George Murdock (actor)

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George Murdock
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Born George Sawaya, Jr.
(1930-06-25)June 25, 1930
Salina, Kansas, U.S.
Died April 30, 2012(2012-04-30) (aged 81)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–2012

George Murdock (June 25, 1930 – April 30, 2012) was an American character actor, especially prolific on television.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Murdock was born George Sawaya, Jr.[3] in Salina, Kansas.[4] He was the second child of seven children born to George R Sawaya and Olive (Johnson) Sawaya.


Murdock was known for frequently playing judges, (for instance, Judge Julius Hoffman in West Coast and Chicago stage productions of The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and in an adaptation for BBC Radio), he also performed the role of "Big Daddy" in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with the Arizona Theater Company during the 1988 season. He was also Laszlo Gabo on the 1986-87 sitcom What a Country!.

Among his most famous characters for movies and TV were Lt. Scanlon, the oily NYPD Internal Affairs officer in Barney Miller, Dr. Salik in Battlestar Galactica TV series, "God" in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and as Admiral Hanson in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Best of Both Worlds.


On April 30, 2012, Murdock died of cancer in Burbank, California, at age 81.[4]



  1. ^ "Obituaries: George Murdock, Charles 'Skip' Pitts". 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
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  3. ^ Jones, Stephen (2013). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24. Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN 9781472100283. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. III (2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland. p. 209. ISBN 9781476603858. Retrieved 28 July 2017.

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