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Mulholland, Declan

Declan Mulholland

Thomas Declan Mulholland was born on December 6, 1932 in the Falls Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. He was one of five children.
As a child Mulholland and his family lived in such poverty that they could not afford to pay the school fees, but the headmaster (aware of how bright Declan was) allowed the child to stay in school until the debt could be paid by his parents.  By the age of 15 he left school to work in the shipyards of Belfast.

Mulholland was a carpenter by trade and had no history of acting on the Irish stage, by the 1950s he'd made his way to London as a delegate for a peace movement conference and joined the Young Communist League. With his carpentry skills in tow he made his way during the work boom.  In the late 1950s Mulholland had joined the Somers Town Theatre Group at the socially aware Unity Theatre in Camden, where he designed sets, trained in acting, and took small parts in plays staged there.  His interest in acting was encouraged by friend and theatre director Joan Littlewood, instead what he did was find carpentry work at Pinewood Studios building and dismantling film sets.
However, in 1962 Mulholland  found himself auditioning for and earning the part of Morrison in the film "HMS Defiant". During lean acting times he was able to rely upon carpentry as a backup.
By the 1970s he had moved away from the Communist Party and into the Anarchist Movement.

Mulholland's will stated that all residuals from his films/appearances would be put into the Declan Mulholland Trust (helping young actors train).  Each year a benefit is held, An Evening’s Entertainment: Declan’s Big Gala Night, Camden (North London), UK, to add to the bursary.

Mulholland resided in Primrose Hill, Fitzroy Road, Camden, until his sudden death (from a brain tumor/heart attack) on June 29, 1999. He was survived by one sister, Vera. He is buried at Golders Green, London.

A Month in the Country~1995 - Farmer
Arabian Knight~1995 (voice)
War of the Buttons~1994 - Priest
The Princess and the Cobbler~1993 - voice of Brigand
Rainbow Thief, The~1990 - Pug
Tall Guy, The~1989 - Rubberface Doorman
From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga~1985 (V) (uncredited) - Actor - 'Jabba The Hutt' in Star Wars
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi~1983 - (uncredited) Jabba stand-in
Time Bandits~1981 - 3rd Robber (see Actor Connections - Film)
Hawk the Slayer~1980 - Sped
Mullholland as Sped from Hawk the Slayer - photo from
High Rise Donkey~1980 - Crook
Double Exposure~1977 - Kidnapper Joe
Joseph Andrews~1977 - Resurrectionist
Land That Time Forgot, The~1975 - Olson (see Actor Connections - Film)
Brannigan~1975 - uncredited Neighbor
Sex Through the Ages (On the Game)~1973 - 2nd Jailer
Theatre of Blood~1973 - Meths Drinker (see Actor Connections - Film)
Ruling Class, The~1972 - Poacher
Naughty!~1971 - Policeman
Guns in the Heather~1968 - Retchick
Great Catherine~1968 - Count Tokhtamysh (see Actor Connections - Film)
Charge of the Light Brigade, The~1968 - Farrier
30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia~1968 - uncredited Storyteller Aide
Mystery Submarine~1963 - Duty chief
Damn the Defiant! (H.M.S. Defiant)~1962 - Morrison

The Pig's Family~1997 - Tim
Father Ted~1996 - Fr. Michael (shouting priest) in New Jack City
Screen Two~1994 - Duffy in O Mary This London
Lovejoy~1993 - Council Workman in Who Is the Fairest of Them All?
4 Play~1991 - Old Man in Work!
Brittas Empire, The~1991 - Boilerman Barnes in Opening Day
The Bill~1989-1990 - Raymond Kellow in:
     Off the Leash
Rockliffe's Babies~1987 - Pat in A Bad Few Days
Casualty~1987 - O'Grady in Peace, Brother
Return to Treasure Island~1986 (mini) - Ship's Cook  (see Actor Connections - TV)
Dodger, Bonzo, and the Rest~1986 - Removal Man in 2.1
Late Starter~1985 - Harry in 1.6 and 1.7
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle~1985 - One-Eye Mordekye in Wakey Wakey
One by One~1985 - Mr. Jaice in End of an Era
BBC Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing~1984 - Member of Watch
Private Schulz~1981 (mini) - Harry
Shoestring~1980 - Man on Cassette in Looking for Mr. Wright
Oppenheimer~1980 (mini) - F.B.I. Agent in 1.6
Love in a Cold Climate~1980 - Chubb Fuddler in The Merry Widower
Play for Today~1980 - Lorry Driver in The Adventures of Frank: Everybody's Fiddling Something
Premiere ~1979 - Barman in Henry Intervening
Quatermass~1979 - Security Guard in What Lies Beneath
Bloomers~1979 - O'Shaughnessy in 1.5
Losers~1978 - Ex-Wrestler in:
     All Down in Black and White
     Out of the Strong
      A Star in Born
BBC2 Play of the Week~1978 -
     Barman in Another Day
     William Gurney in Stargazy On Zummerdown~1978
Born and Bred~1978 - Pat in How do You Feel When You Marry Your Ideal?
Doctor Who~1972-1978 -
      Till in The Androids of Tara: Parts 1, 3, 4

