Irish film, television and stage actor Milo O’Shea, known for his roles in the cult classic Barbarella, Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo And Juliet, and Ulysses, has died. He passed away Tuesday in New York after a short illness, according to the Telegraph. He was 86. O’Shea had a wide range of roles throughout his career, which included guest stints on several U.S. television series including Cheers, Frasier, The Golden Girls, St Elsewhere and The West Wing. His early years were spent on the stage, first in his hometown of Dublin then in the UK where he appeared in Glory Be! at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. His first starring film role was as protagonist Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The next year he appeared as mad scientist Dr. Durand Durand in the cult classic Barbarella with Jane Fonda and as Friar Laurence in Zeffirelli’s adaptation of Romeo And Juliet. In 1982, he appeared with Paul Newman in the legal drama The Verdict, and also worked with Irish director Neil Jordan as Father Sullivan in The Butcher Boy. His other TV credits include the BBC comedy Me Mammy. O’Shea had lived in New York since 1976.
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