Declan Mulholland

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Declan Mulholland
Thomas Declan Mulholland

(1932-12-06)6 December 1932
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died29 June 1999(1999-06-29) (aged 66)
London, England
Years active1962–1997

Thomas Declan Mulholland (6 December 1932 – 29 June 1999) was an Irish character actor of film and television. He is known for his multiple appearances in Doctor Who and for his deleted portrayal of Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars.


Born in Belfast, his first film role was in H.M.S. Defiant (1962) as Morrison. He had a substantial part in the 1975 Amicus Productions film The Land That Time Forgot. He also played a human version of Jabba the Hutt in a deleted scene of the original Star Wars (1977). The scene was reinserted for the film's twentieth anniversary re-release in 1997, with Mulholland replaced by a CGI Jabba as he appears in Return of the Jedi.

His many TV appearances included the Doctor Who stories The Sea Devils (1972) and The Androids of Tara (1978),[1] The Bill, The Onedin Line and Quatermass.

Mulholland died of a heart attack on 29 June 1999, aged 66.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1962 H.M.S. Defiant Morrison
1963 Mystery Submarine Duty chief
1968 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia Storyteller's aide Uncredited
The Charge of the Light Brigade Farrier
Great Catherine Count Tokhtamysh
1969 Guns in the Heather Retchick
1971 Naughty! Policeman
1972 The Ruling Class Poacher
1973 Theater of Blood Meths drinker
1974 On the Game 2nd Jailer
The Land That Time Forgot Olson
1975 Brannigan Neighbour Uncredited
1977 Joseph Andrews Resurrectionist
Double Exposure Kidnapper Joe
Star Wars Jabba the Hutt Scene deleted from final cut of original version and re-inserted in the 1997 Special Edition, with Mulholland replaced by a CGI Jabba and his voice re-dubbed in Huttese
1980 High Rise Donkey Crook
Hawk the Slayer Sped
1981 Time Bandits 3rd Robber
Hawk the Slayer
1989 The Tall Guy Rubberface Doorman
1990 The Rainbow Thief Pug
1993 The Princess and the Cobbler Brigand Voice
1994 War of the Buttons Priest
1995 The Run of the Country Farmer
1997 The Pig's Family Tim Short, (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1963 As You Like It Second Lord TV movie
1967–71 Z-Cars Various 3 episodes
1972–78 Doctor Who Till / Clark 5 episodes
1974 The Prince of Denmark Danny 3 episodes
1975 Churchill's People Augustus Hicky Episode: Mother India
1976 Rogue Male Cook TV movie
1979 Bloomers Mr O'Shaughnessy 1 episode (episode five)
1984 Much Ado About Nothing Member of Watch TV movie
1987–95 Casualty Mac / O'Grady 2 episodes
1989–90 The Bill Raymond Kellow 2 episodes
1991 The Brittas Empire Boilerman Barnes Episode: Opening Day
1993 Lovejoy Council Workman Episode: Who is the Fairest of Them All?
1996 Father Ted Shouting Priest Episode: New Jack City

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  1. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – The Androids of Tara – Details". BBC. 2003. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. ^ Landis, Harry (27 July 1999). "Obituary – Declan Mulholland". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 12 April 2014.