Niall Tóibín, the Irish actor and comedian, has died in Dublin after a long illness. He was 89.
Tóibín appeared in numerous films and television series, including Ryan’s Daughter, Veronica Guerin, The Irish RM and Ballykissangel.
His career began in radio drama in the 1950s, and he played Brendan Behan in the original Abbey Theatre production of Borstal Boy on Broadway.
The actor died in Dublin earlier on Wednesday, RTE reported.
He is survived by his children Sean, Muireann, Aisling, Sighle and Fiana.
His wife Judy died in 2002.
The Irish president, Michael D Higgins, paid tribute to Mr Tóibín’s “comic genius”.
“His contribution to Irish theatre was a unique one, in both Irish and English.
“The depth of interpretation that he brought to a wide variety of characters showed a very deep intellectual understanding and, above all, sensitivity to the nuance of Irish life.”