Milo O'Shea Dies at 86 of Complications from Alzheimer's

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By Brittney R. Villalva, Christian Post Reporter
April 7, 2013|2:21 pm

Milo O'Shea, famous for playing a priest with bushy black eyebrows, passed away in New York on Tuesday from Alzheimer's disease.

O'Shea, 86, moved to the United States in the 70's and became a long time resident in New York City. He was most commonly known as a character actor who played the role of a priest in many films and television shows including "The Butcher Boy" and "Cheers." O'Shea also popularly played a friar in "Romeo and Juliet" and a mad scientist in Durand Durand.

He passed on Tuesday from complications derived from Alzheimer's disease, according to the New York Times. The actor was famous for his white hair and bushy, black eyebrows.

O'Shea was previously nominated for two Tony Awards. His first nomination came in 1968 during his Broadway debut for "Staircase." He was nominated for a second Tony in 1981 for "Mass Appeal."

The actor later played a mad scientist named Dr. Durand Durand in "Barbarella." A 1980's rock band later named themselves after his character, dropping the "d" and calling themselves "Duran Duran."

O'Shea is survived by his two sons from a previous marriage, two grandchildren, and his wife, Kitty Sulivan. He was born in Ireland in 1926. He hoped to make a career for himself outside his bushy eyebrows the New York Times reported, but added that his was not part of his job to be thinking about them while acting.

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"If you're thinking about your eyebrows when you're acting," he said, "you're not acting properly."

 

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