Irish actors died at age 79

Here are 6 famous actors from Republic of Ireland died at 79:

J. M. Kerrigan

J. M. Kerrigan (December 16, 1884 Dublin-April 29, 1964 Hollywood) also known as Joseph Michael Kerrigan, Joseph M. Kerrigan or J.M. Kerrigan was an Irish film director, actor and journalist.

Kerrigan began his career as a stage actor. He appeared in over 30 stage productions in Dublin before moving to the United States in 1916. In Hollywood, Kerrigan appeared in more than 140 films during his career, including classics such as "Gone with the Wind" and "The Maltese Falcon." He also directed several films, including "I'll Give a Million" in 1938. Kerrigan was known for playing character roles, often portraying Irish immigrants or law enforcement officers. In addition to his film work, Kerrigan was an accomplished journalist and wrote for several publications, including The Irish World and The New York Evening World.

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Sean McClory

Sean McClory (March 8, 1924 Dublin-December 10, 2003 Hollywood Hills) otherwise known as Sean McGlory, Shawn McGlory, Seán McClory or Séan Joseph McClory was an Irish actor.

Sean McClory's career spanned over five decades and included appearances in numerous films, television shows, and theater productions. He began his acting career in Ireland, where he worked with the Abbey Theatre and appeared in several Irish films. In the 1950s, McClory moved to Hollywood and quickly became a sought-after character actor. He appeared in films such as "The Quiet Man," "The Long Gray Line," and "Fail-Safe."

In addition to his film work, McClory also had a successful career in television. He appeared in dozens of shows, including "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Perry Mason," and "The Twilight Zone." McClory also continued to work on stage, appearing in productions on Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the United States.

Despite his success as an actor, McClory struggled with alcoholism for much of his life. He eventually got sober in the early 1980s and became a counselor, helping others who were struggling with addiction. McClory passed away in 2003 at the age of 79.

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Hilton Edwards

Hilton Edwards (February 2, 1903 London-November 18, 1982 Dublin) a.k.a. Edward Hilton was an Irish actor, theatrical producer and theatre director.

He was one of the co-founders of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, along with his partner Micheál MacLiammóir, and is credited with helping to revive Irish theatre in the 20th century. Edwards and MacLiammóir were known for their innovative productions, which often featured plays by Irish writers such as W.B. Yeats and J.M. Synge.

Edwards also had a successful acting career, both on stage and in film. He appeared in several movies, including "The Rising of the Moon" and "The Taming of the Shrew." He was also a respected Shakespearean actor and performed in many of the Bard's plays throughout his career.

In addition to his theatrical work, Edwards was a passionate advocate for the preservation of Irish cultural heritage. He was involved in the founding of the Irish Georgian Society and campaigned for the preservation of historic buildings and monuments in Ireland.

Edwards was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in recognition of his contribution to Irish culture. He died in Dublin in 1982 at the age of 79.

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Colin Kenny

Colin Kenny (December 4, 1888 Dublin-December 2, 1968 Los Angeles) a.k.a. Oswald Joseph Collins was an Irish actor.

He began his acting career with the Dublin Repertory Theatre before moving to London to work in West End productions. In 1920, he immigrated to the United States and made his Broadway debut in the play "Heartbreak House". Kenny appeared in over 80 films between 1929 and 1957, often playing suave, debonair characters. Some of his notable films include "42nd Street" (1933), "Marked Woman" (1937), and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947). Despite his success in Hollywood, Kenny never lost his strong Irish accent and remained proud of his heritage throughout his career.

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Shay Duffin

Shay Duffin (February 26, 1931 Dublin-April 23, 2010 Los Angeles) was an Irish actor and playwright.

He began his acting career in theaters in Ireland before moving to London and eventually to the United States. In the US, he appeared in multiple films and television series, including playing Father Lonigan in the film "The Departed" and guest-starring in shows like "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The X-Files". In addition to acting, Duffin was also a successful playwright, with his plays being produced on Broadway and in London's West End. He was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1995 for his contributions to the arts.

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John Ford

John Ford (February 1, 1894 Cape Elizabeth-August 31, 1973 Palm Desert) also known as John Martin Feeney, Uncle Jack, The Admiral, Jack, Pappy, Coach, John M. Feeney, Jack Ford, Rear Admiral John Ford USNVR Ret., Commander John Ford, John Ford Captain U.S.N.R., Lt. Cmdr. John Ford U.S.N.R., The Liberal Democrat at Republic, Sean Aloysius O'Feeny, Sean Aloysius O'Fearna, Bull, Sean Aloysius, John Martin O'Feeney, John Martin "Jack" Feeney or Jack Francis was an Irish film director, film producer, actor, screenwriter, writer and cinematographer. He had two children, Barbara Ford and Patrick Ford.

He died caused by stomach cancer.

John Ford was an accomplished filmmaker, known for his Westerns and patriotic films. He directed over 140 films and is considered one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of American cinema. He won four Academy Awards for Best Director for the films "The Informer" (1935), "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), and "The Quiet Man" (1952).

Ford was also a decorated war veteran, having served in the United States Navy during World War II. He used his experiences in the military to inform his filmmaking, and many of his war films, such as "They Were Expendable" (1945) and "The Long Gray Line" (1955), are considered classics of the genre.

In addition to his filmmaking career, Ford was an avid collector of Native American art and artifacts. He donated his extensive collection to the Heard Museum in Arizona, where it remains on display today.

Ford's influence on cinema has been felt for decades, and his legacy continues to be celebrated by filmmakers and fans alike.

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