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Ronan O'Casey obituary

10 May 2012 2:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My father, Ronan O'Casey, known as Case to family and friends, has died aged 89. He was a distinguished actor, producer and writer who enjoyed a picaresque life and career to the full.

He was born in Montreal, Canada, to a poet father, Michael Casey, and actor mother, Margaret Sheehy, from Dublin, who had co-starred with the young James Joyce in his first stage role. Ronan began acting in his mother's company in Montreal at the age of eight and, following theatrical and vaudeville touring, moved to Dublin and then to London.

He found early success as a stylish character actor in such postwar films as The Mudlark (1950), Talk of a Million (1951) and Norman Wisdom's Trouble in Store (1953), going on to play the prisoner of Room 101 in 1984 (1956) and the sergeant in Nicholas Ray's war film Bitter Victory (1957). While starring in the West End in Detective Story he met my mother, »

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