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Actor McKenna Dies

15 February 2011 8:17 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Irish actor T.P. McKenna has died at the age of 81.

The star, full name Thomas Patrick McKenna, passed away on Sunday after a long illness.

McKenna had a long and varied career, which began on the stage in Dublin's renowned Abbey Theatre, where he undertook more than 70 roles.

He also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre Company, and starred in a number of British TV dramas including The Avengers, Doctor Who, The Saint and The Sweeney.

McKenna worked with A-listers including Dustin Hoffman and Gregory Peck, and racked up film credits with roles in Ulysses, Straw Dogs and A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man.

McKenna, who will be laid to rest in his hometown of Mullah, is survived by four sons and a daughter. »

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Actor T.P. McKenna of 'Straw Dogs,' 'The Avengers' dies at 81

15 February 2011 7:07 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Irish actor T.P. McKenna (pictured above as Henry VIII in the 2000 movie "Monarch") has passed away at the age of 81. A statement on his website says, "It is with the deepest regret that the family of the celebrated Irish actor, T.P. McKenna, announce his passing on Sunday evening at the Royal Free Hospital, London. Following a long period of illness he died quietly in his sleep. As an actor he was unique, as a friend and colleague he was exceptional, as a father he was irreplaceable."

McKenna was best known in the United States for his roles in the 1960s television programs "The Avengers" and "The Saint." We also remember him as Major John Scott in the 1971 Sam Peckinpah movie "Straw Dogs" alongside Dustin Hoffman and the 1977 film "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," based on the James Joyce novel. He also starred in the film version of another Joyce novel, »


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