Milo O'Shea Biography

Film Actor, Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor(1926–2013)
Milo O'Shea was an Irish actor known for starring on the BBC sitcom Me Mammy and in Staircase, Broadway's first serious depiction of homosexual men.

Synopsis

Milo O'Shea was born on June 2, 1926, in Dublin, Ireland. He became known to U.K. audiences for his role on the BBC sitcom Me Mammy and appeared in Staircase (1968), Broadway's first serious depiction of homosexual men. O'Shea's film credits include Ulysses, Barbarella and Romeo and Juliet. He died in New York City on April 2, 2013, at age 86.

Early Life

Born on June 2, 1926, in Dublin, Ireland, actor Milo O'Shea was educated at the Synge Street Christian Brothers School in Dublin. He took to the stage at a young age and was soon performing with the Abbey Players.

Career Highlights

In the 1960s, Milo O'Shea became known to audiences in the United Kingdom for his starring role on the BBC sitcom Me Mammy. He then made his Broadway debut in 1968's Staircase. The production marked a milestone, as it was the Great White Way's first serious depiction of homosexual men.

A character actor known for his bushy eyebrows and impish smile, Milo O'Shea also enjoyed a long career on the big screen. Notable films include Ulysses (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Barbarella (1968) and The Verdict (1981). 

O'Shea's later career included more appearances on the small screen, including on the popular shows Frazier and The West Wing.

Death and Legacy

Milo O'Shea died in New York City on April 2, 2013, at the age of 86. According to a friend of the actor, he died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. O'Shea was survived by his wife, Irish actress Kitty Sullivan; sons Colm and Steven; and three grandchildren.

Fact Check

We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!