Northern Irish actor JJ Murphy has died at the age of 86, just days after filming his first scenes as Ser Denys Mallister in ‘Game Of Thrones’.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the veteran actor collapsed and died on Friday, having only filmed his first scenes as the oldest member of the Night’s Watch four days earlier.
As well as his role in ‘Game of Thrones’, JJ also appears in a small role as a village elder in the upcoming film ‘Dracula Untold’, opposite Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper.
His other past credits include parts in 'Angela's Ashes' and 'Mickybo and Me'.
It is not yet known whether ‘Game of Thrones’ producers will make the decision to recast his part in series five, or rewrite future scenes originally intended to feature his character.
The news of his death was first broken by his agent, Philip Young of Independent Agency, who wrote on Facebook that he had “never encountered a man with more spirit, passion and love for his craft”.
He added: “Working right until the end, this week he shot his first scenes on Game of Thrones, sadly they will be his last. Giving any young man a run for his money. Ladies and Gentleman, a round of applause please for Jimmy.”
JJ’s funeral will be held on Friday. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and their grown-up children.
‘Game of Thrones’ is due to return for a fifth season next year, which will be based on the George R. R. Martin novels, ‘A Feast for Crows’ and ‘A Dance with Dragons’.