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Also Known As: Died: November 5, 1991
Born: August 30, 1908 Cause of Death: pneumonia after a battle against cancer
Birth Place: Kankakee, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

The Swarm (1978) as Clarence
Killer bees extend their territory into the U.S., with devastating effect.
Chadwick Family, The (1974) as Ned Chadwick
After many years with "My Three Sons" Fred MacMurray made his TV movie debut in this pilot about a concerned father whose brood consists of one son, three daughters, two sons-in-law, and the Chinese-American boyfriend of the youngest girl. The concept worked better later as "Eight Is Enough."
Charley and the Angel (1973) as Charley Appleby
When an angel tells workaholic Charlie Appleby that he will die soon, he decides to put his family first and be a better husband and father.
The Happiest Millionaire (1967) as Anthony J. Drexel Biddle
A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the unusual antics of her father--especially since the nice young men around town all fear him. Wouldn't you fear a father-in-law that keeps alligators for pets and teaches boxing at his daily Bible classes? Cordelia decides to run off to boarding school and promptly finds the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, his family doesn't approve of Biddle's outrageous antics, either. A Disney musical punctuated by snappy songs and an energetic debut by Tommy Steele. This is reportedly one of the last live- action films Walt Disney personally oversaw.
Follow Me, Boys! (1966) as Lemuel Siddons
Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming more and more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, until he realizes that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town.
Kisses for My President (1964) as Thad McCloud
The first female president has to deal with her husband''''s bruised ego.
Son of Flubber (1963) as Prof. Ned Brainard
An absent-minded professor gets into legal trouble because of his experiments with a gravity defying substance.
Bon Voyage! (1962) as Harry Willard
The Willards from Terre Haute, Indiana travels abroad for the once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Paris, France. Harry Willard believes that the greatest problem will be avoiding tap water, but bringing his three children will prove to be more troublesome.
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) as Prof. Ned Brainard
A college professor fights off corrupt businessmen to market his new anti-gravity invention.
The Apartment (1960) as J. D. "Jeff" Sheldrake
An aspiring executive lets his bosses use his apartment for assignations, only to fall for the big chief's mistress.
Face of a Fugitive (1959) as Jim Larson, also known as Ray Kincaid
A man framed for murder tries to build a new life after escaping the law.
Good Day for a Hanging (1959) as Ben Cutler
A reformed bank robber has to choose between his former gang and doing the right thing.
The Oregon Trail (1959) as Neal Harris
The Shaggy Dog (1959) as Wilson Daniels
An ancient spell turns a teenager into a large sheep dog.
Day of the Bad Man (1958) as Judge Jim Scott
When a judge sentences a killer to be hanged, the latter's henchmen ride into town to put a stop to it. Soon, it boils down to a showdown beteween the judge and the four bad guys.
Quantez (1957) as Gentry [also known as] John Coventry
Gun for a Coward (1957) as Will Keough
A young cowboy, whose dedication to the principles of peace and reason has earned him a reputation for cowardice, overcomes his psychological aversion to violence after his elder brother unjustly censures him for not joining in a foolhardy gunfight in which their youngest brother is killed.
There's Always Tomorrow (1956) as Clifford Groves
When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by his wife and children, he begins to fall in love with a former employee.
The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) as Tom Ransome
A spoiled, married English woman falls in love with an Indian doctor.
At Gunpoint (1955) as Jack Wright
The Far Horizons (1955) as Capt. Meriwether Lewis
Romanticized version of Lewis and Clarks voyage of discovery through the American West.
Woman's World (1954) as Sidney Burns
The chairman of a large automobile maker is left to find a new second in command and narrows it to three equally qualified candidates. To make his decision, he decides to examine each of the men''s wives and learn something about the candidate through their relationships.
Pushover (1954) as Paul Sheridan
A police detective falls for the bank robber's girlfriend he is supposed to be tailing.
The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Lt. Tom Keefer
Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.
Fair Wind to Java (1953) as Captain Boll
The Dutch East Indies, at the end of the nineteenth century. An adventurous captain of an American merchant vessel is looking for a sunken Dutch vessel containing 10,000 precious diamonds. Unfortunately, he's not the only one and then there's also that volcano on the nearby island of Krakatau, waiting to explode in its historical, disastrous eruption...
