Theatre world toasts Cassin
Barry Cassin with his daughter, RTE star Anne Cassin, and granddaughter Heather, at the launch of his autobiography at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. Arthur carron/collins
FAMILIAR faces known to stages the world over turned out last night to celebrate the remarkable career recalled in actor and director Barry Cassin's autobiography.
Mr Cassin (87), father of RTE newsreader Anne Cassin, has taken on a diverse variety of roles in a career spanning six decades, from playing the Bishop in John B Keane's 'The Field' to an appearance in Neil Jordan's new film 'Byzantium'.
"Anyone of my ilk in the theatre knows, people would say 'Ah yeah, you're in the Abbey, are you? When are you going to get a proper job?" Mr Cassin said. Hence, the name of his autobiography, 'I Never Had A Proper Job'.
"Oh, I've no regrets. No point in having them," Mr Cassin said with a smile.
Amongst the familiar faces at the launch in the Royal Irish Academy were entertainer Rosaleen Linehan, actor Frank Kelly, Abbey director Fiach Mac Conghail, RTE's Mary Kennedy and Aonghus McAnally.