Godfrey Quigley

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Godfrey Quigley
Godfrey John Quigley

(1923-05-04)4 May 1923
Died7 September 1994(1994-09-07) (aged 71)
Dublin, Ireland
Alma materAbbey School of Acting
OccupationFilm, television and stage actor
Years active1949–1989
OrganizationGlobe Theatre Company founder
Spouse(s)Genevieve Lyons (m. 1954, div.)

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

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 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,[2] whose members included his wife, Genevieve Lyons. The company was disestablished in 1960.[1] During the same period, he produced the radio soap opera The Kennedys of Castleross.[2]

In 1983 Quigley starred in the film Educating Rita.

Quigley died in Dublin of Alzheimer's disease, aged 71.[3][4]


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Saints and Sinners Colin Uncredited
1957 The Rising of the Moon Christy Donigan
1958 Rooney Tom Reilly
1959 Broth of a Boy Desmond Phillips
1960 The Siege of Sidney Street Blakey
1962 Dead Man's Evidence Supt. O'Brien
1964 Nothing But the Best Coates
1964 The Counterfeit Constable Inspector Savory
1966 Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Dortmun
1969 Guns in the Heather Meister
1969 The Reckoning Dr. Carolan
1971 Get Carter Eddie
1971 A Clockwork Orange Prison Chaplain
1973 Conflict Father Walter
1975 Barry Lyndon Captain Grogan
1977 The Man in the Iron Mask Baisemeaux
1983 Educating Rita Rita's Father
1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven Terrier Voice, (final film role)


  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. ^ Associated Press (September 14, 1994). "Godfrey Quigley Obituary". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Deaths: Godfrey Quigley". Gainesville Sun. September 14, 1994. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

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