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T.P. McKenna (1929–2011)


Character actor Thomas Patrick McKenna was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, in 1929. A prolific theater actor throughout his career, he made his stage debut in "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams at the Pike Theatre in Dublin in 1954. He made his film debut in the IRA-Nazi drama The Night Fighters (1960) and from this uncredited ... See full bio »

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(age 81) in London, England, UK

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 2009 Death's Door (Short)
Old Man (credit only)
 2004 The Libertine
Black Rod (as TP McKenna)
 2004 Waking the Dead (TV Series)
Phil Brown
- Anger Management: Part 2 (2004) ... Phil Brown
- Anger Management: Part 1 (2004) ... Phil Brown
 2003 The Boys & Girl from County Clare
The Announcer (as TP McKenna)
 2003 Rockface (TV Series)
Liam
- Episode #2.8 (2003) ... Liam
 2002 Any Time Now (TV Series)
Arthur Moggin
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Arthur Moggin
 2001 The Bill (TV Series)
Judge Hugh Alexander
- The Jury's Out (2001) ... Judge Hugh Alexander
 2001 Ballykissangel (TV Series)
Bishop Goldberg
- Smoke Signals (2001) ... Bishop Goldberg
 2000 Longitude (TV Movie)
Edmund Burke
 1999 DDU (TV Series)
Dr. Noonan
 1998 The American (TV Movie)
Marquis de Bellegarde
 1998 Kings in Grass Castles (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Dunraven
 1998 The Ambassador (TV Series)
Taoiseach Healy
- Innocent Passage (1998) ... Taoiseach Healy
 1992-1997 Casualty (TV Series)
Dr. Archie Whitlock / Arthur Jackson
- Out of Control (1997) ... Dr. Archie Whitlock
- Silent Night (1992) ... Arthur Jackson
 1996 Testament: The Bible in Animation (TV Series)
God
- Abraham (1996) ... God (voice)
 1996 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
George Crosby QC
- A Stranger in the Family (1996) ... George Crosby QC
 1994 Kurtulus (TV Mini-Series)
Lloyd George, P.M. of England
 1993 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Michael O'Leary
- Going Home (1993) ... Michael O'Leary
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Bertram Montserrat
- Irish Stew (1993) ... Bertram Montserrat
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Judge Selwyn
- The Law Lord (1992) ... Judge Selwyn
 1991 Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series)
Jean Pierre O'Higgins
- Rumpole a la Carte (1991) ... Jean Pierre O'Higgins
 1991 Screenplay (TV Series)
 1991 Parnell & the Englishwoman (TV Mini-Series)
Justin McCarthy
 1990 Shoot to Kill (TV Movie)
Sir John Hermon
 1989 Valmont
Baron
 1988 Red Scorpion
General Vortek
 1988 Jack the Ripper (TV Series)
O'Connor
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... O'Connor
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... O'Connor
 1988 Pascali's Island
Dr. Hogan
 1988 Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Citizen
- James Joyce's 'Ulysses' (1988) ... Citizen
 1986 Strong Medicine (TV Movie)
Dr. Sweeting
 1986 The Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Bill
 1986 Boon (TV Series)
Erroll McLaverty
- Northwest Passage to Acock's Green (1986) ... Erroll McLaverty
 1985 All in Good Faith (TV Series)
Oscar Randolph (1987)
 1985 Behind Enemy Lines (TV Movie)
Sir James Dorsett
 1985 The Doctor and the Devils
O'Connor
 1985 My Brother Jonathan (TV Movie)
Lloyd Moore
 1985 C.A.T.S. Eyes (TV Series)
Billy Truscott
- Fingers (1985) ... Billy Truscott
 1985 Honour, Profit & Pleasure (TV Movie)
 1984 Give us a Break (TV Series)
 1984 Memed My Hawk
Dursan
 1980-1984 Play for Today (TV Series)
Liam / Helen's husband
- Moving on the Edge (1984) ... Liam
- Pasmore (1980) ... Helen's husband
 1984 Minder (TV Series)
J.J.Mooney
- Sorry Pal, Wrong Number (1984) ... J.J.Mooney
 1983 Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (TV Series)
Randolph Wilmot
- The Ambassador's Boots (1983) ... Randolph Wilmot
 1983 Sweet Sixteen (TV Series)
Mr. Houston
- Episode #1.5 (1983) ... Mr. Houston
 1983 To the Lighthouse (TV Movie)
Augustus Carmichael
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Theatre Surgeon
 1982 The Brack Report (TV Series)
Frank Clements
- Chapter 3 (1982) ... Frank Clements
 1982 Play for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Melvyn
- Crimes (1982) ... Melvyn
 1973-1982 Crown Court (TV Series)
Patrick Canty / Henry Burnett / Paul Napier / ...
