Timothy Patrick Murphy

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Timothy Patrick Murphy
Born(1959-11-03)November 3, 1959
DiedDecember 6, 1988(1988-12-06) (aged 29)
Cause of deathcomplications from AIDS
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Other namesTimothy P. Murphy
Timothy Murphy
Years active1978–1988

Timothy Patrick Murphy (November 3, 1959 – December 6, 1988) was an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Mickey Trotter on the popular CBS prime time soap opera Dallas from 1982–83.


Murphy started his acting career as an adolescent in several television commercials and from there he went on to act in the 1978 miniseries Centennial. Other than his role in Dallas, he spent more than a year playing a young conman on the CBS daytime soap drama Search for Tomorrow, and also had a regular role on the short-lived 1984 ABC prime-time drama Glitter. In addition to this, he appeared in episodes of the television shows Quincy, M.E., CHiPs, Teachers Only, Hotel, The Love Boat and Hunter.

He appeared in the 1981 film The Bushido Blade. One of Murphy's most substantial roles was in the 1984 feature film Sam's Son, the film biography of the early life of actor Michael Landon, in which he played the character of Gene Orowitz (the young Landon).


Murphy died of AIDS on December 6, 1988 in Sherman Oaks, California, aged 29, and was buried at the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.

He once stated that he had an affair with the allegedly bisexual actor Brad Davis, who had AIDS and committed assisted suicide in 1991.[1]

His younger brother, Patrick Sean Murphy, was killed in the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001.[2][3][4][5]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Paper Chase Michael Burch Episode: "Nancy"
1978 Centennial Christian Zendt TV miniseries; Episode: "The Longhorns"
1979 The Seekers Jarod Kent TV miniseries
1979 The Love Boat Terry Gibson Episode: "Too Young to Love"
1980–81 Search for Tomorrow Spencer Langley Unknown episodes
1980 A Time for Miracles Will TV movie
1981 The Bushido Blade Midshipman Robin Burr Feature film
1982 CHiPs Alex Episode: "In the Best of Families"
1982 Teachers Only Jeremy Episode: "Quote, Unquote"
1982 Quincy, M.E. Nick Stadler Episode: "The Mourning After"
1982–83 Dallas Mickey Trotter Main cast (27 episodes)
1983 The Love Boat Kent Holden Episode: "So Help Me Hannah"
1983 The Love Boat David Episode: "Bricker's Boy"
1984 Sam's Son Gene Orowitz Feature film
1984 With Intent to Kill Drew Lanscott TV movie
1984 Hotel Andy / Kevin Walker Episodes: "Tomorrows" / "Final Chapters"
1984–85 Glitter Chip Craddock Main cast (14 episodes)
1985 The Love Boat Curtis Williams Episodes: "A Gentleman of Discretion" (Parts 1 & 2)
1986 Hunter Jeffery Wyatt Episode: "True Confessions"
1988 Doin' Time on Planet Earth Jeff Richmond Feature film, (final film role)


  1. ^ Brad Davis article Archived 2009-05-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2015-05-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/25/classified/paid-notice-deaths-murphy-patrick-sean.html
  4. ^ http://www.legacy.com/sept11/story.aspx?personid=147176
  5. ^ http://alumni.virginia.edu/scholarships/patrick-sean-murphy-scholarship-information/

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