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 'jock' son, Chuck Cunningham, on Happy Days, but it was not a very big part and he was eventually written out by being sent to college and then disappeared without mention. He did not want to become stuck in television roles, preferring the film medium. Gavan appeared in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled "Caretaker" as the Kazon First Maje, Jabin.[2]

Gavin was cast as Dan Suggs in the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove. He played a sadistic killer who led Jake Spoon, played by Robert Urich, into killing innocent farmers and horse stealing, which led to Jake and Suggs being hanged by Rangers and his former friends.

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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