- Ignorance in the Field: Part 1 (1982) ... Patrick Canty QC
 1982 Nancy Astor (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Curzon
 1981 The Manions of America (TV Mini-Series)
Harry Clement
- Part I (1981) ... Harry Clement
 1981 Goodbye Darling (TV Series)
Jack
- Barbara (1981) ... Jack
 1976-1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Harvey Fenton-Jones
- The Mind Beyond: Stones (1976) ... Harvey Fenton-Jones
 1981 Levkas Man (TV Series)
 1980 The Greeks: A Journey in Space and Time (TV Series)
Agamemnon
- The Minds of Men (1980)
- Heroes and Men (1980) ... Agamemnon
 1980 Silver Dream Racer
Bank Manager
 1980 The Outsider
John Russell
 1979 Deasey (TV Movie)
 1979 Premiere (TV Series)
F.G.
- Deasey (1979) ... F.G.
 1979 The Onedin Line (TV Series)
Fergus Doyle
- Homeward Bound (1979) ... Fergus Doyle
- Outward Bound (1979)
 1979 Strangers (TV Series)
Chief Constable
- Marriages, Deaths and Births (1979) ... Chief Constable
 1978 Exposure
Dan
 1978 A Child's Voice (Short)
Ainsley Rupert Macreadie
 1977-1978 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Murphy / Geoffrey
- Forty Weeks (1978) ... Dr. Murphy
- Love-Lies-Bleeding (1977) ... Geoffrey
 1978 Holocaust (TV Mini-Series)
Blobel
- Part 4 (1978) ... Blobel
- Part 3 (1978) ... Blobel
- Part 2 (1978) ... Blobel
 1978 Blakes 7 (TV Series)
Sarkoff
- Bounty (1978) ... Sarkoff
 1977 Target (TV Series)
Ruby Daniels
- Lady Luck (1977) ... Ruby Daniels
 1977 The Duchess of Duke Street (TV Series)
Sir Martin Mallory
- The Passing Show (1977) ... Sir Martin Mallory
 1977 The Mackinnons (TV Series)
Sir William
- Working Weekend (1977) ... Sir William
 1976 Beasts (TV Series)
Dick Pummery
- Baby (1976) ... Dick Pummery
 1973-1976 Thriller (TV Series)
Frampton / Jack Hardisty
- The Next Victim (1976) ... Frampton
- Lady Killer (1973) ... Jack Hardisty
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Frampton
- The Next Victim (1975) ... Frampton
 1975 Quiller (TV Series)
Buchanan
- Sacrifice to Survival (1975) ... Buchanan
 1975 Looking for Clancy (TV Series)
Marcus Selby
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
Dr. Layton
- The Whip of Heaven (1975) ... Dr. Layton
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Det. Supt. Grant
- Night Out (1975) ... Det. Supt. Grant
 1975 Rooms (TV Series)
Peter
- Peter: Part 2 (1975) ... Peter
- Peter: Part 1 (1975) ... Peter
 1975 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Movie)
Soames
 1975 The Venturers (TV Series)
Harry Donlan
- The Rich Lunch (1975) ... Harry Donlan
 1974 Father Brown (TV Series)
Inspector Boyne
- The Dagger with Wings (1974) ... Inspector Boyne
 1974 It's Not the Size That Counts
London News Editor
 1974 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Brewster
- Pygmalion Smith (1974) ... Brewster
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Count Conrad von Hotzendorf
- Indian Summer of an Emperor (1974) ... Count Conrad von Hotzendorf
 1974 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sontee
- Geography of a Horse Dreamer (1974) ... Sontee
 1974 Napoleon and Love (TV Mini-Series)
Barras
- Pauline (1974) ... Barras
- Josephine (1974) ... Barras
- Rose (1974) ... Barras
 1970-1974 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Tomazo de Piracquo / Kommissarov / Sir Lucius O'Trigger
- Rasputin (1971) ... Kommissarov
 1973 Fixation (TV Movie)
William Hughes
 1973 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- The British Hero (1973) ... Narrator
 1973 A Warm December
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1973 Justice (TV Series)
Supt. Lester
- Conspiracy (1973) ... Supt. Lester
 1972 Stage 2 (TV Series)
Cardinal
- The Duchess of Malfi (1972) ... Cardinal
 1972 Jason King (TV Series)
Rene Chenard
- A Thin Band of Air (1972) ... Rene Chenard
