Milo O'Shea

  • Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: April 2, 2013
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Father was a singer; mother was a harpist and dancer.
  • Starred in a radio adaptation of Oliver Twist at age 10 and became a professional actor in a touring troupe at age 17.
  • Worked as an elevator operator at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
  • Nominated for two Tony Awards.
  • Memorable film roles include kindhearted Friar Laurence in 1968's Romeo and Juliet and unhinged scientist Durand Durand in 1968's Barbarella. (The latter character inspired the rock-group name Duran Duran.)
  • Appeared in TV's Cheers, The Golden Girls and The West Wing.
  • Acting career spanned from the 1950s to the 2000s.


  • 1968, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1982, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee


  • Steven O'Shea — Son
  • Kitty Sullivan — Wife
  • Colm O'Shea — Son
  • Maureen Toal — Ex-wife