Edmond O'Brien was an American film actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A.. He also co-starred with Richard Rust in the NBC legal drama Sam Benedict, which aired during the 1962-1963 television season.
Born in New York, New York, O'Brien made his film debut in 1938, and gradually built a career as a highly regarded supporting actor. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and appeared in the Air Forces' Broadway play and film Winged Victory.
He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a harried publicity agent in The Barefoot Contessa and was also nominated for his role as an alcoholic U.S. senator in Seven Days in May. Prior to that, O'Brien had an acclaimed role in 1950's D.O.A. as a poisoned man who sets out to find his own murderer before he dies.
His other notable films include The Killers, White Heat, The Girl Can't Help It, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Longest Day, Fantastic Voyage, and The Wild Bunch .