Michael O'Keefe

For other people named Michael O'Keefe, see Michael O'Keefe (disambiguation).
Michael O'Keefe
Born Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr.
(1955-04-24) April 24, 1955
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–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, known for his roles as Danny Noonan in Caddyshack and Ben Meechum in The Great Santini — for which he received Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Early life

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*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

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]


Year Film Role Other notes
1978 Gray Lady Down Harris
1979 The Great Santini Ben Meechum Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male
1980 Caddyshack Danny Noonan
1982 Split Image Danny 'Joshua' Stetson
1983 Nate and Hayes Nathaniel Williamson
1984 Finders Keepers Michael Rangeloff
1985 The Slugger's Wife Darryl Palmer
1986 The Whoopee Boys Jake Bateman
1987 Ironweed Billy Phelan
1989 The First Year
1989 Bridge to Silence
1990 Fear Jack Hays
1991 Out of the Rain Frank Reade
1993 Me and Veronica Michael
1994 Kangaroo Court Short film
Nina Takes a Lover Journalist
1995 Three Wishes Adult Tom
1996 Edie & Pen Ken
Ghosts of Mississippi Merrida Coxwell
2000 Just One Night Wayne
2001 The Pledge Duane Larsen
Herman U. S. A. Dennis
The Glass House Dave Baker
Prancer Returns Mr. James Klock Direct-to-video
2002 The Hot Chick Richard Spencer
2003 The Inner Circle Jack Scott
Delusion Magritte Short film
2007 An American Crime Rev. Bill Collier
Cherry Crush Det. Griffin
Michael Clayton Barry Grissom
2008 Frozen River State Trooper Finnerty
Chasing 3000 Dr. Stuart
2009 American Violet Calvin Beckett
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Hugh Akston
Too Big to Fail Chris Flowers
2012 A Thousand Cuts Frank
2013 The Wait Ben's Dad
Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Texas Wheelers Jeff Episode: "X-Rated Movie"
1974, 1977 M*A*S*H Corp. Richard Travis
Episode: "Mad Dogs and Servicemen"
Episode: "War of Nerves"
1975 Lucas Tanner Brad Patterson Episode: "A Touch of Bribery"
Friendly Persuasion Josh Birdwell TV movie
The Blue Knight Episode: "Triple Threat"
1975, 1977 The Waltons Chad Marshall Episode: "The Competition" and "The Elopement"
1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Terry Long TV movie
Panache Horseman TV movie
33 Hours in the Life of God Freddie Unsold TV pilot
Maude Lee Harrison Episode: "The Election"
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home Worthy Pettinger Miniseries
1980 A Rumor of War Lt. Walter Cohen Miniseries
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Art Toomey Episode: "The Night Caller"
The Hitchhiker Richard Shepard Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
1988 Unholy Matrimony Dr. Cassius William 'Bill' Sander TV movie
Disaster at Silo 7 Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald TV movie
1989 Bridge to Silence Dan TV movie
1990 Too Young to Die? Mike Medwicki TV movie
In the Best Interest of the Child Walt Colton TV movie
1990–1991 Against the Law Simon MacHeath 17 episodes
1992 Middle Ages Ron Steffey 6 episodes
1993–1995 Roseanne Fred 35 episodes
1994 Incident at Deception Ridge Jack Bolder TV movie
1996 The Outer Limits Eddie Wexler Episode: "Beyond the Veil"
The People Next Door Garrett James TV movie
1996–1997 Life's Work Kevin Hunter 18 episodes
1999 Swing Vote TV movie
2001 Law & Order Cally Lonegan/Professor Donald Lonegan Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
The West Wing Will Sawyer Episode: "War Crimes"
2001, 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Father Michael McShale
Dr. Eli Rush
Episode: "The Faithful"
Episode: "Seeds"
2002, 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Marcosi
Ronald McCain
Episode: "Counterfeit"
Episode: "Outcry"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Daniel Easton Episode: "Got Murder?"
Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story Mike Harris TV movie
2005 Night Stalker Doug Panero Episode: "Burning Man"
2006 House Fletcher Stone Episode: "Failure to Communicate"
The Closer Agent Tim Hecht Episode: "Overkill"
Vanished Bob Nagel Episode: "Black Box"
Episode: "Resurrection"
Episode: "Warm Springs"
2007 State of Mind Petrovsky Episode: "Pilot"
Saving Grace Father Lloyd Tierney Episode: "Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned"
Criminal Minds Dr. Stanley Howard Episode: "Scared to Death"
2008 Numb3rs Rev. Joseph Ezra Episode: "Atomic No. 33"
Eleventh Hour Philip Gifford Episode: "Resurrection"
2008–2009 Brothers & Sisters Wally Wandell Episode: "Prior Commitments"
Episode: "You Get What You Need"
Episode: "The Wig Party"
2009 Two Dollar Beer Dad TV pilot
Ghost Whisperer Dr. Byrd Episodes: "Delusions of Grandview" and "Leap of Faith"
2013 King & Maxwell FBI Agent Frank Rigby Series regular
2014 Homeland John Redmond Recurring role
2015 Masters of Sex Harry Eshelman 2 episodes
2016 Blue Bloods Lieutenant Tim Harrison Episode: "Stomping Grounds"

Awards and nominations

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 Chloë Grace Moretz". Broadway.com. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-31.

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