J. Pat O'Malley
As "Perkins" in the 1955 hit television serial, Spin and Marty
James Patrick Francis O'Malley
15 March 1904
|Died||27 February 1985 (aged 80)|
|Occupation||Singer, composer, songwriter, actor, music director|
Fay M. O'Malley
James Patrick Francis O'Malley (15 March 1904 – 27 February 1985) was an English singer and character actor who appeared in many American films and television programmes from the 1940s to 1982, using the stage name J. Pat O'Malley. He also appeared on the Broadway stage in Ten Little Indians (1944) and Dial M for Murder (1954).
The New York Times drama critic Theodore Goldsmith praised O'Malley's performance in Ten Little Indians, calling him "a rara avis, a comedian who does not gauge the success of his efforts by the number of laughs he induces at each performance".
Born into an Irish family in Burnley, Lancashire, O’Malley began his career in entertainment in 1925 as a recording artist and then as principal singer with Jack Hylton and his orchestra in the United Kingdom from 1930 to 1933. Known at that time as Pat O'Malley, he recorded more than four hundred popular songs of the day. In 1930 he sang "Amy, Wonderful Amy", a song about aviator Amy Johnson, performed by Jack Hylton's band. He began a solo recording career in 1935 in parallel with his work with Hylton.
At the end of 1935 Hylton and O'Malley came to the United States to record with a band composed of American musicians, thus emulating Ray Noble and Al Bowlly. The venture was short-lived. O'Malley remained in the US, known professionally as J. Pat O'Malley (to avoid confusion with another film actor named Pat O'Malley); he had a long and varied acting career, including the 1943 film Lassie Come Home as "Hynes".
O'Malley guest-starred in 1951 as a sheriff on Bill Williams's syndicated western series, The Adventures of Kit Carson. From 1950-55, he appeared in five episodes of The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. From 1951-57 he was cast in eight episodes of another anthology series, Robert Montgomery Presents. Other television work from this period include roles in Walt Disney's Spin and Marty film (1955) and serial (1955-57) as the always-faithful ranch steward, Perkins.
In 1956 he guest-starred in one of the last episodes, "The Guilty", of the NBC legal drama Justice, based on case files of the Legal Aid Society of New York. In 1958 he was a guest star in Peter Gunn (Season 1, Episode 3, "The Vicious Dog") as Homer Tweed.
He also appeared in Rod Cameron's syndicated City Detective in the episode "Found in a Pawnshop" (1955). In 1960 O'Malley was cast in another Cameron syndicated series, Coronado 9, set in San Diego. In 1959 and 1960 O'Malley portrayed a judge and a newspaper editor in three episodes of the ABC western series The Rebel, starring Nick Adams, as a roaming former Confederate soldier.
On 6 January 1959 O'Malley played a priest in the episode "The Secret of the Mission" on the syndicated adventure series Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries. In the storyline the priest is trapped with a would-be thief named Carlos (Rafael Campos) under the roof of a collapsed church.
O'Malley was cast as Walter Morgan in the 1959 episode "The First Gold Brick" of the NBC western series The Californians. In 1959-1960 he made eight appearances as Judge Caleb Marsh in Black Saddle. In 1959 he was cast as Dr Hardy in an early episode of Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper. In season 3, Episode 10, titled "The Medicine Man", of the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive starring Steve McQueen, O'Malley played the character of Doc. He also appeared in the role of a bank president in an episode of The Real McCoys titled "The Bank Loan", which was released 15 January 1959.
In 1960 O'Malley made guest appearances on The Tab Hunter Show, The Law and Mr. Jones, Johnny Midnight, Johnny Staccato, Harrigan and Son, Adventures in Paradise, The Islanders, Going My Way, The Tall Man, and as Jim Phelan on Lawman episode titled "The Swamper." He made numerous guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, including as the defendant in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor" and as the murderer in the 1961 episode "The Case of the Roving River". O'Malley also appeared in The Twilight Zone episode "The Chaser".
