Denis O'Dea
Denis O'Dea was an Irish stage
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 and film
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O'Dea was a leading member of Dublin's Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre
The Abbey Theatre , also known as the National Theatre of Ireland , is a theatre located in Dublin, Ireland. The Abbey first opened its doors to the public on 27 December 1904. Despite losing its original building to a fire in 1951, it has remained active to the present day...

, where his work led to a number of notable film roles, including two mid-1930s John Ford
John Ford
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 films, The Informer (1935 film) and The Plough and the Stars
The Plough and the Stars (film)
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(1936), and the part of the police inspector in pursuit of IRA man James Mason
James Mason
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 in Carol Reed
Carol Reed
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's Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out
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Other films in which he appeared include: The Mark Of Cain (1948), The Fallen Idol (1948, again for Reed, and again as a police inspector), Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
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's Under Capricorn
Under Capricorn
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(1949), The Bad Lord Byron
The Bad Lord Byron
The Bad Lord Byron is a 1949 British historical drama film centered around the life of Lord Byron. It was directed by David MacDonald and starred Dennis Price as Byron with Mai Zetterling, Linden Travers and Joan Greenwood....

(1949), Landfall
Landfall (1949 film)
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(1949), Disney's
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 Treasure Island
Treasure Island (1950 film)
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(1950), Marry Me (1950), Captain Horatio Hornblower
Captain Horatio Hornblower
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(1951), The Long Dark Hall (1951), Mogambo
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(1953; another John Ford film), Niagara
Niagara (1953 film)
Niagara is a 1953 thriller-film noir directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and introducing Marilyn Monroe. Unlike other film noirs of the time, Niagara was shot in Technicolor on location and was one of 20th Century Fox's biggest box-office hits of the year.-Plot:Ray...

(1953), Never Take No For An Answer (1953), Raoul Walsh
Raoul Walsh
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's Sea Devils
Sea Devils
Sea Devils is a 1953 British-American historical adventure film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Rock Hudson and Yvonne De Carlo. The story was adapted from the novel Les Travailleurs de la mer by Victor Hugo...

(1953), The Rising of the Moon
The Rising of the Moon (film)
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(1957), Captain Lightfoot
Captain Lightfoot
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(1957), Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a 1959 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O'Dea, in a tale about a wily Irishman and his battle of wits with leprechauns. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson and its screenplay written by...

(1959) and Esther and the King
Esther and the King
Esther and the King is a 1960 U.S.A. / Italian film direction, written, and produced by Raoul Walsh. It is a religious epic. It was produced at 20th Century Fox/ Raoul Walsh Productions, and was released by 20th Century Fox. Joan Collins stars as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story...



He was married to actress Siobhán McKenna
Siobhán McKenna
Siobhán McKenna was an Irish stage and screen actress.-Background:Born Siobhán Giollamhuire Nic Cionnaith in Belfast, Northern Ireland into a Catholic and nationalist family, she grew up in Galway City and in County Monaghan, Ireland speaking fluent Irish...

 from 1956 until his death in 1978 at the age of 73; they had one son, Donnacha O'Dea
Donnacha O'Dea
Donnacha "The Don" O'Dea is an Irish professional poker player. In his youth he was a swimmer, and represented Ireland in the 1968 Olympics. He was also the first Irish swimmer to swim 100m in less than one minute...


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