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Derrick O'Connor (3 January 1941 – 29 June 2018) was an Irish theatre and character actor.[1]

Derrick O'Connor
Born (1941-01-03)3 January 1941
Dublin, Ireland
Died 29 June 2018(2018-06-29) (aged 77)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–2016

O'Connor was best known for his performance as Pieter Vorstedt in Lethal Weapon 2 and for his roles in three Terry Gilliam films. He starred as Jack Stone in The Professionals episode "You'll be Alright". He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company [2][3]

Gilliam, who directed O'Connor in three films, had noted in his audio commentaries that O'Connor seemed to have a habit of relinquishing most of his dialogue in favour of physical character humor. Notable examples include Time Bandits, in which his character's dialogue was resorted to simple grunts while the Maid Marian character "translated" for him and in Brazil, in which O'Connor scrapped all of his character's dialogue and simply repeated the dialogue of Bob Hoskins' character.[4]

He died on 29 June 2018 of pneumonia in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 77. [5]

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  1. ^ "Obituary: Derrick O'Connor, Hollywood hard man who honed his skills on the Edinburgh stage". Johnston Publishing Ltd. The Scotsman. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ Biography – Derrick O'Connor
  3. ^ Irish Character Actor Derrick O’Connor Dies at 77
  4. ^ Derrick O’Connor Dies: ‘Lethal Weapon 2’, ‘End Of Days’ Actor Was 77
  5. ^ "Derrick O'Connor, Villain in 'Lethal Weapon 2,' Dies at 77".

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