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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 4, 1961|
|Born:||March 10, 1888||Cause of Death:||complications from brain surgery|
|Birth Place:||Dublin, IE||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Became a bookkeeping clerk for the Board of Trade's Unemployment Insurance Division; gave up job in 1929 after 14 years of acting on the side
First walk-on part with the Abbey Theatre and took suitably Irish-sounding stage name (one story says that he let the Abbey Theatre pick his name so that the Civil Service wouldn't find out he was moonlighting)
Sean O'Casey wrote "The Silver Tassle" for him which led to his most famous stage role in O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock"
First film as actor "Juno and the Paycock"
Broadway debut with the Abbey Theatre
Went to US to appear in John Ford's film of O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars"
Under contract to Paramount
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