Commendations have poured in after it was confirmed that Irish actor Tom Hickey had euphemistic departed in his 70s. The actor had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013.
The Irish fake icon boasted a career spanning more than six decades, fascinating lead roles in films such as Breakfast on Pluto, Fools of Means and Inside I’m Dancing.
Paying tribute, President Higgins said: “It is with excellent sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey, one of the greatest actors of his establishment, giving over six decades to his profession.
“He leaves an indelible imprint on Irish showbiz.
“He will be so missed. It was a privilege to know him as a friend.”
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Marion O’Dwyer added: “Tom Hickey. He was my Dad in days of yore, my husband at least twice; so many plays elevated by his presence. The artist and the man; fair and noble and far too funny.
“His work for Parkinson’s. All he was and did. Impossible to pay tribute properly; blessed to know you, Tom. Rest easy.”
Olwen Fouere went on to say: “Farewell, favoured Tom.
“Thank you for so many great times working together. R.I.P. Tom Hickey.”
Tom had been a ground member of the Dublin Focus Theatre group – with the organisation reveal: “Among his colleagues in the acting community, he was regarded as an artist of total commitment to carrying out, to his art and to his community.”
Tom was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Benjy Riordan in the long-running RTE One theatrical piece, The Riordans, for 16 years.
The actor who was born in Kildare, Ireland in 1944 boasted a famed stage career, appearing in productions such as The Night of the Iguana, Uncle Vanya, Dodge Julie and Antigone.
He had started his career back in 1963 at Deirdre O’Connell’s Stanislavski Studio in Dublin, practising in Stanislavski’s style of acting, adding that he saw the entertainment industry as a “employment” after deciding at just the age of five that he wanted to become an actor.