Recognitions have poured in after it was confirmed that Irish actor Tom Hickey had died in his 70s. The actor had been determined with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013.
The Irish acting icon boasted a lifes work spanning more than six decades, taking lead roles in dims such as Breakfast on Pluto, Fools of Fortune and Inside I’m Dancing.
Fork out tribute, President Higgins said: “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I experienced of the death of Tom Hickey, one of the greatest actors of his generation, giving over six decades to his mtier.
“He leaves an indelible imprint on Irish theatre.
“He will be so missed. It was a benefit to know him as a friend.”
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Marion O’Dwyer added: “Tom Hickey. He was my Dad once, my mollify at least twice; so many plays elevated by his presence. The artist and the man; dainty and noble and far too funny.
“His work for Parkinson’s. All he was and did. Impossible to pay tribute properly; providential to know you, Tom. Rest easy.”
Olwen Fouere went on to say: “Farewell, esteemed Tom.
“Thank you for so many great times working together. R.I.P. Tom Hickey.”
Tom had been a founding fellow of the Dublin Focus Theatre group – with the organisation saying: “Number his colleagues in the acting community, he was regarded as an artist of total commitment to display, to his art and to his community.”
Tom was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Benjy Riordan in the long-running RTE One stage play, The Riordans, for 16 years.
The actor who was born in Kildare, Ireland in 1944 bragged a successful stage career, appearing in productions such as The Night of the Iguana, Uncle Vanya, Irish English colleen Julie and Antigone.
He had started his career back in 1963 at Deirdre O’Connell’s Stanislavski Studio in Dublin, teaching in Stanislavski’s style of acting, adding that he saw the entertainment industry as a “pursuit” after deciding at just the age of five that he wanted to become an actor.