O'Shea in 1967
|Died||2 April 2013 (aged 86)|
|Cause of death||Short illness|
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Citizenship||Ireland, United States|
|Alma mater||Synge Street|
|Known for||Leopold Bloom in Ulysses|
|Home town||Dublin, Ireland|
Maureen Toal (m. 1952–1974)
Kitty Sullivan (m.?-2013)
Early life[change | change source]
O'Shea was born on 2 June 1926 in Dublin, Irish Free State. He studied at Synge Street. O'Shea was married to Maureen Toal from 1952 until they divorced in 1974. Then he was married to Kitty Sullivan until his death in 2013.
Career[change | change source]
O'Shea starred as Leopold Bloom in Joseph Strick's 1967 movie version of Ulysses. Among his other well-known movie 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 classic Barbarella (both movies 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 movie Arena, since his character inspired the band's name. He played Inspector Boot in the 1973 Vincent Price horror movie Theatre of Blood.
Later career[change | change source]
He was active in American movies and TV shows, such as his memorable supporting role as the trial judge in the Sidney Lumet's The Verdict with Paul Newman, an episode of The Golden Girls in 1987, and portraying Chief Justice of the United States Roy Ashland in the TV series The West Wing. In 1992, O'Shea guest starred in the Season 10 finale of the sitcom Cheers, and, in 1995, in an episode of the show's spin-off Frasier. He appeared in the pilot episode of Early Edition as Sherman.
Personal life and death[change | change source]
He had two sons with Toal, Colm and Steven. He lived in New York City, New York and became a United States citizen. O'Shea died on 2 April 2013 from an short-illness in Manhattan, New York, aged 86.