Dan O'Herlihy

Dan O'Herlihy

  • Highest Rated: 100% Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe (1954)
  • Lowest Rated: 30% Waterloo (1970)
  • Birthday: May 1, 1919
  • Birthplace: Wexford, Ireland
  • Dan O'Herlihy studied architecture at the National University of Ireland, but his heart was in the acting highlands. After racking up stage credits with the Gate Theater and the Abbey Players, O'Herlihy turned to films in 1946, impressing critics and filmgoers alike with his breakthrough role in Odd Man Out. He made his American movie bow in Orson Welles' MacBeth (1948), playing the not inconsiderable role of MacDuff; shortly thereafter, he appeared with his MacBeth co-star Roddy MacDowall in an economically budgeted adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. In 1952, he earned an Academy Award nomination for his near-solo starring turn in Luis Bunuel's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Maturing into a versatile character player, he could also be seen as FDR in MacArthur (1977), the frothing-at-the-mouth villain in Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1983), a benign lizardlike alien in The Last Starfighter (1984), and the dark-purposed cyborg-firm exec in the RoboCop films. His TV credits include blarney-spouting Doc McPheeters in The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (1963), town boss Will Varner in The Long Hot Summer (1965), "The Director" in A Man Called Sloane (1979), intelligence agent Carson Marsh in Whiz Kids (1984), and Andrew Packard in Twin Peaks (1990). Dan O'Herlihy was the brother of director Michael O'Herlihy.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

69% The Rat Pack Joe Kennedy 1998
No Score Yet Love, Cheat & Steal Hamilton 1993
31% Robocop 2 Old Man 1990
No Score Yet John Huston and the Dubliners Actor 1988
93% The Dead Brown 1987
89% RoboCop The Old Man 1987
No Score Yet The Whoopee Boys Judge Sternhill 1986
No Score Yet Two by Forsyth Actor 1986
No Score Yet No Comebacks Actor 1985
77% The Last Starfighter Grig 1984
42% Halloween III: Season of the Witch Conal Cochran 1982
No Score Yet Death Ray 2000 Actor 1981
No Score Yet Good Against Evil Father Kemschler 1977
50% MacArthur Franklin D. Roosevelt 1977
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive) Actor 1976
No Score Yet Banjo Hackett Conacher 1976
83% Death Race 2000 Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Tamarind Seed Fergus Stephenson 1974
No Score Yet QB VII Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Carey Treatment (A Case of Murder) (Emergency Ward) J.D. Randall 1972
No Score Yet The People Sol Diemus 1972
30% Waterloo Ney 1970
No Score Yet The Big Cube Charles 1969
No Score Yet 100 Rifles Grimes 1969
95% Fail-Safe Gen. Black 1964
No Score Yet The Cabinet of Caligari Caligari / Paul 1962
No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties Phil Butler 1961
No Score Yet One Foot in Hell Sir Harry Ivers 1960
No Score Yet The Young Land Judge Millard Isham 1959
81% Imitation of Life David Edwards 1959
No Score Yet Home Before Dark Arnold Bronn 1958
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen Lord Derry 1955
No Score Yet The Purple Mask Brisquet 1955
No Score Yet Bengal Brigade (Bengal Rifles) Capt. Ronald Blaine 1954
No Score Yet The Black Shield of Falworth Prince Hal 1954
100% Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe Robinson Crusoe 1954
No Score Yet Sword of Venus Danglars 1953
No Score Yet Invasion U.S.A. Mr. Ohman 1952
No Score Yet At Sword's Point Aramis Jr. 1952
No Score Yet Actors and Sin Alfred O'Shea 1952
No Score Yet Operation Secret Duncan 1952
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Hugh Williams 1951
71% The Desert Fox Commando Captain 1951
No Score Yet Soldiers Three Sgt. Murphy 1951
85% Macbeth Macduff 1950
No Score Yet Kidnapped Alan Breck 1948
No Score Yet Hungry Hill Harry Brodrick 1947
100% Odd Man Out Nolan 1947

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% Twin Peaks
1990-2017
Andrew Packard
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Payne
  • 1989
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Charles
  • 1986
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Alexander Preston
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
  • 1982
33% Battlestar Galactica
1978-1980
Dr. Ravishol
  • 1978
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Harry Walker
  • 1977
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Arthur Justin
  • 1973
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Garrow Captain Rudolph
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1965
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Jack Cole
  • 1967
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Matthew Raine
  • 1962
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
John Cord
  • 1960

