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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.

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.

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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.
 Mistress (1987) Wyn Brooks
5.
 Stepford Children, The (1987) Steven Harding
6.
 Stillwatch (1987) Sam Kingsley
7.
 Made In Heaven (1987) Ben Chandler
8.
 Something in Common (1986) Theo Fontana
9.
 Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1986) Interviewee
10.
 Scorpion (1986) Gifford Leese
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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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