Johnny Murphy

Johnny Murphy, an Irish actor who was known best for co-starring as Joey "The Lips" Fagan in the 1991 film adaptation of "The Commitments," has died of cancer, according to multiple news sources. Murphy, who died Monday, was 71.

A native of Dublin, Murphy already had made a name for himself as an actor in theater when Alan Parker cast him as trumpeter Joey Fagan in "The Commitments." Murphy was the only cast member who was not a musician. He took plenty of lessons to lend more credence to his acting performance.

He went on to appear in "Into the West," "Waiting for Godot," "Angela's Ashes" and "An Awfully Big Adventure."

Murphy also made regular acting appearances at the Gate Theatre in Ireland.

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Maria Doyle Kennedy, one of Murphy's co-stars in "The Commitments," shared her condolences on Twitter.

"Johnny Murphy. Gentleman," she tweeted.

In another tweet, the Academy Award-winning Irish songwriter Glen Hansard, who also co-starred with Murphy and Kennedy in "The Commitments," praised Murphy as a "beautiful man" and "a true gent. Bless you Johnny."

The move was based on the original novel by Roddy Doyle. "The Commitments" was adapted as a musical for the theater before the motion picture adaptation.

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