Michael O'Neill

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Michael O'Neill (born May 29, 1951) is an American actor. With a career stretching through three decades, he usually portrays senior law enforcement or military officers. He is perhaps best known for his role as Special agent Ron Butterfield, the head of President Josiah Bartlet's Secret Service detail, on The West Wing. He played CTU Administrative Director Richard Walsh in the first two episodes of 24. He played Sgt. Maj. Ron Cheals in the CBS action-drama series The Unit. He starred in the Season Six 2 part Finale of Grey's Anatomy as the broken widower who holds the hospital hostage with a 9mm while pursuing the doctors responsible for unplugging his wife. His most notable film performances occur in Seabiscuit, Secondhand Lions, Transformers, Dancer, Texas Pop 81, Traffic, Sea of Love, A Quiet Little Marriage, Nothing But the Truth, and Green Zone. O'Neill graduated from Auburn University in 1974. After attending Auburn he spent time under the tutelage of actor Will Geer and his daughter, Ellen, at Theatricum Botanicum in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue his career there.

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Marc Vallée
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Jennifer Garner  •  Jared Leto  •  Denis O'Hare

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Marc Vallée
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Jennifer Garner  •  Jared Leto  •  Denis O'Hare

Around the Bend (2004)

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A tale of four generations of men, all of whom have had their offspring at a young age: a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father in his twenties and a son who is about 7 years old. When the oldest member passes away, the trio heads out on the road together in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Roberts
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  David Eigenberg  •  Michael Caine  •  Jonah Bobo

A tale of four generations of men, all of whom have had their offspring at a young age: a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father in his twenties and a son who is about 7 years old. When the oldest member passes away, the trio heads out on the road together in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Roberts
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  David Eigenberg  •  Michael Caine  •  Jonah Bobo

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four boyhood pals perform a heroic act and are changed by the powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they're overtaken by a vicious blizzard that harbors an ominous presence. Challenged to stop an alien force, the friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Thomas Jane  •  Jason Lee  •  Damian Lewis

Four boyhood pals perform a heroic act and are changed by the powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they're overtaken by a vicious blizzard that harbors an ominous presence. Challenged to stop an alien force, the friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Thomas Jane  •  Jason Lee  •  Damian Lewis

Ghost Story (1981)

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Irvin
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  John Houseman

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Irvin
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  John Houseman

Jennifer Eight (1992)

A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. Meanwhile, a serial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Robinson
CAST:  Andy García  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Uma Thurman  •  Graham Beckel

A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. Meanwhile, a serial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Robinson
CAST:  Andy García  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Uma Thurman  •  Graham Beckel

Sea of Love (1989)

Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to investigate a series of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Becker
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Ellen Barkin  •  John Goodman  •  Michael Rooker

Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to investigate a series of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Becker
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Ellen Barkin  •  John Goodman  •  Michael Rooker

Seabiscuit (2003)

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True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  David McCullough  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tobey Maguire

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  David McCullough  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tobey Maguire

Secondhand Lions (2003)

"Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim McCanlies
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Robert Duvall  •  Haley Joel Osment  •  Josh Lucas

"Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim McCanlies
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Robert Duvall  •  Haley Joel Osment  •  Josh Lucas

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

World War I has left golfer Rannulph Junuh a poker-playing alcoholic, his perfect swing gone. Now, however, he needs to get it back to play in a tournament to save the financially ravaged golf course of a long-ago sweetheart. Help arrives in the form of mysterious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Bruce McGill  •  Joel Gretsch  •  J. Michael Moncrief  •  Wilbur Fitzgerald

World War I has left golfer Rannulph Junuh a poker-playing alcoholic, his perfect swing gone. Now, however, he needs to get it back to play in a tournament to save the financially ravaged golf course of a long-ago sweetheart. Help arrives in the form of mysterious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Bruce McGill  •  Joel Gretsch  •  J. Michael Moncrief  •  Wilbur Fitzgerald

The Mod Squad (1999)

Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Silver
CAST:  Claire Danes  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Omar Epps  •  Dennis Farina

Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Silver
CAST:  Claire Danes  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Omar Epps  •  Dennis Farina

Traffic (2000)

An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Jacob Vargas  •  Andrew Chavez

An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Jacob Vargas  •  Andrew Chavez

Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

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Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7, until he started experiencing blackouts, memory lapses and other strange mental phenomena. Eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD—an extremely rare and incurable degenerative brain disorders—his parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Nick Nolte  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Ann Hearn

Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7, until he started experiencing blackouts, memory lapses and other strange mental phenomena. Eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD—an extremely rare and incurable degenerative brain disorders—his parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Nick Nolte  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Ann Hearn

ATF (1999)

In the wake of the tragic events at Waco, Texas where an armed conflict with armed militiamen broke out, agents of the federal government's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) carry out a clandestine mission within another militia operation that is possibly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Parisot
CAST:  Amy Brenneman  •  Kathy Baker  •  Vincent Angell  •  Keith David

In the wake of the tragic events at Waco, Texas where an armed conflict with armed militiamen broke out, agents of the federal government's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) carry out a clandestine mission within another militia operation that is possibly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Parisot
CAST:  Amy Brenneman  •  Kathy Baker  •  Vincent Angell  •  Keith David

The Sunchaser (1996)

A young half-Navajo convict dying of cancer forces a yuppie doctor to drive him to a magic healing lake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Talisa Soto  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Jon Seda

A young half-Navajo convict dying of cancer forces a yuppie doctor to drive him to a magic healing lake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Talisa Soto  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Jon Seda

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)

Four guys, best friends, have grown up together in DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81, a tiny town in West Texas. Years ago, they made a solemn vow to leave town together as soon as they graduate. Now, it's that weekend and the time has come to "put up or shut up." The clock is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim McCanlies
CAST:  Breckin Meyer  •  Peter Facinelli  •  Eddie Mills  •  Ethan Embry

Four guys, best friends, have grown up together in DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81, a tiny town in West Texas. Years ago, they made a solemn vow to leave town together as soon as they graduate. Now, it's that weekend and the time has come to "put up or shut up." The clock is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim McCanlies
CAST:  Breckin Meyer  •  Peter Facinelli  •  Eddie Mills  •  Ethan Embry

American Crime (2004)

A news team hunts for a serial killer who stalks victims via videotape and then records the ghastly deed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Mintz
CAST:  Cary Elwes  •  Kip Pardue  •  Rachael Leigh Cook  •  Annabella Sciorra

A news team hunts for a serial killer who stalks victims via videotape and then records the ghastly deed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Mintz
CAST:  Cary Elwes  •  Kip Pardue  •  Rachael Leigh Cook  •  Annabella Sciorra

J. Edgar (2011)

As the face of law enforcement in the United States for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career, and his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Geoff Pierson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Josh Hamilton

As the face of law enforcement in the United States for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career, and his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Geoff Pierson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Josh Hamilton

A Quiet Little Marriage (2008)

A Quiet Little Marriage is the love story of Dax and Olive, who manage to find harmony even as they juggle family, romance and intimacy, but that all changes the night she asks him for a baby. Writer/director Mo Perkins’ intense and profound, raw feature debut is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mo Perkins
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Ellis  •  Cy Carter  •  Jimmi Simpson  •  Michael O'Neill

A Quiet Little Marriage is the love story of Dax and Olive, who manage to find harmony even as they juggle family, romance and intimacy, but that all changes the night she asks him for a baby. Writer/director Mo Perkins’ intense and profound, raw feature debut is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mo Perkins
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Ellis  •  Cy Carter  •  Jimmi Simpson  •  Michael O'Neill

Transformers (2007)

Young teenager, Sam Witwicky becomes involved in the ancient struggle between two extraterrestrial factions of transforming robots – the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. Sam holds the clue to unimaginable power and the Decepticons will stop at nothing to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Bay
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Megan Fox  •  Rachael Taylor

Young teenager, Sam Witwicky becomes involved in the ancient struggle between two extraterrestrial factions of transforming robots – the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. Sam holds the clue to unimaginable power and the Decepticons will stop at nothing to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Bay
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Megan Fox  •  Rachael Taylor

An Unremarkable Life (1989)

The close bond between two elderly sisters is threatened when one of them begins to have romantic feelings for a local mechanic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amin Q. Chaudhri
CAST:  Patricia Neal  •  Shelley Winters  •  Mako  •  Charles S. Dutton

The close bond between two elderly sisters is threatened when one of them begins to have romantic feelings for a local mechanic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amin Q. Chaudhri
CAST:  Patricia Neal  •  Shelley Winters  •  Mako  •  Charles S. Dutton
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