Irish stage actor Dowling dead at age 83
CHESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Stage actor Vincent G. Dowling, who had a long-time association with Ireland's national theater company and performed several times in the Reagan White House, has died at age 83.
His wife said Dowling died Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after complications following surgery.
Dowling left school in Dublin at age 16 to become an actor and performed worldwide, from Hong Kong to Moscow. He eventually settled in Chester, at the foothills of Massachusetts' Berkshire Mountains.
Dowling spent 27 years at the national theater of Ireland, The Abbey Theatre, working as artistic director, director of experimental theater and leading company actor.
He also performed solo on three state occasions at the White House during the Reagan years.
Dowling is survived by his wife, Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling, five children and seven grandchildren.