Tom Hickey dead: Moone Boy actor dies with Chris ODowd leading tributes – Mirror Online

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Tributes have been paid to Irish actor Tom Hickey.

He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013, according to the Irish Mirror.

Hickey’s acting career has spanned more than six decades and includes roles in movies Inside I’m Dancing and Breakfast on Pluto.

He also starred in the Sky Comedy Moone Boy with the show’s creator and lead star Chris O’Down leading the tributes.

Taking to Twitter, Chris penned: “We were lucky enough to have Tom Hickey join us on Moone Boy and he was wonderful, as alway.

“Very few are capable of such divelment and empathy in a single look. Rest well Tom, thanks for sharing your talents with us all.”

Irish actor Tom Hickey has died
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News of Mr Hickey’s death was announced by the president of Dublin’s Focus Theatre, of which the actor had been a founding member.

“President Michael D Higgins said: “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey, one of the greatest actors of his generation, giving over six decades to his profession.

“He leaves an indelible imprint on Irish theatre.

Tom starred alongside Chris O’Dowd as Sean Murphy and David Rawle as Martin Moone in Moone Boy

“He will be so missed. It was a privilege to know him as a friend.”

Adam & Paul writer Mark O’Halloran also paid tribute, writing on Twitter: “Tom Hickey . What a loss. An extraordinary theatre artist.

“I had the joy of being in a play with him once and sharing a dressing room. Such fun. Brilliant film actor too. In Loach’s Raining Stones he was brilliant. And his role in Garage. It has an honour to write for him. RIP.”

 

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