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Cyril James Cusack

(1910-1993), Actor, director and playwright

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Cyril Cusack was considered the finest Irish actor of his generation. Having made his acting debut at seven, he earned a degree in law at University College, Dublin, but decided to pursue an acting career. He joined the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1932 and during the following thirteen years appeared in nearly seventy plays. In 1945 he formed his own company, writing, directing, and acting in many productions. Cusack joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963 and the National Theatre in 1964. He also appeared on television and in films such as Odd Man Out (1947), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), The Day of the Jackal (1973), and My Left Foot (1989).

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Cyril James Cusack, by Fred Daniels - NPG P382

Cyril James Cusack

by Fred Daniels
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P382

Cyril James Cusack, by Nicholas Sinclair - NPG x38826

Cyril James Cusack

by Nicholas Sinclair
selenium-toned silver print, 1992
NPG x38826

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