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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 siblingâ¿¿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 Lampoonâ¿¿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 Elliottâ¿¿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...

The older brother of superstar Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray never attained his siblingâ¿¿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 Lampoonâ¿¿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 Elliottâ¿¿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.

Brian Doyle-Murray was born simply Brian Murray on October 31, 1945 in Chicago, IL and was one of nine children. Six of the Murray brood were boys and Doyle-Murray was the second eldest. The brothers all spent their summers working as caddies at a local golf course, which instilled in them a deep love of a sport that would become more than just a leisure activity for them in years to come. After attending Loyola Academy and St. Maryâ¿¿s College of California, Doyle-Murray was the first member of the Murray family to break into show business by joining the Chicago Second City comedy troupe. Encouraged by his example, Bill Murray also made his entree into the business via Second City. The elder Murray was also gaining experience as a writer and performer on the "National Lampoon Radio Hour" for two years. Doyle-Murray earned his first movie credit with an appearance in the police comedy "Fuzz" (1972), adding his grandmotherâ¿¿s maiden name to Murray in order to avoid confusion with another actor named Brian Murray. Before the late night comedy juggernaut "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), there was another show called "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell" (ABC, 1975-76), a disastrous primetime attempt at establishing a second career for the uncharismatic sports anchor. Doyle-Murray and Bill Murray were among the cast and writers on the program, which was put out of its misery after 18 widely panned weeks.

No doubt happy to be out of that obligation, Doyle-Murray joined fellow Chicago Second City alumni Harold Ramis as a writer on the comedy troupeâ¿¿s TV sketch show SCTV (syndicated/NBC/Cinemax, 1976-1984). A year after Bill Murray was signed to the cast of Lorne Michaelsâ¿¿ successful "Saturday Night" to replace departing cast member Chevy Chase, Doyle-Murray followed suit and worked predominantly on the show as a writer. He stayed on in that capacity from 1978 to 1982 and also made occasional appearances in sketches and as a Weekend Update anchor. He also joined his brother and fellow "Saturday Night Live" cast member John Belushi on the American voice track of "Shame of the Jungle" (1979), a quasi-pornographic animated parody of Tarzan. The script of the 1975 Belgian production was thrown out and replaced with new gags penned by "SNL" writers Michael Oâ¿¿Donoghue and Anne Beatts, and some of the raunchier elements were toned down to avoid an X rating. Few saw the finished film and it was soon forgotten. The surprise success of "Meatballs" (1979) cemented Bill Murrayâ¿¿s fame, but Doyle-Murray was also in demand for supporting parts in a variety of comedies. He had one of his best roles as the belligerent caddy chief Lou Loomis (whom he based on an equally caustic golf course employee he knew growing up) in "Caddyshack" (1980), which he co-authored with Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney, and also garnered laughs in the Chevy Chase vehicles "Modern Problems" (1981) and "National Lampoonâ¿¿s Vacation" (1983), and the John Hughes hit "Sixteen Candles" (1984).

Doyle-Murray was given a chance to display dramatic credentials in his brotherâ¿¿s ill-advised remake of "The Razorâ¿¿s Edge" (1984), but by that point, he was well established in comic roles as loud-mouthed or otherwise bad-tempered characters, so he soon returned to familiar terrain in the likes of "Head Office" (1985) "Legal Eagles" (1986), and "Club Paradise" (1986). The latter was also co-written with Ramis, but failed to duplicate the success of the pairâ¿¿s previous collaboration on "Caddyshack." In between roles in "Scrooged" (1988), "How I Got into College" (1989), "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and the like, Doyle-Murray also began to amass a long list of television credits. He was a regular on Chris Elliottâ¿¿s aggressively odd "Get a Life" (Fox, 1990-92) and the short-lived Farrah Fawcett/Ryan Oâ¿¿Neal comedy "Good Sports" (CBS, 1991), but mostly worked as a guest on such programs as "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1990-98), "Wings" (NBC, 1990-97) and "Married With Children" (Fox, 1987-1997). Oliver Stone also gave him another dramatic outing by casting Doyle-Murray as infamous killer Jack Ruby in "JFK" (1991), but the actor mostly displayed his abilities in hit comedies like "Wayneâ¿¿s World" (1992), "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Multiplicity" (1996) and "As Good As It Gets" (1997).

In 2000, Doyle-Murray married assistant director Christina Stauffer, and the six Murray brothers became restaurateurs a year later with a Caddyshack restaurant near St. Augustine, FL. The venture was a profitable one and spawned three other that did not share its success and subsequently went out of business. Four of the Murray brothers (Brian, Bill, Joel and John) also appeared together as themselves in the five-episode Comedy Central show "The Sweet Spot" (2002), which featured the siblings making jokes and playing golf in various countries. The new century found Doyle-Murray in consistent demand, with most of his assignments coming on television, including recurring parts on "The Middle" (ABC, 2009- ) and "The Bill Engvall Show" (TBS, 2007-09), but also occasional movie detours like the drama "Nearing Grace" (2005), "Daddy Day Camp" (2007), "17 Again" (2009), the ill-advised fantasy-drama "Passion Play" (2010), and the Farrelly Brothersâ¿¿ new incarnation of "The Three Stooges" (2012). That trademark gravelly voice also earned Doyle-Murray a number of voice artist assignments on the animated programs "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon, 1999- ), "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" (Cartoon Network, 2008-2010), and "The Goode Family" (ABC, 2009), along with such made-for-video childrenâ¿¿s features as "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" (1997) and "The Jungle Book: Mowgliâ¿¿s Story" (1998). He also had several video game voice gigs to his credit, including several SpongeBob SquarePants releases, a Ghostbusters game and Nicktoons MLB.

By John Charles

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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
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 Gentleman's Game, A (2001) Tomato Face
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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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