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Milo O'Shea

( b. Jun 02, 1926 Dublin, IRELAND - d. Apr 02, 2013 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Milo O’Shea was an Irish character actor — recognizable by his black bushy eyebrows, tumble of white hair and impish smile — whose films included “Ulysses,” “Barbarella” and “The Verdict.”

In addition to his scores of film roles, Mr. O’Shea appeared on American sitcoms like “The Golden Girls,” “Cheers” and “Frasier” and played the chief justice of the Supreme Court on “The West Wing.” He was twice nominated for Tony Awards.

The first time was for his debut performance on Broadway, in the 1968 production of Staircase, in which he and Eli Wallach played gay, middle-aged hairdressers in a relationship not much different from many troubled heterosexual marriages. The play, while not commercially successful, came to be regarded as one of the first serious depictions of homosexuality on Broadway.

In 1981, on Broadway, he played a duplicitous, charming, Mercedes-driving priest in Mass Appeal, receiving his second Tony nomination.

His father was in a professional singing duo, and his mother was a harpist and ballet dancer. They both encouraged him to pursue his dream of acting.

At 10 he starred in a radio adaptation of “Oliver Twist.” By 17 he was a full-time actor in a touring company. Two years later he joined one of Ireland’s major theatrical troupes and performed in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen and Molière.

He then came to the United States and found work in regional theater. But after strained finances forced him to work as an elevator operator at the Waldorf-Astoria, he returned to Ireland. He had success there and in England, and rode the wave of his “Ulysses” success to return to Manhattan, where he lived for many years.

Source: The New York Times 

ProductionsDate of Productions
Philadelphia, Here I Come!
[Play, Revival]
  • Starring: Milo O'Shea [S. B. O'Donnell]
Sep 08, 1994 - Oct 22, 1994
Meet Me in St. Louis
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Milo O'Shea [Grandpa Prophater]
Nov 02, 1989 - Jun 10, 1990
[Play, Comedy, Thriller, Original]
  • Starring: Milo O'Shea [Major Walter Powell]
Jan 05, 1986 - Apr 20, 1986
Mass Appeal
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Milo O'Shea [Father Tim Farley]
Nov 12, 1981 - May 16, 1982
My Fair Lady
[Musical, Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Milo O'Shea [Alfred P. Doolittle]
Aug 18, 1981 - Nov 29, 1981
A Touch of the Poet
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Milo O'Shea [Jamie Cregan]
  • Standby: Milo O'Shea [Cornelius Melody]
Dec 28, 1977 - Apr 30, 1978
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Milo O'Shea [Eddie Waters]
Nov 28, 1976 - Apr 03, 1977
Mrs. Warren's Profession
[Play, Tragedy, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Milo O'Shea [Reverend Samuel Gardner]
Feb 18, 1976 - Apr 04, 1976
Dear World
[Musical, Original]
  • Also Starring: Milo O'Shea [The Sewerman]
Feb 06, 1969 - May 31, 1969
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Milo O'Shea [Harry C. Leeds]
Jan 10, 1968 - Mar 02, 1968
1982 Tony Award® Best Actor in Play
Mass Appeal [nominee]
Starring: Milo O'Shea
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play
Mass Appeal [nominee]
Starring: Milo O'Shea
1968 Tony Award® Best Actor in Play
Staircase [nominee]
Performer: Milo O'Shea
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