Saturday 20 January 2018

Renowned actor left €474,000 in will

actor TP McKenna
DIED AFTER ILLNESS: Irish actor TP McKenna

VETERAN Irish actor TP McKenna, who often played villains, barristers and policemen as well as priests and bishops in TV dramas, left £421,802 (about €474,000) in his will, which went to probate in the UK last week.

Thomas Patrick McKenna, who was always known by his initials, appeared in classic shows such as The Avengers, Miss Marple, The Sweeney, Minder, Blake's 7, Doctor Who and Lovejoy.

His film work included roles in The Charge of the Light Brigade, Straw Dogs and the 2004 film The Libertine, which also starred Johnny Depp.

On stage he appeared with leading theatre companies, including the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre Company.

McKenna, of Finchley, north London, who died aged 81 in February after a long illness, also regularly played Nazis and was an SS commander in the 1978 TV mini-series Holocaust.

Probate records reveal that the father of five, whose wife May died in 2006, left his estate in trust for his family.

McKenna, who was born in Mullagh, Co Cavan, worked for a bank before becoming a stage actor in 1953. He made his TV debut 10 years later.

He made regular appearances throughout the 1970s as barrister Patrick Canty in the TV series Crown Court.

In 1972 he played a maverick Russian agent in three episodes of Callan, opposite Edward Woodward.

McKenna fulfilled a long-held ambition to appear with John Thaw in Inspector Morse, when cast in the final episode, 'The Remorseful Day', in 2000.

Sunday Independent

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