Tim O'Malley (actor)

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Tim O'Malley
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Born (1957-06-26) June 26, 1957 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Theatre director
Years active 1980–present

Tim O'Malley (born June 26, 1957) is an American actor and playwright, director living in Chicago. He is a faculty member at several Chicago theater schools. He is most recognizable as Patrick, the bartender in Return to Me.'

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A playwright or dramatist is a person who writes plays.




O'Malley started in show business as a singer. He studied Acting and Improvisation with Del Close for two and a half years as well as with Don DePollo, Bernie Sahlins, Keith Johnstone, Sheldon Patinkin and Alexander Technique with Ed Bouchard in Chicago.

Del Close actor, writer, teacher

Del P. Close was an American actor, writer, and teacher who coached many of the best-known comedians and comic actors of the late twentieth century. In addition to a prolific acting career in television and film, he was considered a premier influence on modern improvisational theater. Close co-authored the book Truth in Comedy, which outlines techniques now common in longform improvisation, and describes the overall structure of "Harold", which remains a common frame for longer improvisational scenes.

Sheldon Arthur Patinkin was a chair of the Theater Department of Columbia College Chicago, Artistic Director of the Getz Theater of Columbia College, Artistic Consultant of The Second City and of Steppenwolf Theatre and Co-Director of the Steppenwolf Theatre Summer Ensemble Workshops.

He was hired by Joyce Sloane for The Second City in 1986. Toured for 2 years with The Second City Touring Company. Then became a member of The Second City Resident Company (89' - 93') where he wrote and performed in four Mainstage revues at Second City alongside many well known alum.

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Tim is directing several Chicago based comedy troupes who are performing at various Chicago comedy venues. As well as conducting improvisation workshops from his original syllabi in Chicago and around the country.

O'Malley wrote his first play in 2003, an auto-biographical play titled Godshow, which sold out for its four years of runs at The Second City Chicago and at I.O. Theater Chicago. O'Malley and Godshow were featured on WTTW's Artbeat Chicago with Phil Ponce, it was the Chicago Reader's Critic's Pick twice, and was number 2 in The Sun-Times "Top Ten Cool Things to Do".

Godshow play written by Tim OMalley

Godshow is an autobiographical play written and starred by Tim O'Malley.

Godshow is a comic/tragic play about O'Malley's struggles with addiction, his quest for success, and faith. He has been sober for 22 years because of God

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Tim can be seen performing now and then appearing with Chicago improv Veterans and comedy troupes around Chicago.

He also starred in an ad for Steak and Shake named "Stake n' Shake n' Shave n' Shoeshine n' Suit"

Early life

O'Malley grew up in the Beverly neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. He is number 10 of 11 children. Started his singing career at Catholic Mass.

O'Malley attended grammar school at Christ the King, high school at Morgan Park, and college at SIU. He discovered his career path in acting in 1980 after a long search and many changed majors.


<i>Return to Me</i> 2000 film by Bonnie Hunt

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