O’Shea was known for several great film roles in his younger days, but we instantly remembered him as Chief Justice Roy Ashland on “The West Wing,” a small, but memorable role on the political drama’s fifth season. Matthew Perry guest-starred as Joe Quincy, Ashland’s former clerk. It was O’Shea’s last acting role.
In his youth, O’Shea received acclaim for his role as Leopold Bloom in “Ulysses,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination, and for his portrayal of Friar Laurence in the Zeffirelli “Romeo and Juliet” film adaptation.
O’Shea also starred as Durand Durand in cult classic “Barbarella” alongside Jane Fonda. The band Duran Duran would go on to take its name from the film character and O’Shea would reprise his role for the band’s concert film “Arena.”
Jimmy Deenihan, Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, says in a statement, “Milo O’Shea was a giant of stage and screen.
During his career in theatre and film, both at home and abroad, he is
remembered for the quality of his performances in a range of challenging
and often ground-breaking roles. … I would like to express my deep condolences to his family, and to his many friends, at this time.”
O’Shea is survived by his wife Kitty, sons Colm and Steven, and three grandchildren.