The Moonlighter (1953) as Wes Anderson
A former jailbird makes good after the wrong man is accused for his crime.
Callaway Went Thataway (1951) as Mike Frye
A real cowboy signs on to impersonate a faded western star for public appearances.
A Millionaire for Christy (1951) as Peter Ulysses Lockwood
A woman sets her hat for a man who's inherited a million dollars.
Never a Dull Moment (1950) as Chris [Heyward]
A female music critic marries a rancher and has to adjust to life out West.
Borderline (1950) as Johnny Macklin
A policewoman goes undercover to infiltrate a drug smuggling ring.
Father Was a Fullback (1949) as George Cooper
Family Honeymoon (1949) as Grant Jordan
Grant Jordan, bachelor botany professor, marries Katie, a widow with three kids, despite the machinations of Grant's former girlfriend Minna. But on the wedding day, Aunt Jo, who was to babysit, breaks a leg; so the kids come along on the honeymoon. After misadventures en route, they make it to the Grand Canyon, only to find Minna there, still scheming.
The Miracle of the Bells (1948) as Bill Dunnigan
A town supports the memory of an aspiring actress who dies before her first film premieres.
On Our Merry Way (1948) as Al
Oliver Pease gets a dose of courage from his wife Martha and tricks the editor of the paper (where he writes lost pet notices) into assigning him the day's roving question. Martha suggests, "Has a little child ever changed your life?" Oliver gets answers from two slow-talking musicians, an actress whose roles usually feature a sarong, and an itinerant cardsharp. In each case the "little child" is hardly innocent: in the first, a local auto mechanic's "baby" turns out to be fully developed as a woman and a musician; in the second, a spoiled child star learns kindness; in the third, the family of a lost brat doesn't want him returned. And Oliver, what becomes of him?
An Innocent Affair (1948) as Vincent Doane
Doing business with an ex-flame drives an ad man''''s wife mad with jealousy.
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) as Peter Morely
Captain Mary Morley (Paulette Goddard), WAC marital-relations expert, known as "Captain Lonelyhearts", returns from overseas as escort to some G.I. war brides, and she hopes to patch up the estrangement from Peter Morley (Fred MacMurray), her husband and former law partner. The latter has fallen for beautiful Gloria Fay (Arleen Whelan) and is waiting at the airport with a divorce consent requiring Mary's signature. Peter, hoping to be more persuasive later, asks her to have dinner with him later at the Ski Club. Jack Lindsay (Macdonald Carey), a client of Peter's who has been using their apartment mistakes Mary for one of the intended bridesmaids and asks about Gloria. Now that Mary knows about Gloria, she asks Jack to bring Gloria to the Ski Club dinner. Still in love with Peter, Mary refuses to sign the divorce paper and asks Jack to take her home. Mary is ordered to Fort Sheridan and Peter and Jack board her train - Peter still after her signature and Jack also hoping she will sign as he has fallen for her. Jack advises Peter to make himself so repulsive that Mary will be glad to get rid of him. When Mary reaches Chicago, she is met by three WAC officers and Peter, puffing a king-size cigar, who swoops in and scoops her into his arms. Realizing that Peter must want a divorce badly by staging such a performance, Mary finally consents. Later, when Mary and Peter are going through their personal effects, they begin to reminisce and realize their disagreements were over trivial matters. They embrace, leaving Jack and Gloria out in the cold.
Singapore (1947) as Matt Gordon
After the war, Matt Gordon returns to Singapore to retrieve a fortune in smuggled pearls. Arrived, he reminisces in flashback about his prewar fiancée, alluring Linda, and her disappearance during the Japanese attack. But now Linda resurfaces...with amnesia and married to rich planter Van Leyden. Meanwhile, sinister fence Mauribus schemes to get Matt's pearls.
The Egg and I (1947) as Bob
Newlywed city slickers decide to give country life a try as chicken farmers.
Smoky (1946) as Clint Barkley
A Western loner forges a bond with a runaway horse.
