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Dan O'Herlihy – MovieActors.com

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O'Herlihy in THE LAST STARFIGHTER.

About Dan O'Herlihy (1919 – 2005)

Dan O'Herlihy was born on May 1, 1919 in Wexford, Ireland. He studied architecture, and earned a degree from the National University of Ireland.

He worked at the Abbey Theater in Dublin. There he was spotted and cast for a small part in ODD MAN OUT, directed by Carol Reed in 1947. In 1948, he was cast by Orson Welles as the Scottish war lord, Macduff, in MACBETH.

O'Herlihy's first starring role in a TV series was on SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE OF STARS in an episode called "Log The Man Innocent", by Eric Scott.

In 1952 Dan O'Herlihy was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Luis Buñuel's THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE.

In 1955, Dan O'Herlihy played in more classic movies, THE PURPLE MASK and THE VIRGIN QUEEN. In 1962, he played the title role in the thriller THE CABINET OF CALIGARI, with Glynnis Johns.

During the '50s O'Herlihy played extensively on television, in dramatic shows such as CELEBRITY PLAYHOUSE, SCREEN DIRECTORS PLAYHOUSE, LUX VIDEO THEATER, JANE WYMAN PRESENTS THE FIRESIDE THEATER, SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE, KRAFT THEATRE and G.E. TRUE THEATER.

In the '60s he continued his dramatic work in PLAYHOUSE 90, THE UNTOUCHABLES, RAWHIDE, THE U.S. STEEL HOUR, ROUTE 66, BONANZA, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, COMBAT and BEN CASEY.

He then began to get recurring and starring roles in television series, such as DR. KILDARE, THE LONG, HOT SUMMER, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., COLDITZ, and TWIN PEAKS.

Dan O'Herlihy made numerous guest appearances on television programs until his retirement in 1999.

O'Herlihy starred in THE LAST STARFIGHTER as the alien, Grig, in a story of a Sci-Fi video game run amok.

Michael Druxman, a close friend, said Dan O'Herlihy was famed for his sense of humor. He recalled him wearing his lizard costume while driving home from the studio after filming his role as a friendly reptilian alien in THE LAST STARFIGHTER.

Dan O'Herlihy's notable movie credits include...

ROBOCOP 2 (1990)
ROBOCOP (1987)
THE WHOOPEE BOYS (1986)
THE LAST STARFIGHTER (1984)
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
THE CAREY TREATMENT (1972)
THE BIG CUBE (1969)
THE YOUNG LADY (1959)
INVASION USA (1952)
ODD MAN OUT (1947)


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Dan O'Herlihy (right) in
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Dan O'Herlihy in ROBOCOP (1987).