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Milo O'Shea, 'Cheers' And 'Frasier' Actor, Dies Aged 86

03/04/2013 16:04 BST | Updated 03/04/2013 18:04 BST

Irish actor Milo O'Shea has died in New York, aged 86.

The Dublin-born star of stage and screen was well-known for his roles in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo And Juliet, cult classic Barbarella and his performance as Leopold Bloom in an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses.

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He also appeared in US hit television series 'Cheers', 'Frasier', 'The Golden Girls', 'St Elsewhere' and 'The West Wing', while in the UK he starred in the BBC comedy 'Me Mammy' during the late 1960s and early 70s.

Ireland's Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan described the veteran character actor as a giant of both 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," he said.

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Betty White as Rose Nylund, Milo O'Shea as Buddy Rourke in The Golden Girls

"His portrayal of Leopold Bloom in Ulysses was a particular highlight of his film career, a role that many people recall when they think of him. His performance in Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet also stands out."

Mr Deenihan said the actor had reached the widest audiences across the globe and was internationally recognised for the quality of his work.

"I would like to express my deep condolences to his family, and to his many friends, at this time," he added.

Mr O'Shea lived in New York since 1976 and is survived by his actress wife Kitty Sullivan, sons Colm and Steven and grandchildren.