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Shay Duffin, one-man show on stage, dies

Dublin native starred in 'Confessions of an Irish Rebel'

Shay Duffin, a character actor known for his one-man plays, died April 22 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications related to heart surgery. He was 79.

A native of Dublin, Duffin in 2006 starred in New York in a play about poet-playwright Brendan Behan, "Confessions of an Irish Rebel." In the early 1990s, he starred in "The Importance of Being Irish," which he wrote. Duffin also toured with a stage production of James Joyce's "The Dead."

Duffin also appeared in such films as "Raging Bull" (1980), "Titanic" (1997), "Seabiscuit" (2003), "The Departed" (2006) and "Beowulf" (2007) and in TV shows including "Due South," "Cagney & Lacey" and "Murder, She Wrote."

Survivors include daughters Laura, Linda, Ruth and Susan. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Whittier, Calif.