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Eddie Byrne
Actor Eddie Byrne.jpg
Publicity photo autographed 1958
Born(1911-01-31)31 January 1911
Died21 August 1981(1981-08-21) (aged 70)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1946–1977

Eddie Byrne (31 January 1911 – 21 August 1981) was an Irish actor.[1][2]


His stage work included many appearances with Dublin's Abbey Theatre, and also work with the National Theatre in London.[3][4]

Outside Ireland he is probably best known for his minor role as General Willard in Star Wars (1977) (named after George Lucas's friend and collaborator Willard Huyck), but viewers of horror films might also remember him as the sceptical Inspector Mulrooney in The Mummy (1959) and as the kindly Dr. Reginald Landers in Island of Terror (1966) and the rural inn owner from The Break.[3][5] He also appeared as Inspector O'Neill in the film Jack the Ripper (1959).[6] He appeared in the TV series 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' (1957), Season 3, Episode 5 as the lord of the manor.[7]

Personal life

Eddie Byrne was born in Dublin. He was married to Kitty Thuillier and had four children: Frank Byrne, Susan Byrne, Michael Byrne & Catherine Byrne. He died of a stroke in Dublin in 1981.



Year Title Role Notes
1946 I See a Dark Stranger Irish Sailor Lookout Uncredited
1947 Hungry Hill Hennessy
Odd Man Out Sailor and policeman
Captain Boycott Sean Kerin
1949 Saints and Sinners Morreys
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Eddie Mooney Released as Bikini Baby in USA
1952 Time Gentlemen, Please! Dan Dance The principal character of the film
The Gentle Gunman Flynn
1953 The Square Ring Lou Lewis
Albert R.N. Joe Released as Break to Freedom in USA
1954 Trouble in the Glen Dinny Sullivan
Happy Ever After Lannigan
Twist of Fate Luigi
The Divided Heart Second Justice
Aunt Clara Fosdick
The Sea Shall Not Have Them Petty officer porter
1955 Three Cases of Murder Snyder ("The Picture" segment)
Children Galore Zacky Jones
A Kid for Two Farthings Sylvester the Photographer Uncredited
Stolen Assignment Inspector Corcoran
One Way Out Supt. Harcourt
1956 Reach for the Sky Flight Sergeant Mills
Zarak Kasim
It's Great to Be Young Morris
The Extra Day Robin
1957 The Man in the Sky Ashmore
Seven Waves Away Michael Faroni Released as Abandon Ship in USA
Face in the Night Art Released as Menace in the Night in USA
The Admirable Crichton Captain Released as Paradise Lagoon in USA
These Dangerous Years Danny Released as Dangerous Youth in USA
1958 Rooney Mickey Hart
Dunkirk Commander
Wonderful Things! Harry
Floods of Fear Sheriff
1959 Jack the Ripper Inspector O'Neill
The Mummy Inspector Mulrooney
The Scapegoat Barman
The Bridal Path Mike Flanagan
1960 Jackpot Sam Hare
The Shakedown George—Barman
The Bulldog Breed PO Filkins
1961 The Mark Akers
Johnny Nobody Landlord O'Connor
1962 Locker Sixty-Nine Simon York Edgar Wallace Mysteries episode released as a featurette
The Pot Carriers Chief Officer Bailey
Mutiny on the Bounty John Fryer
1963 The Punch and Judy Man Ice Cream Assistant
The Running Man Sam Crewdson
The Cracksman Domino
The Break Judd Tredgar
1965 Devils of Darkness Dr. Kelsey
1966 Island of Terror Dr. Reginald Landers
1967 The Vengeance of Fu Manchu Ship's Captain Uncredited
1969 Sinful Davey Yorkshire Bill
Where's Jack? Rev. Wagstaff
Guns in the Heather Bailey
1970 Wedding Night Tom
1971 Journey to Murder Policeman (The Killing Bottle)
1972 All Coppers Are... Malloy
1973 Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width Father Ignatious
The MacKintosh Man Fisherman
1977 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Teacher
Star Wars General Willard Final live action feature film appearance
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler Hoof Voice, (final film role)


  1. ^ "Eddie Byrne".
  2. ^ "Eddie Byrne - Theatricalia".
  3. ^ a b "Eddie Byrne - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "Production of The Playboy of the Western World | Theatricalia". Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Eddie Byrne".
  6. ^ "Jack the Ripper (1959)".
  7. ^ The Adventures of Robin Hood | Season 3 | Episode 5 | A Change of Heart | Richard Greene, retrieved 5 March 2021

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