Timothy Patrick Murphy

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Timothy Patrick Murphy
Born (1959-11-03)November 3, 1959
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Died December 6, 1988(1988-12-06) (aged 29)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Other names Timothy P. Murphy
Timothy Murphy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–1988

Timothy Patrick Murphy (November 3, 1959 – December 6, 1988) was an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as "Mickey Trotter" on the popular CBS prime time soap opera Dallas during the 1982–83 and 1983-84 seasons.


Murphy started his acting career as an adolescent in several television commercials and from there he went on to act in the 1978 miniseries Centennial. Other than his role in Dallas, he spent more than a year playing a young conman on the CBS daytime soap drama Search for Tomorrow, and also had a regular role on the short-lived 1984 ABC prime-time drama Glitter. In addition to this, he appeared in episodes of Hotel, The Love Boat and Hunter.

He appeared in the 1981 film Bushido Blade. One of Murphy's most substantial roles was in the 1984 feature film Sam's Son, the film biography of the life of actor Michael Landon, in which he played the character of Gene Orowitz (the young Landon).


Murphy contracted HIV and died of AIDS on December 6, 1988 in Sherman Oaks, California, aged 29. He once stated that he had an affair with the allegedly bisexual actor Brad Davis, who had AIDS and committed assisted suicide in 1991.[1]

His younger brother, Patrick Sean Murphy, was killed in the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001.[2][3][4][5]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Paper Chase Michael Burch Episode: "Nancy"
1978 Centennial Christian Zendt Miniseries
1979 The Seekers Jarod Kent Television movie
1979 to 1985 The Love Boat Various roles 5 episodes
1980 to 1981 Search for Tomorrow Spencer Langley Unknown episodes
1981 Bushido Blade Midshipman Robin Burr Credited as Timothy Murphy
1982 CHiPs Alex Episode: "In the Best of Families"
1982 Teachers Only Jeremy Episode: "Quote, Unquote"
1982 Quincy, M.E. Nick Stadler Episode: "The Mourning After"
1982 to 1983 Dallas Mickey Trotter 27 episodes
1984 Sam's Son Gene Orowitz
1984 With Intent to Kill Drew Lanscott Television movie
1984 Hotel Andy
2 episodes
1984 to 1985 Glitter Chip Craddock 14 episodes
1986 Hunter Jeffery Wyatt Episode: "True Confessions"
1988 Doin' Time on Planet Earth Jeff Richmond


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