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Irish Actor Milo O'Shea Has Died at Age 86

The two-time Tony Award nominee is perhaps best known for his role in the cult-classic film Barbarella. logo

Melissa Errico with Milo O'Shea in Finian's Rainbow
(© T Charles Erickson)
Irish actor Milo O'Shea, a veteran of ten Broadway shows and a two-time Tony Award nominee, has died at the age of 86 in New York City following a short illness.

The Dublin-born O'Shea received Tony nods for his roles in the 1968 play Staircase and 1982's Mass Appeal, for which he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. Among his many other Broadway roles are S.B. O'Donnell in the 1994 revival of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Grandpa Prophater in the 1989 stage musical adaptation of the film Meet Me in St. Louis, Alfred P. Doolittle in the 1981 revival of My Fair Lady, and The Sewerman in the original Broadway production of Dear World. He also appeared in the Irish Repertory Theatre's acclaimed 2004 revival of Finian's Rainbow.

O'Shea was at home on both the stage and the screen, starring in the '60s BBC sitcom Me Mammy, playing Leopold Bloom in the film version of James Joyce's Ulysses, Friar Laurence in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, and Dr. Durand Durand in the cult-classic film Barbarella, opposite Jane Fonda. He had guest starred on episodes of the television series' The Golden Girls, The West Wing (as Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Ashland), Cheers, and Frasier (as couples therapist Dr. Schachter), and Early Edition, among many others.

He is survived by his wife, actress Kitty Sullivan (whom he met while performing in My Fair Lady), his two sons, Colm and Steven, as well as three grandchildren.


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