In Memoriam: Gavan O’Herlihy (Never Say Never Again)

In Memoriam: Gavan O’Herlihy (Never Say Never Again)

November 11, 2021 0 By 007 Travelers

Sad news: The Irish Echo newspaper reported the death of Gavan O’Herlihy. Our hearts go out to you in time of sorrow.

Gavan John O’Herlihy (29 July 1951 – 14 October 2021) was an Irish-born American actor. He is known for playing Chuck Cunningham in the first episode of “Happy Days“, as well as his appearances in films such as “Willow” (1988), “Superman III” (1983) and “Never Say Never Again” (1983).

In “Never Say Never Again” his role is Captain Jack Petachi, a brother of Domino Petachi (Kim Basinger). Jack Petachi is a heroin-addicted United States Air Force pilot and operative of SPECTRE. Petachi has undergone an operation on his right eye to make it match the retinal pattern of the US President, which he uses to circumvent iris recognition security at RAF Station Swadley, an American military base in England.

While doing so, he replaces the dummy warheads of two AGM-86B cruise missiles with live nuclear warheads; SPECTRE then steals the warheads, intending to extort billions of dollars from NATO governments. SPECTRE agent Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera) murders Petachi by causing his car to crash and explode, covering SPECTRE’s tracks. (Wikipedia).

Gavan O’Herlihy as Jack Petachi in “Never Say Never Again” (1983)
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