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May 3, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Shay Duffin, a Dublin, Ireland-born actor best known for his one-man play about the colorful Irish writer Brendan Behan, has died. He was 79. Duffin, who also acted on TV and in films, died April 23 of complications from heart surgery at UCLA Medical Center, said his daughter, Ruth. "Inside each Irishman is a one-man show trying to get out," Duffin wrote in The Los Angeles Times in 1978. His performance piece was the tale of anti- English rebel Behan, whom The Times once described as a "playwright-raconteur-professional drunk."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Shay Duffin, a Dublin, Ireland-born actor best known for his one-man play about the colorful Irish writer Brendan Behan, has died. He was 79. Duffin, who also acted on TV and in films, died April 23 of complications from heart surgery at UCLA Medical Center, said his daughter, Ruth. "Inside each Irishman is a one-man show trying to get out," Duffin wrote in The Los Angeles Times in 1978. His performance piece was the tale of anti- English rebel Behan, whom The Times once described as a "playwright-raconteur-professional drunk."
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shay Duffin has been performing his one-man show, "Brendan Behan: Confessions of an Irish Rebel," for more than 15 years now. He has done his impression of the rebellious, witty and often drunk Irish playwright (whom Duffin knew from his old neighborhood in Ireland) Off-Broadway and throughout the United States. But he was at his most nervous, he said, when he did it in a theater in Dublin where Behan's mother was in the audience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000
As a SAG actor on strike for just a fair piece of the commercial pie, I would like to commend the LAPD for its handling of our 10,000-star-studded show of solidarity against corporate greed, as we marched down Wilshire Boulevard last Wednesday morning. The officers were courteous, helpful and brilliantly efficient in their guidance and control of the mass of talent, allowing us to make our point without it being too disruptive to the flow of traffic. Bravo, LAPD. Also some kudos to the patience of the passing motorists who showed support with their honking horns and V signs.
SPORTS
June 3, 1989
On reading Elliott Almond's article, I had great difficulty feeling any compassion for the plight of Cindy Olavarri, the former world-class cyclist whose drug and steroid use almost killed her and denied her a place in the Olympic sun. The people I do feel sorry for are her fellow competitors who finished behind her. They are the real champions that were denied their place in the sun because they believed sincerely that their own natural ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000
As a SAG actor on strike for just a fair piece of the commercial pie, I would like to commend the LAPD for its handling of our 10,000-star-studded show of solidarity against corporate greed, as we marched down Wilshire Boulevard last Wednesday morning. The officers were courteous, helpful and brilliantly efficient in their guidance and control of the mass of talent, allowing us to make our point without it being too disruptive to the flow of traffic. Bravo, LAPD. Also some kudos to the patience of the passing motorists who showed support with their honking horns and V signs.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1994
Since coming to this country from Ireland, I learned the term Indian giver , and I hope that I am not being politically incorrect when I say that City Hall is being just that by considering taking back some of the land "rented" to the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble just so someone can build a carwash detailing facility (Theater Notes, Sept. 11). Come on! Another carwash? When I hear of some government body making an effort in the "development of the arts," I shout it from the rooftops.
