F. J. McCormick
1889-1947 [stage name of Peter Judge], b. Skerries, Co. Dublin; civil
service and amateur theatricals, tutored by Frank Fay and joined Abbey,
1918; m. Eileen Crowe, 1925; appeared 500 plays, noted in OCasey
roles; breach with OCasey at Plough riot when he addressed the audience,
Dont blame the actors - we didnt write the play;
film roles incl. role of Fr. Tom Shell in Odd Man Out (dir. Carol
Reed, 1947); survived by Eileen; there is an oil portait by Seán
OSullivan in the Abbey Theatre and a drawing in black carbon on
cream coloured paper, also by OSullivan (1942) in the National Gallery
of Ireland. BREF DIB DIH OCIL
Brian de Breffny, ed., Ireland: A Cultural Encyclopaedia (London:
Thames & Hudson 1982), notes that he created [first acted] the character
Seumus Shields in The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), Joxer in Juno
and the Paycock (1924), and Jack in The Plough and the Stars
(1926); also Oedipus in Yeatss play [entry by Christopher Fitzsimon,
artistic director of the Abbey].
Des Hickey & Gus Smith, eds., A Paler Shade of Green (London: Leslie Frewin 1972), incls. interview
with Eileen Crowe, widow of Peter Judge as McCormick: Dont
Stay in Hollywood (pp.36-42).
Lennox Robinson called him the most versatile of all Abbey actors
[Abbey Theatre, 1942, p.156).
Cyril Cusack vividly recalls McCormick
in in various memoirs held as the Cusack papers in the possession of the
publisher Colin Smythe (Gerrards Cross, Bucks).
Bernard Adams, Denis Johnston:
A Life (2002), notes that Sean OCasey quarrelled disastrously
with the cast of The Plough and the Stars (1926), among whom chiefly
F. J. McCormack and Eileen Crowe (p.78). Further notes that Johnston records
in his diary that McCormick had only two topics of conversation, stomachs
and wireless (p.89).