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J. Pat O'Malley

Updated on June 2, 2016
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Born: 15 March 1904 (Burnley, England, UK)

Died: 27 February 1985 (San Juan Capistrano, California, USA)

Cause of Death: Heart Condition

Award Nominations: 1

Film and TV Appearances: 235

Years Active: 1940 - 1982

The Big Valley (1965-1969)

As Wiley in "Boy to Man" (Season 2)
As Wiley in "Boy to Man" (Season 2)

Early Life

Born James Patrick Francis O'Malley in Burnley, England on 15 March 1904, O'Malley was a prolific actor, singer and voice actor who appeared in many American films and TV shows. His career began in his native England in 1925 when he became a recording artist. Over a ten year period, he recorded over 400 songs, toured as the principal singer with Jack Hylton and his orchestra and appeared in British vaudeville. In 1935, O'Malley arrived in the USA with the intent of continuing his singing career. Eventually, he moved into acting roles beginning with the role of a Fish Peddler in the film Captain Caution (1940).

Love is a Barmy Thing


Some of the films he appeared in were Lassie Come Home (1943), Spin and Marty: The Movie (1955), Courage of Black Beauty (1957), The Long, Hot Summer (1958), Apache Rifles (1964), Star! (1968), Hello Dolly! (1969), The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), Skin Game (1971), The Gumball Rally (1976) and Cheaper to Keep Her (1981).


The majority of O'Malley's acting performances were on TV shows and movies. These included Robert Montgomery Presents, Kraft Theatre, Whirlybirds, Have Gun Will Travel, Peter Gunn, Thriller, The Real McCoys, Rawhide, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Batman, Hogan's Heroes, The Virginian, Green Acres, Bonanza, Mannix, Emergency!, Barney Miller and Taxi.

O'Malley also made a number of regular appearances in several television shows: Make Room for Daddy (as Ed Kelly), Johnny Staccato (as Police Sgt. Lou Bacus), Black Saddle (as Judge Caleb Marsh), Frontier Circus (as Duffy), The Dick Van Dyke Show (as Sam Petrie), My Favorite Martian (as Harry Burns), Wendy and Me (as Mr. Bundy), Branded (as Rufus I. Pitkin), A Touch of Grace (as Herbert Morrison) and Maude (as Bert Beasley).

The Dukes of Hazzard (1979 - 1985)

as Henstep in the episode "Return of the Ridge Raiders" (season 2)
as Henstep in the episode "Return of the Ridge Raiders" (season 2)


In 1949, O'Malley began a long association with Walt Disney. He was primarily a voice actor for many Disney productions such as The Wind in the Willows (1949), Alice in Wonderland (1951), 101 Dalmatians (1961), The Saga of Windwagon Smith (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967) and Robin Hood (1973). Live-action appearances for Disney included The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955), The New Adventures of Spin and Marty (1957) and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color - The Swamp Fox (1959-1961). O'Malley also voiced a number of the characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland.

101 Dalmatians (1961)

"You've been thinking? Now look here, Horace! I warned you about thinking! I've got the nog for this job, so let's get on with it!" - Jasper Badun (J. Pat O'Malley)

Throughout his career, he appeared on Broadway during the 1940s and 1950s in many plays (such as Ten Little Indians and Then There Were None) and other voice acting work for radio, films and television. He originally billed himself as Pat O'Malley but changed it so that he wouldn't be confused with a silent film actor who had the same name. Married twice - first to Madge with whom he had 2 children (she died in the 1970s) and then to Fay (who was 20 years his junior).

O'Malley died of a heart condition on 27 February 1985 in San Juan Capistrano, California where he had lived for many years.

The Walrus and the Carpenter (Alice in Wonderland)

The Walrus and the Carpenter
The Walrus and the Carpenter

J. Pat O'Malley performs all of the character voices in this song.



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