'Spec' O'Donnell

Spec O'Donnell
The Country Kid (1923) lobby card.jpg
Lobby card for The Country Kid (1923) with O'Donnell in back
Born(1911-04-09)April 9, 1911
DiedOctober 14, 1986(1986-10-14) (aged 75)
Years active1923-1978

Walter "Spec" O'Donnell (April 9, 1911 – October 14, 1986) was an American film actor.


Born in Fresno, California, in 1911, O'Donnell appeared in more than 190 films between 1923 and 1978. He worked frequently for producer Hal Roach, often appearing in silent comedies as the bratty son of Max Davidson or Charley Chase. His sound-era roles were mostly uncred bits, often as bellhops, newsboys, and pages; he was playing adolescent roles well into his twenties. He has the unusual distinction of playing the same role (a newsboy) in both an original film and its remake: Princess O'Hara and It Ain't Hay. He died in 1986 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.

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