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Edward Mulhare (8 April 1923 – 24 May 1997) was an Irish actor whose career spanned five decades. He is best known for his starring roles in two television series: The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and Knight Rider.

Edward Mulhare
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Mulhare and Hope Lange in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, in 1968.
Born(1923-04-08)8 April 1923
Quaker Road, Cork City, County Cork, Ireland
Died24 May 1997(1997-05-24) (aged 74)
Years active1947–1997
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)

Early life and careerEdit

Mulhare, one of three brothers, was born at 22 Quaker Road, Cork, County Cork, in what was then known as the Irish Free State, to John and Catherine (née Keane) Mulhare. As a child, he received his education at St. Nessan's Christian Brothers School, and later North Monastery. Mulhare, as a young adult, began schooling at the National University of Ireland in medicine, but eventually decided upon a career in theatre.[1] After acting in various Irish venues including the Gate Theatre in Dublin, he moved to London, where he worked with Orson Welles and John Gielgud.

His best-known stage role was as Professor Higgins in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady, having taken over the role from Rex Harrison in 1957.[2]


His first television appearance was in 1956 in a production of The Adventures of Robin Hood. He was a guest panelist in 1958 on the CBS television game show What's My Line?[3] By 1965, he was back in Hollywood appearing in films and television shows. He earned a role in the films Von Ryan's Express in 1965, Our Man Flint in 1966, and Caprice in 1967. He guest-starred in television programs, including the Twelve O'Clock High episode "Siren Voices" as Luftwaffe Colonel Kurt Halland. In The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, a supernatural sitcom that ran from 1968 to 1970, he starred as Captain Daniel Gregg, and again was something of a successor to Rex Harrison, who had originated the role of "The Ghost" in the original 1947 film. He also guest-starred in "Experiment In Terra", an episode of the original Battlestar Galactica.

Mulhare co-starred as Devon Miles, director of the Foundation for Law and Government, on Knight Rider (1982–1986), alongside David Hasselhoff's Michael Knight.

In the mid-1980s, Mulhare hosted the television series Secrets & Mysteries, also called Secrets of the Unknown, a magazine show that examined historical mysteries and the paranormal.

Later yearsEdit

He starred in a number of films in his career including Megaforce and Out to Sea. His final role was on Baywatch Nights alongside former Knight Rider co-star David Hasselhoff in 1997.[citation needed]


Mulhare died of lung cancer on 24 May 1997, aged 74, at his home in Van Nuys, California.[4] He had been battling the cancer for five months prior to his death.[5] Team Knight Rider dedicated an episode titled "K.R.O.", to Mulhare's memory (broadcast 27 October 1997). He never married. He is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Tory Top Road, Cork City, Ireland.



  1. ^ Vallance, Tom (27 May 1997). "Obituary: Edward Mulhare". The Independent. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  2. ^ Eyman, Scott (20 March 2013). "She's truly a delight". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  3. ^ What's My Line? – Xavier Cugat & Abbe Lane; Edward Mulhare (panel) (26 January 1958)
  4. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (28 May 1991). "Edward Mulhare, 74, an Actor Who Moved From Stage to TV". The New York Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  5. ^ Reed, Mack (25 May 1997). "Edward Mulhare; TV, Film, Stage Actor". Los Angeles Times (Obituary). AP. Retrieved 2 March 2015.

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