John B. O'Brien

Active - 1910 - 1936  |   Born - 1885 in Richmond, VA  |   Died - Aug 15, 1936 in Los Angeles, CA  |   Genres - Western, Drama, Action, Crime

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A former juvenile with the touring Augustus Thomas Company, American actor/director John B. O'Brien (aka Jack O'Brien) was Broncho Billy Anderson's cameraman before writing and directing the five-reel The Life of Buffalo Bill (date undetermined), starring legendary showman William F. Cody. O'Brien was reportedly one of D.W. Griffith's assistants on The Birth of a Nation and later directed Mary Pickford in several of her less prestigious vehicles. In the 1920s, O'Brien was demoted to helming low-budget Western two-reelers starring Josie Sedgwick and playing supporting roles opposite the likes of Buffalo Bill Jr. (no relation to William Cody) and Buddy Roosevelt.

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