Michael O’Herlihy

Prolific Irish film and TV director Michael O’Herlihy, who directed a handful of Disney films in the late 1960s and also the brother of Oscar-nominated thespian Dan O’Herlihy, died Saturday in his sleep in Ireland. He was 69.

O’Herlihy began his career in Ireland as a stage designer. He immigrated to the U.S. in the mid-1950s and shortly thereafter began his career as a director of TV shows and features.

TV credits include: “Gunsmoke” and “MASH.”

O’Herlihy also directed for Ed Friendly Prods. some of that company’s TV movies and miniseries including the 9-hour mini, “Backstairs at the White House,” which aired on NBC in 1979.

O’Herlihy directed such films as “The Fighting Prince of Donegal,” “The One and Only Genuine,” “Original Family Band” and “Smith!”

In addition to his brother, O’Herlihy is survived by his wife, three daughters, a son and four grandsons.

Services will be held Fridayin Dublin, Ireland.

Family suggests donations in O’Herlihy’s name be sent to the Motion Picture Home.

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