Image of Gavan O'Herlihy

Gavan O'Herlihy

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.

Read bio at tmdb | Read bio at Wikipedia
Apr 29, 1954 In Dublin, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Happy Days 1974-01-15
Latest Project:
Movie The Descent: Part 2 2009-10-14
Known For
Poster of The Descent: Part 2
Poster of Space Riders
Poster of Never Say Never Again
Poster of Superman III
Movie The Descent: Part 2 Vaines 2009-10-14
Movie Butterfly Man Bill Kincaid 2002-12-06
Movie Cruise of the Gods Mickey 2002-12-23
Series 18 Wheels of Justice Unknown 2000-01-12
Movie Top of the World Lieutenant Logan 1998-09-29
Series Jonathan Creek Unknown 1997-05-09
Movie Prince Valiant King Thane 1997-07-24
Series Star Trek: Voyager Maje Jabin 1995-01-16
Movie Hidden Assassin Dick Powell 1995-12-15
Movie The Last Outlaw Marshal Sharp 1993-10-30
Movie Conagher Chris Mahler, Cowboy 1991-07-01
Series Twin Peaks Unknown 1990-04-08
Series Lonesome Dove Dan Suggs 1989-02-05
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Movie Red King, White Knight Clancy 1989-11-25
Series China Beach Unknown 1988-04-26
Movie Willow Airk Thaughbaer 1988-05-20
Movie The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Conrad E. Perkins 1985-02-04
Movie Death Wish 3 Manny Fraker 1985-11-01
Movie Space Riders Ron Harris 1984-01-01
Series Cover Up Unknown 1984-09-22
Series Sherlock Holmes John Garrideb / James Winter 1984-04-24
Movie Never Say Never Again Jack Petachi 1983-10-07
Movie Superman III Brad 1983-06-17
Movie The Secret Adversary Julius P. Hersheimmer 1983-10-09
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series A Rumor of War Stanton 1980-09-24
Movie A Death in Canaan Father Mark 1978-03-01
Movie The Ghost of Cypress Swamp Big Bob Landers 1977-03-13
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Series Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15
Movie The Healers 1974-05-22
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie The California Kid Tom 1974-09-25