|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1908|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 1968|
Los Angeles County
Actor. He is remembered as being a leading man of Hollywood B films during the 1940s. Born Edward Vance Flanagan to Irish vaudevillians, he was a part of their act as a small child and in his teens, wrote skits for the stage. He moved to California to pursue an acting career, writing film scripts while attending college. In the early 1930s he appeared in numerous films under the name Bud Flanagan, usually as an extra, the first being "Reaching for the Moon" (1930). After a small but impressive role in "Saratoga" (1937), Clark Gable recommended him to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios, and they signed him to a contract later that year, renaming him Dennis O'Keefe. He received bigger film roles after that, starting with "The Bad Man of Brimstone" (1938, with Wallace Beery), and the lead role in "Burn 'Em Up O'Connor" (1939). In 1940 he left MGM but continued working in mostly low budget film productions, often playing the tough guy in action and crime dramas but was also known as a comic actor as well as a dramatic lead. For most of the period between 1944 and 1952, he alternated roles on radio with film work. He had another lead in the 1945 radio serial "Hollywood Mystery Time", as a movie director-cum-sleuth. His other notable films include "Topper Returns" (1940), "Broadway Limited" (1941), "The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine" (1942), "The Leopard Man" (1943), "The Story of Dr. Wassell" (1944), "Brewster's Millions" (1945), "The Affairs of Susan" (1945), "Getting Gertie's Garter" (1945), "Doll Face" (1946), "Dishonored Lady" (1947), "T-Men" (1947), "Walk a Crooked Mile" (1948), "Raw Deal" (1948), "Cover Up" (1949), "Abandoned" (1950), "Woman on the Run" (1950), "The Fake" (1953), and Drums of Tahiti" (1954). In the 1950s he did some directing and wrote mystery stories and appeared on NBC television's legal drama series "Justice" as well as "The Martha Raye Show." From 1957 to 1958, he was the host of NBC television's mystery drama "Suspicion," produced by Alfred Hitchcock and from 1959 to 1960, he was the star of the CBS television situation comedy, "The Dennis O'Keefe Show." His last film appearance was in "Naked Flame" (1964). He was married to actress and dancer Steffi Duna from 1940 until his death. A heavy smoker, he died of lung cancer at the age of 60. (bio by: William Bjornstad)
Steffi Duna (1910 - 1992)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean
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Originally Created by: gordonphilbin
Record added: Dec 06, 2011
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