NEWS
June 15, 1989
Shay Duffin, a Dublin-born actor known for his one-man play about Irish writer Brendan Behan, will appear at Ventura's City Bakery on Friday in an evening of anniversary readings from James Joyce's "Ulysses." Friday is the 85th anniversary of the single day in which Joyce's classic novel takes place. It is known to Joyce fans as "Bloomsday," after the book's main character, Dubliner Leopold Bloom, and over the years has become a time for Joyce readings. George Keenan, owner of City Bakery, said he initially had thought of lining up readers to go through the entire novel, but realized that he would need 40 even for an abridged 20-hour version.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1991 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Irish-born actor Shay Duffin walked on stage Wednesday night at the La Paloma Theater with a full pint of Guiness in hand. When his one-man show--"Brendan Behan: Confessions of an Irish Rebel"--came to an end two hours later, he stumbled off the stage a broken man, having drained and spilled a half-dozen bottles of the stout brew. "Confessions" is a compelling toast to the memory of Brendan Behan, celebrated Irish Republican Army activist, playwright, novelist and pub wit.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
Shamrocks and shillelaghs, leprechauns and green beer. . . . These are the things of which St. Patrick's Day celebrations are made--in America, at any rate. Irish-born actor and singer Shay Duffin takes the stereotyping in stride. "It's a friendly attitude," the Redondo Beach resident said in a phone interview this week. "Everybody wants to be Irish." Besides, he asked, what other nationality is celebrated in the United States with a whole day all of its own?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1994
Since coming to this country from Ireland, I learned the term Indian giver , and I hope that I am not being politically incorrect when I say that City Hall is being just that by considering taking back some of the land "rented" to the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble just so someone can build a carwash detailing facility (Theater Notes, Sept. 11). Come on! Another carwash? When I hear of some government body making an effort in the "development of the arts," I shout it from the rooftops.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1991 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Irish-born actor Shay Duffin walked on stage Wednesday night at the La Paloma Theater with a full pint of Guiness in hand. When his one-man show--"Brendan Behan: Confessions of an Irish Rebel"--came to an end two hours later, he stumbled off the stage a broken man, having drained and spilled a half-dozen bottles of the stout brew. "Confessions" is a compelling toast to the memory of Brendan Behan, celebrated Irish Republican Army activist, playwright, novelist and pub wit.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shay Duffin has been performing his one-man show, "Brendan Behan: Confessions of an Irish Rebel," for more than 15 years now. He has done his impression of the rebellious, witty and often drunk Irish playwright (whom Duffin knew from his old neighborhood in Ireland) Off-Broadway and throughout the United States. But he was at his most nervous, he said, when he did it in a theater in Dublin where Behan's mother was in the audience.
NEWS
June 15, 1989
Shay Duffin, a Dublin-born actor known for his one-man play about Irish writer Brendan Behan, will appear at Ventura's City Bakery on Friday in an evening of anniversary readings from James Joyce's "Ulysses." Friday is the 85th anniversary of the single day in which Joyce's classic novel takes place. It is known to Joyce fans as "Bloomsday," after the book's main character, Dubliner Leopold Bloom, and over the years has become a time for Joyce readings. George Keenan, owner of City Bakery, said he initially had thought of lining up readers to go through the entire novel, but realized that he would need 40 even for an abridged 20-hour version.
SPORTS
June 3, 1989
On reading Elliott Almond's article, I had great difficulty feeling any compassion for the plight of Cindy Olavarri, the former world-class cyclist whose drug and steroid use almost killed her and denied her a place in the Olympic sun. The people I do feel sorry for are her fellow competitors who finished behind her. They are the real champions that were denied their place in the sun because they believed sincerely that their own natural ...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
Shamrocks and shillelaghs, leprechauns and green beer. . . . These are the things of which St. Patrick's Day celebrations are made--in America, at any rate. Irish-born actor and singer Shay Duffin takes the stereotyping in stride. "It's a friendly attitude," the Redondo Beach resident said in a phone interview this week. "Everybody wants to be Irish." Besides, he asked, what other nationality is celebrated in the United States with a whole day all of its own?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1989
I take umbrage with Steve Hochman's Feb. 13 review of the Chieftains concert at the Wadsworth Theater. Mr. Hochman insists that all Irish classical music belongs in a smoke-filled pub and that any formal dressing or chamber orchestra qualities of the arrangements limits the audience involvement with the music. Can I expect James Galway's next concert to be in Molly Malone's pub on Fairfax Avenue? I was surprised to see the Chieftains reviewed in a pop column. Yes, I know of their collaboration with Van Morrison.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1997
John Denver was highly over-hated. Both his lyrics and his lifestyle were a source of relentless press derision. "Pollyanna perceptions" is how one rock writer described the song images Denver created. But no matter how high the criticism piled around his western boots, he knew his "just-this-side-of-corny songs" spoke to huge audiences around the world, eager to hear his important environmental and humanitarian messages. Denver acted upon his beliefs and made important contributions that should not have been so easily dismissed or denigrated.
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