Fred MacMurray

Actor, Singer, Saxophonist
For over four decades, actor Fred MacMurray embodied the Everyman in a string of popular comedies and musicals, including "Remember the Night" (1940) and "The Egg and I" (1947) as well as a series of well-loved Disney ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1908 in Kankakee, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

Above Suspicion 2016 (Movie)

Richard Myles (Actor)

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Performer

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

Clarence (Actor)

Charley and the Angel 1973 (Movie)

Charley Appleby (Actor)

My Three Sons 1960 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Follow Me, Boys! 1966 (Movie)

Lemuel Siddons (Actor)

Happiest Millionaire 1966 (Movie)

Anthony J Drexel Biddle (Actor)

Kisses For My President 1963 (Movie)

Thad McCloud (Actor)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

Prof Ned Brainard (Actor)

Bon Voyage! 1961 (Movie)

Harry Willard (Actor)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

Professor Ned Brainard (Actor)

The Apartment 1960 (Movie)

J D Sheldrake (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 1959 (Movie)

Wilson Daniels (Actor)

Day of the Badman 1958 (Movie)

Judge Jim Scott (Actor)

Face of a Fugitive 1958 (Movie)

Jim Larsen/Kincaid (Actor)

Good Day For a Hanging 1958 (Movie)

Ben Cutler (Actor)

The Oregon Trail 1958 (Movie)

Neal Harris (Actor)

A Gun For a Coward 1957 (Movie)

Will Keough (Actor)

Quantez 1957 (Movie)

Gentry/John Coventry (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Always Tomorrow 1956 (Movie)

Clifford Groves (Actor)

At Gunpoint 1955 (Movie)

Jack Wright (Actor)

The Far Horizons 1955 (Movie)

Meriwether Lewis (Actor)

The Rains of Ranchipur 1955 (Movie)

Tom Ransome (Actor)

Pushover 1954 (Movie)

Paul Sheridan (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (11/17/53) 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Tom Keefer (Actor)

Woman's World 1954 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Fair Wind to Java 1953 (Movie)

Capt Boll (Actor)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

Mike Frye (Actor)

Murder, He Says 1945 (Movie)

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Where Do We Go From Here? 1945 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Double Indemnity 1944 (Movie)

Walter Neff (Actor)

No Time For Love 1942 (Movie)

Jim Ryan (Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

Frank in Card-Playing Skit (Actor)

Remember the Night 1939 (Movie)

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Too Many Husbands 1939 (Movie)

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Swing High, Swing Low 1936 (Movie)

"Skid" Johnson (Actor)

The Texas Rangers 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine 1935 (Movie)

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Alice Adams 1934 (Movie)

Arthur Russell (Actor)

The Gilded Lily 1934 (Movie)

Peter Dawes (Actor)

And the Angels Sing (Movie)

Happy Morgan (Actor)

Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Eddie (Movie)

Edward Rickenbacker (Actor)

Champagne Waltz (Movie)

Buzzy Bellew (Actor)

Dive Bomber (Movie)

Cmdr. Joe Blake (Actor)

Family Honeymoon (Movie)

Grant Jordan (Actor)

Flight for Freedom (Movie)

Randy Britton (Actor)

Girls Gone Wild (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

Hands Across the Table (Movie)

Theodore Drew III (Actor)

Honeymoon in Bali (Movie)

Bill Burnett (Actor)

Little Old New York (Movie)

Charles Browne (Actor)

Maid of Salem (Movie)

Roger Coverman (Actor)

Men with Wings (Movie)

Pat Falconer (Actor)

Never a Dull Moment (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Pardon My Past (Movie)

Eddie York (Actor)

Practically Yours (Movie)

Lt. (S.G.) Daniel Bellamy (Actor)

Sing You Sinners (Movie)

David Beebe (Actor)

Singapore (Movie)

Matt Gordon (Actor)

Smoky (Movie)

Clint Barkley (Actor)

Standing Room Only (Movie)

Lee Stevens (Actor)

Suddenly It's Spring (Movie)

Peter Morely (Actor)

Take a Letter, Darling (Movie)

Tom Verney (Actor)

The Bride Comes Home (Movie)

Cyrus Anderson (Actor)

The Chadwick Family (TV Show)

Actor

The Egg and I (Movie)

Bob MacDonald (Actor)

The Forest Rangers (Movie)

Don Stuart (Actor)

The Lady Is Willing (Movie)

Dr. Corey McBain (Actor)

The Miracle of the Bells (Movie)

Bill Dunnigan (Actor)

The Moonlighter (Movie)

Wes Anderson (Actor)

The Princess Comes Across (Movie)

King Mantell (Actor)

True Confession (Movie)

Kenneth Bartlett (Actor)
Producer (1)

