Gerard Murphy (Irish actor)

Eamon Gerard Murphy (14 October 1948 – 26 August 2013) was a Northern Irish film, television and theatre actor.[1]

Gerard Murphy
Eamon Gerard Murphy

(1948-10-14)14 October 1948
Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Died26 August 2013(2013-08-26) (aged 64)
Cambridge, England
EducationQueen's University Belfast
Years active1972–2013

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.

His film roles include the pirate and spy "The Nord" in Waterworld, and as the corrupt High Court Judge Faden in Batman Begins.

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.[2]

In addition, he played Salieri in a 2007 production of Amadeus directed by Nikolai Foster.[3] 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.[4]

Murphy died on 26 August 2013 in Cambridge, of prostate cancer, which he had battled for more than two years.[1][4] He was 64.


Year Title Role Notes
1985Sacred HeartsFather Larkin
1997This Is the SeaVoice
2005Batman BeginsJudge Faden
2012The Comedian(final film role)

Selected theatre


  1. Quinn, Michael (22 August 2013). "West End actor Gerard Murphy dies". The Stage. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  2. "Gerard Murphy: History in the making for an actor with class". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  3. "Gerard Murphy Interview – Actor playing Salieri". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  4. Coveney, Michael (28 August 2013). "Gerard Murphy obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
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