Sam McCready (1936-2019)
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with great sadness of the death yesterday of Sam McCready, Belfast actor, author, poet, director, teacher, painter, and a founding member of the Lyric Players Theatre.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, paid the following tribute to Mr McCready:
“The word ‘legend’ is much overused, but with Sam McCready, the epithet is no exaggeration. For decades he was a pivotal figure in Northern Ireland culture, and his influence on the shape of professional theatre here cannot be overstated. He was a great actor, director and theatre-maker in his own right and, as actor, mentor, teacher and friend, he dedicated a lifetime to encouraging younger actors to reach their own creative potential and inspired many of our finest actors who would go on to achieve world renown. Sam McCready was revered as an artist internationally, but he will be remembered locally with unusual warmth and affection by the entire arts community of Northern Ireland. We have lost one of our leading lights, an inspiration, and a truly lovely individual.”