Donal Donnelly

Donal Donnelly


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


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