Pardon My Past (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

For over four decades, actor Fred MacMurray embodied the Everyman in a string of popular comedies and musicals, including "Remember the Night" (1940) and "The Egg and I" (1947) as well as a series of well-loved Disney live-action films like "The Absent-Minded Professor" (1961) and the long-running family series "My Three Sons" (ABC/CBS, 1960-1972). A handsome, affable presence, he made an ideal onscreen romantic partner to some of Hollywood's biggest female stars, including Claudette Colbert and Carole Lombard. So believable was MacMurray as upstanding young men that it seemed unlikely that he could play anything else, a notion that was dispelled by his chilly turn as a doomed murderer in Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" (1944). He proved equally successful in portraying the dark flipside to the Everyman, seduced by the lure of power, prestige and sex in "The Caine Mutiny" (1953) and Wilder's "The Apartment" (1960), though by the early 1960s, his status as America's favorite father figure was essentially complete. And if his versatility was often overshadowed by the vast number of audience-friendly pictures to his name, Fred MacMurray remained one of the screen's most likable personalities for decades, even long after his death in 1991.

Relationships

Maleta Martin

Mother

June Haver Actor

Wife
Met on the set of "Where Do We Go From Here?" (1944); came out of a Catholic convent where she had gone to live after the death of her fiancé to marry MacMurray a year after his first wife's death Married June 28, 1954 until his death Nov. 5, 1991

Lillian Lamont

Wife
Met while she was a dancer in the Broadway production of "Roberta" in 1933 Married June 20, 1936 until her death June 1953

Frederick MacMurray

Father
was performing in Kankakee, Illinois when MacMurray was born separated

Kate MacMurray

Daughter
born c. 1966 twin of Laurie MacMurray adopted with June Haver

Robert MacMurray

Son
born c. 1946 adopted with Lillian Lamont

Susan Pool

Daughter
born c. 1941 adopted with Lillian Lamont

Laurie Sipma

Daughter
born c. 1966 twin of Katherine MacMurray adopted with June Haver married Marc Gerver on December 28, 2001

EDUCATION

Carroll College

Waukesha , Wisconsin 1925 - 1926
attended on American Legion Scholarship; evenings played saxophone with Tom Joy's Gloom Chasers; dropped out

Beaver Dam High School

Beaver Dam , Wisconsin 1919
won 10 varsity letters in athletics; formed own three-piece band, Mac's Melody Boys

Chicago Academy for the Arts

Chicago , Illinois 1926

Shattuck Military Academy

Quincy , Illinois 1918 - 1919

Milestones

1985

Appeared as himself in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"

1978

Last acting role in a feature, "The Swarm"

1975

Starred in TV-movie, "The Bermuda Triangle"

1974

TV-movie debut, "The Chadwick Family" (pilot for unsold series)

1972

Returned to features for the last of his seven films with Disney, "Charley and the Angel"

1967

Last feature for five years, "The Happiest Millionaire"

1959

First film for Walt Disney Productions, "The Shaggy Dog"

1955

TV debut on "Bachelor's Bride" episode of "G.E. Theatre"

1952

Starred on radio series, "Bright Star"

1948

Last co-starring appearance with Claudette Colbert, "Family Honeymoon"

1944

Affiliation with Paramount comes to an end; made one more film there in 1947 and one in 1955, but otherwise largely free-lanced; last film under long-term contract, "Murder, He Says"

1943

Attracted considerable critical attention with his change-of-pace role in Billy Wilder's film noir, "Double Indemnity"

1935

Achieved stardom with first leading role in "The Gilded Lily"; also marked his first of seven co-starring appearances with Claudette Colbert

1934

Signed contract with Paramount

1934

Film acting debut in "Friends of Mr. Sweeney"

1929

Performed in vaudeville

1929

Film debut as extra in "Girls Gone Wild"; also bit as rancher in "Tiger Rose"

1929

Made record (as singer) with George Olsen's Orchestra; worked as orchestra musician for silent films; joined band The California Collegians as singer-saxophonist-comedian

1928

Moved to Los Angeles where he worked in a car painting shop and as a Hollywood extra

1926

Moved to Chicago where he worked as a shoe salesman; continued music career performing with various bands (including "The Royal Purples) as saxophonist and vocalist

Appeared with the California Collegians on Broadway in two revues, "Three's a Crowd" (1930) and "The Third Little Show" and in the Jerome Kern musical, "Roberta" (1934; was also Bob Hope's understudy)

Lived in Madison, WI and Gilroy, CA before settling in Beaver Dam, WI after parents' separation when he was five

Before attending college, formed three-piece musical outfit, Mac's Melody Boys

Worked in a pea-canning factory after high school graduation

Went into semi-retirement on his 2,300-acre California ranch where he raised Black Angus cattle in the 1970s

Appeared on 17 episodes of Lux Radio Theatre during the 1930s

Starred on the long-running TV sitcom, "My Three Sons"

Bonus Trivia

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MacMurray's face was allegedly used as the model for comic-strip hero Captain Marvel.

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