Chances are, if you’ve seen more than one Farrelly brothers movie over the last five years, you’ve seen Dan Murphy on the silver screen.

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He played the ill-tempered bowling alley operator who mangled Woody Harrelson’s hand in Kingpin and the nasty crip who barked orders at Ben Stiller in There’s Something About Mary. And, when Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger needed help in Me, Myself & Irene, he was the kindly FBI agent who spearheaded the team that came to their rescue. Not bad for a 45-year-old quadriplegic from New England who never planned to see himself on screen.

Granted, so far his roles have been small. But with three films in less than five years, one already out this year and another soon to be released, Murphy has amassed more than enough screen time to qualify for a Screen Actors Guild card. He’s also shown promise enough to be signed by Hollywood talent agency, Kazarian Spencer & Associates. As they say in Hollywood, his star looms bright on the horizon.

On the other hand, maybe they don’t say that in Hollywood. Everyone knows things don’t always turn out as planned, and if anyone has learned that lesson, Murphy has.

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