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Also Known As: Don Deer, Donald Patrick Murray Died:
Born: July 31, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, producer

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hearts Adrift (1996) Lloyd Raines
2.
 Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) Winston
3.
 Brand New Life: The Honeymooners (1989) Roger Gibbons
4.
 Stillwatch (1987) Sam Kingsley
5.
 Made In Heaven (1987) Ben Chandler
6.
 Stepford Children, The (1987) Steven Harding
7.
 Mistress (1987) Wyn Brooks
8.
 Radioactive Dreams (1986) Dash Hammer
9.
 Something in Common (1986) Theo Fontana
10.
 Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) Jack Kelcher
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1947:
Appeared in summer stock productions in New York, Delaware and Connecticut
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Made Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo"
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Worked with a religious organization in Europe resettling refugees and orphans in lieu of military service
1956:
Feature film debut as Bo opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Bus Stop"
1958:
Early TV work included productions of "The Hasty Heart" and "Billy Budd"
1961:
Made screenwriting and producing debut with "The Hoodlum Priest"; also starred
1964:
Was regular panelist on "Made in America" (CBS)
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TV series debut as regular, "The Outcasts" (ABC)
1969:
Wrote, produced and starred in "Childish Things"
1970:
Feature film directorial debut, "The Cross and the Switchblade"; also wrote screenplay
1974:
Co-starred with Connie Stevens in ABC TV-movie "The Sex Symbol", loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe
1977:
Wrote and directed "Damien/Damien's Island" (never released)
1977:
Returned to Broadway as co-star of long-running hit comedy "Same Time, Next Year"
1978:
Appeared in the national tour of Neil Simon's "California Suite"
1979:
Toured as Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago"
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Co-starred as Sid Fairgate on the CBS primetime soap "Knots Landing"
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Co-starred with Barbara Eden in the limited series "Brand New Life" (NBC)
1990:
Last feature film to date, "Ghosts Can't Do It"
1991:
Featured in the short-lived series "Sons and Daughters" (CBS)
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York - 1946 - 1948

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wife:
Hope Lange. Actor. Married in 1956, divorced in 1961; mother of Christopher and Patricia Murray; co-starred with Murray in "Bus Stop"; later married and divorced director Alan J Pakula.
wife:
Elizabeth C Murray. Married August 6, 1962; mother of Colleen, Sean and Michael Murray.

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father:
Dennis Aloisius Murray. Stage manager, dance director.
mother:
Ethel M Murray. Singer, former Ziegfeld girl.
son:
Christopher Paton Murray. Born 1957; mother Hope Lange.
daughter:
Patricia Elda Murray. Born 1958; mother Hope Lange.
daughter:
Colleen Andrea Murray. Mother Elizabeth Murray.
son:
Sean William Murray. Mother Elizabeth Murray.
son:
Michael Dennis Murray. Mother Elizabeth Murray.
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