raymond Peter O'Keefe Jr., in Mount Vernon, New York, the oldest of seven children in a devoutly Catholic Irish American family. [1] 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. [2] [3]

O'Keefe grew up in Larchmont, New York, [4] and graduated from Mamaroneck High School. [5] He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University. O’Keefe made his acting debut in a 1970 Colgate television commercial.[ citation needed ]


O'Keefe is known for his role as Danny Noonan in the comedy film Caddyshack . [6] He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Ben, the oldest son of a Marine aviator in The Great Santini (1979) starring Robert Duvall, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for the film. [7] He played a Marine in the CBS miniseries A Rumor of War (1980) as the friend of Brad Davis' character, Philip Caputo. [8] He played the lead role in the 1982 film Split Image as a college athlete who gets lured into a religious cult by a beautiful girl (Karen Allen). [9] Michael appeared in the Neil Simon movie The Slugger's Wife (1985) as Darryl Palmer, a baseball player for the Atlanta Braves who enjoys the fame and fringe benefits of bachelor life until he meets rock singer Debby Huston, falls in love and decides to settle down.

He 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. O'Keefe appeared with George Clooney in Michael Clayton . He has appeared twice with 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 played the powerful district attorney Calvin Beckett in the film American Violet .

O'Keefe's Broadway theatre credits include Side Man (1998), [10] Mass Appeal (1981), [11] Fifth of July (1980), [12] and Reckless with Mary-Louise Parker (2004). [13] He also appeared in the play A Few Good Men in 1992 with a national tour as Lt. Jg. Daniel Kaffee. [14]

O'Keefe's highest-profile television role was his portrayal of Fred, the husband of Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf) on the ABC series Roseanne from 1993 to 1995. He played the husband in the series Life's Work from 1996 to 1997. [15] 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, [16] and the role of Ron Steffey in the 1992 CBS drama Middle Ages . [17]

O'Keefe 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 . [18] In 2014, O'Keefe appeared in a recurring role in Homeland as CIA agent and former interim station chief John Redmond [19] and as Detective Winslow in the Amazon Prime original TV series Sneaky Pete . [20] [21]

Personal life

O'Keefe was married to rock/blues singer Bonnie Raitt from April 27, 1991 [22] to November 1999, when they divorced. [18] [23]

He holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. [24]

He married actress Emily Donahoe in 2011, [25] with whom he has one child. [26]

He has been a practicing Zen Buddhist since 1981. [27]



Sources: Hollywood.com [18] TCM [28]

YearFilmRoleOther notes
1978 Gray Lady Down Harris
1979 The Great Santini Ben MeechumNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
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
1986The Whoopee BoysJake Bateman
1987 Ironweed Billy Phelan
1989The First Year
1989Bridge to SilenceDan
1990 Fear Jack Hays
1991 Out of the Rain Frank Reade
1993 Me and Veronica Michael
1994Kangaroo CourtShort film
Nina Takes a Lover Journalist
1995 Three Wishes Adult Tom
1996 Edie & Pen Ken
Ghosts of Mississippi Merrida Coxwell
2000Just One NightWayne
2001 The Pledge Duane Larsen
Herman U. S. A. Dennis
The Glass House Dave Baker
Prancer ReturnsMr. James Klock Direct-to-video
2002 The Hot Chick Richard Spencer
2003The Inner CircleJack Scott
DelusionMagritteShort film
2007 An American Crime Rev. Bill Collier
Cherry Crush Det. Griffin
Michael Clayton Barry Grissom
2008 Frozen River State Trooper Finnerty
KeithAlan Ascher
Chasing 3000 Dr. Stuart
2009 American Violet Calvin Beckett
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Hugh Akston
Too Big to Fail Chris Flowers
Apartment 143 Dr. Helzer
2012A Thousand CutsFrank
2013 The Wait Ben's Dad
Finding Neighbors Sam
2015 Eye in the Sky Secretary of State Ken Stanitzke
2018 Instant Family Jerry


Sources: Hollywood.com [18] TCM [28]

