Shields in The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)
February 15, 1896|
|Died||April 27, 1970
Santa Barbara, California USA
|Deans Grange Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Laurie Bailey (1955–1970) (his death) 2 children; Aideen O'Connor (1943-1950); Bazie Morgan (1920-1943)|
Arthur Shields (15 February 1896 – 27 April 1970) was an Irish stage and film actor.
Born into an Irish Protestant family in Portobello, Dublin, he started acting in the Abbey Theatre when still a young man. He was the younger brother of Oscar-winning actor Barry Fitzgerald. An Irish nationalist, he fought in the Easter Rising of 1916. He was captured and interned in the Frongoch internment camp in Frongoch, North Wales, as were the prominent Irish revolutionaries Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. He afterwards returned to the Abbey Theatre. In 1936, John Ford brought him to the United States to act in a film version of The Plough and the Stars.
Some of his memorable roles were in John Ford films. Shields portrayed the Reverend Playfair in Ford's The Quiet Man, opposite John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and his brother, Barry Fitzgerald. He played Dr. Laughlin in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon with Wayne and Joanne Dru, and appeared yet again with Wayne and Barry Fitzgerald in Ford's Long Voyage Home. His other films include: Little Nellie Kelly, The Keys of the Kingdom, The Fabulous Dorseys, Gallant Journey, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, Drums Along the Mohawk, Lady Godiva, National Velvet and The River. He also made television appearances including a 1958 role on Perry Mason as Dr. George Barnes in "The Case of the Screaming Woman."
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