William O'Brien

(c. 1738—1815) actor and playwright

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(?1736–1815), actor-dramatist. Closely related to the O'Brien Earls of Thomond and Inchiquin, he appeared as Captain Brazen in Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer in 1758 and acted for some years. He wrote a farce, Cross Purposes (1772), and a comedy, The Duel (1772), both based on French models.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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