60 (passed away Sep. 28th, 2012)
May. 6th, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Michael O'Hare's Main TV Roles
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O'Hare appeared in a number of theatrical productions on Broadway and in the New York area, including an acclaimed revival of Shaw's Man and Superman with Philip Bosco and the role of Col. Jessup in the original stage version of A Few Good Men (the role played by Jack Nicholson in the film version).
He was the first white actor nominated by the black theater community of New York for the AUDELCO Award for the Best Actor for his performance in the play "Shades of Brown" which examined the effects of apartheid in South Africa.
In 1992, he was cast in the lead role of Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in the science fiction television series Babylon 5. O'Hare remained with the series for one full season; both he and series producer J. Michael Straczynski said the decision for the character to depart was mutual and amicable. O'Hare subsequently reprised the character in season two as well as in a two-episode guest appearance in season three, enabling the show to complete the character arc.
He appeared on a range of television shows, including T. J. Hooker, Kate & Allie, The Equalizer, Tales from the Darkside, The Cosby Mysteries, and Law & Order.
On September 28, 2012, J. Michael Straczynski posted on his Facebook page that O'Hare suffered a heart attack on September 23 and had remained in a coma until the 28th, when he died
- Active member of New York theater groups.
- Has appeared in lead roles on Broadway three times: as Lt. Col. Nathan Roy Jessup in "A Few Good Men," as Geoff opposite 'Fred Gwynne' (qv) in 'David Williamson (I)' (qv)'s "Players" (Williamson also wrote the feature film 'Galipoli (1981)'), and as Hector with 'George Grizzard' (qv) and 'Philip Bosco (I)' (qv) in George Bernard Shaw's "Man and Superman".
- Attended Harvard University (where he majored in English Literature) and studied at the prestigious Julliard School of Drama, as well as with 'Sanford Meisner' (qv).
- Played the unflagging Col. Jessep in the Broadway hit, "A Few Good Men".
- Michael O'Hare is proud and grateful to have been the first white actor nominated by the Black theater community of New York for the AUDELCO AWARD for the Best Actor for his performance in the play "Shades of Brown" which examined the saddening effects of apartheid in South Africa.
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