BJ Hogg has passed away at the age of 65. The Game of Thrones actor last appeared in the first season of Game of Thrones on HBO and he is known for his roles in drama The Fall as well as the BBC Northern Ireland show Give My Head Peace, in which he starred in for over 20 years. The actor recently toured with the cast of Give My Head Peace in a stage production. Hogg was born in Lisburn in 1955 and became a staple of the region's entertainment industry with his memorable performances.
Hogg played Ser Addam Marbrand, the heir of Lord Damon of House Marbrand, and a bannerman of House Lannister. He appeared only in the first season, but Hogg's performance made the character memorable.
BJ Hogg's agent Geoff Stanton said "there just weren't the words" to express his shock and sadness at the news of his death, per BBC News. "He was such a great man, a big personality and a terrific actor. His family must be devastated and my heart goes out to them. He was just one of the nicest people I know, or knew - he is going to be such a loss."
Besides Give My Head Peace, Hogg most recently appeared onscreen in the film The Windermere Children. Per his IMDb page, he has at least one more movie -- Ringsend -- currently in post-production for a planned 2020 release.
The Hole in the Wall gang, the comedy troupe behind Give My Head Peace, issued a statement following news of his death.
"BJ is part of the Give My Head Peace family," the statement read. "He was a fine actor, great colleague and a true friend. Our thoughts are with his wife Elish, son Nathan and daughter Abigail at this time."0comments
"BJ isn't just a colleague of ours or a great actor, he's not just a friend, he's part of the Give My Head Peace family and we are very much a family," said Tim McGarry, who appeared with him on the show. "I was on stage with him a few weeks ago and it's just heartbreaking. He was such a lovely guy. BJ, as you probably know, was a big guy but he was a big softie as well and it is just so, so sad."
Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans at this time.