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Donal McCann

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Nationality Irlande
Birth 7 may 1943 at Dublin (Irlande)
Death 17 july 1999 (at 56 years) at Dublin (Irlande)

Donal McCann (7 May 1943 – 17 July 1999) was an Irish stage, film, and television actor best known for his roles in the works of Brian Friel and for his lead role in John Huston's last film, The Dead.


Early life
McCann was born in Terenure in Dublin. His father was John J. McCann, a playwright and politician who served twice as Dublin's Lord Mayor. Although Donal had acted in a production of his father's Give Me a Bed of Roses at Terenure College in 1962, he briefly studied architecture before taking a job as a sub-editor at the Evening Press which allowed him pursue part-time acting classes at the Abbey School of Actors at the same time. He joined the Abbey Players in the late 1960s.

Among his most important early roles were Cuchulainn in W. B. Yeats's On Baile Strand (1966), and as Estragon in a seminal production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, partnering with Peter O'Toole as Vladimir (1969).

His career included parts in many plays from the Irish literary canon, including Tarry Flynn, The Shaughran, and the Gate Theatre's highly acclaimed production of Sean O'Casey's classic Juno and the Paycock in the 1980s (McCann played the Paycock (Captain Boyle) opposite Geraldine Plunkett as Juno and John Kavanagh as Joxer Daly) as well as a subsequent production of O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars.

McCann developed a particularly fruitful relationship with the playwright Brian Friel. He played the role of Gar O'Donnell, the public figure, in a film adaptation of Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 1970 and, despite popular belief, he never played either public or private Gar on stage. He gave a landmark performance as Frank Hardy, the title character, in Faith Healer in 1980 (a role he reprised in 1994), continuing his relationship with Friel through productions of Translations (1988) and Wonderful Tennessee (1993).

Friel has said that McCann's work "contains extraordinary characteristics that go beyond acting ... it is deeply spiritual". Perhaps McCann's most renowned role was as Thomas Dunne in Sebastian Barry's The Steward of Christendom. He won the London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre) as best actor for this role in 1995. He reprised this role in a 1996 production at The Gate Theatre, Dublin and, following a twelve-week run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1997, his "performance of unarguable greatness" (New York Observer) had Newsweek hailing him as "a world-class star", and The New York Times referring to this "astonishing Irish actor...widely regarded as the finest of them all".

On the London stage, McCann played in Prayer for My Daughter opposite Antony Sher (1978), and was Jean to Dame Helen Mirren's Julie in Miss Julie (1971). This was filmed for the BBC, and McCann would much later play Judge Brack with Fiona Shaw in the title role of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, a production filmed for the BBC in 1993.

McCann began his film career early, in 1966, in Disney's The Fighting Prince of Donegal (this later became a TV series). More significant roles include the title character's father in Cal and one of the feuding brothers in Thaddeus O'Sullivan's December Bride (1990–1994). He has worked a number of times with Neil Jordan (in Angel, The Miracle and High Spirits).

His best-known film role was as Gabriel Conroy in The Dead (1987), starring opposite Anjelica Huston and directed by her father, John Huston. Significant late roles include Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty (1996) and in John Turturro's Illuminata (released in 1999, after McCann's death).

McCann's television work included the featured role of Phineas Finn in the BBC's serialized adaptatation of Anthony Trollope's The Pallisers, Willie Burke in RTÉ's Prix Italia drama entry The Burke Enigma (1979) and Barney Mulhall in RTÉ's Strumpet City (1980), as well as many one-off parts.

McCann played in Bob Quinn's Irish-language film Poitín (1979) and in Quinn's somewhat experimental The Bishop's Story (1995). After hearing that McCann was ill, Tom Collins asked Bob Quinn to make a TV documentary about McCann for RTÉ (in 1998) called It Must Be Done Right (after a remark by McCann on his craft). The film aired on RTÉ a week before McCann's death.

Personal life
In his private life, McCann was a quiet and unassuming man, but he battled both depression and alcoholism all his life. He had many friends in Irish theatre and artistic circles but also across all strata of life. His hobbies included sketching and he was passionate about horse racing.

He died at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer.

Usually with

Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(3 films)
John Turturro
John Turturro
(1 films)
Ray McAnally
Ray McAnally
(3 films)
John Huston
John Huston
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Donal McCann (16 films)

