Written by By Byward Carter, CNN
Actor Gavan O’Herlihy, best known for his roles on “Happy Days” and “The White Shadow,” has died at the age of 70, his agent told CNN on Monday.
“(O’Herlihy) passed away at his home on Sunday,” said Rob Eric of Innovative Artists in Los Angeles. “We have no further information available at this time.”
In addition to playing lead roles on “Happy Days” and “The White Shadow,” O’Herlihy also was in the film “Dumb and Dumber,” a role he reprised for a sequel that starred Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
Born in Ireland in 1949, O’Herlihy studied theater and drama at the National Drama School of Ireland before starring in Ireland’s first nationwide televised drama series. He was later promoted to feature actor.
For nearly three decades O’Herlihy guest starred on top Irish drama shows, including Sean Cullen’s “Mighty Celts” and the role of Seamus Kane in “Ballykissangel.”
His performance in “The White Shadow” earned him an Irish Independent Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 1983. He played Detective Reg Henry in “Happy Days” between 1984 and 1989 and Arnold Brady in “The White Shadow” from 1993 to 1994.
O’Herlihy starred in a 1978 film adaptation of American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s play “The Iceman Cometh,” which screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
CNN reported in July that the movie, directed by Hugh Hudson, had been revived for a limited run by the Irish Film Board.
It was unclear whether O’Herlihy had been part of the upcoming Hollywood revival.