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Ray McAnally (30 March 1926 – 15 June 1989) was an Irish actor. He was the winner of four BAFTA awards
BAFTA awards
in the late 1980s: twice for Best Supporting Actor (for The Mission in 1986 and My Left Foot
My Left Foot
in 1989), and twice for Best Actor in the television category (for A Perfect Spy in 1988 and A Very British Coup in 1989).

Contents

1 Background 2 Career 3 Death 4 Filmography 5 External links

Background[edit] Ray McAnally was born in Buncrana, a seaside town located on the Inishowen
Inishowen
peninsula of County Donegal, Ireland and brought up in the nearby town of Moville
Moville
from the age of three. The son of a bank manager, he was educated at Saint Eunan's College
Saint Eunan's College
in Letterkenny where he wrote, produced and staged a musical called 'Madame Screwball' at the age of 16. He entered Maynooth seminary at the age of 18 but left after a short time having decided that the priesthood was not his vocation. He joined the Abbey Theatre in 1947 where he met and married actress Ronnie Masterson. Career[edit] The couple would later form Old Quay Productions and present an assortment of classic plays in the 1960s and 1970s. He made his theatre debut in 1962 with A Nice Bunch of Cheap Flowers and gave a well-received performance as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opposite Constance Cummings, at the Piccadilly Theatre. On television he was a familiar face, often in glossy thriller series like The Avengers, Man in a Suitcase
Man in a Suitcase
and Strange Report. In 1968 he took the title role in Spindoe, a series charting the return to power of an English gangster, Alec Spindoe, after a five-year prison term. This was a spin-off from another series, The Fellows (1967) in which McAnally had appeared in several episodes as the Spindoe character. He could render English accents very convincingly. McAnally regularly acted in the Abbey Theatre and at Irish festivals, but in the last decade of life he achieved award-winning notice on TV and films. His impressive performance as Cardinal Altamirano in the film The Mission (1986) earned him Evening Standard
Evening Standard
and BAFTA
BAFTA
awards. He earned a second BAFTA
BAFTA
award for his role in the BBC's A Perfect Spy (1987). In 1988 he won the BAFTA
BAFTA
for Best Actor for his performance in A Very British Coup, a role that also brought him a Jacob's Award. In the last year of his life he portrayed the father of Christy Brown (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) in the Academy Award-winning film, My Left Foot (1989). Death[edit] McAnally died suddenly of a heart attack on 15 June 1989, aged 63 at his home which he shared with Irish actress Britta Smith. He remained married to actress Ronnie Masterson
Ronnie Masterson
until his death, although they resided in different homes. He received a posthumous BAFTA
BAFTA
award for his last film in 1990. At the time of his death, he was due to play "Bull McCabe" in Jim Sheridan's film The Field, the part eventually going to Richard Harris (who would receive an Oscar nomination for his performance). McAnally had also been cast in the lead role of First and Last, a drama about a man who walked from Land's End to John o' Groats. Filming was almost a third of the way done when he died, but the whole play had to be re-filmed, with Joss Ackland taking the role instead.[citation needed] McAnally had four children: Conor, Aonghus, Máire and Niamh. Conor is a producer, based in Texas, and Aonghus is a television and radio presenter/producer in Ireland. Filmography[edit]

Professor Tim (1957) - Hugh O'Cahan She Didn't Say No! (1958) - Jim Power Sea of Sand (1958) - Sgt. Hardy Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) - Paddy Nolan The Naked Edge
The Naked Edge
(1961) - Donald Heath Murder in Eden (1961) - Inspector Sharkey Billy Budd (1962) - William O'Daniel - Maintopman He Who Rides a Tiger (1965) - Orphanage Superintendent The Looking Glass War (1970) - Undersecretary of State ITV Playhouse: The Pueblo Affair (1970) - Cmd. Bucher Quest for Love (1971) - Jack Kahn Fear Is the Key (1972) - Ruthven Crown Court
Crown Court
(TV drama): 'Scard' (1976) - Robert E. Scard The Outsider (1979) - MacWhirter The Sleep of Death (1980) - Inspector Carmingac Angel (1982) - Bloom Cal (1984) - Cyril Dunlop No Surrender (1985) - Billy McRacken The Mission (1986) - Cardinal Altamirano Empire State (1987) - Frank The Fourth Protocol (1987) - General Yevgeny Karpov The Sicilian (1987) - Trezza White Mischief (1987) - Morris A Perfect Spy (1987, TV series) - Rick Pym Last Of The Summer Wine Movie (1987) - The Tramp Taffin
Taffin
(1988) - O'Rourke A Very British Coup (1988, British TV series) - The Cabinet - Harry Perkins Jack the Ripper (1988, TV film) - Sir William Gull High Spirits (1988) - Plunkett Senior My Left Foot
My Left Foot
(1989) - Mr. Brown Venus Peter (1989) - Grandpa We're No Angels (1989) - Warden

External links[edit]

Ray McAnally on IMDb Ray McAnally at Find a Grave

v t e

BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1968) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1969) Colin Welland (1970) Edward Fox (1971) Ben Johnson (1972) Arthur Lowe
Arthur Lowe
(1973) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1974) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1975) Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
(1976) Edward Fox (1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1981) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1982) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1983) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1984) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1985) Ray McAnally (1986) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1987) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(1988) Ray McAnally (1989) Salvatore Cascio (1990) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1993) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(1994) Tim Roth
Tim Roth
(1995) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1996) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(1997) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1998) Jude Law
Jude Law
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2002) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Dev Patel
Dev Patel
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

v t e

BAFTA
BAFTA
TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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