F. J. McCormick

F. J. McCormick (real name Peter Judge[1]) (16 June 1890 in Skerries, Ireland – 24 April 1947 in Dublin, Ireland) was an Irish actor who became known for his work at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. He joined the Abbey at age 19, and acted in some 500 productions there, a list of which can be found in the Abbey Theatre Archive.[2] He is especially remembered for his work in the plays of Seán O'Casey.[3][4]

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publicity still for Odd Man Out (1947)
Peter Judge

(1890-06-16)16 June 1890
Died24 April 1947(1947-04-24) (aged 56)

He acted in four films, including John Ford's version of O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars (1936) and Carol Reed's Odd Man Out (1947), in which he played the opportunistic Shell.[5] He died in 1947 of a brain tumour.

In their review of the film Hungry Hill (also 1947), The New York Times wrote, "As the butler who served John Brodrick, his sons, and their sons in turn, the late F. J. McCormick is truly magnificent, giving an even more subtle portrayal of Irish character than he did as the wily tramp in Odd Man Out." [6]


  1. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 107.
  2. ^ "The Abbey Theatre Archive".
  3. ^ Mikhail, E. H. (1988). The Abbey Theatre: Interviews and Recollections - Google Books. ISBN 9780389206163. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "F. J. McCormick". Oxford Reference. 24 April 1947. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  5. ^ Born: 1890, SkerriesDied: 24 April 1947 (24 April 1947). "F.J. McCormick | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ T. M. P. (11 October 1947). "Movie Review - Hungry Hill - Miss du Maurier's Novel Makes Film". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014.

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