Dan O'Herlihy was born on May 1, 1919 in Wexford,
Ireland. He studied architecture, getting 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
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 50's 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 60's 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
Dan O'Herlihy's other notable credits include...