Michael O'Keefe

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Michael O'Keefe
BornRaymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr.
(1955-04-24) April 24, 1955 (age 59)
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Bonnie Raitt (1991-1999)
Emily Donahoe (2011-present)
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Michael O'Keefe
BornRaymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr.
(1955-04-24) April 24, 1955 (age 59)
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Bonnie Raitt (1991-1999)
Emily Donahoe (2011-present)

Michael O'Keefe (born April 24, 1955) is an American film and television actor best known as Danny Noonan in Caddyshack. O'Keefe received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for his performance in The Great Santini.

Early life[edit]

O'Keefe was born Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr. in Mount Vernon, New York, the oldest of seven children in a devoutly Roman 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 attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University, and made his acting debut in a 1970 Colgate television commercial.

He is a cousin of playwright Will Eno.


O'Keefe's best known film role is Danny Noonan in the comedy film Caddyshack. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as the oldest son of a Marine aviator in The Great Santini, starring Robert Duvall, also nominated for an Academy Award for the film. He played a Marine in 1980 in the miniseries A Rumor of War as the friend of Brad Davis' character, Philip Caputo, and played the lead role in the 1982 film, Split Image, as an all-American college athlete who gets lured into a religious cult by a beautiful girl (Karen Allen). He has also 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). More recently, O'Keefe appeared opposite George Clooney in Michael Clayton. He has appeared twice opposite 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 plays the powerful District Attorney Calvin Beckett in the film American Violet.

O'Keefe's Broadway theatre credits include Side Man, Mass Appeal, Fifth of July, and Reckless with Mary-Louise Parker.

O'Keefe's highest profile television role to date has been his portrayal of Fred, the husband of Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf) on the ABC series Roseanne. O'Keefe appeared on the show from 1993 to 1995. After leaving the series, O'Keefe played the husband in the series Life's Work, which aired after Roseanne in its final season. 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, and the role of Ron Steffey in the short-lived 1992 CBS drama Middle Ages. He has guest starred on Saving Grace, The West Wing, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, House M.D., M*A*S*H, Ghost Whisperer, Brothers and Sisters, Leverage, and The Waltons. He can be seen currently in Homeland as CIA agent and former interim station chief John Redmond.

Personal life[edit]

