EXPIRED: 04/22/10 – Shay Duffin, 79, was a stage, film and television actor who lived in LA but drank wherever he was offered a Guinness.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Duffin was a regular on stages across America, starring in productions of works by countrymen Brendan Behan and James Joyce. In fact, just a few years ago he starred in “Confessions of an Irish Rebel,” a play about poet-playwright Behan that got rave reviews.
His hard drinking Irish heritage was never far behind him – his early 90’s one man show, “The Importance of Being Irish,” was a testament to that and he downed a few pints each night on stage.
On film he acted in “Raging Bull,” “Titanic,” “Seabiscuit,” “The Departed,” and “Beowulf.” On the smaller screen he had parts in “Due South,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
Duffin’s final performance was on March 17, during which he sang and acted in a production of “Hyacinth Halvey,” by Irish playwright, Lady Augusta Gregory.
He went into UCLA Medical Center for heart surgery but there were complications.
Let’s raise a pint of Guinness to him this weekend.