George Murdock
George Murdock
George Murdock in film screenshot.
General Actor Information
Gender: Male
Born: June 26, 1930
Birthplace Salinas, Kansas, U.S.
Died April 30, 2012(2012-04-30) (aged 2005)
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
4 in Seasons 1-6
Appears as: Detective Griffin / Staff Sergeant Foster / Hank Mire / Womack

George Murdock (born George Sawaya, Jr. on June 26, 1930-died April 30, 2012) made a total of four guest appearances on Night Court in different characters.


George was known for frequently playing judges, (for instance, Judge Julius Hoffman in West Coast and Chicago stage productions of "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial" and in an adaptation for BBC Radio), he also performed the role of "Big Daddy" in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with the Arizona Theater Company during the 1988 season. He was also Laszlo Gabo on the 1986-87 sitcom "What a Country!"

Among his most famous characters for movies and TV were Lt. Scanlon, the oily NYPD Internal Affairs officer on the ABC-TV series Barney Miller, Dr. Salik on the ABC-TV Battlestar Galactica TV series, "God" in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and as Admiral Hanson in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds".

George's many other TV show appearances included such popular shows as Cimarron Strip, Ironside, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, The Mod Squad, The Streets of San Francisco, Police Woman, Trapper John, M.D., The Dukes of Hazzard, T.J. Hooker, Benson, 'L.A.Law, E.R., Seinfeld, Law & Order, The Nanny, Just Shoot Me, Smallville, Judging Amy, USA Network's The Dead Zone and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


George died on April 30, 2012 in Burbank, CA, after a long battle with cancer. [1]

Episode Appearances by George


  1. "PASSINGS: George Murdock, Charles 'Skip' Pitts", The New York Times (, May 4, 2012. 

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