Character Actor O’brien Dies ?91

Vince O’Brien of Haworth, a character actor whose long career included memorable turns as a debauched businessman in the Broadway musical comedy “Promises, Promises” and an earnest hotel doctor in Woody Allen’s film classic, “Annie Hall,” died Saturday. He was 91.

O’Brien is perhaps most recognisable as the Shell Answer Man, in television and print ads for the petroleum company.

The cause was heart failure, said his son Liam.