1974 The Texas Wheelers JeffEpisode: "X-Rated Movie"
1974 M*A*S*H Corp. Richard TravisEpisode: "Mad Dogs and Servicemen"
1975 Lucas Tanner Brad PattersonEpisode: "A Touch of Bribery"
Friendly Persuasion [29] Josh BirdwellTelevision movie
The Blue KnightN/AEpisode: "Triple Threat"
1975–77 The Waltons Chad Marshall2 episodes
1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Terry LongTelevision movie
PanacheHorsemanTelevision movie
33 Hours in the Life of God [30] FreddieUnsold TV pilot
Maude Lee HarrisonEpisode: "The Election"
1977 M*A*S*H TomEpisode: "War of Nerves"
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home Worthy Pettinger2 episodes
1980 A Rumor of War Lt. Walter Cohen2 episodes
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Art ToomeyEpisode: "The Night Caller"
The Hitchhiker Richard ShepardEpisode: "Man's Best Friend"
1988Unholy MatrimonyDr. Cassius William 'Bill' SanderTelevision movie
Disaster at Silo 7 Sgt. Mike FitzgeraldTelevision movie
1989Bridge to SilenceDanTelevision movie
1990 Too Young to Die? Mike MedwickiTelevision movie
In the Best Interest of the Child Walt ColtonTelevision movie
1990–91 Against the Law Simon MacHeath17 episodes
1992 Middle Ages Ron Steffey6 episodes
1993–95 Roseanne Fred 35 episodes
1994Incident at Deception RidgeJack BolderTelevision movie
1996 The Outer Limits Eddie WexlerEpisode: "Beyond the Veil"
The People Next Door Garrett JamesTelevision movie
1996–97 Life's Work Kevin Hunter18 episodes
1999 Swing Vote N/ATelevision movie
2001 Law & Order Cally Lonegan/Professor Donald LoneganEpisode: "Brother's Keeper"
The West Wing Will SawyerEpisode: "War Crimes"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Father Michael McShaleEpisode: "The Faithful"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer MarcosiEpisode: "Counterfeit"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Daniel EastonEpisode: "Got Murder?"
Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story [31] Mike HarrisTelevision movie
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ronald McCainEpisode: "Outcry"
2005 Night Stalker Doug PaneroEpisode: "Burning Man"
2006 House Fletcher StoneEpisode: "Failure to Communicate"
The Closer Agent Tim HechtEpisode: "Overkill"
Vanished Bob Nagel3 episodes
2007 State of Mind PetrovskyEpisode: "Pilot"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Eli RushEpisode: "Seeds"
Saving Grace Father Lloyd TierneyEpisode: "Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned"
Criminal Minds Dr. Stanley HowardEpisode: "Scared to Death"
2008 Numb3rs Rev. Joseph EzraEpisode: "Atomic No. 33"
Eleventh Hour Philip GiffordEpisode: "Resurrection"
2008–09 Brothers & Sisters Wally Wandell3 episodes
2009Two Dollar BeerDadUnsold TV pilot
Ghost Whisperer Dr. Byrd2 episodes
2010 Leverage Darren Hoffman1 episode
Outlaw Dr. Damon1 episode
2011 Burn Notice Wallace1 episode
2012 Daybreak Professor Aaron Wilkins1 episode
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Dr. Skrutz1 episode
King & Maxwell FBI Agent Frank Rigby10 episodes
2014 Royal Pains Dave1 episode
Homeland John Redmond8 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2015–16 Masters of Sex Harry Eshelman6 episodes
2015–16 Sleepy Hollow Jack Walters3 episodes
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Eugene O'Hannigan2 episodes
Elementary Harris Waylon Greer1 episode
Blue Bloods Lieutenant Tim HarrisonEpisode: "Stomping Grounds"
Falling Water Mr. Jones1 episode
2017 The Blacklist Mr. Deavers1 episode
2017 Sneaky Pete Detective Winslow10 episodes
2019 The Enemy Within Paul Backus2 episodes

Awards and nominations

Academy Award
CableACE Award
Golden Globe Award

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