Character Actor Milo O'Shea Dies at 86

Milo O'Shea in 2003
Milo O'Shea in 2003
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Irish character actor Milo O'Shea has died, the Associated Press reports.

O’Shea, who was 86, is known for playing a Supreme Court justice on The West Wing and also enjoyed roles as an evil scientist in Barbarella and Friar Laurence in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet.

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O’Shea was born in Dublin and also had a career on Broadway, during which he earned two Tony nominations. He notably played a gay hairdresser in 1968’s “Staircase.” He was often cast as priests, playing one in the sitcom Cheers and the 1997 movie The Butcher Boy.

Ireland's arts minister, Jimmy Deenihan, said in a statement the actor would be remembered for "ground-breaking" roles, such as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film adaptation of Ulysses.

O’Shea was a longtime resident of New York, where he moved in the 1970s.

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