Gavan O’Herlihy, missing brother on ‘Happy Days,’ dead at 70

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Irish actor Gavan O’Herlihy has died at the age of 70.

His brother, Cormac O’Herlihy, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he died on Sept. 15 in Bath, England. No reason for demise was given, nevertheless, it was not from COVID-19.

O’Herlihy famously appeared on the ABC sitcom “Happy Days” because the Richie Cunningham’s older, missing brother, Chuck Cunningham, for seven episodes.

Ron Howard paid tribute to his late castmate on Twitter, writing, “RIP Gavan. I knew him as the 1st of 2 Chucks on #HappyDays & then as Airk in #Willow where I had the pleasure of directing him. A talented actor with a big free spirit.”

In a past interview, O’Herlihy defined he was completely happy to go away the comedy present after simply seven episodes.

“I pulled out of it, I didn’t want to do it,” he stated. “They had me at college, I was going to grunt and bounce a basketball once every couple of weeks for probably three or four years. And at 20 years old, that’s not the gig you want to be doing. But that was my big break; that got me established around town as a kid who got hot in a hurry.”

Gavan appeared on the present for seven episodes in season one.
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The character of Chuck was additionally performed by two different actors. Randolph Roberts changed O’Herlihy for 2 episodes of season two and Ric Carrott performed him within the pilot episode.

Chuck appeared to not be a memorable character as a result of, in a later “Happy Days” episode, dad Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) makes a reference to his “two kids,” Richie (Howard) and Joanie (Erin Moran). A well-liked TV trope was named after Chuck, aptly named “Chuck Cunningham Syndrome,” describing characters who vanish from exhibits with out a hint or clarification.

After leaving (*70*) Gavin appeared in lots of different movie and TV roles together with “Willow” in 1988 and the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove.” “Willow” was directed by Howard, 67.

Ron Howard, Tom Bosley, Erin Moran, Marion Ross and Gavan O’Herlihy in a 1974 publicity nonetheless for “Happy Days.”
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He additionally performed the villain Jack Petachi within the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again” in 1983 and gang chief in 1985’s “Death Wish 3.”

Born in Dublin in July 1951, O’Herlihy was raised in Malibu and Dublin. He is survived by his spouse, Juliette and his kids, Rogan, Lonan, David and Daniel.

In a 2013 profile with The Independent, he mirrored on his youth. “To give a child another perspective from L.A. is a great thing. There the sun is powerful, the sea is powerful, the money is powerful. But Dublin in those days held its own power. It was dirty and poor and smelly, and for a young man from California, it had its own magical pull,” he stated at the time.