Gavan O’Herlihy died at the age of 70. Director Ron Howard pays tribute to the ‘brilliant performer’ who starred in Happy Days.

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Gavan O’Herlihy died at the age of 70. Director Ron Howard pays tribute to the ‘brilliant performer’ who starred in Happy Days.

Gavan O’Herlihy, star of HAPPY DAYS, died at the age of 70, and director Ron Howard pays tribute to the outstanding performer.

Cormac O’Herlihy, the actor’s brother, told The Hollywood Reporter that his brother died on September 15 in Bath, England.

The cause of death was not disclosed by the family.

Howard described O’Herlihy as a “great actor with a big free spirit” on Twitter.

“Gavan, rest in peace. He was the first of two Chucks on #HappyDays, and later Airk in #Willow, which I had the pleasure of directing. A gifted performer with a tremendous sense of adventure, “Howard penned an essay.

During the first season of ABC’s Happy Days, O’Herlihy played Chuck Cunningham, the eldest sibling, in seven episodes.

Richie Cunningham, a teen, and his family: his father Howard, who owns a hardware store, his homemaker mother Marion, younger sister Joanie, and elder brother Chuck, a basketball star at Jefferson High, were the focus of Happy Days.

In 1978, O’Herlihy made his big-screen debut in Robert Altman’s A Wedding, as the ex-boyfriend of the bridge.

In Irvin Kershner’s James Bond film Never Say Never Again, he played the SPECTRE bad guy Jack Petachi.

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