Michael O'Shea (I) (1906–1973)

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His five brothers all became policemen, encouraged on by their father, but Hartford-born Irish-American Michael O'Shea defied family tradition and turned to acting. Born on March 17, 1906, Michael dropped out of school at age 12 and went the vaudeville route, touring with his boxing idol Jack Johnson's show. He tried everything. During the ... See full bio »


(age 67) in Dallas, Texas, USA

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »


Known For

Lady of Burlesque Biff Brannigan
The Big Wheel Vic Sullivan
The Threat Detective Ray Williams
Jack London Jack London


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 1971 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Johnny Delaney
- Log 125: A Safe Job (1971) ... Johnny Delaney
 1967 Daktari (TV Series)
Albie Potter
- Judy and the Gorilla (1967) ... Albie Potter
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Ding-Dong Kinsella
- The Wonderful Nightingale (1961) ... Ding-Dong Kinsella
 1960 McGarry and His Mouse (TV Movie)
Officer Dan McGarry
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- Mimsel's Man (1956)
 1954-1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Denny Davis / Denny David / Denny
- The Housekeeper (1956) ... Denny Davis
- Passport for Amy (1956) ... Denny Davis
- The Charity Drive (1956) ... Denny Davis
- Old Soldiers Never Die (1956) ... Denny Davis
- Operation for Earl (1956) ... Denny Davis
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Bookie Bob Harris
- The Big Fix (1955) ... Bookie Bob Harris
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Tim Leary
- Four Things He'd Do (1954) ... Tim Leary
 1954 It Should Happen to You
Brod Clinton
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
Lt. Higgins
- Dreams Never Lie (1953) ... Lt. Higgins
 1952 Bloodhounds of Broadway
Inspector McNamara
 1951 Fixed Bayonets!
Sgt. Lonergan
 1951 Disc Jockey
Mike Richards
 1950 The Underworld Story
District Attorney Ralph Munsey
 1950 Captain China
 1949 The Threat
Detective Ray Williams
 1949 The Big Wheel
Vic Sullivan
 1948 Parole, Inc.
Richard Hendricks
 1948 Smart Woman
Johnny Simons
 1947 Last of the Redmen
Hawk-Eye / Natty Bumpo
 1947 Violence
Steve Fuller
 1947 Mr. District Attorney
 1945 Circumstantial Evidence
Joe Reynolds
 1945 It's a Pleasure
Don Martin
 1944 Something for the Boys
Sergeant Ronald 'Rocky' Fulton
 1944 Man from Frisco
Matt Braddock
 1944 The Eve of St. Mark
Pvt. Thomas Mulveroy
 1943 Jack London
Jack London
 1943 Lady of Burlesque
Biff Brannigan
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(Summer 1959) He acted in Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov's play, "The Tunnel of Love," in a Kenley Players production at the Packard Music Hall Theatre in Warren, Ohio with Virginia Mayo in the cast. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

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Daughter, with Virginia Mayo: Catherine Mary O'Shea (born in 1953). Children with first wife, Edward & Barbara.



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