Breaking news was released today from the Belfast Telegraph, informing the world of the untimely passing of actor JJ Murphy. Many fans might not know who he was at first glance but anyone who has been following the recent casting news for GAME OF THRONES knows that he was recently cast in the role of Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch. Murphy died only days after shooting scenes for the fifth season.
There has not been much detail but it appears the 86 year old actor, who hailed from Northern Ireland collapsed and died on Friday. 08.08. The show’s creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss stated –
“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.”