Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea

Stage and screen stasr Milo O'Shea passed away yesterday, April 2, after a short ilness, according to published reports. He was 86 years old.

He began acting on the stage, then moved into film in the 1960s. He became popular in the UK as a result of starring in the BBC sitcom Me Mammy alongside Yootha Joyce. In 1967-68 he appeared in the drama Staircase, co-starring Eli Wallach and directed by Barry Morse.

O'Shea starred as Leopold Bloom in Joseph Strick's 1967 film version of Ulysses. Among his other memorable film roles in the 1960s were as the well-intentioned Friar Laurence in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet and as the villainous Dr. Durand Durand (who tries to kill Jane Fonda's character by making her literally die of pleasure) in Roger Vadim's counterculture classic Barbarella (both films were released in 1968). In 1984, O'Shea reprised his role as Dr. Durand Durand (credited as Dr. Duran Duran) for the Duran Duran concert filmArena, since his character inspired the band's name. He played Inspector Boot in the 1973 Vincent Price horror film Theatre of Blood.

He was married to the Irish actress Kitty Sullivan, with whom he occasionally acted, most notably in a 1981 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. He had two sons, Colm and Steven, but O'Shea and Sullivan have no children together. O'Shea and his wife both adopted United States citizenship and resided in New York City.

Other notable stage appearances include Mass Appeal (1981) in which he originated the role of "Father Tim Farley" (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as "Best Actor"), the musical Dear World in which he played the Sewer Man opposite Angela Lansbury as Countess Aurelia, Corpse! (1986) and a 1994 Broadway revival of Philadelphia, Here I Come.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea
Theatre Marquee Poster for Milo O'Shea and Michael O'Keefe Opening Night of 'MASS APPEAL' at the Booth Theatre in New York City on 11/12/1981

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Michael O'Keefe Opening Night of 'MASS APPEAL' at the Booth Theatre in New York City on 11/12/1981

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Michael O'Keefe Opening Night of 'MASS APPEAL' at the Booth Theatre in New York City on 11/12/1981

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Michael O'Keefe Opening Night of 'MASS APPEAL' at the Booth Theatre in New York City on 11/12/1981

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea Opening Night of the Roundabout Theatre Company's TARTUFFE American Airlines Theatre New York City January 9, 2003

Photo Flash: Remembering Milo O'Shea

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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