O'Brien, Dave, 1912-1969

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Birth 1912-05-31
Death 1969-11-08
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Dave "Tex" O'Brien started his career as dancer in early 1930s musical motion pictures; he may best be remembered for his roles in the Texas Rangers films (1942-1945), his involvement with the Pete Smith shorts at MGM, and his role in Captain Midnight O'Brien became head writer on the Red Skelton television show, winning an Emmy in 1961; he died in CA, ca. 1969.

The Red Skelton Show, one of the longest running variety programs on television (1951-1971), was one of the first shows to make the successful transition from radio to television. The program format consisted of an opening monologue by Skelton, followed by a music segment from David Rose and his orchestra, and a series of sketches featuring one or more of Skelton's characters. Skelton's regular characters included Clem Kadiddlehopper, Junior the Mean Widdle Kid, Sheriff Deadeye, and Freddie the Freeloader. Although many stars got their start on the show, the series did not rely on guest stars every week. Skelton's signature closing line became "Good night and may God bless".

From the description of Red Skelton show scripts ca.1955-ca.1969, bulk, ca.1955-ca.1963. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 320016568

Biography

Dave "Tex" O'Brien started his career as dancer in early 1930s musical motion pictures. He is best remembered for his roles in the Texas Rangers films (1942-1945), his involvement with the Pete Smith shorts at MGM, and his role in Captain Midnight . He became the head writer on the Red Skelton television show, winning an Emmy in 1961. He passed away in CA, ca. 1969.

The Red Skelton Show, one of the longest running variety programs on television (1951-1971), was one of the first shows to make the successful transition from radio to television. The program format consisted of an opening monologue by Skelton, followed by a music segment from David Rose and his orchestra, and a series of sketches featuring one or more of Skeltons characters. Skeltons regular characters included Clem Kadiddlehopper, Junior the Mean Widdle Kid, Sheriff Deadeye, and Freddie the Freeloader. Although many stars got their start on the show, the series did not rely on guest stars every week. Skeltons signature closing line became "Good night and may God bless".

From the guide to the Dave O'Brien Red Skelton Show scripts, ca.1955-ca.1969, (bulk, ca.1955-ca.1963), (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.)

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