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Also Known As: David Patrick O'Hara Died:
Born: July 9, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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Siezing on the idea of an acting career while in high school, David O'Hara left Scotland to pursue the craft at the age of 17, studying at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. The dark-haired actor made his feature debut in a small part in Bill Forsyth's "Comfort and Joy" (1984) and played a Scottish boy in "The Monicled Mutineer" (BBC, 1986), his first effort for the small screen. Among his stage performances, O'Hara portrayed Tybalt in a 1986 open air production of "Romeo and Juliet" and three years later took his turn in the play's more challenging role of Mercutio. His big break came as Stephen, the rampaging Irishman who joins forces with William Wallace (Mel Gibson), in "Braveheart" (1995). The following year saw him co-starring opposite Helen Mirren as a slightly independent policeman in Granada Television's "Prime Suspect V: Errors in Judgment", which aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1997. That same year, O'Hara also appeared in Alan J Pakula's "The Devil's Own", was the romantic foil to Janeane Garofalo in "The Matchmaker", portrayed a biker in the Scottish film "The Slab Boys" and portrayed Bill Sykes in "The Wonderful World of Disney" adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (ABC). ...

Siezing on the idea of an acting career while in high school, David O'Hara left Scotland to pursue the craft at the age of 17, studying at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. The dark-haired actor made his feature debut in a small part in Bill Forsyth's "Comfort and Joy" (1984) and played a Scottish boy in "The Monicled Mutineer" (BBC, 1986), his first effort for the small screen. Among his stage performances, O'Hara portrayed Tybalt in a 1986 open air production of "Romeo and Juliet" and three years later took his turn in the play's more challenging role of Mercutio. His big break came as Stephen, the rampaging Irishman who joins forces with William Wallace (Mel Gibson), in "Braveheart" (1995). The following year saw him co-starring opposite Helen Mirren as a slightly independent policeman in Granada Television's "Prime Suspect V: Errors in Judgment", which aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1997. That same year, O'Hara also appeared in Alan J Pakula's "The Devil's Own", was the romantic foil to Janeane Garofalo in "The Matchmaker", portrayed a biker in the Scottish film "The Slab Boys" and portrayed Bill Sykes in "The Wonderful World of Disney" adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (ABC).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Contraband (2012)
2.
 Whole Lotta Sole (2012)
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 Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
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 Kid, The (2010)
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 Doomsday (2008)
8.
 Wanted (2008)
9.
 Departed, The (2006)
10.
 Hotel Rwanda (2004) Cast
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Milestones close milestones

1982:
Moved from Glasgow to London at age 17 (date approximate)
1984:
Feature debut, "Comfort and Joy"
1986:
Made stage debut as Tybalt in London's Open Air theater production of "Romeo and Juliet"; also played Cobweb in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and understudied Ralph Fiennes in the same production
1986:
TV debut, BBC production of "The Monicled Mutineer"
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Was member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
1989:
Portrayed Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet"
1995:
Had featured role in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning epic "Braveheart"
1996:
Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Prime Suspect V: Errors in Judgment"
1996:
Reunited with Mirren in Terry George's "Some Mother's Son"
1997:
Played romantic lead opposite Janeane Garofalo in "The Matchmaker"
1997:
Co-starred as Bill Sykes in the Disney TV-movie remake of "Oliver Twist", starring Richard Dreyfuss
2000:
Had regular role on the CBS fall drama series "The District"
2004:
Starred in Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda" starring Don Cheadle as hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina
2006:
Starred in the period drama "Tristan & Isolde"
2006:
Cast in the Martin Scorsese mob drama, "The Departed"
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Education

Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -

Notes

"I'm proud to be Scottish and I want an independent Scotland. I have a lot of English friends and I've no problem with the English, but I don't like the fact that an English Government in London rules Scotland--that's not right. It's difficult not to get nationalistic about it. But the film ["Braveheart"] is very important to let the Scotts know we have heroes of our own. William Wallace is a legend that few know about . . . And the idea of kicking lumps out of Sassenachs was great.

"It also made it easier to do the war cries, especially after Scotland lost to England in the Five Nations rugby tournament while we were filming . . ." --David O'Hara to the SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD, August 23, 1995

Family close complete family listing

father:
Patrick O'Hara. Construction worker.
mother:
Martha O'Hara.

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