Allan O'Keefe enjoyed a long career as an actor on television from the 1960s to the 1990s appearing on series such as Z Cars (where he played the regular role of PC Render for many years), A Family at War, Budgie, EastEnders and Emmerdale.
He appeared in three roles in Coronation Street:
- Ray Butler, an exuberant MC at The Red Lion in May 1965
- a Footballer for Weatherfield County FC in December 1971
- a Returning Officer at a council election in May 2001.
He also appeared in The Old One-Two, a first season episode of the Coronation Street spin-off Pardon the Expression in August 1965 as the exotically named youth Cherokee and later in the same year recorded the un-transmitted Christmas Special where he played a camp Mod.