O'Keefe was married to rock/blues singer Bonnie Raitt from April 27, 1991 to November 9, 1999 when they were divorced. He has been a practicing Zen Buddhist. since 1981[5] He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.[6] He married actress Emily Donahoe in 2011.[7]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1978Gray Lady DownHarris
1979The Great SantiniBen MeechumNominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male
1980CaddyshackDanny Noonan
1982Split ImageDanny 'Joshua' Stetson
1983Nate and HayesNathaniel Williamson
1984Finders KeepersMichael Rangeloff
1985The Slugger's WifeDarryl Palmer
1986The Whoopee BoysJake Bateman
1987IronweedBilly Phelan
1989The First Year
1990FearJack Hays
1991Out of the RainFrank Reade
1993Me and VeronicaMichael
1994Kangaroo CourtShort film
Nina Takes a LoverJournalist
1995Three WishesAdult Tom
1996Edie & PenKen
Ghosts of MississippiMerrida Coxwell
2000Just One NightWayne
2001The PledgeDuane Larsen
Herman U. S. A.Dennis
The Glass HouseDave Baker
Prancer ReturnsMr. James KlockDirect-to-Video Release
2002The Hot ChickRichard Spencer
2003The Inner CircleJack Scott
DelusionMagritteShort film
2007An American CrimeRev. Bill Collier
Cherry CrushDet. Griffin
Michael ClaytonBarry Grissom
2008Frozen RiverState Trooper Finnerty
Chasing 3000Dr. Stuart
2009American VioletCalvin Beckett
2011Too Big to FailChris Flowers
2013The WaitBen's dad
1974The Texas WheelersJeffEpisode: X-Rated Movie
1974, 1977M*A*S*HCorp. Richard Travis
Episode: Mad Dogs and Servicemen
Episode: War of Nerves
1975Lucas TannerBrad PattersonEpisode: A Touch of Bribery
Friendly PersuasionJosh BirdwellTV-Movie
The Blue KnightEpisode: Triple Threat
1975, 1977The WaltonsChad MarshallEpisode: The Competition
Episode: The Elopement
1976The Lindbergh Kidnapping CaseTerry LongTV-Movie
33 Hours in the Life of GodFreddieUnsold TV-Pilot
MaudeLee HarrisonEpisode: The Election
1978The Dark Secret of Harvest HomeWorthy PettingerMiniseries
1980A Rumor of WarLt. Walter CohenMiniseries
1985Alfred Hitchcock PresentsArt ToomeyEpisode: The Night Caller
The HitchhikerRichard ShepardEpisode: Man's Best Friend
1988Unholy MatrimonyDr. Cassius William 'Bill' SanderTV-Movie
Disaster at Silo 7Sgt. Mike FitzgeraldTV-Movie
1989Bridge to SilenceDanTV-Movie
1990Too Young to Die?Mike MedwickiTV-Movie
In the Best Interest of the ChildWalt ColtonTV-Movie
1990–1991Against the LawSimon MacHeath17 episodes
1992Middle AgesRon Steffey6 episodes
1993–1995RoseanneFred35 episodes
1994Incident at Deception RidgeJack BolderTV-Movie
1996The Outer LimitsEddie WexlerEpisode: Beyond the Veil
The People Next DoorGarrett JamesTV-Movie
1996–1997Life's WorkKevin Hunter18 episodes
1999Swing VoteTV-Movie
2001Law & OrderCally Lonegan/Professor Donald LoneganEpisode: Brother's Keeper
The West WingWill SawyerEpisode: War Crimes
2001, 2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentFather Michael McShale
Dr. Eli Rush
Episode: The Faithful
Episode: Seeds
2002, 2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitOfficer Marcosi
Ronald McCain
Episode: Counterfeit
Episode: Outcry
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDaniel EastonEpisode: Got Murder?
Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey StoryMike HarrisTV-Movie
2005Night StalkerDoug PaneroEpisode: Burning Man
2006HouseFletcher StoneEpisode: Failure to Communicate
The CloserAgent Tim HechtEpisode: Overkill
VanishedBob NagelEpisode: Black Box
Episode: Resurrection
Episode: Warm Springs
2007State of MindPetrovskyEpisode: Pilot
Saving GraceFather Lloyd TierneyEpisode: Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned
Criminal MindsDr. Stanley HowardEpisode: Scared to Death
2008Numb3rsRev. Joseph EzraEpisode: Atomic No. 33
Eleventh HourPhilip GiffordEpisode: Resurrection
2008–2009Brothers & SistersWally WandellEpisode: Prior Commitments
Episode: You Get What You Need
Episode: The Wig Party
2009Two Dollar BeerDadTV-Pilot
Ghost WhispererDr. ByrdEpisode: Delusions of Grandview
Episode: Leap of Faith
2013King & MaxwellFBI Agent Frank RigbySeries regular
2014HomelandJohn RedmondSeries regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Award

CableACE Award

Golden Globe Award


  1. ^ "Michael O'Keefe". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Writing". Michael O'Keefe.com. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Death: O'Keefe, Raymond P.". The New York Times. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  4. ^ LaMarre, Tom (January 30, 2004). "Michael O'Keefe (aka Caddyshack's Danny Noonan): Not just another face in the crowd". Badgolfer.com. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Zen". Michael O'Keefe.com. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Michael O'Keefe". The Nervous Breakdown. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  7. ^ "Photos! Stars Align on Opening Night of The Library, Starring Chloe Grace Moretz". Broadway.com. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 

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