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Dave O'Brien (David Poole Fronabarger)

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Biography

Big Spring, Texas, USA
Former chorus boy who would become a star in "B" westerns, and later a successful comedy writer (under the name David Barclay) and TV director. O'Brien is notable as one of the relatively few success stories to emerge out of the drek of poverty row, where he blissfully worked for nearly a decade before landing work in the hypo-nasal Pete Smith's series of novelty shorts at MGM. In the mid-50's he gravitated toward comedy writing working on the Red Skelton Show, striking up a longtime friendship with series co-writer Sherwood Schwartz. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Student at Rally

Maybe It's Love 1930

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Character: Man Picking Up Stack of Newspapers

Consolation Marriage 1931

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Character: Christian on Stairway

The Sign of the Cross 1932

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Character: Otto Peterson

The World Changes 1933

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Character: Bill - Aviator

Bright Eyes 1934

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Character: Shipboard Admirer

Belle of the Nineties 1934

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Character: Knuckles Dolan

That Gang of Mine 1940

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Character: Whitey - Navy Radio Man

Isle of Destiny 1940

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Character: Buzz Weston

The Texas Marshal 1941

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Character: Tex Wyatt / Curly Wyatt

Trail of Terror 1943

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Character: Luke MacWade

Tennessee Champ 1954

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Character: Actor in the Pete Smith Shorts

The Big Parade of Comedy 1964

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Character: Cpl. Marion Scott

The Man Who Walked Alone 1945

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Character: Studio 9 Technician

Mr. Dodd Takes the Air 1937

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Character: Harried Homeowner

You Can't Win 1948

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Character: Xavier T. Schneckendorf

Sure Cures 1946

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Character: Feet-in-the-Aisle Pest

Movie Pests 1944

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Directing

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Character: Harried Homeowner

You Can't Win 1948

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Character: Xavier T. Schneckendorf

Sure Cures 1946

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Writing

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Character: Harried Homeowner

You Can't Win 1948

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Character: Xavier T. Schneckendorf

Sure Cures 1946

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