Godfrey Quigley

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Godfrey Quigley
Born (1923-05-04)4 May 1923
Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
Died 7 September 1994(1994-09-07) (aged 71)
Dublin, Ireland
Cause of death
Alzheimer's disease
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Abbey School of Acting
Occupation Film, television and stage actor
Years active 1949–89
Organization Globe Theatre Company founder

Godfrey Quigley (4 May 1923 – 7 September 1994) was an Irish film, television and stage actor.

Life and career[edit]

Quigley was born in Jerusalem, where his father was serving as an officer in the British Army.[1] The family returned to Ireland in the 1930s and, following military service in the Second World War, Quigley trained as an actor at the Abbey School of Acting.[1]

In 1949, Quigley made his first film appearance, in Saints and Sinners. He appeared in two Stanley Kubrick films: first as the prison chaplain in A Clockwork Orange (1971), and then as Captain Grogan in the Barry Lyndon (1975). In British television, he played a has-been gangster in the serial Big Breadwinner Hog (1969). His theatre roles include the Irishman in Tom Murphy's The Gigli Concert, for which he won the Harvey's Best Actor Award in 1984.[2]

In the 1950s, Quigley co-founded the Globe Theatre Company in Dun Laoghaire.[2] The company was disestablished in 1960.[1] During the same period, he produced the radio soap opera The Kennedys of Castleross.[2]

Godfrey Quigley died in Dublin of Alzheimer's disease, aged 71.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c The Irish Times, "Actor Godfrey Quigley Dies in Dublin Aged 71", 8 September 1994.
  2. ^ a b c The Irish Times, "Godfrey Quigley: The Art of Being Different", 21 May 1988.
  3. ^ Godfrey Quigley death, google.com; accessed 20 March 2015.

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