Don Murphy

Starting with his first major film, "Natural Born Killers" (1994), renegade producer Don Murphy played by his own rules. Shortly after graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts in the early 1990s, Murphy teamed up ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1967 in Long Island, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (16)

High Moon 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vampire Academy 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Real Steel 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Splice 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

While She Was Out 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shoot 'em Up 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bully 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

From Hell 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Sons of New Mexico (Movie)

(Makeup)

Biography

Starting with his first major film, "Natural Born Killers" (1994), renegade producer Don Murphy played by his own rules. Shortly after graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts in the early 1990s, Murphy teamed up with producing partner Jane Hamsher to turn unknown screenwriter Quentin Tarantino's first script into a feature. Fueled by the film's success -- and its controversy -- Murphy formed the production company Angry Films four years later, spearheading such moody projects as the gritty indie drama "Bully" (2001) and the Johnny Depp thriller "From Hell" (2001) before specializing in more crowd-pleasing fare like the popular "Transformers" series and the boxing-robots feature "Real Steel" (2011).

EDUCATION

School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California

Georgetown University

Milestones

2009

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" was the second-highest-grossing film of 2009 in the United States and Canada, behind only "Avatar"

2007

"Transformers" was the highest-grossing non-sequel film of 2007

1994

Discovered Quentin Tarantino and produced his first script, "Natural Born Killers."

1981

Helped create ad campaigns for Brian DePalma's "Blow Out" (1981) and Milos Forman's "Ragtime" (1981) at his father's advertising agency

Bonus Trivia

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Was the film critic for Georgetown University's student newspaper for three years as an undergraduate

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Produced two movies based on the graphic novels of Alan Moore, "From Hell" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"

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Dropped plans for a film based on the GI Joe franchise when the United States invaded Iraq in 2003

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