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Dan O'Herlihy



Dan O'Herlihy studied architecture at the National University of Ireland, but his heart was in the acting highlands. After racking up stage credits with the Gate Theater and the Abbey Players, O'Herlihy turned to films in 1946, impressing critics and filmgoers alike with his breakthrough role in Odd Man Out. He made his American movie bow in Orson Welles' MacBeth (1948), playing the not inconsiderable role of MacDuff; shortly thereafter, he appeared with his MacBeth co-star Roddy MacDowall in an economically budgeted adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. In 1952, he earned an Academy Award nomination for his near-solo starring turn in Luis Bunuel's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Maturing into a versatile character player, he could also be seen as FDR in MacArthur (1977), the frothing-at-the-mouth villain in Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1983), a benign lizardlike alien in The Last Starfighter (1984), and the dark-purposed cyborg-firm exec in the RoboCop films. His TV credits include blarney-spouting Doc McPheeters in The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (1963), town boss Will Varner in The Long Hot Summer (1965), "The Director" in A Man Called Sloane (1979), intelligence agent Carson Marsh in Whiz Kids (1984), and Andrew Packard in Twin Peaks (1990). Dan O'Herlihy was the brother of director Michael O'Herlihy.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
67% The Rat Pack
  • Joe Kennedy
1998
No Score Yet Love, Cheat & Steal
  • Hamilton
1993
32% Robocop 2
  • Old Man
1990
No Score Yet John Huston and the Dubliners
  • Actor
1988
92% The Dead
  • Brown
1987
88% RoboCop
  • The Old Man
1987
No Score Yet The Whoopee Boys
  • Judge Sternhill
1986
No Score Yet Two by Forsyth
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet No Comebacks
  • Actor
1985
76% The Last Starfighter
  • Grig
1984
37% Halloween III - Season of the Witch
  • Conal Cochran
1982
No Score Yet Death Ray 2000
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Good Against Evil
  • Father Kemschler
1977
63% MacArthur
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
1977
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Banjo Hackett
  • Conacher
1976
85% Death Race 2000
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Tamarind Seed
  • Fergus Stephenson
1974
No Score Yet QB VII
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Carey Treatment (A Case of Murder) (Emergency Ward)
  • J.D. Randall
1972
No Score Yet The People
  • Sol Diemus
1972
No Score Yet Waterloo
  • Ney
1970
No Score Yet The Big Cube
  • Charles
1969
No Score Yet 100 Rifles
  • Grimes
1969
95% Fail-Safe
  • Gen. Black
1964
No Score Yet The Cabinet of Caligari
  • Caligari / Paul
1962
No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties
  • Phil Butler
1961
No Score Yet One Foot in Hell
  • Sir Harry Ivers
1960
No Score Yet The Young Land
  • Judge Millard Isham
1959
84% Imitation of Life
  • David Edwards
1959
No Score Yet Home Before Dark
  • Arnold Bronn
1958
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen
  • Lord Derry
1955
No Score Yet The Purple Mask
  • Brisquet
1955
No Score Yet Bengal Brigade (Bengal Rifles)
  • Capt. Ronald Blaine
1954
No Score Yet The Black Shield of Falworth
  • Prince Hal
1954
100% Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe
  • Robinson Crusoe
1954
No Score Yet Sword of Venus
  • Danglars
1953
No Score Yet Invasion U.S.A.
  • Mr. Ohman
1952
No Score Yet At Sword's Point
  • Aramis Jr.
1952
No Score Yet Actors and Sin
  • Alfred O'Shea
1952
No Score Yet Operation Secret
  • Duncan
1952
No Score Yet The Blue Veil
  • Hugh Williams
1951
71% The Desert Fox
  • Commando Captain
1951
No Score Yet Soldiers Three
  • Sgt. Murphy
1951
88% Macbeth
  • Macduff
1950
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Alan Breck
1948
No Score Yet Hungry Hill
  • Harry Brodrick
1947
100% Odd Man Out
  • Nolan
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Twin Peaks
1990-1991
  • Andrew Packard

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