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Who was Gavan O’Herlihy?

Gavan O’Herlihy (29 July 1951 – 15 September 2021) was an Irish-born American actor. He was known for playing Chuck Cunningham in the first episodes of Happy Days, as well as his appearances in films such as Never Say Never AgainDeath Wish 3Willow, and Superman III.

Gavan O’Herlihy, who played the oldest Cunningham son on ‘Happy Days,’ dies at 70

Gavan O'Herlihy, who played the oldest Cunningham son on 'Happy Days,' dies at 70
Gavan O’Herlihy, who played the oldest Cunningham son on ‘Happy Days,’ dies at 70

Actor Gavan O’Herlihy, best known for his brief role as the eldest Cunningham son on the sitcom “Happy Days,” has died at the age of 70, his agent said.”He was a wonderful actor with a long and distinguished career in film, television and theatre and was respected as a man of directness, sincerity, and honesty,” Michael Emptage told CNN.

Emptage said O’Herlihy died in Bath, England, on September 15, although his death was not publicly confirmed until Friday.

The Irish-born O’Herlihy was part of a showbiz family — the son of singer and actor Dan O’Herlihy — and grew up in the United States. When the nostalgic sitcom “Happy Days” went into production in 1974, O’Herlihy got his big break as Chuck Cunningham, the family’s eldest child. Chuck was a college jock whose defining trait was a habit of dribbling his basketball through the house, to the irritation of his father Howard, played by Tom Bosley.

In a 2007 interview with the YouTube channel TwentyFour7TV, O’Herlihy said the character was too dry to keep his interest, and he left the show in its first season.”I was going to come in, grunt, bounce a basketball once every couple of weeks for probably three or four years, and at 20 years old, that’s not the gig you want to be doing,” he said.

Actor Randolph Roberts briefly took over the role in the show’s second season before Chuck simply stopped appearing on the program, becoming the quintessential example of a character who disappears from a television show without any explanation.

In contrast to his wholesome start on the small screen, O’Herlihy later specialized in playing heavies, including in Sean Connery’s final James Bond film, “Never Say Never Again.” His character, Jack Petachi, memorably used a fake eye to fool security at a nuclear facility before being murdered in a car crash.

Former “Happy Days” co-star Ron Howard, who played Chuck’s brother, Richie Cunningham, mourned O’Herlihy on Twitter. “A talented actor with a big free spirit,” said Howard, who also directed O’Herlihy in the 1988 film “Willow.”

O’Herlihy’s family did not reveal his cause of his death.”Gavan was larger than life and is greatly missed by all who knew him, most particularly by his adoring wife and family,” Emptage said.

Gavan O’Herlihy Biography, Wiki

O’Herlihy was born in Los Angeles, the son of Elsie Bennett and Irish actor Dan O’Herlihy. In his youth, he was an avid tennis player, and became Irish National Tennis Champion. He has over thirty screen credits to his name, most of them in villainous or antagonistic roles such as Never Say Never AgainSuperman IIIDeath Wish 3 and The Last Outlaw.

His role as Airk Thaughbaer in the 1988 fantasy Willow is one of the few heroic roles that the burly, fair-haired Gavan has managed to get, as well as that of the dashing British officer from Virginia Captain Leroy in Sharpe’s Eagle. He has also appeared in Rich Man, Poor Man and Tales From The Crypt.

In 1994, he starred as John Garrideb in The Mazarin Stone from Granada TV’s Sherlock Holmes series. The events of the story were rewritten and merged with The Adventure of the Three Garridebs.

He was cast as the eldest sibling, Chuck Cunningham, on Happy Days. The part was small and was eventually written out: the character was explained to have left home to attend college, and was never mentioned again. O’Herlihy did not want to become stuck in television roles, preferring films.

Gavan appeared in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager, “Caretaker”, as the Kazon First Maje, Jabin. He also appeared in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series.

Gavan O'Herlihy
Gavan O’Herlihy
Full NameGavan O’Herlihy
Born29 July 1951
Dublin, Ireland
Died15 September 2021 (aged 70)
Bath, Somerset, England
OccupationActor
Years active1973–2021

Gavan O’Herlihy Career

Gavan appeared in episodes of TV series such as Star Trek: VoyagerTwin Peaks, and China Beach. In addition, he appeared in movies such as Willow and Superman 3.

In 1997, he appeared in the movies Top of the World and Prince Valiant and a 1/24/98 episode of Jonathan Creek. His most recent crdits include a July 2000 episode of 18 Wheels of Justice and the movies Command Approved (2000), Butterfly Man (2002), and Cruise of the Gods (2002 TV Movie).

He has also appeared in the 1976 ABC-TV miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and Tales From The Crypt. In 1994, he starred as John Garrideb in The Mazarin Stone from Granada TV’s Sherlock Holmes series. The events of the story were rewritten and merged with The Adventure of the Three Garridebs.

Gavan is the son of Irish actor Dan O’Herlihy. He was an avid tennis player in his youth, even becoming the Irish National Tennis Champion.

Gavan O’Herlihy Wife

Gavan O’Herlihy was survived by his wife, Juliette; and his children, Rogan, Lonan, David, and Daniel.

Gavan O’Herlihy Net Worth

Gavan who brought in $3 million and $5 million Networth Gavan collected most of his earnings from his Yeezy sneakers While he had exaggerated over the years about the size of his business, the money he pulled in from his profession real–enough to rank as one of the biggest celebrity cashouts of all time. his Basic income source is mostly from being a successful Actor.

Gavan O’Herlihy Filmography

  • The California Kid (1974) – Tom
  • A Death in Canaan (1978) – Father Mark
  • A Wedding (1978) – Wilson Briggs
  • We’ll Meet Again (1982) – Captain “Red” Berwash
  • Superman III (1983) – Brad Wilson
  • Never Say Never Again (1983) – Jack Petachi
  • The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985) – Conrad E. Perkins
  • Death Wish 3 (1985) – Manny Fraker
  • Willow (1988) – Airk Thaughbaer
  • Space Riders (1989) – Ron Harris
  • Lonesome Dove (1989) – Dan Suggs
  • The Last Outlaw (1993) – Marshal Sharp
  • The Shooter (1995) – Dick Powell
  • Prince Valiant (1997) – King Thane
  • Top of the World (1997) – Lieutenant Logan
  • Command Approved (2000) – Arms Dealer
  • Butterfly Man (2002) – Bill Kincaid
  • Seven Days of Grace (2006) – MacNab
  • The Descent Part 2 (2009) – Vaines

Gavan O’Herlihy FAQ’s

Who was Gavan O’Herlihy?

Gavan O’Herlihy (29 July 1951 – 15 September 2021) was an Irish-born American actor. He was known for playing Chuck Cunningham in the first episodes of Happy KDays, as well as his appearances in films such as Never Say Never AgainDeath Wish 3Willow, and Superman III.

How old was Gavan O’Herlihy?

Gavan O’Herlihy dies at 70 years old.

Who is Gavan O’Herlihy’s wife?

Gavan O’Herlihy was survived by his wife, Juliette; and his children, Rogan, Lonan, David, and Daniel.

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