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Illuminata (1998)
, 1h59
Directed by John Turturro
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Christopher Walken, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Donal McCann, Beverly D'Angelo, Georgina Cates
Roles Pallenchio, Astergourd's husband
Rating61% 3.0998753.0998753.0998753.0998753.099875
The plot follows the backstage dramas of a theater company in turn of the century New York while it struggles to produce a new work.
The Nephew
The Nephew (1998)
, 1h46
Genres Drama
Actors Donal McCann, Pierce Brosnan, Sinéad Cusack, Hill Harper, Niall Tóibín
Roles Tony Egan
Rating65% 3.2972053.2972053.2972053.2972053.297205
Following the death of his mother, an Irish immigrant, Chad has traveled overseas to the small island community which was his mother's hometown. In addition to facing the initial prejudices of his mother's estranged family, Chad finds himself the unwitting center of an ongoing conflict between his uncle Tony (Donal McCann) and local bar owner Joe Brady (Pierce Brosnan), who have been at loggerheads since Chad's mother left twenty years before. Further complications ensue when Chad develops a relationship with Brady's daughter Aislinn (Aislin McGuckin), as her jealous friend Peter O'Boyce (David Quinn) looks on in disgust and arousal. Peter then attempts to stop the ensuing romance, and in doing so, lands himself in some 'mega-trouble'. Romance, the young boy later describes in a thick Rathnew accent, in echo with the film itself, is "an American ting".
The Serpent's Kiss, 1h44
Directed by Philippe Rousselot
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Ewan McGregor, Greta Scacchi, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard E. Grant, Carmen Chaplin, Donal McCann
Roles Physician
Rating58% 2.901482.901482.901482.901482.90148
Thomas Smithers (Postlethwaite), who has made his fortune in metalwork, hires Meneer Chrome (McGregor), a famous garden designer, to create the most extravagant garden imaginable out of his wild property. However, Chrome has already been employed by Fitzmaurice (Grant), the cousin of Smithers' wife Juliana (Scacchi), for the purpose of bankrupting Smithers. Fitzmaurice's purpose in this is to take back Juliana as his lover, but she becomes attracted to Chrome, who is falling in love with Anna, the Smithers' mysterious daughter. Anna, however, is contemptuous of Chrome (and, indeed, of everyone she meets, filtering them and everything else around her through the poems of Andrew Marvell); her parents subject her to numerous "treatments," thinking her mentally unstable and wishing to cure her.
Stealing Beauty, 1h48
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about virginity
Actors Liv Tyler, Joseph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, D. W. Moffett, Sinéad Cusack, Rachel Weisz
Roles Ian Grayson
Rating66% 3.300283.300283.300283.300283.30028
Lucy Harmon, an American teenager, arrives in the lush Tuscan countryside to be sculpted by a family friend who lives in a beautiful villa there. Lucy visited there four years earlier and exchanged a kiss with an Italian boy with whom she hopes to become reacquainted. Lucy's mother, who lived in the villa, has committed suicide since then. Lucy also hopes to discover the identity of her father, who her mother hinted was a resident of the villa. Once there, Lucy meets and befriends a variety of eccentric locals who were companions of her mother, and begins to form relationships and connections with each of them, specifically with Alex Parrish.
December Bride
Directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Actors Saskia Reeves, Donal McCann, Peter Capaldi, Ciarán Hinds, Patrick Malahide, Dervla Kirwan
Rating64% 3.245343.245343.245343.245343.24534
Sarah Gomartin comes with her mother Martha to keep house for a widower and his two grown sons, on their farm in Northern Ireland in 1909. After Hamilton Echlin Sr. dies in a boating accident, Sarah's mother, dismayed by his sons' and her own daughter's refusal to attend church and behave in a manner she approves of, leaves the household, but Sarah stays on as housekeeper, and eventually takes first taciturn younger brother Frank (Hinds) and then amiable elder brother Hamilton (McCann), as lovers. When she becomes pregnant and refuses to marry either man or even specify which is the father of the boy she delivers, the local minister (Patrick Malahide) is deeply unsettled by her indifference to convention. She rebuffs his attempts to make her conform and give the child "a name" by declaring that all clergy want is for people's lives, however "botched inside," to appear "smooth to the eye--like lazy work." The community seems only mildly censorious of the relationship between the three, but when Frank yearns for a woman all his own and makes overtures to a local girl, her male relatives beat him savagely in retaliation, crippling him. The film then moves forward in time: Sarah's children (she has since had a daughter) plead with her to marry, as her stubborn unconventionality makes it impossible for them to be completely accepted by the local community. Realizing that her daughter's happiness is at stake, Sarah relents and marries Hamilton.
The Miracle, 1h37
Directed by Neil Jordan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality
Actors Beverly D'Angelo, Donal McCann, Lorraine Pilkington, J.G. Devlin, Tom Hickey, Shane Connaughton
Roles Sam
Rating66% 3.3433153.3433153.3433153.3433153.343315
Two teenage friends, Jimmy (Niall Byrne) and Rose (Lorraine Pilkington) live in the small seaside town of Bray, Ireland. They spend their days wandering the streets and piers. To kill time, Rose and Jimmy make up stories about strangers on the street. One day, while watching people at the train station, a stylish older woman, Renee Baker (Beverly D'Angelo), stands out so imposingly from the dull townsfolk that Jimmy and Rose decide to follow her, infatuated with knowing everything about her. They pursue her to the beach and at last Renee speaks to them. When she looks at Jimmy, he's at once infatuated with this mystifying woman. Rose, who has feelings for Jimmy herself, decides to make him jealous by trying to attract a young lion tamer from a travelling circus. But Jimmy is completely attached to Renee and his desire leads him to fateful consequences.
