June 14 2024


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Veteran character actor George Murdock passed away last week at the age of eighty-one.

The actor, best-known for his roles on Barney Miller and Battlestar Galactica, was familiar to Star Trek fans for his appearances in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Murdock’s television and movie career dated back to the 1960s, and included roles on shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, 77 Sunset Strip, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, The Rockford Files, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Barney, and the X-Files.

In addition to his role on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, where he took on the role of the malevolent “God,” Murdock was seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he portrayed Admiral J.P. Hanson in The Best of Both Worlds Part I and Part II.

Murdock is survived by wife Cathy and a stepdaughter. A remembrance of the actor will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.

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3 thoughts on “Murdock Passes

  1. Only just seen this. He was so good in The Best of Both Worlds. LLAP George.

  2. He was such a versatile actor. He played a judge on many episodes of Law and Order. And who could forget his appearance on Seinfeld as the Russian author.

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