Danny Murphy, a disability advocate, producer and actor best known for his roles in the Farrelly Brothers’ films: There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene, Kingpin and Shallow Hal has died of cancer. He was living in Florida.
Murphy was born on Aug. 20, 1955, in Boston, Mass. He attended Stonehill College and during his freshman year became a C6 quadriplegic after a diving accident on Martha’s Vineyard. After a year of rehabilitation, Murphy returned to Stonehill, graduating with a degree in criminal justice in 1979. He went on to work for Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Lotus Development Corp. before pursuing acting.
Life would again change for Murphy in 1994, when his friend Peter Farrelly invited him to the premiere of his film Dumb and Dumber. Farrelly asked him what he thought of the film and Murphy teased that he didn’t see a single wheelchair user in the movie.
Dumb and Dumber went on to becoming a comedic juggernaut. The film’s success led to the brothers landing an exclusive contract with 20th Century Fox and soon after Farrelly offered Murphy a role in the film Kingpin.
His experience in Kingpin