Character Actor George Murdock Dies
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Character Actor George Murdock Dies

Los Angeles : CA : USA | May 07, 2012 at 12:12 AM PDT
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Veteran character actor George Murdock died on April 30 at the age of 81 in Los Angeles.

He was born June 25, 1930 in Salina, Kansas.

Throughout his career of 50 plus years Murdock appeared in over 200 shows and movies including playing God. Along with his film and TV career, Murdock performed on the stage originating the role of Judge Julius Hoffman in “The Chicago Conspiracy Trial”, Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, and was a member of the Melrose Theater.

Murdock made his television debut in 1961 as Wakely on the TV series “Shannon”. From there he went on to build up a resume that included over 200 roles including the dummy in the “Twilight Zone”, two episodes of “The Untouchables”, “Sunset Strip”, “Rawhide”, four episodes of “No Time for Sergeants”, “I Spy”, two episodes of “Ben Casey”, Luther Coyle in an episode of “The Wild Wild West”, three episodes in the television series “Tarzen”, “Cimarron Strip”, “The Virginian”, “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery”, five episodes in the TV series “It Takes a Thief”, two episodes of “Bonanza”, four episodes of “The Name of the Game”, Hank Merrill in an episode of the original “Hawaii Five-O”, an episode of the “Mod Squad”, “Longstreet”, “Adam-12”, “The New Perry Mason”, Tim Dunnagan in an episode of “The Magician”, two episodes of “The F.B.I.”, five episodes of the TV show “Banacek”, and seven episodes of “Ironside”.

Murdock was Rossi in an episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man”; his career continued with four episodes of “Gunsmoke”, two episodes of “McCloud”, an episode of the “Invisible Man”, two episodes of “Police Woman”, an episode of “Police Story”, Officer Harlen in an episode of “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries”, Jeremy Stokes in an episode of “Little House on the Prairie”, three episodes of “The Streets of San Francisco”, an episode of “Lou Grant”, an episode of “The Rockford Files”, as Dr. Salik in five episodes of the original “Battlestar Galactica”, an episode of the “Dukes of Hazzard”, Sergeant Cooley in “Any Which Way You Can”, an episode of “Trapper John MD”, an episode of “Bosom Buddies”, a police detective in an episode of “T J Hooker”, an episode of “Hill Street Blues”, 13 episodes of “Barney Miller”, an episode of “Benson”, two episodes of the original “Knight Rider”, an episode of “Fame”, an episode of “Murder She Wrote”, as Laslo Gabov in 26 episodes of “What a Country”, an episode of “Dynasty”, and four episodes of “Night Court”.

As the nineties approached, Murdock showed no signs of slowing down and continued to act appearing as God in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”, an episode of “L. A. Law”, an episode of “Dragnet”, as Admiral J. P. Hanson in the two part episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, lent his voice to an episode of “Batman”, two episodes of “Reasonable Doublts”, as Burton Newcomb in an episode of “Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman”, an episode of “Seinfeld”, an episode of “Chicago Hope”, an episode of “ER”, Lew Hartznel in the TV movie Apollo 11”, an episode of “Phoenix”, four episodes of “The X Files”, three episodes of “Law & Order”, Judge Hackman in an episode of “That’s Life”, Old Harry Bollston in an episode of “Smallville” making him one of only seven people who appeared in both “Lois and Clark” and “Smallville”, two episodes of “Judging Amy”, an episode of the “Dead Zone”, two episodes of “Eli Stone”, and as the Preacher in an episode of “Torchwood”.

Murdock is survived by his wife Cathy and stepdaughter.

Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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