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Also Known As: Died: July 17, 1999
Born: May 7, 1943 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: Cast ...


"Donal had an extraordinary ability to turn a lot of personal pain into professional work. . . . he was a complicated and wonderful man." --former Abbey Theatre Joe Dowling upon hearing of McCann's death, quoted in THE IRISH TIMES, July 19, 1999

"Getting a handle on Donal is like moving smoke with a pitchfork." --an unidentified friend

On his career: "Life is a much better word because that's what it is in the end. You can't separate the actor from the person." --Donal McCann

"My method? Read, read, read, read, read, read. Trust the play. Everything is there in what's on the page though you must try and find what's behind the words too." --Donal McCann quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 19, 1997

"The accomplishment is more important than the reception. Endeavor is what matters. Using your talent is what matters. And since what finally matters is being with God, shouldn't you try to live your life in the light of the ultimate?" --McCann to THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 19, 1997

"I mean every gift takes on the appearance of a curse. I know it sounds big-headed, but you live a life and things happen. Then you discover you're quite good at something, and the work becomes much more important than simply what it means to you. For the moment, you can't argue with that, because it's been given to you by God and you;ve got to do it. . . . The trying is truly the most important thing, more than the achieving; the effort is what counts." --Donal McCann to Patrick Pacheco in NEWSDAY, January 19, 1997

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