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Sunday 20 April 2014

Tributes flood in for one of acting's 'brightest stars'

Tom Murphy as Paul, in the film 'Adam and Paul'

The arts world has lost one of its 'brightest stars' after the premature death of Tom Murphy.

The award winning actor passed away from cancer on Saturday at the age of just 36.

Last night tributes poured in for the young man who had won a Tony Award for Best Actor for his part in Martin McDonagh's 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'.

Speaking last night, Twink, who gave him his first job on stage in the Olympia at the age of just nine, said she was stunned at the news of his death at such a young age.

"He had his whole career and the whole world ahead of him," she said. "There was a myriad of parts that would only have been opening up to him now as he reached his late thirties.

"He was on his way to becoming a legend and I have no doubt he would have been amongst the next generation of 'greats'."

He had starred in a number of Irish films including 'Michael Collins', 'Intermission', 'Man About Dog' and 'The General'.

However, he made his big screen breakthrough in 2004 after starring alongside Mark O'Halloran in 'Adam and Paul', a tale of two Dublin junkies. A commercial hit, renowned magazine Variety said he "steals the movie".

He also gained some notoriety in America when collecting his Tony Award for the Broadway show in 1998.

"I was the man who introduced 'feck' to America," he said at the time.

Overcome with the emotion of winning, Murphy let out that expletive so beloved of Fr Jack -- feck. Twice.

On Saturday night theatres across the country pay tribute to the talented young man by having a round of applause in his honour.

Garry Hynes, artistic director of the Druid Theatre in Dublin said, "all of us in Druid are terribly saddened by the premature death of Tom Murphy".

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