JJ Murphy Died Before Wrapping ‘Game of Thrones’

    August 13, 2014
    Kimberly Ripley

JJ Murphy died just four days into filming his Game of Thrones role for the show’s upcoming fifth season. The 86-year-old passed away on Friday. Murphy played the role of Ser Denys Mallister, the most senior member of the Night’s Watch.

“We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy. He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended,” Game of Thrones executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff said in a statement to media.

When JJ Murphy died, he had only filmed the first few scenes out of what he was scheduled to film for season five of Game of Thrones. It is uncertain how the producers plan to tweak scenes in light of his passing.

Both fans and those within the acting community expressed their sorrow once learning that JJ Murphy died.

JJ Murphy was born in Belfast and trained with the Ulster Group Theatre School in 1948. He worked alongside Liam Neeson when they were both relatively unknown actors at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.

Shortly before JJ Murphy died he wrapped a role as a village elder in the upcoming horror film Dracula Untold, which was shot in Northern Ireland. American audiences may remember him from his role in the 1999 film Angela’s Ashes.

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.