Friday, May 1, 2009
Remembering Dan O'Herlihy
He was born Daniel O’Herlihy on May 1, 1919 in County Wexford, Ireland. The brother of director Michael O’Herlihy and the father of actor Gavin O’Herlihy. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his starring performance in Luis Buñuel’s film The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954). O’Herlihy began his 50-year acting career at the Abbey and Gate theatres in Dublin before making his film debut in Odd Man Out (1947). He made his Hollywood debut in Larceny (1948), which led to the role of Macduff in Orson Welles’s Mercury Theatre Company’s screen production of Macbeth (1948), for which O’Herlihy also designed the sets. Other notable films included The Cabinet of Caligari (1962), Fail-Safe (1964), MacArthur (1977), and The Dead (1987). His theatre work included the role of Charles Dickens in Mervyn Nelson’s The Ivy Green (1949). O’Herlihy’s final appearance was in the 1998 television movie The Rat Pack. O’Herlihy made only one Euro-western 100 Rifles (1969) but his portrayal of railroad owner Steven Grimes is quite memorable. Dan O’Herlihy died on February 17, 2005. We remember him today on what would have been his 80th birthday.