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Don Murray

Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 07/31/1929 (90) | Hollywood, California, USA
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Donald Patrick Murray (born July 31, 1929) is an American actor. Murray is best known for his breakout performance in the film Bus Stop (1956) with Marilyn Monroe, which earned him a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Murray's other theatrical films include A Hatful of Rain (1957), Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) with James Cagney, One Foot in Hell (1960) with Alan Ladd, The Hoodlum Priest (1961), Advise & Consent (1962) with Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton, Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) with Steve McQueen, Con..."> ()
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Donald Patrick "Don" Murray (born July 31, 1929) is an American actor. Murray was born in Hollywood, California. He attended East Rockaway High School (class of 1947) in East Rockaway, New York where he played football and track, was a member of the student government and glee club and joined the Alpha Phi Chapter of the Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity. From high school he went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Murray had a long and varied career in films and television, including his role as Sid Fairgate in the long-running prime-time soap opera Knots Landing from 1979 to 1981. He was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor in Bus Stop (1956) in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe. He starred as a blackmailed United States senator in Advise & Consent (1961), a film version of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Allen Drury that was directed by Otto Preminger and cast Murray opposite Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton. He also co-starred with Steve McQueen in the film Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) and played the ape-hating Governor Breck in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). In addition to acting, Murray directed a film based on the book The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada, and he scripted two episodes of Knots Landing ("Hitchhike" parts 1 & 2) in 1980. Murray starred with Otis Young in the ground breaking ABC western television series The Outcasts (1968-69) featuring an interracial bounty hunter team in the post-Civil War West. Murray decided to leave Knots Landing after two years to concentrate on other projects, although some sources say he left over a salary dispute. The character's death was notable at the time because it was considered rare to "kill off" a star character. The death came in the second episode of season three, following up on season two's cliffhanger in which Sid's car careered off a cliff. To make viewers off doubt the character would actually die, Murray was listed in the newly created credit sequence for season three; the character survived the plunge off the cliff (thus temporarily reassuring viewers), but died shortly afterwards in hospital. Although he effectively distanced himself from the series after his exit in 1981, Murray later contributed an interview segment for Knots Landing: Together Again, a non-fiction reunion special made in 2005. Murray was the first husband of actress Hope Lange. They had two children, including actor Christopher Murray.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Thriller | TV Movies

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Awards & Nominations for Don Murray

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Don Murray as Actor(52)

as Parker Gaits2005 Island Prey
as Winston1989 Ghosts Can't Do It
as himself1987 Hollywood Uncensored
as Sam Kingsley1987 Stillwatch
as Steven Harding1987 The Stepford Children
as Ben Chandler1987 Made in Heaven
as Gifford Lease1986 Scorpion
as Dash Hammer1986 Radioactive Dreams
as Jack Kelcher1986 Peggy Sue Got Married
as Tom Fiske1984 License to Kill
as Benjamin Gilvey1984 A Touch of Scandal
as David Farmer1983 I Am The Cheese
as Parker Alden1983 Thursday's Child
as Ralph Maida1983 Quarterback Princess
as Hugh Butterfield1981 Endless Love
as Peter Ritchie1980 Fugitive Family
as Ken Saunders1980 The Boy Who Drank Too Much
as Sergeant Jack Leland1980 Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop
as Adam Travis1979 Crisis in Mid-air
as Frank Gumm1978 Rainbow
as Edward A. Lacy1975 Deadly Hero
as Sheriff Phil Rotteman1975 A Girl Named Sooner
as William Martin1974 Girl on the Late, Late Show
as Justin Morgan1972 Justin Morgan Had a Horse
as Sam Garrison1970 The Intruders
as Dr. Alex Lauder1969 Daughter of the Mind
as Tom Harris1969 Childish Things
as Tom Harrison1967 The Borgia Stick
as Justinian1967 The Viking Queen
as Kid Rodelo1966 Kid Rodelo
as Wild Bill Hickok1966 The Plainsman
as Deputy Sheriff Slim1965 Baby the Rain Must Fall
as Norman Vincent Peale1964 One Man's Way
1963 Marilyn
as Senator Brigham Anderson1962 Advise & Consent
as Kurt Schröder1962 Escape from East Berlin
as Father Charles Dismas Clark1961 The Hoodlum Priest
as Randy Bragg1960 Alas, Babylon
as Dan Keats1960 One Foot in Hell
as Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans1959 These Thousand Hills
as Kerry O'Shea1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
as Tod Lohman1958 From Hell to Texas
as Johnny Pope1957 A Hatful of Rain
as Charlie Samson1957 The Bachelor Party
as Beauregard 'Bo' Decker1956 Bus Stop

TV Shows/Series with Don Murray as Actor(16)

Movies with Don Murray as Crew(4)

Directing/Director1976 Damien's Island
Directing/Director1970 The Cross and the Switchblade
Writing/Screenplay1961 The Hoodlum Priest

Full Name: Don Murray
Born: Wednesday, 07/31 1929 (July) in Hollywood (current age: 90 years + 175 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Educated at: American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Spouses (current/former): Hope Lange
Don Murray frequently works together with these people:
David Lynch (9x, Crew)
Piper Laurie (9x, Actress)
Leo Penn (9x, Crew)
William Shatner (7x, Actor)
Ralph Bellamy (7x, Actor)
Mark Frost (7x, Crew)
June Lockhart (7x, Actress)
Martin Balsam (6x, Actor)
Arthur Franz (5x, Actor)
Lee Remick (4x, Actress)
Marilyn Monroe (4x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:13294, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 01/04/2020