(4/6/42) Radio: Appeared (as "Father Duffy") in a "Lux Radio Theatre" broadcast of "The Fighting 69th".
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[in 1982] I despise the Method, as do Helen Hayes
, Laurence Olivier
and as [John Barrymore
] surely would have. I think the Method has ruined an awful lot of potentially fine actors. Look, the theatre is nothing but a mystique. It's nebulous. You get the part, you study your lines, you see what you can do with it and, finally, you evolve yourself into the part. But the Method--be a window, be a ...
Had been playing Walter Burns in "The Front Page" on Broadway before being tapped to appear in the 1931 film (The Front Page
(1931)). The studio, confusing Burns with the other lead role, Hildy Johnson, offered O'Brien the latter role, assuming it was the one he had played onstage. He took the job, not informing them of their mistake.