Timothy V. Murphy as Father Ruskin in The Bastard Executioner | FX

Timothy V. Murphy

Father Ruskin

Timothy V. Murphy portrays "Father Ruskin." Priest and teacher of the Ventrishire court, Ruskin is a former Irish soldier who swapped the blade for the Bible. He is Lady Love’s counselor and confidant.

Career Highlights

As a man, Timothy V. Murphy is the embodiment of Irish charm, humor and magnetism. As a veteran actor of film, television and stage working on both sides of the Atlantic, Murphy possesses a talent so versatile that he can as easily make your blood run cold as make you laugh out loud, and in a variety of accents.

This year alone, Murphy portrays the sexy ex-con who grabs more than Jane Fonda’s attention on the hit Netflix comedy, Grace and Frankie; plays a pivotal role this summer on season two of HBO’s critically- acclaimed True Detective; and is a series regular on The Bastard Executioner.

For three seasons on the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy, Murphy played “Gaalan,” the head of the Irish syndicate who went toe-to-toe with Charlie Hunnam’s “Jax.” For his portrayal, Murphy won the 2013 BuzzFocus Readers Choice Award for Best Villain. Other memorable villainous turns include two seasons on NCIS: LA as Russian super villain “Sidorov” and a season on another CBS hit series, Criminal Minds, as Paget Brewster’s nemesis/love interest “Ian Doyle.” He has guest starred on such hit series as Hawaii Five-O, Revenge, Burn Notice, Shameless, 24, Nip/ Tuck, Alias and Six Feet Under.

Murphy’s feature film credits include MacGruber, Appaloosa and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. In 2014, he starred in Jason Momoa’s directorial debut Road to Paloma; the Funk Brothers’ Looms, and Heaven’s Floor opposite Clea Duvall.

Murphy is also an award-winning stage actor and a Lifetime Member of The Actor’s Studio. His theater credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane at South Coast Rep, for which he garnered an Ovation Award nomination, and Coast Theater’s The Lost Plays of Tennessee Williams, which won the LA Weekly “Best Ensemble” Award and for which he garnered an individual “Best Performance” nomination.

Murphy was born in County Kerry, Ireland. He began his acting career in Dublin, where he trained in the Focus Theater. He is now based in Los Angeles.

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