Born David Poole Fronabarger, in Big Spring, Texas, Dave O'Brien started his film career in bit parts before gradually winning larger roles, mostly in 'B' pictures.
He became familiar to movie audiences in the 1940's as the hero of the famous comedy short film series narrated by Pete Smith at the MGM studios. O'Brien wrote and directed many of these subjects under the name David Barclay.
He also appeared in many low-
To modern audiences, he is most likely best to be remembered as a frantic dope addict in the notoriously dated low-
One of his later roles was in the film musical version of Kiss Me, Kate (1953),a rare featured role for the actor in an 'A' list big budget production.