Skip O'Brien

Bernard Francis "Skip" O'Brien (August 20, 1950 – April 6, 2011) was an American actor. Although he appeared in such films as 1997's Liar Liar and 2007's The Hitcher, he is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Detective Ray O'Riley from 2000 to 2003 on the American television show CSI.

Skip O'Brien
Bernard Francis O'Brien

August 20, 1950
DiedApril 6, 2011(2011-04-06) (aged 60)
Years active1985–2008
SpouseSusanne Bordeaux (2 children)
FamilyDaniel O'Brien (nephew)

O'Brien was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and grew up on the Jersey Shore in Union Beach. After serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, he graduated from Brookdale Community College in 1980. O'Brien spent his career in television and film living in California then moved to Hazlet, New Jersey in 2010. He died on April 6, 2011, at the age of 60.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Prizzi's Honor Bartender
1985 Echo Park Prisoner
1990 Side Out Policeman
1995 Higher Learning Security Guard
1995 Double Rush The Policeman Episode "They Shoot Guns, Don't They?"
1996 Black Sheep State Trooper
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Construction Worker
1997 Liar Liar Court Guard
1999 The Muse Universal Studio Guard
2000-2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Detective Ray O'Riley 24 episodes
2001 Blow Customs Agent
2007 The Hitcher Sheriff Harlan Bremmer Sr.


  1. ^ Staff. "Skip O'Brien: Obituary", Asbury Park Press, April 8, 2011. Accessed August 9, 2012. "Born Bernard Francis O'Brien in Jersey City, Skip moved to Union Beach as a young boy, and lived there until he entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968. After graduating from Brookdale College in 1980, he moved to California to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.... He relocated to Hazlet in 2010 to be close to his family."

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