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Raymond Peter O’Keefe, Jr Wiki Biography

Born as Raymond Peter O’Keefe, Jr. on the 24th April 1955, in Mount Vernon, New York State USA, and is a film and television actor, perhaps best known to the world as Danny Noonan in the film “Caddyshack” (1980), and as Barry Grissom in the film “Michael Clayton” in 2007, among other differing appearances. His career started in the mid- 1970s.

Have you ever wondered how rich Michael O’Keefe is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that O’Keefe’s net worth is as high as $2 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, during which he has appeared in more than 100 film and TV titles.

Michael O’Keefe Net Worth $2 Million

Michael is the oldest of seven children born to Raymond Peter O’Keefe, and his wife Stephanie; he is of Irish ancestry, and both of his parents were devout Roman Catholics. Although born in Mount Vernon, Michael grew up in Larchmont, New York, where he went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and later New York University.

His career started in 1970 when he was selected for a Colgate commercial, and he then joined Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City. Michael made his on-screen debut in a minor role in the TV series “The Texas Wheelers” in 1974, and throughout the ‘70s he made several minor TV appearances, until in 1979 when he was cast as basketball player Ben Meechum in the drama “The Great Santini” (1979), next to Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner, which earned him an Oscar Award nomination, and increased his popularity and net worth.

In 1980 he featured as a golf player in the comedy “Caddyshack”, while in 1982 he portrayed gymnast Danny ‘Joshua’ Stetson in the romantic drama “Split Image”, with Karen Allen and Peter Fonda. As the ‘80s progressed so did his career, since Michael made several more notable appearances, including in the action adventure “Savage Islands” (1983), “The Slugger’s Wife” (1985), and the Oscar Award- nominated drama “Ironweed” (1987), starring Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Carroll Baker. Also, in 1989 he starred in the made-for-television romantic drama “Bridge to Silence”, which earned a Primetime Emmy Award- nomination.

Looking forward to the next decade, Michael built on the success from the ‘80s, and cemented his place in the Hollywood scene. New roles came quickly, some of which increased his wealth to a large degree. In 1994 he featured in the romantic comedy “Nina Takes a Lover”, and then two years later he had the role in the Oscar Award- nominated drama “Ghosts of Mississippi”, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, James Woods and Whoopi Goldberg.

He started the new century with a role in the mystery thriller “The Glass House” (2001), and the next year appeared in the comedy “The Hot Chick”, starring Rob Schneider. In the next several years, Michael didn’t have any notable roles, until he was cast in the biopic about a young girl who was tortured by her mother and siblings – “An American Crime” in 2007, starring Ellen Page, Hayley McFarland, and Catherine Keener. The same year he appeared next to George Clooney, as Barry Grissom in the thriller “Michael Clayton”, and also portrayed detective Griffin in the thriller “Cherry Crush”.

He quickly moved on to the next successful project, as in 2008 he appeared in the crime drama “Frozen River” (2008), starring Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, and Charlie McDermott, but then had to wait until 2012, when he starred in the thriller “A Thousand Cuts”, and also starred in Tony Glazer’s directorial debut, the thriller “Hostage”, which increased his net worth to a large degree.

In recent years, Michael has been chasing television roles and so far has appeared in such series as “Homeland” (2014), “Masters of Sex” (2015-2016), and in “Sneaky Pete” (2017), all of which also added to his wealth.

Regarding his personal life, Michael has been married to Emily Donahoe since 2011, with whom he has one child. Previously, he was married to musician Bonnie Raitt from 1991 until 2000, and for whom Michael wrote several songs, including “Longing in Their Hearts” for which Bonnie received a Grammy Award.

