Some of his memorable roles were as the Reverend Playfair in Ford's The Quiet Man opposite John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and his brother, Barry Fitzgerald, as Dr. Laughlin in Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon with Wayne, and again with his brother and John Wayne in John Ford's Long Voyage Home. He appeared as Fogarty in Little Nellie Kelly opposite Judy Garland and George Murphy. Other films in which he had a supporting role include The Keys of the Kingdom, The Fabulous Dorseys, The Fighting Father Dunne, Gallant Journey, Drums Along the Mohawk with Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert, Lady Godiva with Maureen O'Hara and National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. He also played a memorable supporting role, as a widower living in India, in Jean Renoir's The River. He died in Santa Barbara, California.
Shields was the younger brother of Irish actor Barry Fitzgerald
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