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Father Murphy

Father Murphy

A good-hearted frontiersman dresses as a priest to start an orphanage for a group of kids whose homes have been destroyed by an evil mining manager. Father Murphy, an NBC series about an 1870s gold miner who occasionally pretends to be a Catholic priest in order to keep officials from closing his orphanage school, premiered in a special two-hour presentation on Tuesday. Nov. 3 1981. Merlin Olsen stars in the title role.

Episode Info

Final: 2x13 -- The Matchmakers (Sep/18/1983)

Merlin OlsenMerlin Olsen
As "Father" John Michael Murphy
Moses GunnMoses Gunn
As Moses Gage
Katherine CannonKatherine Cannon
As Mae Woodward Murphy
Timothy GibbsTimothy Gibbs
As Will Adams
Charles TynerCharles Tyner
As Mr. Rodman
Ivy BethuneIvy Bethune
As Miss Tuttle
Scott MelliniScott Mellini
As Ephram Winkler
Lisa TruselLisa Trusel
As Lizette Winkler
Kirk BrennanKirk Brennan
As David Sims
Byron ThamesByron Thames
As Matt Sims

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Creator: Michael Landon
Executive Producer: Michael Landon
Producer: Kent McCray
Set Dresser: Kenneth Milfred

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Recurring Guests

Shannen Doherty as Drusilla Shannon (2 eps)
Jack Elam as Eli McQuade (2 eps)
Richard Bergman as Father Joe Parker (2 eps)

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