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Also Known As: Michael George Murphy Died:
Born: May 5, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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A high school teacher turned character actor, Michael Murphy began his collaboration with famed director Robert Altman on an episode of the 1960s TV series "Combat". He made the first of several appearances in Altman films in "Countdown" (1968). Among his other Altman credits are "M*A*S*H" and "Brewster McCloud" (both 1970), "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), "Nashville" (1975) and "Kansas City" (1996). In addition, Murphy portrayed a presidential candidate in Altman's satire of politics "Tanner '88" (HBO, 1988) and was the chief judge in Altman's "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" (CBS, 1988).Murphy specializes in playing angst-ridden urban types, typified by his roles as cheating husbands in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman" (1978) and Woody Allen's "Manhattan" (1979). His other film roles include a journalist in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), an ambassador in Oliver Stone's "Salvador" (1986), a cop tracking a serial killer in Wes Craven's "Shocker" (1989) and the mayor of Gotham City in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992).

A high school teacher turned character actor, Michael Murphy began his collaboration with famed director Robert Altman on an episode of the 1960s TV series "Combat". He made the first of several appearances in Altman films in "Countdown" (1968). Among his other Altman credits are "M*A*S*H" and "Brewster McCloud" (both 1970), "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), "Nashville" (1975) and "Kansas City" (1996). In addition, Murphy portrayed a presidential candidate in Altman's satire of politics "Tanner '88" (HBO, 1988) and was the chief judge in Altman's "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" (CBS, 1988).

Murphy specializes in playing angst-ridden urban types, typified by his roles as cheating husbands in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman" (1978) and Woody Allen's "Manhattan" (1979). His other film roles include a journalist in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), an ambassador in Oliver Stone's "Salvador" (1986), a cop tracking a serial killer in Wes Craven's "Shocker" (1989) and the mayor of Gotham City in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 White House Down (2013)
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 Jimmy Picard (2013)
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 Trotsky, The (2009)
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 Surrogates (2009)
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 Smokin' Aces (2007)
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 Away From Her (2006)
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 Silver City (2004) Jud Pilager
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1956:
Served in US Marine Corps
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Taught English and drama in Los Angeles
1962:
TV acting debut "Saints and Sinners"
1966:
Stage acting debut in Los Angeles production of "Take Her, She's Mine"
1967:
Feature film acting debut "Double Trouble"
1968:
First collaboration with Robert Altman, "Countdown"
1978:
Stage directing debut, "Rat's Nest"
1988:
Starred as presidential candidate Jack Tanner in Altman's HBO series "Tanner '88"
1992:
Cast as the Mayor in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns"
1997:
Appeared in "Private Parts" the auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel
1997:
Portryed the father of Olympic diver Greg Louganis in the TV movie "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story"
1999:
Cast in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"
2002:
Cast in HBO's "Live From Baghdad" based on CNN producer Robert Wiener's (Michael Keaton) memoirs of reporting on the 1991 Gulf War
2004:
Cast as Senator Judson Pilager in the political satire "Silver City"
2006:
Played Warren Worthington II, the father of Angel, in "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2007:
Cast in actress, Sarah Polley┬┐s directorial debut "Away From Her"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of Arizona: Tucson , Arizona - 1961

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wife:
Wendy Crewson. Actor.

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father:
Bearl Branton Murphy. Salesman.
mother:
Georgia Arlyn Murphy. Teacher.
daughter:
Maggie Murphy. Born c. 1989; mother Wendy Crewson.
son:
John Branton Murphy. Born August 20, 1992; mother Wendy Crewson.
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