Michael O'Dwyer
April 21, 1936 - October 10, 2020 Born to William and Jessie (née Maher) in Chicago. Graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY. Stage credits: The Fantastics, Mr. Roberts, The Water Engine, Streamers. Film: The Fury, Hero, The Doctor, The Howling. TV: The Rockford Files, Dallas, M*A*S*H. Like many actors, Dwyer's primary occupation was bartender. His second "stage" was a 30 year stint behind the bar at Tom Bergin's. As an actor, he made the most of bit parts, but as a bartender, he was a star. With a natural gift for storytelling, a keen wit, a knowing smirk and a hearty laugh, Dwyer entertained bar patrons in ways few can. As counselor, listener and friend to so many over the years, he earned a loyal fanbase most actors only dream about. Survived by son Kieron, daughter Kate, sister Regina, ex-wife Andrea. Donations to Volunteers of America greatly appreciated.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Oct. 18, 2020.
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Michael was a one of a kind great person. I met him when I first moved to LA in 1990. My buddy Mike and I decided that Tom Bergins was our place to meet once a week. Mike tucked us under his witty wing and a year later said "you guys have earned your clover." It's still up there! I saw Michael a few years back to bring him my latest album. He was glad to see me and we had a very nice conversation. I was very fond of him and considered him a friend. Rest well Michael, you lived a life full of admirers and certainly made many friends along the way. Your smile was gentle and your heart big. We are thankful for your life and good memories!
Ash Beck
Friend
November 24, 2020
A wonderful guy. I feel privileged to have met and known him. A great people-person!
Steve Santos
Friend
October 18, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Family, May the God of Comfort take care of you forever. May He massage your grieving hearts with His Peace and His endless loving kindness. He will help you carry this difficult load as you cope with the precious loss in your lives.
BRY
October 18, 2020
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