Donal McCann

Actor, Copy boy
Widely regarded as the greatest Irish actor of the latter half of the 20th Century, Donal McCann was predominantly known for his stage career wherein he emerged as a major interpreter of the works of his countrymen ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1943 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (24)

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

Pallenchio (Actor)

The Nephew 1998 (Movie)

Tony Egan (Actor)

The Serpent's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

The Doctor (Actor)

Stealing Beauty 1996 (Movie)

Ian Grayson (Actor)

Innocent Lies 1995 (Movie)

Joe Green (Actor)

December Bride 1994 (Movie)

Hamilton Echlin (Actor)

The Bishop's Story 1993 (Movie)

The Priest (Actor)

The Miracle 1991 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

High Spirits 1988 (Movie)

Eamon (Actor)

Budawanny 1987 (Movie)

The Priest (Actor)

The Dead 1987 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

John Huston & The Dubliners 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mr. Love 1986 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

Out of Africa 1985 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Cal 1984 (Movie)

Shamie (Actor)

Reflections 1982 (Movie)

Edward Lawless (Actor)

Angel 1981 (Movie)

Bonner (Actor)

Poitin 1978 (Movie)

2nd Agent (Actor)

Sinful Davey 1969 (Movie)

Sir James Campbell (Actor)

The Fighting Prince of Donegal 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hedda Gabler (TV Show)

Actor

Screamer (TV Show)

Actor

The Donner Party (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

Widely regarded as the greatest Irish actor of the latter half of the 20th Century, Donal McCann was predominantly known for his stage career wherein he emerged as a major interpreter of the works of his countrymen including Samuel Beckett, Sean O'Casey, Sebastian Barry and, most importantly, Brian Friel. And as with other actors whose major focus was the theater, he amassed only a small, if memorable, body of work in films and television.

Relationships

Mother

Brother
younger was struck and killed by a bus as a child

Sister
survived him

Beau

Companion
survived him

John McCann

Father
served in Irish parliament and also as Lord Mayor of Dublin died in 1980

EDUCATION

Terenure College

Dublin

Abbey School of Acting

Dublin
studied under Frank Dermody

The Academy

Dublin

briefly studied architecture

Milestones

1998

Reteamed with Beverly D'Angelo as the husband and wife operators of a turn-of-the-century theater in John Turturro's "Illuminata"; released posthumously in the USA in 1999

1998

Was subject of Irish TV documentary "It Must Be DOne Right"

1996

Co-starred in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"

1995

Earned widespread critical praise for his performance as an elderly Irish policeman in Sebastian Barry's play "The Steward of Christendom"

1993

Supported Fiona Shaw, playing Judge Brack to her "Hedda Gabler" in a BBC production; aired in USA on PBS

1993

Headlined the short-lived Broadway production of Friel's "Wonderful Tennessee"

1991

Co-starred with Beverly D'Angelo in Jordan's "The Miracle"

1990

Garnered praise as one of two brothers who both fall in love with the same woman in "December Bride"

1988

Starred in Friel's "Translations" at the Gaiety Theatre

1988

Reteamed with Jordan for the ill-advised "High Spirits"; first collaboration with Beverly D'Angelo

1988

Appeared in NYC in revival of "Juno and the Paycock"

1987

Had what is arguably his best screen role as Gabriel Conroy, Anjelica Huston's husband, in "The Dead", directed by John Huston from the James Joyce short story

1984

Portrayed the title character's father in "Cal"

1982

Initial screen collaboration with Neil Jordan, "Angel"

1980

Returned to the Irish stage in Brian Friel's "Faith Healer"

1974

Played featured role of Phineas Finn in the BBC production "The Pallisers"; broadcast in the USA on PBS in 1977

1970

Cast as Jean to Helen Mirren's "Miss Julie"; production filmed for the BBC

1970

Appeared on the London stage opposite Anthony Sher in "Prayer for My Daughter"

1969

Played dual roles in the screen adaptation of Brian Friel's "Philadelphia, Here I Come!"

1968

Starred opposite Peter O'Toole in "Waiting for Godot" at the Abbey Theatre

1968

First screen collaboration with John Huston, "Sinful Davey"

1968

Enjoyed success in staging of Dion Boucicault's "The Shaughraun" at the Abbey Theatre and in London

1966

Feature acting debut as a prisoner in "The Fighting Prince of Donegal"

1966

Had early stage success in W B Yeats' "On Baile Strand", portraying the Irish mythic hero Cuchulainn

1962

Acted in "Give Me a Bed of Roses", a ply by his father at Terenure College

After a three-month course in architecture, worked as a copy boy for the <i>Evening Press</i> in Dublin

Starred in the Irish television production "Strumpet City"

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