Irish character actor Milo O'Shea, 87, dies in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — The Irish actor Milo O'Shea is being remembered for more than his famously bushy eyebrows.

The character actor died Tuesday in New York City at age 87 after a long career that saw him playing a friar in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet," an evil scientist in "Barbarella" and a Supreme Court justice on "The West Wing."

Those were just a few of the scores of stage, screen and television roles for O'Shay, whose black eyebrows and white hair made him a favorite of casting directors looking for priests — usually flawed ones.

Ireland's arts minister, Jimmy Deenihan, said in a statement Wednesday announcing O'Shea's death that the Dublin-born actor would be remembered for "ground-breaking" roles, including a performance as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film adaptation of "Ulysses."

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