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Also Known As: Died: March 21, 1992
Born: January 30, 1914 Cause of Death: leukemia
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Profession: Cast ...
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Family moved to US when Ireland was a child; grew up in Harlem
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Branded a deliquent and was sent to reform schools and summer camps
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Won Canadian swimming Marathon
1935:
Performed underwater stunts and worked as a barker at the Aqua Carnival
1939:
Apprenticed at Robin Hood, Arden, Delaware
1940:
Toured with the Shakespearean Repertory Company
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Toured with the Irish Repertory Players and Clare Tree Major's Children Theatre
1941:
Broadway stage debut as the First Murderer in "Macbeth"; production starred Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson
1943:
Appeared on Broadway in "Counter Attack", "Doctors Disagree" and "A New Life"
1944:
Signed by Fox, briefly under personal contract to Howard Hawks
1945:
Film debut in "A Walk in the Sun"
1951:
TV debut in "Confession" on Philco Playhouse
1951:
Co-founded Primrose Productions
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Sued two television producers for breach of contract and slander; accused them of reneging on starring him in the Ellery Queen series during the McCarthy period; Ireland accepted substantial cash settlement
1953:
First film as co-director and co-producer (with Lee Garmes), "Outlaw Territory/Hannah Lee"
1960:
Formed Gamin Productions
1961:
First TV series as regular, "The Cheaters"
1965:
Played Jed Colby on TV series, "Rawhide"
1975:
Opened Ireland's Restaurant in Santa Barbara CA
1982:
Played Lyman "Shack" Shackelford on "Cassie & Company"
1987:
Paid $2,000 for an ad in "Variety" that read, "I'm an actor. PLEASE let me work"; ad netted him a role as Jonathan Cartwright, the younger brother of Ben Cartwright in TV movie, "Bonanza: The Next Generation" (1988)

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