Thursday, 4 April 2013
Irish Actor Milo O'Shea Dies At Age 86
Irish actor Milo O'Shea, who starred in cult classic Barbarella, has died in New York, aged 86.
O'Shea, who was born in Dublin on 2 June 1926, was a cinema and television actor and well-known for his roles in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo And Juliet, and his performance as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses.
His early success on stage in Dublin followed him to the UK where he made a strong impact with Glory Be! at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. He was equally adepy on stage and screen.
O'Shea also appeared in US hit television series Cheers, Frasier, The Golden Girls, St Elsewhere and The West Wing. In the UK, he starred in the BBC comedy Me Mammy during the late 1960s and early 70s. His ability to play comic roles — he played a shrink to two psychiatrists inFrasier — was highlighted in 2003, when he starred in Puckoon, a movie based on a comic novel by Spike Milligan.
Mr O'Shea lived in New York since 1976 and is survived by his actress wife Kitty Sullivan, sons Colm and Steven and grandchildren. He died after a short illness.