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Monday 25 September 2017

Renowned Irish actor and director Barry Cassin dies, aged 92

Barry Cassin with his daughter Anne Cassin at the launch of his book at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.
Barry Cassin with his daughter Anne Cassin at the launch of his book at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Irish actor and director Barry Cassin has passed away at the age of 92.

Cassin was best known as the director of John B Keane's The Field.

He is famous for his roles in Twelve Angry Men, The Counte of Monte Cristo (2002) and the TV series Mystic Knights of Tir na nÓg in 1998.

He also starred in a number of RTÉ shows including Fair City, Insurrection and Killinaskully.

He was renowned for his theatre performances and took part in several productions in the Gate and Olympia and did the first production of the classic Arthur Miller play ‘The Crucible’ in this country.

He is survived by his five children, including RTÉ Nationwide presenter Anne Cassin. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy.

Tributes poured in for the acting legend on social media.

Julie Ward wrote: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Barry Cassin. Such an important figure in Irish Theatre. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

While Fiona Ashe said: "A classy gentleman. May he rest in peace".

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