Dan O’Herlihy: ‘The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’ actor has died
Born on May 1, 1919, in Wexford, Ireland, O’Herlihy started working as an actor with the Gate and Abbey Theatre Players, where he appeared in more than 70 plays, including the original production of Sean O’Casey’s Red Roses for Me.
Dan O’Herlihy movies
Dan O’Herlihy launched his film career with supporting roles in two British-made 1947 movies: Carol Reed’s political drama Odd Man Out, starring James Mason, and Brian Desmond Hurst’s melodrama Hungry Hill, toplining Margaret Lockwood. Although O’Herlihy was never to become a film star, he would be featured in about 40 motion pictures up until the early 1990s.
Among O’Herlihy’s most important movies are Luis Buñuel’s Mexican-made The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954), for which he received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination (Marlon Brando was the eventual winner for On the Waterfront); Sidney Lumet’s nuclear-war suspense thriller Fail-Safe (1964); John Huston’s elegiac last film, The Dead (1987); and, as The Old Man, Paul Verhoeven’s action sci-fier RoboCop (1987) and its Irvin Kershner-directed sequel RoboCop 2 (1990).
Dan O’Herlihy began his American film career in the early ’50s. During that time, he supported Jane Wyman in The Blue Veil (1951), was the narrator in Actors and Sin (1952), and supported Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in The Black Shield of Falworth (1954).
O’Herlihy’s also did extensive television work (Combat!; The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters; Remington Steele; Murder, She Wrote, etc.), from the late ’40s to the late ’90s. According to the IMDb, his last appearance in front of the camera was as Joe Kennedy in Rob Cohen’s television movie The Rat Pack (1998).