Donal Donnelly

Donal Donnelly

Director

Donal Donnelly, who created roles in several plays by his fellow Irishman, Brian Friel, died Jan. 4, 2010, in Chicago, where he had lived recently. The cause was cancer. He was 78. The actor first bowed on Broadway in Friel's early success Philadelphia, Here I Come!, playing the private half of the play's protagonist, a young Irishman set to emigrate to America. It was a role he created at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1964. He won his only Tony Award nomination for his performance, and his connection to Friel would become a thread that ran the length of his stage career.

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  • Born: Jul 6, 1931 in Bradford, ENGLAND
  • Death: Jan 4, 2010 in Chicago, IL, USA

Roles (14)

Translations Playbill - Opening Night, March 1995 Translations (1995)
Opened Mar 19, 1995
  • as Jimmy Jack (Original)
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Dancing at Lughnasa Playbill - Opening Night, Oct 1991 Dancing at Lughnasa (1991)
Opened Oct 24, 1991
  • as Jack (Original)
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Ghetto Playbill - Opening Night, April 1989 Ghetto (1989)
Opened Apr 30, 1989
  • as Weiskopf (Original)
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Sherlock's Last Case Playbill - Opening Night, Aug 1987 Sherlock's Last Case (1987)
Opened Aug 20, 1987
  • as Doctor Watson (Original)
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Execution of Justice Playbill - Opening Night, March 1986 Execution of Justice (1986)
Opened Mar 13, 1986
  • as Harry Britt (Original)
  • as Dr. Blinder (Original)
  • as Coroner Stephens (Original)
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The Elephant Man Playbill - April 1979 The Elephant Man (1979)
Opened Apr 19, 1979
  • as Frederick Treves (Replacement)
  • as Belgian Policeman (Replacement)
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Faith Healer Playbill - April 1979 Faith Healer (1979)
Opened Apr 5, 1979
  • as Teddy (Original)
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<i>Sleuth</i> Playbill - Opening Night, Nov 1970 Sleuth (1970)
Opened Nov 12, 1970
  • as Milo Tindle (Replacement)
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The Mundy Scheme Playbill - Dec 1969 The Mundy Scheme (1969)
Opened Dec 11, 1969
  • Director
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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Playbill - Feb 1968 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1968)
Opened Feb 1, 1968
  • as Bri (Replacement)
  • Arrived on Apr 16, 1968

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1979 Outstanding Actor in a Play Faith Healer Nominee
Outer Critics Circle
1966 Outstanding Performance Philadelphia, Here I Come! Winner
Tony Award
1966 Actor in a Play Philadelphia, Here I Come! Nominee