Wednesday, April 3, 2013

RIP Milo O'Shea

Milo O'Shea dies after a short illness Milo O'Shea died after a short illness on Tuesday night

The Irish actor, Milo O'Shea, has died after a short illness, his son has confirmed. He was 86.

The Dubliner, who had a long career on the stage and screen, died in a New York hospital on Tuesday night.

He is best remembered for his role in Franco Zeffirelli's film, Romeo and Juliet, the 1968 film Barbarella, and for his performance as Leopold Bloom in an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses.

He also appeared in several hit US TV shows, including Frasier and Cheers.

He played a chief justice in The West Wing TV series, and also had a brief role in the Golden Girls in the 1980s.

In 1982, he starred alongside Paul Newman in the legal drama, The Verdict, and he also worked alongside Irish director Neil Jordan in the Butcher Boy.

He played a villain, Durand-Durand, in Roger Vadim's futuristic fantasy film, Barbarella, and years later, his character inspired the name of the 1980s pop group, Duran Duran.

In 2003, O'Shea starred in Puckoon, a movie based on a comic novel by Spike Milligan.

The satire, set in a village divided in two by the partition of Ireland, was mostly filmed in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Irish Republic.

O'Shea began his acting career as a schoolboy in Dublin.

He moved to New York in the 1970s and lived there until his death.

 He is survived by his wife, actress Kitty Sullivan, his two sons and three grandchildren.

O’SHEA, Milo
Born: 6/2/1926, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 4/2/2013, New York, U.S.A.

Milo O’Shea’s western – actor:
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV) – 1977 (Brisly)

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