     Clark in The Sea Devils: Episodes 1 and 2
The Onedin Line~1978 -
     Land Agent in The Reverend's Daughter
     Mr. Simpson in Plain Salling
     Mr. Simpson in The Wind Blows Free
Rogue Male~1977 - Cook
A Roof Over My Head~1977 - Ned in Another Fine Mess
The Sound of Laughter~1977 - Charles Leek in Bricks Without Straw
Angles~1976 - First Man in Facing Up
Dixon of Dock Green~1966-1976 -
     Bert Kelly in Jackpot
     Padraic Browne in Olga and the Six Best Men
     Connolly in Billy
Dickens of London~1976 - Huge Man in Blacking
Churchill's People~1975 - Augustus Hicky in Mother India
Hogg's Back~1975 - O'Casey in 1.8
Dixon of Dock Green~1968-1975 -
     Padraic Browne in Olga and the Six Best Men
     Connolly in Billy
     Bert Kelly in Green Jackpot
BBCPlay of the Month~1973 - in Caucasian Chalk Circle
Armchair Theatre~1971-1972 -
     Protestant Man in The Folk Singer
     Prison Officer in Ireland, Mother Ireland
Thirty-Minute Theatre~1972 - Con in Thrills Galore
Please Sir!~1972 - Flann in Please, Sir, Give Generously
The Snow Goose~1971 -
Z Cars~1967-1971 -
     Flanagan in Find
     Jack in In Need of Care: Part 1
     Mike Murphy in The Collector: Part 1
Albert!~1971 - Murphy in Hold Up, It's a Hand Up
Troubleshooters, The~1970 - Fireman in The Slick and the Dread
Millionen nach Maß~1970 - in Wir zahlen bar
Mogul~1970 - Fireman in The Slick and the Dread
ITV Playhouse~1969 - Monto in The Patriot Game
The Wednesday Play~1965-1969 -
     Pig in Blodwen, Home from Rachel's Marriage
     Pig in For the West
Borderers, The~1969 - Blackett in Dispossessed
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color~1969 - Retchick in The Secret of Boyne Castle: Parts 1-3
Jazz Age, The~1968 - Farmer in The Assassin
Dr. Finlay's Casebook~1968 - Taffy Jones in The Conscience Clause
The Revenue Man~1967 - Barney McQuarry in Sometimes There's a Bonus
Mr. Aitch~1967 - in Through the Eye of a Needle
Avengers, The~1967 - Saunders in The Fear Merchants (see Actor Connections - TV)
The Three Musketeers~1966 - Harbour Master in Scandal
King of the River~1966 - Sam in A Beautiful Pea-Green Boat
Big Spender, The~1965 - O'Neill
Theatre 625~1964 - in All the Conspirators #1: The Ides of March
First Night~1964 - A Sergeant in Captain Rubian
Festival~1964 - Tout in The Old Lady Says No! Or Who wounded Maud McCutcheon?
Espionage~1964 - The Lout in The Frantick Rebel
Midnight Men, The~1964 - Cafe Proprietor
BBC Sunday-Nighth Play~1961-1963 -
     Blacksmith in The Fly Sham
     Makarov's Assistant in A Call on Kuprin: Part 2
As You Like It~1963 - Second Lord

Twelfth Night~1983 - Sir Toby Belch (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)
Amadeus~1982 - (Theatre Royal, Bath, England, UK)
Lock Up Your Daughters~1982 - (Queen's Theatre, London, England, UK)
As You Like It~1981 - (Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK)
Act of Union~1980 - (Soho Poly, London, England, UK)
Beast: A Parable~1973 - Marcus (Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Threepenny Opera~1972 - Walt (West End, London Revival, London, England, UK)
A Pagan Place~1972 (Royal Court Theatre, London, England, UK)
Gulliver's Travels (panto)~1968 - (Mermaid Theatre, )
Sweeney Todd~1965 - Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd (Unity Theatre, Ealing, London, England, UK)
Happy End~1965 - Brother Hannibal
The Dock Brief~1964 - (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; transfer to Theatre de Poche, Paris)
Baal~1963 - Waiter/Second Truck Driver/Second Man/First Farmer (Phoenix Theatre, London, England, UK) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Frost at Midnight~1963 - (Hampstead Theatre Club, Hampstead, London, England, UK)
The Caucasian Chalk Circle~1962 - Schauwa (a policeman) ( )
The Yorkshire Mysteries: Theatre of Cruelty - Slaughter of the Innocents~1963 - Soldier of the Crucifixion ()
The Ambassadors of Hampstead~19?? - (Theatro Technis, )
The Scarlet Pimpernel~19?? - London Harbormaster ( )
Schweyk in the Second World War~19?? - chorus ( )

Britten / Gay: The Beggar's Opera~1993 - Beggar (Aldeburgh Festival)

Good friend of actor Peter O'Toole

Known for his arsenal of jokes and humor, and his trademark umbrella.

Declan Mulholland Trust was set up in Mulholland's honor.  From As a legacy to encouraging a new generation of actors, he left the residuals that come in from his work to help students financially while they train. The money goes to the Declan Mulholland Trust, set up for this purpose. The Trust then makes one or more scholarships available (depending on the amount of money raised) to deserving trainees.

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