Michael O'Keefe (born Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr.; April 24, 1955) is an American film and television actor, best known for his roles as Danny Noonan in Caddyshack and Ben Meechum in The Great Santini, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
O'Keefe was born Raymond Peter O'Keefe Jr., in Mount Vernon, New York, the oldest of seven children in a devoutly Roman Catholic Irish American family. He is the son of Stephanie (née Fitzpatrick) and Raymond Peter O'Keefe, who was a law professor at Fordham University, and also taught at St. Thomas University. O'Keefe grew up in Larchmont, New York, and graduated from Mamaroneck High School. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University. O’Keefe made his acting debut in a 1970 Colgate television commercial.
O'Keefe is known for his role as Danny Noonan in the comedy film Caddyshack. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Ben, the oldest son of a Marine aviator in The Great Santini (1979) starring Robert Duvall, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for the film. He played a Marine in the CBS miniseries A Rumor of War (1980) as the friend of Brad Davis' character, Philip Caputo. He played the lead role in the 1982 film Split Image as a college athlete who gets lured into a religious cult by a beautiful girl (Karen Allen).
He appeared in the thriller film The Glass House and starred with Tommy Lee Jones in the 1983 pirate adventure Nate and Hayes, also known as Savage Islands. O'Keefe appeared with George Clooney in Michael Clayton. He has appeared twice with Jack Nicholson, as his son in Ironweed and as the father of a murdered girl in The Pledge. His film Frozen River was in the competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. He also played the powerful district attorney Calvin Beckett in the film American Violet.
O'Keefe's Broadway theatre credits include Side Man (1998), Mass Appeal (1981), Fifth of July (1980), and Reckless with Mary-Louise Parker (2004). He also appeared in the play A Few Good Men in 1992 with a national tour as Lt. Jg. Daniel Kaffee.
O'Keefe's highest-profile television role was his portrayal of Fred, the husband of Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf) on the ABC series Roseanne from 1993 to 1995. He played the husband in the series Life's Work from 1996 to 1997. Additional television credits include the lead role of Simon MacHeath in the short-lived Boston-based series Against the Law, which aired on Fox during the 1990–91 season, and the role of Ron Steffey in the 1992 CBS drama Middle Ages.
O'Keefe has guest starred on Saving Grace, The West Wing, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, House, M*A*S*H, Ghost Whisperer, Brothers and Sisters, Leverage, Blue Bloods and The Waltons. In 2014, O'Keefe appeared in a recurring role in Homeland as CIA agent and former interim station chief John Redmond and as Detective Winslow in the Amazon Prime original TV series Sneaky Pete.