Captain Eddie (1945) as Capt. Edward Rickenbacker
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942.
Where Do We Go from Here? (1945) as Bill Morgan
Bill wants to join the Army, but he's 4F so he asks a wizard to help him, but the wizard has slight problems with his history knowlege, so he sends Bill everywhere in history, but not to WWII.
Murder, He Says (1945) as Pete Marshall
A pollster stumbles on a family of small-town killers.
Pardon My Past (1945) as Eddie York/Francis Pemberton
A penniless veteran is mistaken for a millionaire playboy.
Practically Yours (1944) as Lt. S.G. Daniel Bellamy
Standing Room Only (1944) as Lee Stevens
During World War II, Lee Stevens travels to Washington D.C. with his secretary Jane Rogers in order to secure a government contract. Not thinking it through, Jane cancels their hotel reservations when she feels the accomodations are inadequate. With no rooms available in the entire city Lee and Jane pose as a married couple and take positions as maid and butler in the Cromwell's home until the contract can be secured.
And the Angels Sing (1944) as Happy Marshall
The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler), aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc with the plans of Pop Angel (Raymond Walburn) to buy a soy bean farm. They do accept an offer of ten dollars to sing at a dubious night club on the edge of town where a band led by Happy Marshall (Fred MacMurray) is playing. Bobby takes the ten dollars and runs it up to $190 at the dice table. Happy hits on Nancy but she rebuffs him. He doesn't have the money to pay his band and borrows the gambling winnings from Bobby on the pretext that he will give her a job with his band. Bobby discovers the next day that Happy has hastily departed for New York. The girls follow to a night club where he is working and, after an audition, the manager is willing to give Happy a contract if the girls will sing with his band.
Double Indemnity (1944) as Walter Neff
An insurance salesman gets seduced into plotting a client's death.
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943) as Himself, men playing cards skit
Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players.
No Time for Love (1943) as Jim Ryan
A sophisticated reporter hires the construction worker she accidentally got fired.
Above Suspicion (1943) as Richard Myles [also known as Edward Smith]
A honeymooning couple are asked to spy on the Nazis in pre-war Europe.
Flight for Freedom (1943) as Randy Britton
Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray, Herbert Marshall, Eduardo Ciannelli, Walter Kingsford, Jack Carr, Hugh Beaumont. Loosely based on the career of Amelia Earhart, this aviation drama features Rosalind Russell as a female pilot who breaks the Los Angeles to New York record and attracts the interest of the U.S. Navy who want to send her on a spy mission
The Lady Is Willing (1942) as Dr. Corey T. McBain
A Broadway star has to find a husband so she can adopt an abandoned child.
The Forest Rangers (1942) as Don Stuart
Ranger Don Stuart fights a forest fire with timber boss friend Tana 'Butch' Mason, and finds evidence of arson. He suspects Twig Dawson but can't prove it. Butch loves Don but he, poor fool, won't notice her as a woman; instead he meets socialite Celia in town and elopes with her. The action plot (Don's pursuit of the fire starter) parallels Tana's comic efforts to scare tenderfoot Celia back to the city.
Take a Letter, Darling (1942) as Tom Verney
A female executive hires a male secretary.
One Night in Lisbon (1941) as Dwight Houston
New York Town (1941) as Victor Ballard
Virginia (1941) as Stonewall [Jackson] Elliott
Dive Bomber (1941) as [Lt. Commander] Joe Blake
A crusading scientist fights to prevent bomber pilots from blacking out.
Too Many Husbands (1940) as Bill Cardew
When her long lost husband returns after her re-marriage, a woman decides to try life with two mates.
Little Old New York (1940) as Charles Brownne
Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper (Faye) believes in him, but her boyfriend (MacMurray) doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat.
Remember the Night (1940) as John Sargent
An assistant D.A. takes a shoplifter home with him for Christmas.
Rangers of Fortune (1940) as Gil Farra
Invitation to Happiness (1939) as Albert "King" Cole
Trainer Pop Hardy thinks his heavyweight boxer 'King' Cole could be champ...some day; he wants to sell a half interest in Cole to his rich friend Wayne. Wayne's daughter Eleanor is disdainful, but brash Cole manages to get under her skin. Can a society dame and a mug find happiness together? And can she wait for his slow rise to fame?
