Friday 20 October 2017

Obituary: Johnny Murphy, accomplised stage and screen actor

Born: 1943; died: February 23 2016

Johnny Murphy: A veteran of stage and screen including his role as Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan in The Commitments.
Johnny Murphy: A veteran of stage and screen including his role as Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan in The Commitments.

He became world famous for his role as trumpet player Joey 'The Lips' Fagan in The Commitments.

But Johnny Murphy, who died this week aged 72, was an accomplished actor, of stage and screen, before and after that 1991 movie which started as a small Irish story and grew to become a box-office hit.

When the award-winning English director Alan Parker came to Dublin the previous year to adapt Roddy Doyle's bestselling book about a working-class lad who wants to form a soul band, he considered casting a professional musician in the role of Joey The Lips.

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