Milo O'Shea

Irish American actor (1926-2013)

Milo O'Shea (2 June 1926 – 2 April 2013) was an Irish-American actor and personality. He was known for his role as Leopold Bloom in Ulysses.

Milo O'Shea
O'Shea in 1967
Born(1926-06-02)2 June 1926
Died2 April 2013(2013-04-02) (aged 86)
Cause of deathShort illness
CitizenshipIreland, United States
Alma materSynge Street
Occupation(s)Actor, personality
Years active1940–2005
Known forLeopold Bloom in Ulysses
Maureen Toal (m. 1952–1974)

Kitty Sullivan (m.?-2013)
(his death)
ChildrenWith Toal:
Colm O'Shea,
Steven O'Shea

Early life


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.



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


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


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.[1][2]


  1. BBC News; Retrieved 3 April 2013
  2. "Milo O'Shea has died". RTÉ News.

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