Don Murray

Actor, Producer, Director
A tall, fresh-faced leading man, Don Murray first made his mark on the Broadway stage in "The Rose Tattoo" (1951-52), co-starring with Eli Wallach and Maureen Stapleton. The son of a former Ziegfeld girl and a motion ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1929 in Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Marilyn Monroe 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Montana Crossroads 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dennis Hopper 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sons and Daughters 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Brand New Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Brand New Life: The Honeymooners 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghosts Can't Do It 1990 (Movie)

Winston (Actor)

My Dad Can't Be Crazy... (Can He?) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Ben Chandler (Actor)

Blood Sport 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Jack Kelcher (Actor)

Radioactive Dreams 1986 (Movie)

Dash Hammer (Actor)

Scorpion 1986 (Movie)

Gifford Leese (Actor)

License to Kill 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Branagan and Mapes 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am the Cheese 1983 (Movie)

David Farmer (Actor)

Endless Love 1981 (Movie)

Hugh Butterfield (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Rainbow 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Hero 1975 (Movie)

Ed Lacy (Actor)

Love Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 (Movie)

Governor Breck (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Wanda June 1970 (Movie)

Herb Shuttle (Actor)

Childish Things 1969 (Movie)

Tom Harris (Actor)

Sweet Love, Bitter 1967 (Movie)

David Hilary (Actor)

Baby, the Rain Must Fall 1965 (Movie)

Slim (Actor)

Kid Rodelo 1965 (Movie)

Kid Roledo (Actor)

The Plainsman 1965 (Movie)

Wild Bill Hickok (Actor)

One Man's Way 1963 (Movie)

Norman Vincent Peale (Actor)

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

Senator Brigham Anderson (Actor)

The Hoodlum Priest 1961 (Movie)

Rev Charles Dismas Clark (Actor)

Tunnel 28 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

One Foot in Hell 1960 (Movie)

Dan Keats (Actor)

Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

Kerry O'Shea (Actor)

From Hell to Texas 1958 (Movie)

Tod Lohman (Actor)

These Thousand Hills 1958 (Movie)

Lat Evans (Actor)

A Hatful of Rain 1957 (Movie)

Johnny Pope (Actor)

The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)

Charlie Samson (Actor)

Bus Stop 1956 (Movie)

Bo Decker (Actor)

A Girl Named Sooner (TV Show)

Actor

A Touch of Scandal (TV Show)

Actor

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Crisis in Mid-Air (TV Show)

Actor

Daughter of the Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Fugitive Family (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts Adrift (TV Show)

Actor

If Things Were Different (TV Show)

Actor

Quarterback Princess (TV Show)

Actor

Return of the Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

Something in Common (TV Show)

Actor

Stillwatch (TV Show)

Actor

The Borgia Stick (TV Show)

Actor

The Boy Who Drank Too Much (TV Show)

Actor

The Intruders (TV Show)

Actor

The Outcasts (TV Show)

Actor

The Sex Symbol (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepford Children (TV Show)

Actor

Thursday's Child (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Childish Things 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hoodlum Priest 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Childish Things 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Cross and the Switchblade 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A tall, fresh-faced leading man, Don Murray first made his mark on the Broadway stage in "The Rose Tattoo" (1951-52), co-starring with Eli Wallach and Maureen Stapleton. The son of a former Ziegfeld girl and a motion picture dance director, Murray was a conscientious objector during the Korean War and worked in Europe assisting refugees and orphans in lieu of military service. When he returned to the USA, he was cast alongside stage legend Mary Martin in Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth" (1955). Based on his performance, director Joshua Logan hired the actor for his first film.

"Bus Stop" (1956) provided Murray with a strong role as a naive, yet forceful, cowboy romancing a singer (Marilyn Monroe). For his efforts, the actor earned an Oscar nod as Best Supporting Actor. His two subsequent features, "The Bachelor Party" and "A Hatful of Rain" (1957) both provided meaty roles, but later efforts failed to capitalize on his early promise. Murray moved into producing and screenwriting with "The Hoodlum Priest" (1961), a true story about a clergyman who worked with criminals, in which he also starred. His 1970 directing debut, "The Cross and the Switchblade", was an earnest but uneven feature. A second feature, "Damien" (1977), a biopic of the priest who worked with lepers in Hawaii, has never been released theatrically. The 80s saw Murray in mostly paternal roles (e.g., "Endless Love" 1981; "Peggy Sue Got Married" 1986).

Murray has been a constant fixture on TV since the late 50s. He served as a celebrity panelist on "Made in America" (CBS, 1964) and starred in the Western series "The Outcasts" (ABC, 1968-69). TV viewers may remember him from the first two seasons of the CBS primetime soap "Knots Landing" (1979-81) as Michelle Lee's husband. Two later series, "Brand New Life" (NBC, 1989-90) and "Sons and Daughters" (CBS, 1991) were both short-lived. In his TV-movies, Murray has generally been cast in stalwart roles, generally as politicians or businessmen.

From 1956 to 1961, Murray was married to his "Bus Stop" co-star Hope Lange.

Relationships

Bettie Johnson Actor

Wife

Hope Lange Actor

Wife
Co-starred in "Bus Stop" (1956)

Dennis Murray

Father

Ethel Murray

Mother

Colleen Murray

Daughter
mother Elizabeth Murray

Patricia Murray

Daughter
born 1958 mother Hope Lange

Christopher Murray

Son
born 1957 mother Hope Lange

Michael Murray

Son
mother Elizabeth Murray

Sean Murray

Son
mother Elizabeth Murray

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1946 - 1948

Milestones

1991

Featured in the short-lived series "Sons and Daughters" (CBS)

1990

Last feature film to date, "Ghosts Can't Do It"

1979

Toured as Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago"

1978

Appeared in the national tour of Neil Simon's "California Suite"

1977

Returned to Broadway as co-star of long-running hit comedy "Same Time, Next Year"

1977

Wrote and directed "Damien/Damien's Island" (never released)

1974

Co-starred with Connie Stevens in ABC TV-movie "The Sex Symbol", loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe

1969

Feature film directorial debut, "The Cross and the Switchblade"; also wrote screenplay

1968

Wrote, produced and starred in "Childish Things"

1964

Was regular panelist on "Made in America" (CBS)

1961

Made screenwriting and producing debut with "The Hoodlum Priest"; also starred

1958

Early TV work included productions of "The Hasty Heart" and "Billy Budd"

1956

Feature film debut as Bo opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Bus Stop"

1947

Appeared in summer stock productions in New York, Delaware and Connecticut

Made Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo"

Co-starred with Barbara Eden in the limited series "Brand New Life" (NBC)

Worked with a religious organization in Europe resettling refugees and orphans in lieu of military service

TV series debut as regular, "The Outcasts" (ABC)

Co-starred as Sid Fairgate on the CBS primetime soap "Knots Landing"

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