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OTRC: Milo O'Shea, 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Barbarella' actor, dies at 86

Milo O'Shea, an Irish character actor known for roles in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" and "Barbarella," has died at the age of 86.

The Associated Press reported O'Shea's death in New York City on Saturday, April 6. Ireland's arts minister said in a statement announcing O'Shea's death on Tuesday, April 2, the actor would be remembered for "ground-breaking" roles.

O'Shea can be seen in the March 1982 photo above on the far right with actor Paul Newman on the far left and Newman's daughter Susan. The three appear backstage at the Booth Theater with actor Michael O'Keefe. O'Keefe and O'Shea were starring in the play "Mass Appeal" at the time.

Among the "ground-breaking" roles on O'Shea's resume is his performance as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film adaptation of "Ulysses." The actor also appeared on Broadway playing a gay hairdresser in 1968's "Staircase."

The Dublin-born O'Shea's bushy eyebrows and white hair led to him often be cast as a priest in several films and television shows including "Cheers," where he played a drunken priest. He also played a charming priest in "Mass Appeal," which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated for a total of two Tony Awards.

O'Shea played Friar Laurence in the 1968 adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet." He also played the villain Dr. Durand Durand in "Barbarella." His role in the film inspired the band name for Duran Duran. The band also put him in a concert video.

Later in his career, O'Shea appeared in "The Verdict" with Paul Newman and on shows like "The Golden Girls," "Oz" and "Frasier." His last television or film role was as Chief Justice Roy Ashland on "The West Wing."

O'Shea moved to the U.S. in the mid-1970s and was a longtime resident of New York. According to the BBC, he is survived by his wife, Kitty Sullivan, his two sons and three grandchildren.

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