 1971 Straw Dogs
Maj. John Scott
 1971 Villain
Frank Fletcher
 1971 Percy
Meet the People Compere
 1970 Perfect Friday
Smith
 1970 The Beast in the Cellar
Det. Chief Sup. Paddick
 1970 My Partner the Ghost (TV Series)
Kevin O'Malley
- Money to Burn (1970) ... Kevin O'Malley (voice, uncredited)
 1970 Manhunt (TV Series)
Louis Sampere
- Break-Up (1970) ... Louis Sampere
 1967-1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Joe Katz / John Joe Moran
- Blood of the Lamb (1969) ... Joe Katz
 1964-1969 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Eric Lauder / Father O'Brien
- Action, Dr. Cameron (1969) ... Eric Lauder
- Mortal Sin (1964) ... Father O'Brien
 1964-1968 The Avengers (TV Series)
Norman Grant / Major Robert Wentworth / Tony Heuston
- Noon-Doomsday (1968) ... Norman Grant
- Death at Bargain Prices (1965) ... Major Robert Wentworth
- Trojan Horse (1964) ... Tony Heuston
 1966-1968 The Saint (TV Series)
Tony / Malone
- Legacy for the Saint (1968) ... Tony
- The Angel's Eye (1966) ... Malone (as T. P. McKenna)
 1964-1968 Love Story (TV Series)
Ernest / Timothy Driscoll / Pat / ...
- A Man Alone (1968) ... Ernest
- The Egg on the Face of the Tiger (1968) ... Timothy Driscoll
- Toccota for Toy Trumpet (1965) ... Stevie Ellis
- A Word in Season (1964) ... Jimmy Gallacher
 1968 Detective (TV Series)
Detective Wilks
- Born Victim (1968) ... Detective Wilks
 1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade
William Russel
 1967 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series)
Peter
- Day of Execution (1967) ... Peter
 1967 The Fellows (TV Series)
Drag Anglem
- No Cage for This Bird (1967) ... Drag Anglem
 1967 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Jerry
- The Winner (1967) ... Jerry
 1967 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series)
Jason Lang
- A Sinister Sort of Service (1967) ... Jason Lang
 1966 Mogul (TV Series)
Geoffrey Arles
- This Is Where I Came In (1966) ... Geoffrey Arles
 1965 Secret Agent (TV Series)
Ivan
- To Our Best Friend (1965) ... Ivan
 1965 Deirdre (TV Movie)
Naoise
 1965 Ferry Cross the Mersey
Jack Hanson
 1965 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Dave Allen
- The Link (1965) ... Dave Allen
 1965 Young Cassidy
Tom
 1965 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Edward Palmer
- Edward the Confessor (1965) ... Edward Palmer
 1964 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Charles Sturrock
- Write Me a Murder (1964) ... Charles Sturrock
 1964 Girl with Green Eyes
The Priest
 1964 Downfall
Martin Somers
 1964 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Martin Somers
- Downfall (1964) ... Martin Somers
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Tom Gorman
- He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday (1963) ... Tom Gorman
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
Jack Christie
- The Strain (1963) ... Jack Christie
 1962 The Quare Fellow
Walsh
 1961 Freedom to Die
Mike
 1961 Johnny Nobody
Garda (policeman)
 1960 The Night Fighters
A McIntyre Boy (uncredited)
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Unknown (uncredited)
 1959 Home Is the Hero
Young Man at Dance
 1959 Broth of a Boy
Holmes
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Theatre (July-October 2005): played "Father" in the play "Aristocrats" at the National Theatre (Lyttelton), London, UK. Written by Brian Friel. Directed by 'Cairns, Tom'. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Tomas P. Mac Cionaith | T. P. McKenna | TP McKenna

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Was on the list of possibles for High Priest Ranquin in Doctor Who: The power of Kroll. John Abineri was cast. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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