Gavan O'Herlihy

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Gavan O'Herlihy
Born (1954-04-29) April 29, 1954 (age 61)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–present

Gavan O'Herlihy (born April 29, 1954) is an Irish actor.

Early life and career[edit]

O'Herlihy was born in Dublin, the son of Elsa Bennett and Irish actor Dan O'Herlihy.[1] In his youth, he was an avid tennis player, and became Irish National Tennis Champion. He has over thirty screen credits to his name, most of them in villainous or antagonistic roles such as Death Wish 3, Never Say Never Again, Superman III, and Tales From The Crypt. His role as Airk Thaughbaer in the 1988 fantasy Willow is one of the few heroic roles that the burly, fair-haired Gavan has managed to get, as well as that of the dashing British officer from Virginia Captain Leroy in Sharpe's Eagle. He also appeared in The Last Outlaw. In 1994, he starred as John Garrideb in The Mazarin Stone from Granada TV's Sherlock Holmes series. The events of the story were rewritten and merged with The Adventure of the Three Garridebs.[2]

He was cast as the eldest sibling, Chuck Cunningham, on Happy Days. The part was small and was eventually written out: the character was explained to have left home to attend college, and was never mentioned again. O'Herlihy did not want to become stuck in television roles, preferring films. Gavan appeared in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager, "Caretaker", as the Kazon First Mate, Jabin.[2]

Gavan was cast as sadistic killer Dan Suggs in the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove.

Preceded by
Ric Carrott
Charles "Chuck" Cunningham Actor
January 15 - March 26, 1974
Succeeded by
Randolph Roberts


  1. ^ Dan O'Herlihy Biography (1919-)
  2. ^ a b "Gavan O'Herlihy". IMDB. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

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