Happy Birthday, Mr Murphy

January 11, 2008

Just a notice for the tribute to the excellent actor Tom Jordan Murphy who died last October with complications of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

There will be two screenings of his work in the Irish Film Institute on the 15th of January:

Tom Murphy on the Small screen

Tom Murphy on the Big screen

Tickets are €11 for each screening or €20 for both and all proceeds from the even will go towards Irish Cancer research.

From the IFI site:

Tom Murphy was one of the greatest actors of his generation. Equally comfortable on screen and stage, his talent and integrity saw him produce some extraordinary work in the short time we had him with us. It is hard to pinpoint exactly where Tom’s strengths as an actor lay. He was never one to let apparent lack of technique, aversion to props or inability to hit a mark stand in his way; instead, he used them to his advantage. His was not acting by rote but rather a sort of hypnosis he worked on us. He was able to deliver even the most tired old gags to an audience and surprise them with it each time. Probably because he was surprised himself. He lulled us with the most left field of deliveries and hit us with the punchline when we’d forgotten it was coming. In his comic roles, he was a riot. He was, however, the most beautiful of straight actors also. He had empathy, intelligence and just the right amount of madness. His performances were not in the least egotistical but rather masterclasses in understanding, intuition and truth. Tom passed away on the 6th October 2007 after a short illness. And so today, on his birthday, we present a small sample of Tom’s outstanding screen and television work as a celebration of his talent and as a reminder of all that we have lost. – Mark O’Halloran

I have only been able to find YouTubes of his work in the dark comedy drama Adam & Paul he played Paul (the short one)


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