Game of Thrones actor laid to rest

Published Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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Belfast actor JJ Murphy, who died just days into filming for hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, has been remembered at his funeral Mass in his home city.

Game of Thrones actor laid to rest
Belfast-born actor JJ Murphy. (© Independent Agency)

The 86-year-old, who played the oldest of the Night's Watch - Ser Denys Mallister - passed away at his home on Friday.

Mourners attended his funeral service at St Brigid's on Wednesday afternoon, where they heard from Father Edward O'Donnell how "all he did in the theatre was a labour of love".

A former UTV continuity announcer in the 1980s, JJ Murphy's film credits included Cal, Angela's Ashes and Mickybo and Me, while he was also due to feature in this year's Dracula Untold.

He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended.

DB Weiss and David Benioff, Game of Thrones

He also took to the stage in offerings like Martin Lynch's Lyric Theatre production of Dockers in 1981 and Tinderbox Theatre Company's production of Convictions at Crumlin Road Courthouse in 2000.

Father O'Donnell told those gathered: "JJ had a real concern for others, his was a helping hand.

"We in the parish know that, as you from the theatre world do also."

JJ Murphy's agent, Philip Young from Independent Agency, had paid tribute to him in passing on the news of his sudden death on Friday.

He said he had "never encountered a man with more spirit, passion and love for his craft".

© UTV News
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