High Spirits, 1h39
Directed by Neil Jordan
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Daryl Hannah, Beverly D'Angelo, Liam Neeson, Jennifer Tilly
Roles Eamon
Rating57% 2.850122.850122.850122.850122.85012
Peter O'Toole is Peter Plunkett, the owner of a dilapidated Irish castle which has been converted to a bed and breakfast supplying the only employment for the local villagers. Owing money to an American businessman, Plunkett has the idea to turn the castle into "The most haunted castle in Europe" for the tourist trade. He and his wacky staff of Irish characters set about creating ghost costumes and effects for their first group of American lodgers.
The Dead
The Dead (1987)
, 1h23
Directed by John Huston
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Cooking films, Films about writers
Actors Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Colm Meaney, Dan O'Herlihy, Donal Donnelly, Helena Carroll
Roles Gabriel Conroy
Rating73% 3.695923.695923.695923.695923.69592
L'histoire se passe à Dublin, chez les trois demoiselles Morhan, en 1904. C'est le réveillon, toute la famille se réunit autour d'une dinde et de whiskeys. Le repas ne commence qu'après des danses familiales , un morceau de piano, une vieille chanson et une étrange histoire bien racontée. Au diner sous l'effet de la bonne nourriture et des alcools, les langues vont se délier et chacun pourra exprimer ses idées ou ses souvenirs. Un discours de Gabriel très émouvant aidera chacun à se révéler. Lors du départ un air lointain fredonné provoquera une grande nostalgie chez Gretta qui évoquera à son mari, de retour chez eux, son amour de jeunesse.
Rawhead Rex, 1h29
Directed by George Pavlou
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Actors David Dukes, Niall Tóibín, Kelly Piper, Donal McCann, Clive Barker, Hugh O'Conor
Roles Tom Garron
Rating52% 2.602282.602282.602282.602282.60228
Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes) travels to Ireland to research items of religious significance. He goes to a rural church to photograph some graves. Meanwhile, three farmers are attempting to remove an ominous stone column from a field. Two of the farmers head home. A thunderstorm appears out of nowhere, and smoke pours from the ground. Lightning strikes the column. The monster Rawhead Rex rises from the dirt.
Out of Africa, 2h30
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Gough, Malick Bowens, Suzanna Hamilton
Roles Doctor
Rating72% 3.6003153.6003153.6003153.6003153.600315
The story begins in 1913 in Denmark, when Karen Dinesen (a wealthy but unmarried woman) asks her friend Baron Bror Blixen (Klaus Maria Brandauer) to enter into a marriage of convenience with her. Although Bror is a member of the aristocracy, he is no longer financially secure; therefore, he agrees to the marriage, and the two of them plan to move to Africa to begin a dairy farm.
Cal (1984)
, 1h45
Directed by David Puttnam, Pat O'Connor
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Political films, Conflit nord-irlandais
Actors John Lynch, Helen Mirren, Ray McAnally, Donal McCann, John Kavanagh, J.J. Murphy
Roles Shamie
Rating66% 3.3469453.3469453.3469453.3469453.346945
Cal (John Lynch) is a young Catholic member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1970s Northern Ireland. He is used as a driver on a nighttime murder of a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). The murder takes place at the victim's home in view of his family. The victim's dying words are a call for his wife, Marcella.
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Gabriel Byrne, Donal McCann, Fionnula Flanagan, Harriet Walter, Niall Tóibín
Roles Edward Lawless
Rating62% 3.1436353.1436353.1436353.1436353.143635
A writer working on a biography of Isaac Newton goes to stay with a declining aristocratic family and becomes entangled with them..
Angel (1982)
, 1h30
Directed by Stephen Rea, Neil Jordan
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Musical
Actors Stephen Rea, Peter Caffrey, Donal McCann, Ian McElhinney, Derek Lord, Ray McAnally
Roles Bonner
Rating63% 3.1970653.1970653.1970653.1970653.197065
Danny (played by Rea), a saxophonist with a travelling band, witnesses the gangland murder of the band's manager (involved in extortion payoffs) and that of a deaf and mute girl witness at a dancehall in South Armagh. Danny tries to hunt down the murderers and in doing so his relationship with Deirdre, the singer in his band, falls apart and he becomes a murderer himself.
Poitín (1978)
, 1h5
Actors Cyril Cusack, Donal McCann, Niall Tóibín, Mick Lally
Roles Labhras
Rating71% 3.599233.599233.599233.599233.59923
The film was produced by Cinegael, written and directed by Bob Quinn, and starred Cyril Cusack as a moonshiner in rural Connemara, living in an isolated cottage with his adult daughter. Two local degenerates, played by Donal McCann and Niall Tóibín, terrorize the old moonshiner for his contraband liquor (poitín), threatening to kill him and rape his daughter, until the moonshiner outwits them and tricks them to their deaths.
Sinful Davey, 1h35
Directed by John Huston
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Crime
Actors John Hurt, Pamela Franklin, Nigel Davenport, Fionnula Flanagan, Anjelica Huston, Robert Morley
Rating59% 2.955942.955942.955942.955942.95594
En Écosse, au début du XIX siècle, le jeune Davey Haggart est le fils d'un illustre brigand qui fut pendu. Davey est bien décidé à devenir lui aussi un bandit exceptionnel, cependant il échoue dans tout ce qu'il entreprend.