George Murdock (actor)
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George Murdock Actor
George Murdock
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George Sawaya, Jr.

(1930-06-25)June 25, 1930
DiedApril 30, 2012(2012-04-30) (aged 81)
Years active1961-2012

George Murdock (June 25, 1930 - April 30, 2012) was an American character actor, especially prolific on television.[1]

Early years

Murdock was born George Sawaya, Jr.[2] in Salina, Kansas.[3] He was the second child of seven children born to George R Sawaya, a Lebanese immigrant, and Olive (Johnson) Sawaya.


Murdock was known for frequently playing judges, (for instance, Judge Julius Hoffman in West Coast and Chicago stage productions of The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and in an adaptation for BBC Radio), he also performed the role of "Big Daddy" in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with the Arizona Theater Company during the 1988 season. He was also Laszlo Gabo on the 1986-87 sitcom What a Country!.

Among his most famous characters for movies and TV were Lt. Scanlon, the oily NYPD Internal Affairs officer in Barney Miller, Dr. Salik in Battlestar Galactica TV series, "God" in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and as Admiral Hanson in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds".


On April 30, 2012, Murdock died of cancer in Burbank, California, at age 81.[3]



  1. ^ "Obituaries: George Murdock, Charles 'Skip' Pitts". 2012-05-04. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Jones, Stephen (2013). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24. Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN 9781472100283. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. III (2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland. p. 209. ISBN 9781476603858. Retrieved 2017.

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