Character actor often played the 'heavy'
George Murdock, 81, a veteran character actor who had a recurring role as Lt. Scanlon on the television sitcom "Barney Miller" and played God in the 1989 film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," died Monday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his close friend and fellow actor Jennifer Rhodes. He had cancer.
Murdock's craggy facial features and booming bass voice helped him land a steady stream of "heavy" parts in theater, film and television productions. When asked if he ever objected to being typecast, the actor told a Times reporter in 1982:...