DEAD: Edmond O’Brien

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Edmond O’Brien (aged 69)
Actor

Edmond O’Brien (September 10, 1915 ā€“ May 9, 1985) was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 films from the 1940s to the 1970s, often playing character parts. He received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe for his supporting role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954), as well as a second Golden Globe and another Academy Award nomination for Seven Days in May (1964). His other notable films include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Killers(1946), A Double Life (1947), White Heat (1949), D.O.A.(1949), Julius Caesar (1953), 1984 (1956), The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1961), Fantastic Voyage (1966), The Wild Bunch (1969) and The Other Side of the Wind (2018).

DEATH: In the late 1970s, O’Brien fell ill with Alzheimer’s disease. In a 1983 interview, his daughter Maria remembers seeing her father in a straitjacket at a Veterans’ Hospital;

“He was screaming. He was violent. I remember noticing how thin he’d gotten. We didn’t know, because for years he’d been sleeping with all his clothes on. We saw him a little later and he was walking around like all the other lost souls there.”

Edmond O’Brien died on May 9, 1985, at St. Erne’s Sanitorium in Inglewood, California, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at age 69.

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