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Sean McClory

Sean McClory was born in Dublin, Ireland, but spent his early life in Galway. He was the son of Hugh Patrick, an architect and civil engineer, and Mary Margaret Ball, who had been a model. Sean decided to become an actor and joined Dublin's renowned Abbey Theater (also known as the National Theater of Ireland, opened in 1904). He rose through the ranks playing in productions of the works of such authors as William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw, and soon began to play leads mostly in comedies (popular through most of the 1940s and into the 1950s). When comedies began to fade from the theater after World War II, McClory with turned an eye toward film. In early 1947 he decided to make the jump to America and break into Hollywood. His first roles were that of a staple in American films: the Irish cop, which he played in two of the "Dick Tracy" series in 1947. In 1949 he signed a short contract with 20th Century-Fox. By 1950 he was showing up in more notable films - though uncredited, particularly in The Glass Menagerie (1950). Within a year McClory's talents were being showcased in various small feature roles. John Ford finally began casting - a painstaking process for the finicky director -- for his long conceived The Quiet Man (1952) and chose McClory for a small but showy part, in which he was seen throughout the film feature with Charles B. Fitzsimons, the younger brother of the film's star, Maureen O'Hara, playing an Irish villager. Although some of the cast were familiar members of the "John Ford Stock Company", many roles were filled by actual Irish villagers (the film was shot on location) and included a generous helping of Abbey Theater alumni: the Shields brothers (Barry Fitzgerald and Arthur Shields) and Jack MacGowran, in addition to O'Hara McClory. Ford wanted him for roles in several of his subsequent films, however McClory's busy film and TV schedule only allowed him to accept roles in two other Ford films, The Long Gray Line and Cheyenne Autumn. McClory had a cultured, neutral Irish brogue that fit well in small- or big-screen performances, unlike such Irish actors as Barry Fitzgerald who, though very effective and beloved, had a thick brogue that kept him forever cast as an Irishman. As a result, McClory was much more at home in American TV and had many memorable roles from 1953 onward, appearing in a gamut of episodic TV in addition to his feature film work. However, it was his frequent appearances on the small screen that enabled McClory to stand out in viewers' memories, especially in a range of western and adventure series (in which he played a good sprinkling of Irish characters) well into the 1970s. Though not as busy in the 1980s as he was in the '70s, one role in which he truly stood out was in an adaptation by John Huston of Irish writer James Joyce's famous 1907 short story "The Dead" made in 1987 (The Dead (1987)), his final film appearance. McClory's role as Mr. Grace was not a character in the original story but was created by Huston and his son Tony Huston to provide McClory with a reading of the medieval Irish poem "Young Donal", which was very effective to the mood of this look at Irish family remembrance.


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Born:
Mar 8, 1924 In Dublin
Movie/TV Credits:
78
First Appeared:
In the movie Beyond Glory 1948-08-03
Latest Project:
Movie Body Bags 1993-08-07
Known For
Poster of The Happiest Millionaire
Poster of Valley of the Dragons
Poster of Them!
Poster of Man in the Attic
Filmography

Body Bags (1993)

Horror
Movie
as Minister
5.8 34 votes

My Chauffeur (1986)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as O'Brien
6.8 4 votes

Murder, She Wrote (1984)

Mystery Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.1 29 votes

Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982)

Action & Adventure
Series
6.3 3 votes

Falcon Crest (1981)

Soap Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.8 5 votes

Roller Boogie (1979)

Drama Music Romance Family
Movie
as Jammer Delany
4.8 9 votes

How the West Was Won (1976)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

S.W.A.T. (1975)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.4 4 votes

Kate McShane (1975)

Drama
Series

Bandolero! (1968)

Western Action Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Robbie O'Hare
6.1 15 votes

The Outcasts (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Lancer (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Comedy Drama Family Music
Movie
as Police Sgt.
5.8 8 votes

The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

Fantasy Comedy Family
Movie
as Horatio Quaxton
6 17 votes

Mannix (1967)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.4 9 votes

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The High Chaparral (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9 2 votes

Tarzan (1966)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4 2 votes

Family Affair (1966)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.6 5 votes

Follow Me, Boys! (1966)

Drama Family
Movie
as Edward White, Sr.
3.5 4 votes

Lost in Space (1965)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 15 votes

Honey West (1965)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.4 5 votes

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

Western Action
Movie
as Dr. O'Carberry
5.8 19 votes

The Outer Limits (1963)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 35 votes

The Dakotas (1963)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Great Adventure (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

General Electric True (1962)

Series
as Unknown

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.8 20 votes

Valley of the Dragons (1961)

Science Fiction
Movie
as Michael Denning
5 1 votes

Surfside 6 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Thriller (1960)

Horror Thriller
Series
as Unknown
4.5 3 votes

The Islanders (1960)

Series
as Unknown

Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1959)

Mystery Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.4 8 votes

The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

The Swamp Fox (1959)

Series

The Detectives (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 6 votes

The Rifleman (1958)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.8 10 votes

Bronco (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.4 11 votes

The Guns Of Fort Petticoat (1957)

Western Action War
Movie
as Emmett Kettle
5 9 votes

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 20 votes

The Californians (1957)

Western Drama
Series
as Jack McGivern

Telephone Time (1956)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)

Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
8 4 votes

Moonfleet (1955)

Adventure
Movie
as Elzevir Block
5.8 16 votes

The Long Gray Line (1955)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Dinny Maher
7 6 votes

I Cover the Underworld (1955)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Gunner O'Hara / John O'Hara

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.4 16 votes

Frontier (1955)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Matinee Theater (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 40 votes

Them! (1954)

Horror Mystery Science Fiction
Movie
as Maj. Kibbee
6.8 84 votes

Ring of Fear (1954)

Drama Mystery
Movie
as Dublin O'Malley

Climax! (1954)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
3.9 8 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

Niagara (1953)

Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Sam (uncredited)
6.7 58 votes

Island in the Sky (1953)

Adventure Drama
Movie
as Frank Lovatt, Dooley's co-pilot
5.7 10 votes

Plunder of the Sun (1953)

Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as Jefferson
6.3 2 votes

Man in the Attic (1953)

Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Constable #1
5.1 5 votes

The Quiet Man (1952)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Owen Glynn
7.1 84 votes

Cavalcade of America (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Storm Warning (1951)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Shore
7.3 6 votes

Lorna Doone (1951)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Charleworth Doone
5.5 1 votes

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950)

Comedy
Movie
as James Moore

Beyond Glory (1948)

Drama
Movie
as Barney