Pat O'Malley (actor born 1890)

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Pat O'Malley
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O'Malley and daughter Eileen, 1922
Patrick Henry O'Malley, Jr.

September 3, 1890
DiedMay 21, 1966
Resting place San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California, US
Years active1908-1964
Spouse(s)Lillian Wilkes

Pat O'Malley (September 3, 1890 – May 21, 1966) was an American vaudeville and stage performer prior to starting a prolific film career at the age of sixteen. He later had a career in television. [1]



O'Malley was born as Patrick Henry O'Malley, Jr. in Forest City, Pennsylvania. He had circus experience by the time he discovered an interest in motion Pictures. His screen career dates from the days of Kalem and Edison Studios. [2] From 1918 to 1927 he appeared in scores of silent films as both a leading man and a character actor i.e.: The Heart of Humanity , My Wild Irish Rose , The Virginian and in the adaptation of bestseller Brothers Under the Skin .

O'Malley saw his career decline with the advent of sound. He was quickly relegated to supporting parts, and appeared in some four-hundred films in bit parts and supporting roles. He guest starred in the early musical series Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town on CBS. O'Malley remained on call into the early 1960s for such TV shows as The Twilight Zone and such films as Days of Wine and Roses .


In 1915 O'Malley married actress Lillian Wilkes (died December 15, 1976). The couple had three childrden, Sheila, Eileen and Kathleen. O'Malley had a brother Charles O'Malley(1897-1958) who was an actor and assistant director. [3]


O'Malley died of a heart attack in 1966 at age seventy five. His interment was at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Partial filmography

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  1. Who Was Who on Screen p.353 2nd Edition c.1977 by Evelyn Mack Truitt ISBN 0-8352-0914-8
  2. Pat O'Malley,
  3. Silent Film Necrology p.403 2ndEdition c.2001 Eugene M. Vazzana ISBN 0-7864-1059-0