Gavan O'Herlihy

Gavan O'Herlihy

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    • April 29th, 1954
Gavan O'Herlihy (6' 2½" | 1.89 m) an Irish actor, was born on April 29, 1954 (Taurus) in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Elsa Bennett and Irish actor Dan O'Herlihy. He has a Brother, Cormac O'Herlihy and a sister, Patricia O'Herlihy. He is the brother-in-law of Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy, nephew of Michael O'Herlihy, and Uncle of Micaela O'Herlihy and Colin O'Herlihy. In his youth, he was an avid tennis player, and even became Irish National Tennis Champion. He is known for Willow (1988), Never Say Never Again (1983) and The Descent: Part 2 (2009), but has over thirty screen credits to his name, most of them having cast him in villainous or antagonistic roles such as Death Wish 3, Never Say Never Again, Superman III, and Tales From The Crypt. His role as Airk Thaughbaer in the 1988 fantasy Willow is one of the few heroic roles the burly, fair-haired Gavan has managed to get, as well as the dashing American officer Captain Leroy in Sharpe's Eagle. He also played the lost jock son "Chuck Cunningham" in the first season of Happy Days (1974). Is actually younger (by about two months) than Ron Howard, who played his "younger" brother on the show, but it was not a very big part and he was eventually written out by being sent to college and then disappeared with no mention. He did not want to get stuck in television, preferring the film medium. Gavan appeared in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled "Caretaker" as the Kazon First Maje, Jabin. He has a son named Rogan and a daughter named Misty.

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Acting (14 Credits)

2009The Descent: Part 2 as Vaines
2002Cruise of the Gods as Mickey
1997Prince Valiant as King Thane
1997Top of the World as Lieutenant Logan
1995Hidden Assassin as Dick Powell
1993The Last Outlaw as Marshal Sharp
1991Conagher as Chris Mahler, Cowboy
1989Lonesome Dove as Dan Suggs
1988Willow as Airk Thaughbaer
1985Death Wish 3 as Manny Fraker
1985The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission as Conrad E. Perkins
1983Superman III as Brad
1983Never Say Never Again as Jack Petachi
1974The California Kid as Tom

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