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Veteran Irish actor J.J. Murphy dies after filming first 'Game of Thrones' scenes

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Veteran Irish actor J.J. Murphy dies after filming first 'Game of Thrones' scenes

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 11, 2014

Mere days after he began filming his new role on season five of HBO's hit, "Game of Thrones," veteran Irish actor J.J. Murphy has died. The show is filmed in Northern Ireland,

"He had been cast as 'Ser Denys Mallister' of the Night's Watch. The character was due to appear throughout series five, and Mr. Murphy had been expected to film more scenes this summer," reports BBC News.

Murphy's last film, "Dracula Untold," alongside "Game of Thrones" actor Charles Dance, is due in theaters this October.

"He was well known in Northern Ireland for his stage work having trained at the Old Group Drama School in the 1940s, and as a member of the Lyric Players Theatre," BBC News further reports.

Murphy leaves behind his wife Mary, two children and a granddaughter.

No cause of death was confirmed for the 86-year-old. His funeral in Belfast is set for Wednesday.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.