Cafe Society (1939) as Crick O'Bannon
Honeymoon in Bali (1939) as Bill Burnett
Cocoanut Grove (1938) as Johnny Prentice
Men with Wings (1938) as Patrick Falconer
Sing You Sinners (1938) as David Beebe
Of the singing Beebe brothers, young Mike just wants to be a kid; responsible Dave wants to work in his garage and marry Martha; but feckless Joe thinks his only road to success is through swapping and gambling. It seems the only thing all three can join in is their singing act, which Mike and Dave hate. Finally, all Joe's hopes are pinned on a race horse he's acquired, but it's a bigger gamble than his family knows. Hilarious sequence involving a lecturer on seals.
Champagne Waltz (1937) as Buzzy Bellew
True Confession (1937) as Kenneth Bartlett
A compulsive liar, married to a scrupulously honest lawyer, confesses to a murder she didn''''t commit to help further his career.
Swing High, Swing Low (1937) as Skid Johnson
When success goes to his head, a bandleader could lose everything.
Maid of Salem (1937) as Roger Coverman, of Virginia
Young lovers (Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray) fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined.
Exclusive (1937) as Ralph Houston
The Texas Rangers (1936) as Jim Hawkins
Princess Comes Across (1936) as [Joe] King Mantell
A Brooklyn girl masquerades as a princess to land a Hollywood contract.
The Bride Comes Home (1936) as Cyrus Anderson
13 Hours by Air (1936) as Jack Gordon
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) as Jack Hale
Hands Across the Table (1935) as Theodore Drew III
A manicurist uses her beauty and emery board to snag a rich husband.
Alice Adams (1935) as Arthur Russell
A small-town girl with social ambitions falls in love with a local playboy.
Car 99 (1935) as Ross Martin
Men Without Names (1935) as Richard Hood, [also known as] Dick Grant
Grand Old Girl (1935) as Sandy
Gamblers engineer a veteran schoolteacher's firing.
The Gilded Lily (1935) as Peter Dawes
A news reporter turns the woman he loves into a media star after she rejects an aristocrat''s marriage proposal.

Cast (special)

American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck, The (1987)
Barbara Stanwyck is the 15th recipient of AFI's Life Achievement Award in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 4/9/86. The event marks Stanwyck's 60th anniversary in show business. She made her screen debut in the silent film, "Broadway Nights," in 1926, and went on to appear in
All Star Party For Clint Eastwood (1986)
Variety Clubs International honors Clint Eastwood in the eleventh annual salute to an entertainment industry figure for career and humanitarian achievements.
American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder, The (1986)
A taped special of the live presentation by the American Film Institute to director, Billy Wilder, of its AFI Life Achievement Award at a dinner on March 6, 1986, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Celebrities pay tribute to the famed producer, director, and screenwriter.
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) as Himself
Biography of the Academy Award winning director including dramatic color footage of WWII.
American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra, The (1982)
A tribute by the American Film Institute (AFI) honoring film director Frank Capra.
Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! (1978)
A salute to Bob Hope on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday.
Thanksgiving Reunion with the Partridge Family and My Three Sons (1977) as Host
A reuniting of the stars of the TV series "The Partridge Family" and "My Three Sons."
Ted Knight Musical Comedy Variety Special Special (1976)
An hour of music and comedy with Ted Knight and friends.
American Film Institute Salute to John Ford, The (1973)
The American Film Institute presents its first Life Achievement Award to director John Ford.
Apartment House, The (1964) as Himself
The story of Wally Weaver, the harassed manager of the Zimmerman Arms Apartment House, who goes out of his way to help tenants. In the pilot episode, Wally's efforts to care for a tenant's pet monkey create havoc for all concerned.
American Cowboy (1960) as Host
A music and comedy salute to the American cowboy.

Misc. Crew (short)

Fred MacMurray (1962)
This short film, part of the Hollywood Hist-o-Rama series, offers a brief biography of Fred MacMurray.

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