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Fred MacMurray

Actor | * 08/30/1908 († 83, 11/05/1991) | Kankakee, Illinois, USA
Frederick Martin MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor and singer who appeared in more than 100 films and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s. MacMurray is best known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity directed by Billy Wilder, in which he starred with Barbara Stanwyck. Later in his career, he performed in numerous Disney films, including The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire, and The Shaggy Dog. In 1960, MacMurray turned to television in the role of Steve Douglas, the widowed patriarch on My Three Sons, which ran on ABC from 1960 to 1965 and then on CBS from 1965 to 1972. ()
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Born to Maleta Martin and Frederick MacMurray (concert violinist). Fred sang and played in orchestras to earn tuition. He was educated at Carroll College, Wis. Fred played with a Chicago orchestra for more than a year. Then he joined an orchestra in Hollywood where he played, did some recording and played extra roles. He then joined a comedy stage band, California Collegians, and went to New York. There he joined "Three's A Crowd" revue on Broadway and on the road. After this show closed, he returned to California and worked in vaudeville. He played the vaudeville circuits and night clubs until cast for major role in "Roberta". Signed by Paramount in 1935. MacMurray was raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from the age of 5, eventually graduating from Beaver Dam High School (currently the site of Beaver Dam Middle School), where he was a 3-sport star in football, baseball, and basketball. Fred retained a special place in his heart for his small-town Wisconsin upbringing, referring at any opportunity in magazine articles or interviews to the lifelong friends and cherished memories of Beaver Dam, even including mementos of his childhood in several of his films. In "Pardon my Past" (1945), Fred and fellow GI William Demarest are moving to Beaver Dam, WI to start a mink farm.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Romance / Love

Known for these Movies & Shows

The Apartment

PG

1960 | 4.1/5 | 2h 5min
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Double Indemnity

Certification unknown

1944 | 4.1/5 | 1h 48min
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The Caine Mutiny

NR

1954 | 3.7/5 | 2h 4min
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Awards & Nominations for Fred MacMurray

Disney Legends

Movies with Fred MacMurray as Actor(96)

as Himself (archive footage)2017 This Is Bob Hope...
as Himself (archive footage)1991 Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire
as (in "Double Indemnity") (archive footage)1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
as Clarance Tuttle1978 The Swarm
1976 Joys
as Harry Ballinger1975 Beyond the Bermuda Triangle
as Charley Appleby1973 Charley and the Angel
as Anthony J. Drexel Biddle1967 The Happiest Millionaire
as Lemuel Siddons1966 Follow Me, Boys!
as Thad McCloud1964 Kisses For My President
as Prof. Ned Brainard1963 Son of Flubber
as Harry Willard1962 Bon Voyage!
as Prof. Ned Brainard1961 The Absent-Minded Professor
as Jeff D. Sheldrake1960 The Apartment
as Wilson Daniels1959 The Shaggy Dog
as Jim Larsen (aka Ray Kincaid)1959 Face of a Fugitive
as Marshal Ben Cutler1959 Good Day for a Hanging
as Neal Harris1959 The Oregon Trail
as Judge Jim Scott1958 Day of the Badman
as Gentry1957 Quantez
as Will Keough1957 Gun for a Coward
as Clifford Groves1956 There's Always Tomorrow
as Thomas "Tom" Ransome1955 The Rains of Ranchipur
as Captain Meriwether Lewis1955 The Far Horizons
as Jack Wright1955 At Gunpoint
as Sid Burns1954 Woman's World
as Lt. Thomas 'Tom' Keefer1954 The Caine Mutiny
as Paul Sheridan1954 Pushover
as Wes Anderson1953 The Moonlighter
as Captain Boll1952 Fair Wind to Java
as Mike Frye1951 Callaway Went Thataway
as Peter Ulysses Lockwood1951 A Millionaire for Christy
as Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin1950 Borderline
as Chris Hayward1950 Never a Dull Moment
as George Cooper1949 Father Was a Fullback
as Vincent Doane1948 An Innocent Affair
as William 'Bill' Dunnigan1948 The Miracle of the Bells
as Grant Jordan1948 Family Honeymoon
as Peter Morely1947 Suddenly It's Spring
as Matt Gordon1947 Singapore
as Bob MacDonald1947 The Egg and I
as Clint Barkley1946 Smoky
as Pete Marshall1945 Murder, He Says
as Bill Morgan1945 Where Do We Go from Here?
as Eddie Rickenbacker1945 Captain Eddie
as Eddie York / Francis Pemberton1945 Pardon My Past
as Daniel Bellamy1944 Practically Yours
as Walter Neff1944 Double Indemnity
as Happy Morgan1944 And the Angels Sing
as Lee Stevens1944 Standing Room Only
as himself1943 Show-Business at War
as Randy Britton1943 Flight for Freedom
as Richard Myles1943 Above Suspicion
as Jim Ryan1943 No Time For Love
as Dr. Corey T. McBain1942 The Lady Is Willing
as Don Stuart1942 The Forest Rangers
as Tom Verney1942 Take a Letter, Darling
as Frank in Card-Playing Skit1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
as Himself (uncredited)1942 Breakdowns of 1942
as Stonewall Elliott1941 Virginia
as Victor Ballard1941 New York Town
as Dwight Houston1941 One Night In Lisbon
as Joe Blake1941 Dive Bomber
as Charles Brownne1940 Little Old New York
as John Sargent1940 Remember the Night
as Bill Cardew1940 Too Many Husbands
as Gil Farra1940 Rangers of Fortune
as Bill 'Willie' Burnett1939 Honeymoon in Bali
as Albert 'King' Cole1939 Invitation to Happiness
as Crick O'Bannon1939 Cafe Society
as David Beebe1938 Sing, You Sinners
as Pat Falconer1938 Men with Wings
as Johnny Prentice1938 Cocoanut Grove
as Roger Coverman1937 Maid of Salem
as Ralph Houston1937 Exclusive
as Skid Johnson1937 Swing High, Swing Low
as Buzzy Bellew1937 Champagne Waltz
as Kenneth Bartlett1937 True Confession
as Jack Gordon1936 13 Hours by Air
as King Mantell1936 The Princess Comes Across
as Jim Hawkins1936 The Texas Rangers
as Trooper Ross Martin1935 Car 99
as Cyrus Anderson1935 The Bride Comes Home
as Peter Dawes1935 The Gilded Lily
as Sandy1935 Grand Old Girl
as Arthur Russell1935 Alice Adams
as Richard Hood1935 Men Without Names
as Theodore Drew III1935 Hands Across the Table

TV Shows/Series with Fred MacMurray as Actor(10)

Movies with Fred MacMurray as Crew(1)

Production/Producer1945 Pardon My Past

Additional Information

Full Name: Fred McMurray
Born: 08/30/1908 in Kankakee
Died: 11/05/1991 in Santa Monica (aged: 83)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Spouses (current/former): June Haver
Other names for Fred MacMurray (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Fred Mac Murray"
"Frederick Martin MacMurray"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2785, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/13/2019