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]

Murdock was born George Sawaya, Jr. in Salina, Kansas. He 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.



  1. ^ "Obituaries: George Murdock, Charles 'Skip' Pitts". 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 

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