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Actor Milo O'Shea dies aged 86

Irish actor Milo O'Shea has died in New York, aged 86.

The Dublin-born star of stage and screen was well-known for his roles in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo And Juliet, cult classic Barbarella and his performance as Leopold Bloom in an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses.

He also appeared in US hit television series Cheers, Frasier, The Golden Girls, St Elsewhere and The West Wing, while in the UK he starred in the BBC comedy Me Mammy during the late 1960s and early 70s.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan described the veteran character actor as a giant of both stage and screen.

"During his career in theatre and film, both at home and abroad, he is remembered for the quality of his performances in a range of challenging and often ground-breaking roles," he said.

"His portrayal of Leopold Bloom in Ulysses was a particular highlight of his film career, a role that many people recall when they think of him. His performance in Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet also stands out."

Mr Deenihan said the actor had reached the widest audiences across the globe and was internationally recognised for the quality of his work.

"I would like to express my deep condolences to his family, and to his many friends, at this time," he added.

Mr O'Shea lived in New York since 1976 and is survived by his actress wife Kitty Sullivan, sons Colm and Steven and grandchildren.

by Anonymousreply 1504/04/2013

He was Duran Duran in "Barbarell"! One of those actors I always liked seeing pop up in a movie. Great in "The Verdict". Saw him in "Mass Appeal" with Michael O'Keefe on Broadway. Excellent actor.

by Anonymousreply 104/03/2013

I wonder if he finally admitted to Rose on his deathbed that he didn't know Charlie and that he was just trying to fleece her out of her savings? Or did he let the secret die with him?

by Anonymousreply 204/03/2013

I seem to remember seeing him on tour in the My Fair Lady revival with Rex Harrison and Cheryl Kennedy, playing Alfred P. Doolittle.

by Anonymousreply 304/03/2013

He lived in New York? When did he stop working?

by Anonymousreply 404/03/2013

"I dare no longer stay! I dare no longer stay!"

Took me forever to understand what he was saying.

by Anonymousreply 504/03/2013

r5, beat me to it - all I could think of when I read this was Milo on his death bed saying: I dare no longer stay, I dare no longer stay!

by Anonymousreply 604/03/2013

He really was amazing in The Verdict!

by Anonymousreply 704/03/2013

I saw him on Broadway in "Meet Me In St Louis" as Grandpa.

by Anonymousreply 804/03/2013

I win!

by Anonymousreply 904/03/2013

Dammit. He was on my bucket list of dicks to suck and now it looks like this isn't going to happen.

by Anonymousreply 1004/03/2013

Freaky. Someone on the theatre thread was just asking if he was still alive.

by Anonymousreply 1104/03/2013

Is he the one Zeffirelli hit on during Romeo & Juliet?

by Anonymousreply 1204/03/2013

r10

I'm still here!

by Anonymousreply 1304/03/2013

RIP Milo.

Oh, and I love you, R2.

by Anonymousreply 1404/03/2013

O'Shea, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala...

Who will be the third?

by Anonymousreply 1504/04/2013
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