Sunday, December 13, 2009

RIP Bryan O'Byrne

Actor Bryan O'Byrne dies at 78
Plattsburgh native appeared on 'Get Smart,' 'Spaceballs'
Staff report

Jan 5, 2010, 02:14 PM ET

Bryan O'Byrne, a character actor in film and on television for more than
four decades, died Dec. 4 in Pacifica, Calif. He was 78.

O'Byrne often appeared as quiet, milquetoast characters. In the 1960s, he
played Hodgkins, an assistant to the Chief, on five episodes of "Get Smart"
and as Man-in-Middle in three episodes on "Occasional Wife."

O'Byrne also appeared on TV in "Step by Step," "Murder, She Wrote,"
"Hardcastle and McCormick," "Alice," "Eight Is Enough," "Maude," "Happy
Days," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Partridge Family," "Love, American
Style," "Gunsmoke," "Sanford and Son," "The Munsters," "My Favorite
Martian," "Bewitched," "The Virginian," "Perry Mason," "The Fugitive" and
"Batman," among others.

His film credits included "Gunfight in Abilene" (1967), "The Apple Dumpling
Gang Rides Again" (1979), "Love at First Bite" (1979), "Spaceballs" (1987)
and "Repossessed" (1990).

O'Byrne, a native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., who worked as school teacher before
acting, was featured in more than 200 commercials and served on the Emmy
nominating committee. He was a member of SAG, AFTRA and Equity.

O'Byrne started his career in New York, appearing on stage in the late 1950s
with Vivien Leigh in "Duel of Angels," before moving to Hollywood.

O'Byrne also was an acting coach who worked with Nick Nolte, Christopher
McDonald, Pam Dawber, Bonnie Bedilia, Marj Dusay and Bill Allen.

O'BYRNE, Bryan Jay
Born: 2/6/1931, Plattsburgh, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/4/2009, Pacifica, California, U.S.A.

Bryan O'Byrne's westerns - actor:
Maverick (TV)- 1958 (conductor)
The Virginian (TV) - 1962, 1965 (Ned Carlin, Caldwell)
Rawhide (TV) - 1964 (hotel manager)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1964, 1971 (clerk, Mr. Palmer)
Death Valey Days (TV) - 1965 (depot agent)
The Loner (TV) - 1965 (editor)
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1966 (Mr. Potman)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1967 (George Osborne)
Gunfight in Abilene - 1967 (Frobisher)
The Iron Horse (TV) - 1967
Here Comes the Brides (TV) - 1968 (grocery store owner)
Return of the Big Cat (TV) - 1974 (Perc)
The Last Day (TV) - 1975 (clerk)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again - 1979 (photographer)

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