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Dennis O'Keefe (Edward Vance Flanagan)

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Biography

Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Tall, cheerful, outdoorsy leading man of Hollywood B movies, who started in show business as an infant, accompanying his vaudevillian parents, "Flanagan and Edwards, the Rollicking Twosome", on the stage. In his teens, Dennis started to write film scripts while attending college. He then tried to break into films as an extra, appearing under his birth name, Bud Flanagan. His easy-going manner and impudent grin, possibly reminding Clark Gable of himself (they worked together on Saratoga (1937)), led to the star suggesting Bud to MGM management for leading roles. Read more...

Actor

Character: Ship's Party Guest

Reaching for the Moon 1930

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Character: Passenger Departing Ship

Smart Woman 1931

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Character: Stock Brokerage Clerk

Skyscraper Souls 1932

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Character: Café Chateau Dancer

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 1932

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Character: Dice Spectator

Big City Blues 1932

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Character: Dance Floor Extra at Madge's Party

The Cabin in the Cotton 1932

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Character: Gambling Club Extra at Bar

Week Ends Only 1932

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Character: Casino Diner

Central Park 1932

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Character: Bridegroom at Firefly's Reception

Duck Soup 1933

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Character: Louie - Switchboard Operator

From Hell to Heaven 1933

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Character: Chester Coote

Jimmy the Gent 1934

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Character: Van Brugh - Reporter

Fog Over Frisco 1934

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Character: Passenger Watching Revue

Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round 1934

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Character: Chorus Boy in Ship's Show

Kid Millions 1934

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Character: Man Leaving Courtroom

He Was Her Man 1934

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Character: King's Attendant with Robe

Madame Du Barry 1934

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Character: Elevator Passenger / Dancer

Top Hat 1935

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Character: Newspaper Reporter / Specialty Dancer

Gold Diggers of 1935 1935

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Character: New Year's Celebrant

San Francisco 1936

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Character: Barker at Charity Affair

Libeled Lady 1936

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Character: Man #2

The Plainsman 1936

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Character: Party Boy with Reno

Anything Goes 1936

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Character: Blackface Dancer

Show Boat 1936

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Character: Man Dancing in Tavern

Small Town Girl 1936

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Character: New Year's Eve Night Club Celebrant

The Bride Walks Out 1936

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Character: Burke's Party Guest

A Star Is Born 1937

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Character: Second Bidder / Dancer at Party

Saratoga 1937

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Character: Jan Walewska

Conquest 1937

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Character: French Soldier Admirer

The Firefly 1937

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Character: Racetrack Handler

A Yank at Oxford 1938

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Character: Chorus Boy / Boy in Building Lobby

Joy of Living 1938

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Character: Chuck Deems

You'll Find Out 1940

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Character: Woody Davis

Girl from Havana 1940

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Character: Jan Horak

Hangmen Also Die! 1943

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Character: Sonny Phyffe

Hi Diddle Diddle 1943

4
Character: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow

The Fighting Seabees 1944

3
Character: Junior Crane

Sensations of 1945 1944

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Character: Jeff Reardon

Abroad with Two Yanks 1944

5
Character: Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster

Brewster's Millions 1945

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Character: Michael Francis 'Mike' Hannegan

Doll Face 1945

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Character: Bill Anthony

The Affairs of Susan 1945

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Character: Alec Tacksbury

Everything I Have Is Yours 1952

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Character: Barry Amsterdam

Chicago Syndicate 1955

5
Character: Himself - Actor

Texaco Star Theatre 1948

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Character: Himself - Guest Performer

Your Show of Shows 1950

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Character: Himself - Host

Suspicion 1957

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Character: Reverend Charles Parker

Screen Directors Playhouse 1955

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Character: Donald Ross - Ronnie's Friend

Broadway Hostess 1935

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Writing