Robert Emmett O’Connor (Movie Actor)
Robert Emmett O'Connor

Robert Emmett O’Connor was an American film actor. He appeared in 204 films between 1919 and 1950. He is probably best known as the warmhearted bootlegger Paddy Ryan in The Public Enemy and as Detective Sergeant Henderson pursuing the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera. He also appeared as Jonesy, in Billy Wilder’s 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. He also made a cameo appearance at the very beginning and very end of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon short Who Killed Who?.

About Robert Emmett O’Connor

He played bootlegger Paddy Ryan in The Public Enemy and appeared in over 200 films over his nearly 30-year Hollywood career. These include Tin Gods, Smiling Irish Eyes, and Penthouse.

Before Fame

He debuted in a comedic silent short film by director Harold Lloyd. He made five more comedies for Hal Roach.


As a contract actor, he appeared in a leading role in Night at the Opera and played a befuddled cop in Taxi!

Family Life

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


He appeared with fellow Irishman James Cagney in The Public Enemy.

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