Birth name: William Joseph Shields
Birth: March 10, 1888, Dublin, Ireland
Death: January 4, 1961, Dublin, Ireland.
Trained to be a banker, he instead joined the famed Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and made his film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's Juno And The Paycock. He then went on to work in Hollywood with John Ford, in films like The Plough and the Stars and The Quiet Man. Quite a scene-stealer, he is the only actor ever nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for the same role in the same film--that of Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way?. He died of natural causes in his home in Dublin.
His brother was actor Arthur Shields, with whom he performed in several films, including The Quiet Man.