Murphy Guyer

Murphy Guyer (born December 25, 1952) is an American actor, playwright, writer and director, best known for his plays and for appearances in the films The Devil's Advocate (1997), The Jackal (1997), Arthur (2011) and Joker (2019).

Murphy Guyer
Born (1952-12-25) December 25, 1952 (age 67)
Dover, Delaware, United States
OccupationPlaywright, actor, writer, director

Early yearsEdit

Murphy Guyer was born in Dover, Delaware, and grew up in rural eastern Maryland. He moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on an acting scholarship, and soon discovered a talent for writing jokes and comic sketches. He began his professional career writing for various stand-up comics and improv groups.[1]


In the early 1980s, Guyer's first play Eden Court premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. The play was later produced on Broadway and made into a film. During the course of his career, Guyer has written works for stage, screen and radio, and tends to farce and satire.[2] His plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theaters in the US, Canada, Ireland, Britain, Europe and Russia. His play The Realists was listed as one of the Best Plays of 1988-1989,[3] and his adaptation of The Emancipation of Valet de Chambre was noted as one of the Best Plays of 1999-2000.[4]

In 1991 Guyer began acting in TV and films, with his first appearance as Tommy Gallagher in the Law & Order episode "Heaven."[5] Between 1996 and 2003, Guyer served as Associate Artistic Director for Playwrighting at the Cleveland Play House.[6]


Selected plays include:

  • Eden Court, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival, 1982-1983
  • The American Century, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival, 1984-1985
  • The Metaphor, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival, 1987-1988
  • Loyalties, published in 25 Ten-Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1989, then in 30 Ten-Minute Plays for 4, 5, & 6 Actors from the National Ten-Minute Play Contest, 2001
  • The Enchanted Maze, produced at Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT, 1990
  • Rendezvous with Reality, produced in Philadelphia, PA, 1995
  • The Interrogation, produced by Subterranean Theatre Company, HydePark Theatre, Austin, TX, 1997
  • Russian Romance, produced at Cleveland Play House, Drury Theater,Cleveland, OH, 1998
  • The American Century, produced at Theatre of Western Springs, Western Springs, IL, 2000
  • World of Mirth, produced at Theater Four, New York City, 2001,
  • The Infinite Regress of Human Vanity, produced at Cleveland Play House, 2002



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Parallel Sons Sheriff Mott
1996 City Hall Capt. Florian
1997 Firehouse Det. Leo Patillo Television film
1997 Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery William Clark Documentary film
1997 Love Walked In Howard's Boss
1997 The Peacemaker INS Agent
1997 The Devil's Advocate Barbara's Father
1997 The Jackal NSC Representative
1998 Rounders Detweiler
2004 She Hate Me John Erlichman
2005 La fiesta del Chivo Turk
2009 The Mercy Man Leary
2011 Arthur Officer Kaplan
2015 Good Friday Paul Chasse
2017 Wonderstruck Security Chief
2018 Paterno Gary Schultz Television film
2019 Joker Barry O'Donnell


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Tommy Gallagher Episode: "Heaven"
1996 The City Darryl Hassey Unknown episodes
1997 Oz CO Eddie Hunt 4 episodes
2010 Rubicon R.C. Gilbert 5 episodes
2011 Mildred Pierce Mr. Pierce 5 episodes
2013–2016 House of Cards Oren Chase 2 episodes
2016 The Blacklist Eye in the Sky 2 episodes


Year Title Role
2006 Neverwinter Nights 2 Ammon Jerro
2010 Red Dead Redemption Aquila
2016 Batman: The Telltale Series Police Commissioner James Gordon
2017–2018 Batman: The Enemy Within


  1. ^ Murphy Guyer, retrieved 20 September 2015
  2. ^ Drake, Sylvie (29 October 1986), Stage Review : Murphy Guyer Serves His Sly Satire In 1-acts, LA Times, retrieved 20 September 2015
  3. ^ Guernsey, Otis L.; Sweet, Jeffrey (1989), The Best Plays of 1988-1989: The Complete Broadway and Off-Broadway Sourcebook, Applause Theater
  4. ^ Guernsey, Otis L. (2001), The Best Plays of 1999-2000, Limelight
  5. ^ Murphy Guyer Biography, retrieved 20 September 2015
  6. ^ Kaeja d'Dance (Cleveland Public Theatre), 2002, retrieved 20 September 2015

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