The Belfast Telegraph brought word this morning that actor J.J. Murphy, who joined the cast of “Game of Thrones” for its fifth season, passed away at the age of 86 on Friday at his home. Murphy had already completed his first week of filming on the series in the role of Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch.
HBO has released the following statement following his passing: “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. – D.B. Weiss and David Benioff”
Murphy also has a role in the upcoming Dracula Untold, which Universal Pictures will release on October 17.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is an epic drama set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning fantasy series concluded its ten-episode fourth season in June, with the fifth season scheduled to launch in 2015.