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Also Known As: Brian Murray, Brian Doyle Murray Died:
Born: October 31, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, writer, caddy

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The older brother of superstar Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray never attained his sibling's level of recognition, but worked regularly for decades as a dependable comic performer, writer, and voice artist in movies and on television. A veteran of the Chicago Second City company and the "National Lampoon Radio Hour," Doyle-Murray honed his writing talents on SCTV (syndicated/NBC/Cinemax, 1976-1984) and the late night juggernaut "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). His excellent timing and gruff voice made him an ideal comic antagonist and he almost invariably played characters that ran the gamut from brusque to downright obnoxious in a series of hit comedies, including "Caddyshack" (1980), which he co-wrote, "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Scrooged" (1988), "Ghostbusters II" (1989), "Groundhog Day" (1993), and "Multiplicity" (1996). He was also frequently tapped for guest roles on a wide variety of television sitcoms and was a regular on others that never quite caught on, like Chris Elliott's cult favorite "Get a Life" (Fox, 1990-92). Children also came to know Doyle-Murray from his many voice artist stints on animated programs, particularly his memorable interpretation of the ghostly Flying...

The older brother of superstar Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray never attained his sibling's level of recognition, but worked regularly for decades as a dependable comic performer, writer, and voice artist in movies and on television. A veteran of the Chicago Second City company and the "National Lampoon Radio Hour," Doyle-Murray honed his writing talents on SCTV (syndicated/NBC/Cinemax, 1976-1984) and the late night juggernaut "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). His excellent timing and gruff voice made him an ideal comic antagonist and he almost invariably played characters that ran the gamut from brusque to downright obnoxious in a series of hit comedies, including "Caddyshack" (1980), which he co-wrote, "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Scrooged" (1988), "Ghostbusters II" (1989), "Groundhog Day" (1993), and "Multiplicity" (1996). He was also frequently tapped for guest roles on a wide variety of television sitcoms and was a regular on others that never quite caught on, like Chris Elliott's cult favorite "Get a Life" (Fox, 1990-92). Children also came to know Doyle-Murray from his many voice artist stints on animated programs, particularly his memorable interpretation of the ghostly Flying Dutchman on the long-running "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon, 1999- ). While doomed to remain in the shadow of his hugely successful sibling, Doyle-Murray regularly distinguished himself with a series of second banana roles that benefitted greatly from his professionalism and the terrific comic training he had honed on the Second City stage.

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 17 Again (2009)
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 Daddy Day Camp (2007)
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 Nearing Grace (2005)
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 Getting Hal (2003)
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 Snow Dogs (2002) Ernie
9.
 Gentleman's Game, A (2001) Tomato Face
10.
 Drowning Mona (2000) Co-Worker
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Worked as a caddy for eight years in Illinois; served as the insperation for "Caddy Shack"
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Performed as a member of Chicago's Second City improvisational troupe
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Joined the Organic Theatre of Chicago
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Joined the Boston Shakespeare Company
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Appeared off-Broadway in "The National Lampoon Show"
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Acted on radio in the weekly "National Lampoon Show"
1975:
Feature debut, provided the voice for "La Honte de la Jungle/Jungle Burger," a French-Belgian animated feature
1977:
Wrote for NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; was also a featured player from 1979-1980 and 1981-1982
1980:
Co-wrote (with Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney) the screenplay for "Caddyshack"; also acted opposite his brother Bill
1986:
Co-wrote (with Harold Ramis) the screenplay for "Club Paradise"
1989:
Appeared as Chevy Chase's uptight boss in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
1991:
Portrayed assassin Jack Ruby in Oliver Stone's "JFK"
1991:
Cast as a regular on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Good Sports," starring Ryan O'Neal
1991:
Joined the cast on the revamped second season of "Get A Life" (Fox)
1992:
Played an arcade business owner in the film "Wayne's World"
1993:
Was a regular on the police comedy "Bakersfield P. D." (Fox)
1995:
Had regular role on the short-lived CBS sitcom "The George Wendt Show"
1997:
Had a recurring role as sports editor Stuart Franklin on "Between Brothers" (Fox, 1997-1998; UPN, 1999)
1999:
Was featured in the ensemble of the CBS sitcom "Love & Money"
1999:
Voiced The Flying Dutchman in the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants"
2000:
Played a priest in the Harold Ramis comedy "Bedazzled"
2000:
Voiced Jack the barber on FOX's "King of the Hill"
2002:
Cast in the Disney movie "Snow Dogs"
2002:
Joined the cast of the CBS comedy "Yes, Dear"
2005:
Voiced Maggie's dad on Disney Channel's "The Buzz on Maggie"
2006:
Cast in the family drama "Nearing Grace" with David Morse and Jordana Brewster
2006:
Voiced Coach Gills on Cartoon Network's "My Gym Partner's A Monkey"
2007:
Cast in the comedy "Daddy Day Camp"
2008:
Voiced Captain K'nuckles on the animated series "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" (Cartoon Network)
2009:
Appeared in the film "17 Again"
2009:
Cast in a recurring role as Mr. Ehlert in the ABC sitcom "The Middle"
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Notes

Doyle-Murray was one of a group of over a dozen writers nominated for an Emmy in the category "Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program" for "Saturday Night Live" in 1977/78 (host: Steve Martin), 1978/79 (host: Richard Benjamin) and 1979/80 (host: Teri Garr).

Doyle-Murray adopted his grandmother's maiden name because there already was a Brian Murray in Actors Equity

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sister:
Sister Nancy Murray. Nun. Older.
sister:
Sister Nancy Murray. Attorney.
brother:
Bill Murray. Actor, writer. Younger.
brother:
Bill Murray. Veterinarian.
brother:
Joel Murray. Actor. Younger; co-starred in the series "Love and War".
brother:
Joel Murray. Journalist. Austrian descent.
brother:
Ed Murray. Pharmacist.
brother:
Andy Murray. Had nine; survived him.
brother:
John Murray. Italian.
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