Net Worth $2 Million
Date Of Birth April 24, 1955
Place Of Birth Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Height 1.85 m
Profession Actor
Education American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York University
Nationality American
Spouse Emily Donahoe (m. 2011), Bonnie Raitt (m. 1991–1999)
Parents Stephanie O’Keefe, Raymond Peter O’Keefe
Siblings Mary O’Keefe
1 He is of Irish, and a smaller amount of French-Canadian, ancestry.
2 While at Mamaroneck High School Michael was cast in The Fantastics at a young age. An old HS friend cast him against Terry Davis as Matt and Luisa. Shortly after High School he attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and was cast in a Crest Commercial.
3 Was a very shy kid growing up.
4 Brother-in law of actor Michael O’Neill, who is married to his sister Mary.
5 Has herniated discs in his neck from playing golf and doesn’t play the game anymore.
6 Ex-brother-in-law of David Raitt and Steven Raitt.
7 Ex-son-in-law of John Raitt.
8 Began his acting career in Colgate TV commercials and at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City.
9 Tends to play athletes in movies: he’s a basketball player in The Great Santini (1979), a golfer in Caddyshack (1980), a gymnast in Split Image (1982), and a baseball player in The Slugger’s Wife (1985).
10 In the same branch of Buddhism as Peter Matthiessen, Leonard Cohen, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, Bernie Glassman, Reb Anderson, Philip Whalen, Richard Baker, Pat O’Hara, Soe Roshi, and Daido Loori.
11 Has written lyrics for a number of songs and artists, including two for his ex-wife Bonnie Raitt, one of which, “Longing in Their Hearts,” won a Grammy for Raitt. The other song was from Raitt’s “Luck of the Draw” album and was entitled “One Part be My Lover.”
12 Lost to Peter MacNicol for the part of Stingo in Sophie’s Choice (1982).
13 Other ordained Zen priests include Leonard Cohen, Bernie Glassman, Pat O’Hara, and Peter Matthiessen.
14 Student of the Zen Master Bernie Glassman.
15 Announced plans to divorce Bonnie Raitt on November 9, 1999.
16 Graduate of Mamaroneck (NY) High School.
17 Enjoys hiking.
18 Joined a sect called The Way when he was 15.


