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Tony Nominee Donal Donnelly Dies at 78

By New York City
Donal Donnelly in
Godfather, Part III
(© Paramount Pictures)
Donal Donnelly in
Godfather, Part III
(© Paramount Pictures)
Donal Donnelly, who earned a Tony nomination for his performance in the original production of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come!, has died, according to a report in The New York Times. He was 78.

The Irish actor was frequently seen on Broadway after his debut in Philadelphia. His other credits include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, in which he replaced star Albert Finney, Sleuth, Faith Healer, The Elephant Man, Execution of Justice, Sherlock's Last Case, Ghetto, and Dancing at Lughnasa. His last appearance on Broadway was in Translations in 1995.

In addition to his stage work, Donnelly was frequently seen in films. Among his screen credits are The Knack...and How to Get It, John Huston's adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead, Godfather Part III, and Twister.


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