In 1961 O'Malley appeared in 3 episodes of Tales of Wells Fargo, in different roles. In the episode "The Has-Been" he had the title role, playing a fading entertainer grieving over the loss of his wife. In one poignant scene, O'Malley displayed his song and dance talent as he performed for an imaginary audience in an abandoned dance hall. Later that year he guest-starred in the television version of Bus Stop and the following year appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone, "The Fugitive" and "Mr. Garrity and the Graves". He also guest-starred twice on The Lloyd Bridges Show in that series' 1962-1963 season. He then co-starred with Spring Byington in the 1964 episode "This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There" of The Greatest Show on Earth.
During the 1963-1964 season O'Malley appeared in eight episodes of My Favorite Martian and returned to The Twilight Zone, playing a bit part in the episode "The Self-Improvement of Salvatore Ross". In the 1964-1965 season, he was cast in Wendy and Me. O'Malley appeared in the Hogan's Heroes episode "How to Cook a German Goose by Radar" in 1966, and the 1967 episode "D-Day at Stalag 13". In 1966 he also appeared as Ed Breck in the episode "Win Place and Die" of Jack Sheldon's short-lived sitcom Run, Buddy, Run. He appeared occasionally as "Vince" in The Rounders. In the 1966 episode "The Four Dollar Law Suit" of the syndicated western series Death Valley Days, O'Malley played the lawyer for Alfred Hall (Strother Martin), a country chicken farmer who sues an insurance company for underpaying him four dollars after his chicken coop burns to the ground. In the 19 and 25 January 1967 episodes of Batman, he played an eccentric inventor, "Pat Pending", who's robbed by Catwoman.
In 1969 O'Malley portrayed Carol Brady's (Florence Henderson) father in the first episode of ABC's The Brady Bunch. The name "Fleming" was used in O'Malley's first two appearances on The Fugitive (Season 1, See Hollywood And Die; Season 3, Crack in a Crystal Ball). In 1973 O'Malley starred with Shirley Booth in the short-lived comedy A Touch of Grace. He made several appearances on Maude between 1973 and 1975; and he performed on other series such as It Takes a Thief, One Day at a Time, Emergency!, Adam-12, The Practice, Three's Company, and Taxi. O'Malley also appeared on the ABC television series Family in 1979. And on Barney Miller in the 1975 episode "You Dirty Rat" as Mr. Holliman, the likeable homeless man who fell asleep and spent the weekend in Spiegel’s department store.
Walt Disney engaged O'Malley to provide voices for animated films such as the Cockney coster in the "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" sequence in Mary Poppins (1964); Cyril Proudbottom, Winkie, and a policeman in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949); and the role of Colonel Hathi and the vulture Buzzie in The Jungle Book (1967). His voice can be heard in Alice in Wonderland (1951), in which he performs all the character voices in "The Walrus and the Carpenter" segment (besides Alice), including Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Walrus, the Carpenter, and Mother Oyster. O'Malley also provided the voice of Br'er Fox in Song of the South (1946) when James Baskett was unavailable. Actor Dick Van Dyke has said that O'Malley was his dialect coach on Mary Poppins, attributing his infamous Cockney accent in that film to O'Malley.
