‘Happy Days’ star Gavan O’Herlihy dead at 70

Happy Days” star Gavan O’Herlihy has died. He was 70.

O’Herlihy’s agent, Michael Emptage, confirmed to Fox News that he passed away on Sept. 15 in England.

“He was a wonderful actor with a long and distinguished career in film, television and theatre and was respected as a man of directness, sincerity, and honesty. Gavan was larger than life and is greatly missed by all who knew him, most particularly by his adoring wife and family,” his statement reads.

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A cause of death has not been released. 

Gavan O'Herlihy and Ron Howard in

Gavan O’Herlihy and Ron Howard in “Happy Days.” 
(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

The Irish actor is best known for starring in “Happy Days” as Chuck Cunningham. The 70-year-old also previously starred in the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again” in 1983 opposite Sean Connery. Other acting credits including film and TV roles in “Superman III,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Death Wish 3,” and “Butterfly Man,” among others.

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He is reportedly survived by his wife, Juliette, and four children.

Gavan O'Herlihy in 1974. The Irish actor passed away in September, his agent confirmed.

Gavan O’Herlihy in 1974. The Irish actor passed away in September, his agent confirmed.
(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

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“Happy Days” star Ron Howard reacted to O’Herlihy’s passing on Twitter with a tribute.

“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,” Howard wrote.

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