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Newfoundland writer, actor Paul O’Neill dies at 84

Kevin Noble and Paul O'Neill (left) during the filming of a scene from "The Way We Are - Yarns from Pigeon Inlet"

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Paul O'Neill, a Newfoundland-born actor, writer and historian, has died at the age of 84.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government issued a statement Wednesday offering their condolences on Mr. O'Neill's death.

Terry French, minister of tourism, culture and recreation, says Mr. O'Neill was an icon who will be greatly missed in the province's arts and culture community.

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The statement says Mr. O'Neill was born in St. John's and studied theatre in New York before launching a radio career with the CBC in the 1950s, where he produced a number of radio and television shows.

Mr. O'Neill also authored plays, poems and books, including "The Oldest City," an extensive history of St. John's.

Mr. O'Neill was the founding president of the province's writer's guild and a recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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