Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 30

Birthday 1954-04-29

Place of Birth Dublin, Ireland

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 The Descent: Part 2 as Vaines
2002 Cruise of the Gods as Mickey
2002 Butterfly Man as Bill Kincaid
2000 18 Wheels of Justice (1 episode)
1997 Prince Valiant as King Thane
1997 Jonathan Creek (1 episode)
1995 Hidden Assassin as Dick Powell
1995 Star Trek: Voyager (1 episode)
1993 The Last Outlaw as Marshal Sharp
1991 Conagher as Chris Mahler, Cowboy
1990 Twin Peaks (2 episodes)
1989 Red King, White Knight as Clancy
1989 Tales from the Crypt (1 episode)
1989 Lonesome Dove (4 episodes) as Dan Suggs
1988 Willow as Airk Thaughbaer
1988 China Beach (1 episode)
1985 Death Wish 3 as Manny Fraker
1985 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission as Conrad E. Perkins
1984 Cover Up (1 episode)
1984 Space Riders as Ron Harris
1983 The Secret Adversary as Julius P. Hersheimmer
1983 Never Say Never Again as Jack Petachi
1983 Superman III as Brad
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1980 A Rumor of War (2 episodes) as Stanton
1978 A Death in Canaan as Father Mark
1977 The Ghost of Cypress Swamp as Big Bob Landers
1976 The Bionic Woman (1 episode)
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 Happy Days (4 episodes)

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