Murdock died aged 81 at the end of April, according to reports. One of Murdock’s last appearances on television was in last year’s Torchwood: Miracle Day. The actor had a small role in third episode Dead of Night playing a preacher. Torchwood was one of Murdoch’s many sci-fi credits; he appeared in numerous high profile shows ranging from Battlestar Galactica to Star Trek.
In the original series of Battlestar Galactica he played the recurring character of Dr. Salik; a role he reprised in the 1999 in The Second Coming – Richard Hatch’s pilot for a sequel series. The pilot was filmed to show various studios the possibility of a continuation from the original series but eventually broadcaser Syfy decided to “re-image” the original. Murdock appeared in the two-part Star Trek: The Next Generation story Best of Both Worlds – a story widely seen as shaping the franchise for the following years and spin-offs.
A year before his appearance in TNG the actor played ‘God’ in the feature length film Star Trek: The Final Frontier. His other sci-fi and genre roles include a recurring role in the X Files – also appearing in the 1998 movie based on the television series – and appearances in The New Adventures of Superman, Smallville, The Dead Zone and the movie Apollo 11.
Away from the sci-fi genre Murdock appeared in shows such as Murder She Wrote, Fame, Seinfield, ER, Law & Order, CSI, Knight Rider, T.J Hooker, Bonanza, Hawaii Five-O and The Twilight Zone.