Actor Bryan O'Bryne dies at 78

Plattsburgh native appeared on 'Get Smart,' 'Spaceballs'

Bryan O'Byrne, a character actor in film and on television for more than four decades, died Dec. 4 in Pacifica, Calif. He was 78.

O'Byrne often appeared as quiet, milquetoast characters. In the 1960s, he played Hodgkins, an assistant to the Chief, on five episodes of "Get Smart" and as Man-in-Middle in three episodes on "Occasional Wife."

O'Byrne also appeared on TV in "Step by Step," "Murder, She Wrote," "Hardcastle and McCormick," "Alice," "Eight Is Enough," "Maude," "Happy Days," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Partridge Family," "Love, American Style," "Gunsmoke," "Sanford and Son," "The Munsters," "My Favorite Martian," "Bewitched," "The Virginian," "Perry Mason," "The Fugitive" and "Batman," among others.

His film credits included "Gunfight in Abilene" (1967), "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" (1979), "Love at First Bite" (1979), "Spaceballs" (1987) and "Repossessed" (1990).

O'Byrne, a native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., who worked as school teacher before acting, was featured in more than 200 commercials and served on the Emmy nominating committee. He was a member of SAG, AFTRA and Equity.

O'Byrne started his career in New York, appearing on stage in the late 1950s with Vivien Leigh in "Duel of Angels," before moving to Hollywood.

O'Byrne also was an acting coach who worked with Nick Nolte, Christopher McDonald, Pam Dawber, Bonnie Bedilia, Marj Dusay and Bill Allen.