The Irish actor Donal McCann, lauded for his performance as a Dublin police chief in Sebastian Barry's The Steward of Christendom, died of pancreatic cancer in Dublin July 17, according to The New York Times. He was 56. Steward of Christendom was seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1997, after playing London.
Mr. McCann was associated for many years with the Abbey and Gate theatres in Dublin, and performed many of the plays of Brian Friel.
Mr. McCann's most notable role might be as the emotionally remote husband in John Huston's film version of James Joyce's "The Dead," in which Angelica Huston played his wife.
Mr. McCann was born in Dublin in 1943. He studied architecture, according to The New York Times, and then turned to acting.
-- By Ken Jones