Title Year Status Character
The Hot Chick 2002 Richie
Prancer Returns 2001 Video Mr. James Klock
The West Wing 2001 TV Series Will Sawyer
The Glass House 2001 Dave Baker
Law & Order 2001 TV Series Cally Lonegan / Professor Donald Lonegan
Herman U.S.A. 2001 Dennis
The Pledge 2001/I Duane Larsen
Just One Night 2000 Wayne
Swing Vote 1999 TV Movie
Life’s Work 1996-1997 TV Series Kevin Hunter
Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 Merrida Coxwell
The People Next Door 1996 TV Movie Garrett James
Edie & Pen 1996 Ken
The Outer Limits 1996 TV Series Eddie Wexler
Roseanne 1993-1995 TV Series Fred
Three Wishes 1995 Adult Tom
Kangaroo Court 1994 Short
Incident at Deception Ridge 1994 TV Movie Jack Bolder
Nina Takes a Lover 1994 Journalist
Me and Veronica 1993 Michael
Middle Ages 1992 TV Series Ron Steffey
Out of the Rain 1991 Frank Reade
Against the Law 1990-1991 TV Series Simon MacHeath
Fear 1990 Jack Hays
In the Best Interest of the Child 1990 TV Movie Walt Colton
Too Young to Die? 1990 TV Movie Mike Medwicki
The First Year 1989
Bridge to Silence 1989 TV Movie Dan
Disaster at Silo 7 1988 TV Movie Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald
Unholy Matrimony 1988 TV Movie Dr. Cassius William ‘Bill’ Sander
Ironweed 1987 Billy Phelan
The Whoopee Boys 1986 Jake Bateman
The Hitchhiker 1985 TV Series Richard Shepard
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 TV Series Art Toomey
The Slugger’s Wife 1985 Darryl Palmer
Finders Keepers 1984 Michael Rangeloff
Nate and Hayes 1983 Nathaniel Williamson
Split Image 1982 Danny ‘Joshua’ Stetson
Caddyshack 1980 Danny Noonan
A Rumor of War 1980 TV Mini-Series Lt. Walter Cohen
The Great Santini 1979 Ben Meechum
Gray Lady Down 1978 Harris
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home 1978 TV Mini-Series Worthy Pettinger
M*A*S*H 1974-1977 TV Series Tom / Corporal Richard Travis
The Waltons 1975-1977 TV Series Chad Marshall
Maude 1976 TV Series Lee Harrison
33 Hours in the Life of God 1976 TV Movie Freddie
Panache 1976 TV Movie Horseman
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case 1976 TV Movie Terry Long
The Blue Knight 1975 TV Series Scooter
Police Story 1975 TV Series Officer Tolivar
Phyllis 1975 TV Series Tony
Friendly Persuasion 1975 TV Movie Josh Birdwell
Lucas Tanner 1975 TV Series Brad Patterson
The Texas Wheelers 1974 TV Series Jeff
Sneaky Pete 2017 TV Series Det. Winslow
Masters of Sex 2015-2016 TV Series Harry Eshelman
Falling Water 2016 TV Series Mr. Jones
Sleepy Hollow 2015-2016 TV Series Jack Walters
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002-2016 TV Series Father Eugene O’Hannigan / Ronald McCain / Officer Marcosi
Blue Bloods 2016 TV Series Lt. Tim Harrison
Elementary 2016 TV Series Harris Waylon Greer
Eye in the Sky 2015 Ken Stanitzke
Homeland 2014 TV Series John Redmond
Royal Pains 2014 TV Series Dave
Finding Neighbors 2013 Sam
King & Maxwell 2013 TV Series FBI Agent Frank Rigby
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) 2013 TV Series Dr. Skrutz
The Wait 2013/I Ben’s Dad
Junction 2012 Walters
Daybreak 2012 TV Series Professor Aaron Wilkins
A Thousand Cuts 2012 Frank
Apartment 143 2011 Dr. Helzer
Burn Notice 2011 TV Series Wallace
Too Big to Fail 2011 TV Movie Chris Flowers
Atlas Shrugged: Part I 2011 Hugh Akston
Sarina’s Song 2011 Short Charles Berkeley
Outlaw 2010 TV Series Dr. Damon
Chasing 3000 2010 Dr. Stuart
Leverage 2010 TV Series Darren Hoffman
Brothers & Sisters 2008-2009 TV Series Wally Wandell
Ghost Whisperer 2009 TV Series Dr. Byrd
Two Dollar Beer 2009 TV Movie Dad
Eleventh Hour 2008 TV Series Philip Gifford
American Violet 2008 Calvin Beckett
Numb3rs 2008 TV Series Reverend Joseph Ezra
Keith 2008/I Alan Ascher
Frozen River 2008 Trooper Finnerty
Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show 2007 TV Series Officer Parker
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001-2007 TV Series Dr. Eli Rush / Father Michael McShale
Criminal Minds 2007 TV Series Dr. Stan Howard
Michael Clayton 2007 Barry Grissom
Saving Grace 2007 TV Series Father Lloyd Tierney
State of Mind 2007 TV Series Petrovsky
Cherry Crush 2007 Detective Griffin
An American Crime 2007 Reverend Bill Collier
Vanished 2006 TV Series Bob
The Closer 2006 TV Series Agent Tim Hecht
House M.D. 2006 TV Series Fletcher Stone
Night Stalker 2005 TV Series Doug Panero
The Inner Circle 2005 Jack Scott
Delusion 2003 Short Magritte
Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story 2003 TV Movie Mike Harris
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 TV Series Daniel Easton


Title Year Status Character
Raising the Ashes 1997 Documentary


Title Year Status Character
The Waltons 1977 TV Series performer – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
Argo 2006 Short special thanks


Title Year Status Character
White Buffalo: An American Prophecy 2015 Documentary
Showing Up 2014 Documentary Himself
Caddyshack: The Inside Story 2009 TV Movie Himself
Inside the Inner Circle 2003 Short Himself
60 Minutes Wednesday 1999 TV Series documentary Himself – Bonnie’s Husband (segment “Bonnie”)
Lauren Hutton and… 1996 TV Series Himself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
60 Minutes Wednesday 1999 TV Series documentary Himself – Bonnie’s Husband (segment “Bonnie”)
Roseanne 1995 TV Series Fred

Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1997 Silver Plaque Chicago International Film Festival Best Documentary Short Raising the Ashes (1997)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Homeland (2011)
1987 ACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Dramatic Series The Hitchhiker (1983)
1981 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Great Santini (1979)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male The Great Santini (1979)