Gerard Murphy (Irish actor)
|Born||Eamon Gerard Murphy
14 October 1948
Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
|Died||26 August 2013
|Cause of death||Prostate cancer|
|Education||Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School
Queen's University Belfast
|Years active||1972 – 2013|
Life and career
Born in 1948 in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, Murphy began his career on stage with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre. He branched out into television work with roles in Z-Cars, Doctor Who, Minder, Heartbeat, Father Ted, Dalziel and Pascoe and The Bill. He narrated the BBC Radio version of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
Onstage, Murphy portrayed Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys, a role previously played by Richard Griffiths, in a national tour co-produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theatre Royal, Bath and directed by Christopher Luscombe.
In addition, he played Salieri in a 2007 production of Amadeus directed by Nikolai Foster. Although suffering in 2012 from spinal cord compression due to prostate cancer, Murphy appeared in Glasgow Citizens Theatre's production of Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett.
- Sacred Hearts (1985) - Father Larkin
- Waterworld (1995) - Nord
- This Is the Sea (1997) - (voice)
- Batman Begins (2005) - Judge Faden
- Pumpgirl (2009) - Shawshank
- The Comedian (2012) - (final film role)
- Dreaming by Peter Barnes.World premiere directed by Matthew Lloyd at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1999)
- Phil Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill. Directed by Matthew Lloyd at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2001)
- The title role in Volpone by Ben Jonson. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2004)
- Chorus in Henry V. Directed by Jonathon Munby at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2007)
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