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Actor Gerard Murphy dies

August 27th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Dennis Hopper
Northern Irish actor Gerard Murphy has died at the age of 64.

Murphy lost his battle with prostate cancer at his home in England on Monday (25Aug13).

Starting his career in regional theatre in Scotland, Murphy went on to appear in hit U.K. TV dramas such as Z Cars, Doctor Who and Minder. He also starred in hit Irish comedy Father Ted.

He went on to appear opposite Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper in Waterworld, and alongside Christian Bale in Batman Begins.

Murphy also enjoyed a successful career onstage, taking over Richard Griffiths role of Hector in The History Boys.
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Ricky Gervais Hits Back At 'Derek' Critics

April 9th, 2012 12:43pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has defended his new TV show Derek over concerns the sitcom mocks those with learning difficulties.

The British funnyman plays the title role in the series, which is billed as the story of "a simple, vulnerable man working in an old people's home."

The show is yet to be broadcast but Gervais has already been forced to address critics who claim the comedy makes light of the mentally disabled, insisting the character does not have a "specific and defined disability."

Gervais says, "Derek is a fictional character and is defined by his creator, me. If I say I don't mean him t...
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