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Daniel O’Herlihy


Oscar nommed thesp Daniel O’Herlihy died Feb. 17 in Malibu after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in Wexford, Ireland, O’Herlihy obtained an architecture degree before starting to act at Dublin’s Abbey Theater. He was then cast by Carol Reed in in the 1946 thriller “Odd Man Out.”

He appeared in more than 70 plays at the Abbey and Gate Theatres before moving to America, where he appeared in Orson Welles’ “Macbeth” at the Mercury Theater and John Houseman’s “Measure for Measure” in Los Angeles, among many others.

O’Herlihy first came to Hollywood in 1947 to do the costume and set design and play Macduff in Welles’ film version of “Macbeth.” He earned an actor Oscar nom for Luis Bunuel’s “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.”

Other roles included “Kidnapped,” “MacArthur,” “Imitation of Life,” “Fail-Safe,” “The Last Starfighter,” “Robocop” and John Huston’s “The Dead.”

On television, he appeared in “The Long Hot Summer,” “The Rat Pack” and “Twin Peaks,” among others.

He is survived by his wife Elsie, five children, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Donations may be made to the Actors Fund, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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