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Tom Hickey remembered as 'one of the greatest actors of his generation'

Tom Hickey has died aged 77. Picture from RTÉ

TOM Hickey was last night remembered as "one of the greatest actors of his generation" following his death aged 77.

Best known for his role in The Riordans, he was also described as an "extraordinary theatre artist".

President Michael D Higgins led tributes to Mr Hickey, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 and died on Saturday.

"It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey, one of the greatest actors of his generation, giving over six decades to his profession," he said.

"He leaves an indelible imprint on Irish theatre."

Mr Hickey, who was originally from Kildare, trained at the Stanislavski Studio while working as a cameraman at RTÉ.

On television, he was best known for his role as Benjy Riordan in RTÉ series The Riordans.

He also starred in Breakfast on Pluto, Inside I'm Dancing, Neil Jordan's The Butcher Boy and Raining Stones.

The Irish Arts Council said Mr Hickey's "extraordinary range of work has left a lasting impression on people from several generations".

Actor and comedian Chris O'Dowd also wrote on Twitter: "We were lucky enough to have Tom Hickey join us on Moone Boy and he was wonderful, as always.

"Very few are capable of such devilment and empathy in a single look.

"Rest well Tom, thanks for sharing your talents with us all."

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