QUOTES FROM Dan O'Herlihy CHARACTERS

The Old Man
That's nice shooting there. What's your name son?
Officer Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop
Murphy.
The Old Man
Dick, I am very disappointed
Richard Dick Jones
Anyone tries to stop me, the old geezer gets it!
The Old Man
Dick, YOU'RE FIRED!
Alex J. Murphy/Robocop
Thank you.
Conal Cochran
Oh And, Happy Halloween.
Conal Cochran
Oh and, Happy Halloween.
Alex Rogan
Hold it! There's no fleet? No Starfighters, no plan? One ship, you, me, and that's it?
Grig
Exactly! Xur thinks you're still on Earth. Classic military strategy, surprise attack.
Alex Rogan
It'll be a slaughter!
Grig
That's the spirit!
Alex Rogan
No, *my* slaughter!
Grig
Up to your old "Excalibur" tricks again, eh, Centauri?
Grig
Up to your old 'Excalibur' tricks again, eh, Centauri?
Grig
I've always wanted to fight a desperate battle against incredible odds.
Napoleon
Well, they've done it. All the great powers have declared war against me. Not against France -- against me!
Marshal Michel Ney
They honor you by making you a country.
Napoleon
Honor? They deny me the decency of law. They make it legal for any clown to kill me!
Louis XVIII
Ney, you will be the first to confront the werewolf. I know you love this man....
Louis XVIII
Ney, you will be the first to confront the werewolf. I know you love this man...
Marshal Michel Ney
I did -- once. But I promise Your Majesty I will bring him back to Paris in an iron cage!
Conal Cochran
I do love a good joke and this is the best ever: a joke on the children.
The Old Man
Nice shootin' son what's your name?
Alex J. Murphy/Robocop
...Murphy.
Conal Cochran
What you need to see is an example, and there's one coming right up.
Conal Cochran
You know what you really need to see is a demonstration and there's one coming right up.
Conal Cochran
(about the robot lady) - This was a rare piece: German...Made in Munich, 1785. I must try and get a replacement.
Conal Cochran
(about the robot lady) This was a rare piece: German. Made in Munich, 1785. I must try and get a replacement.
Dr. Daniel Challis
Where's Ellie?
Conal Cochran
Mrs. "Smith"? I'm sure she's resting just now.
Conal Cochran
Mrs. 'Smith'? I'm sure she's resting just now.
Conal Cochran
From an ancient, sacrificial circle...Stonehenge. We had a time getting it here. You wouldn't believe how we did it...It has a power in it.
Conal Cochran
From an ancient, sacrificial circle, Stonehenge. We had a time getting it here. You wouldn't believe how we did it. It has a power in it.
Conal Cochran
Those who went before me, you know they-they never dreamed of anything like this.
Dr. Daniel Challis
What is this place?
Conal Cochran
Can't you tell? ...A vast...ancient technology. Ha-ha-ha, a good magician never explains. Come on, then, you've still got time to figure it out all by yourself.
Conal Cochran
Can't you tell? A vast, ancient technology. Ha-ha-ha, a good magician never explains. Come on, then, you've still got time to figure it out all by yourself.
Conal Cochran
It will be morning soon...Halloween morning...A very busy day for me.
Conal Cochran
It will be morning soon. Halloween morning. A very busy day for me.
Conal Cochran
Enjoy the horror-thon, doctor... and don't forget to watch the big giveaway afterwards.
Conal Cochran
Enjoy the horror-thon, doctor, and don't forget to watch the big giveaway afterwards.
Dr. Daniel Challis
Why, Cochran, why?
Conal Cochran
Do I need a reason? Mr. Kupfer was right, you know...I do love a good joke and this is the best ever, a joke on the children. But there's a better reason...you don't really know much about Halloween...you thought no further than the strange custom of having your children wear masks and go out begging for candy. It was the start of the year in our old Celtic lands, and we'd be waiting...in our houses of wattles and clay. The barriers would be down, you see, between the real and the unreal, and the dead might be looking in...to sit by our fires of turf. Halloween...the festival of Samhain! The last great one took place three thousand years ago, when the hills ran red...with the blood of animals and children.
Conal Cochran
Do I need a reason? Mr. Kupfer was right, you know. I do love a good joke and this is the best ever, a joke on the children. But there's a better reason, you don't really know much about Halloween. You thought no further than the strange custom of having your children wear masks and go out begging for candy. It was the start of the year in our old Celtic lands, and we'd be waiting, in our houses of wattles and clay. The barriers would be down, you see, between the real and the unreal, and the dead might be looking in, to sit by our fires of turf. Halloween, the festival of Samhain! The last great one took place three thousand years ago, when the hills ran red...with the blood of animals and children.
Dr. Daniel Challis
Sacrifices.
Conal Cochran
It was part of our world...our craft.
Dr. Daniel Challis
Witchcraft.
Conal Cochran
To us, it was a way of controlling our environment. It's not so different now...it's time again. In the end...we don't decide these things, you know...the planets do. They're in alignment, and it's time again. The world's going to change tonight, doctor, I'm glad you'll be able to watch it. And...Happy Halloween!
Conal Cochran
To us, it was a way of controlling our environment. It's not so different now, it's time again. In the end, we don't decide these things, you know, the planets do. They're in alignment, and it's time again. The world's going to change tonight, doctor, I'm glad you'll be able to watch it. And, happy Halloween!
Conal Cochran
Your friend Ms. Guttman...
Dr. Daniel Challis
You killed her!
Conal Cochran
Oh no, no, no! Ms. Guttman was the victim of a misfire.
Conal Cochran
I do love a good joke and this is the best ever: a joke on the children.
Conal Cochran
It's time again. In the end, we don't decide these things you know, the planets do. They're in alignment and it's time again. The world's going to change tonight, Doctor. I'm glad you'll be able to watch it.
Conal Cochran
You don't really know much about Halloween. You thought no further than the strange custom of having your children wear masks and go out begging for candy.
Buddy Kupfer
Hey Mr. Cochran, just what is the final processing?
Conal Cochran
Oh I assure you it's just a little bit of this and a little bit of that; quality inspection, the seal of approval. You know...the usual. And of course there's a lot of trade secrets.
Conal Cochran
Oh I assure you it's just a little bit of this and a little bit of that; quality inspection, the seal of approval. You know, the usual. And of course there's a lot of trade secrets.
Buddy Kupfer
Oh I'd sure like to take a look.
Conal Cochran
Aw sorry.
Dr. Daniel Challis
Not even a peek for your best salesman?
Buddy Kupfer
Just one little look?
Conal Cochran
Well you see...part of the final processing involves volatile chemicals. They're very dangerous. I wouldn't want to put anybody in any danger.
Conal Cochran
Well you see, part of the final processing involves volatile chemicals. They're very dangerous. I wouldn't want to put anybody in any danger.
Conal Cochran
Convincing, aren't they; Loyal, obedient...Unlike most human beings.
Conal Cochran
Convincing, aren't they; Loyal, obedient. Unlike most human beings.