Selected TV and filmography
|1940||Captain Caution||Fish Peddler|
|1941||Private Nurse||Henry's Friend||Uncredited|
|1941||Paris Calling||Sgt. Bruce McAvoy|
|1942||Over My Dead Body||Petie Stuyvesant|
|1943||Thumbs Up||Sam Keats|
|1943||Lassie Come Home||Hynes|
|1944||The White Cliffs of Dover||Martin||Uncredited|
|1949||The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad||Cyril Proudbottom / Mr. Winkie / Policeman / Paper boy (unseen)||Voice|
|1951||Alice in Wonderland||Tweedledum and Tweedledee / Walrus and Carpenter / Mother Oyster||Voice|
|1955||Spin and Marty: The Movie||Perkins||TV Series|
|1956||The Fastest Gun Alive||Cross Creek Townsman||Uncredited|
|1957||Four Boys and a Gun||Fight manager|
|1957||Courage of Black Beauty||Mike Green|
|1957||Witness for the Prosecution||The shorts salesman||Uncredited|
|1958||The Long, Hot Summer||Ratliff|
|1958||Playhouse 90||Pubkeeper||Episode: "Bomber's Moon"|
|1960||Lawman||Jim Phelan||Episode "The Swamper"|
|1960–1964||The Twilight Zone||Gooberman - Town Drunk / Old Man / Old Ben / Homburg||4 episodes|
|1961||Tales of Wells Fargo||Dr. Cobb / Cedric Manning||2 episodes|
|1961||One Hundred and One Dalmatians||Jasper / Colonel||Voice|
|1961||Blueprint for Robbery||Pop Kane|
|1961||The Real McCoys||Episode: "A Man of Influence"|
|1961||The Saga of Windwagon Smith||Mayor Crum||Short, Voice, Uncredited|
|1961-1971||Bonanza||Harry Simpson / Clancy / Big Mac||3 episodes|
|1962||The Cabinet of Caligari||Martin|
|1962||Gunsmoke||Gabe||Episode: "Old Comrade"|
|1963||Son of Flubber||Sign-Painter||Uncredited|
|1963||The Andy Griffith Show||Mr. Fields||Episode: "Up in Barney's Room"|
|1963||Shotgun Wedding||Buford Anchors|
|1964||Hey There, It's Yogi Bear||Snively||Voice|
|1964||A House Is Not a Home||Muldoon|
|1964||Mary Poppins||Pearly Drummer / Master of Hounds / Huntsman / various other roles||Voice, Uncredited|
|1964||Apache Rifles||Captain Thatcher|
|1964||The Lucy Show||Major MacFarland||Episode: "Lucy Goes into Politics"|
|1964||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Sam Petrie||Episode: "The Plots Thicken"|
|1965||Jonny Quest||Chopper||Voice, Episode: "Attack of the Tree People"|
|1966||The Man From U.N.C.L.E.||Francis X. O'Reilly / The Old Prospector||2 episodes|
|1967||Batman||Pat Pending||2 episodes|
|1966-1967||Hogan's Heroes||British General / Corporal Walter Tillman||2 episodes|
|1966-1968||Green Acres||Ben Hanks / Windy Hinkle / Dooly Watkins / Diller Fangworth||4 episodes|
|1967||The Jungle Book||Colonel Hathi, the Elephant / Buzzie, the Vulture||Voices|
|1968||It Takes a Thief||Thoreau||Episode: "A Matter of Royal Larceny"|
|1968||The Flying Nun||Captain Barnaby||Episode: "The Sister and the Old Salt"|
|1969||Daniel Boone||Uncle Brian||Episode: "Copperhead Izzy"|
|1969||Hello, Dolly!||Park policeman|
|1970||The Cheyenne Social Club||Dr. Foy|
|1973||Robin Hood||Otto the Blacksmith - a dog||Voice, Uncredited|
|1973||A Touch of Grace||Herbert Morrison||Regular cast member; 13 episodes|
|1973||Emergency!||old bill||Episode: "Messin' Around"|
|1975-1977||Maude||Bert Beasley||8 episodes|
|1976||The Gumball Rally||Barney Donahue|
|1978||One Day at a Time||Mr. Peabody||season 4, Episode 8: "Peabody's War"|
|1979||Three's Company||Leo Moran||Episode: "Old Folks at Home"|
|1979–1981||Barney Miller||Walter Dooley / Walt Hathaway / Mr. Holliman||2 episodes (The Rainmaker, 1981)|
|1981||Cheaper to Keep Her||Landlord|
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