George O'Brien

Born Apr 19, 1899

George O'Brien was an American actor, popular during the silent film era and into the talkie era of the 1930s, best known today as the lead actor in F. W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.

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1899 Birth Born on April 19, 1899.


1917 18 Years Old In 1917 O'Brien enlisted in the United States Navy to fight in World War I, serving on a submarine chaser. … Read More


1922 23 Years Old One of his earliest roles was in the 1922 George Melford-directed drama Moran of the Lady Letty, most notable for starring Rudolph Valentino.
1924 25 Years Old In 1924 O'Brien received his first starring role in the drama The Man Who Came Back opposite the English actress Dorothy Mackaill. … Read More
1927 28 Years Old In 1927 he starred in the F. W. Murnau-directed Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans opposite Janet Gaynor, which won three major Academy Awards and remains his most famous film, and also played the lead in the New York City epic East Side, West Side that same year. … Read More


1933 34 Years Old O'Brien married actress Marguerite Churchill on July 15, 1933. Their first child, Brian, died 10 days after his birth. Daughter Orin O'Brien became a double bassist for the New York Philharmonic. Their youngest child Darcy O'Brien was a successful writer and college professor. George and Marguerite divorced in 1948.


1981 82 Years Old O'Brien suffered a stroke in 1981 and was bedridden the last few years of his life.
1985 86 Years Old He died in 1985 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. … Read More
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