Kathleen Ryan

  Kathleen Ryan was born in Dublin in 1922.   Her parents owned the famous Monument Dairies  in the city.   Regarded as one of the beauties of her day, she was captured on portrait by Louis le Brocquy in 1941.   This portrait now hangs in the Ulster Museum.   She was cast opposite James Mason in her first […]

Dana Wynter

Dana Wynter obituary in “The Guardian” in 2011. It could be argued that the strikingly beautiful, dark-haired Dana Wynter, who has died aged 79, did not have the film career she deserved. One of the reasons may have been that she was under a seven-year contract to 20th Century Fox, a studio that gave her […]

Geraldine Fitzgerald

Geraldine Fitzgerald Geraldine Fitzgerald started her career with the Gate theatre in the 1930’s in Dublin.   She was soon starring in such British films as “The Mill on the Floss”.   By 1938 she was in Hollywood.   Her first two films !Wuthering Heights” with Laurence Oliver and “Dark Victory” with Bette Davis both released the following […]

Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner. TCM Overview Aidan Turner is one of our new generation of Irish actors.   He first came to national prominance as Rory in the RTE series of “The Clinic”.   He then went on to be among the leading actors in the British television series “Being Human” and  “Desperate Romantics”.   He recently made the television […]

Sean McClory

Sean McClory obituary in “The Los Angeles Times” This great Irish actor is from the Claddagh in Galway and started his career in the the Abbey Theatre but was in Hollywood by the late 1940’s.   He came back to Galway in 1951 to make John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” and continued his career in the […]

Donal McCann

Donal McCann obituary in “The Independent” in 1999. Primarily a stage actor Donal McCann  has made very few films since his debut in 1966 in Walt Disney’s “The Fighting Prince of Donegal”.   However his magnificent performance in John Huston’s elegy “The Dead” with Anjelica Huston ensures him a place in film history.   He played the central part […]

Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne TCM Overview. He is one of Ireland’s most eminent actors whose work has grown in stature over the years.   Gabriel Byrne first came to national attention with his role of Pat Barry in “The Riordan’s” in the late seventies.   His character was given his own series “Bracken” (which ultimately became “Glenroe”).   His first […]