'Lethal Weapon 2' actor dies at the age of 77
Derrick O'Connor, the versatile actor who starred alongside Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the 1989 movie Lethal Weapon 2 passed away at the age of 77.
The Irish actor died last Friday, June 29, 2018, of pneumonia in Santa Ynez Valley, north of Santa Barbara, where he lived with his wife, Mimi. He was a very respected member of the film industry.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the news of O'Connor's death was announced by his publicist, Jane Ayer, and he will now be remembered for a prestigious career that only a few manage to come close to.
Despite being born in Dublin, Ireland, O'Connor was raised in London, having moved to the United States in 1990. During his time in Hollywood, he managed to get plenty of roles that brought love and joy to movie aficionados around the world
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The late 77-year-old's most famous role was Pieter Vorstedt, a vicious South African villain in Lethal Weapon 2, and when one to star in three films directed by Terry Gilliam: Time Bandits, Brazil and Jabberwocky.
He had the opportunity to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger in End of Days and appeared in two of John Boorman's films: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Hope and Glory.
RIP Irish character actor Derrick O’Connor. Appeared in some great tv dramas like Out & Fox and played villains in The Sweeney & Lethal Weapon 2. Versatile and charismatic in everything he made. pic.twitter.com/W3NXoaW8vH— Tom Reagan’s Hat (@andyeduardo77) July 4, 2018
But O'Connor didn't just make a name for himself on the big screen; he also had several appearances on television, having starred in Alias, Tracey Takes On, Monk, Murder, She wrote, Knockback and Ghost.
The actor was a proud member of the Royal Shakespear Company, as well as the Scottish National Theatre, having stepped on stage for productions such as Born Yesterday, The Dumb Waiter and The Knack.
His passion for theater was well-known, but his family was his first love. O'Connor left behind his wife Mimi and son Max. According to Variety, a private celebration of his life is scheduled to take place in San Francisco but the date is yet to be revealed.