Friday, May 4, 2012
The mainstream obits for Mr. Murdock are very complete, but they all love to lead with how he played "God" in Star Trek V ... and even zapped Kirk after the immortal line, "What does God need with a starship?"
That's nice, but ...The "God" role was a glorified, overexposed effects cameo with facial details barely perceptible. To me, the more memorable of Murdock's two Trek roles is as the heroic Admiral Hansen, doomed commander of the Starfleet armada wiped out in the infamous "battle" of Wolf 359 (above).
I can just see you saying Ah yes! as your own light bulb goes off. In fact, I KNOW it did.
The little TV kid in me, too, loves Murdock for his dozen or so guest bits as the creepy Lt. Scanlon of Internal Affairs, an occasional thorn in the side of Barney Miller in the beloved but rarely seen ABC police sitcom. (Totally off-topic, but kudos to Shout! Factory for finally getting the whole 8-year series out on DVD.)
So, farewell to another great character actor: George Murdock did it all.