03/12/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Actor Hurd Hatfield, 80, best known for playing the eternally youthful lead in MGM's 1945 version of the Oscar Wilde novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray," Friday, at a friend's home in Ireland. Hatfield, who never married, "was very young-looking until a year ago," a friend told The New York Times.

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