Don Murray


Actor
Don Murray

About

Also Known As
Don Deer, Donald Patrick Murray
Birth Place
Hollywood, California, USA
Born
July 31, 1929

Biography

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 re...

Family & Companions

Hope Lange
Wife
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.
Elizabeth C Murray
Wife
Married August 6, 1962; mother of Colleen, Sean and Michael Murray.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Hearts Adrift (1996)
Lloyd Raines
Ghosts Can't Do It (1990)
Winston
Brand New Life: The Honeymooners (1989)
Made In Heaven (1987)
Stillwatch (1987)
Mistress (1987)
The Stepford Children (1987)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Something in Common (1986)
Blood Sport (1986)
Senator Stuart Grayle
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1986)
Interviewee
Radioactive Dreams (1986)
Scorpion (1986)
A Touch Of Scandal (1984)
Benjamin Gilvey
License to Kill (1984)
Quarterback Princess (1983)
Ralph Maida
I Am the Cheese (1983)
David Farmer
Thursday's Child (1982)
Return of the Rebels (1981)
Endless Love (1981)
Hugh Butterfield
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Fugitive Family (1980)
Peter Ritchie
The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)
Ken Saunders
If Things Were Different (1980)
Crisis in Mid-Air (1979)
Rainbow (1978)
Frank Gumm
Deadly Hero (1976)
A Girl Named Sooner (1975)
Sheriff Phil Rotteman
The Sex Symbol (1974)
The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
[Governor] Breck
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)
Herb Shuttle
Childish Things (1969)
Tom Harris
The Viking Queen (1967)
Justinian
Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)
David Hillary
Kid Rodelo (1966)
Kid Rodelo
The Plainsman (1966)
Wild Bill Hickok
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Slim
One Man's Way (1964)
Norman Peale
Escape From East Berlin (1962)
Kurt Schroeder
Advise & Consent (1962)
Sen. Brigham Anderson
The Hoodlum Priest (1961)
Rev. Charles Dismas Clark, S. J.
One Foot in Hell (1960)
Dan Keats
These Thousand Hills (1959)
Albert Johnson "Lat" Evans
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
Kerry O'Shea
From Hell to Texas (1958)
Tod Lohman
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
Johnny Pope
The Bachelor Party (1957)
Charlie [Samson]
Bus Stop (1956)
Beauregard "Bo" Decker

Writer (Feature Film)

The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)
Screenwriter
Childish Things (1969)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Childish Things (1969)
Producer
The Hoodlum Priest (1961)
Producer

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Marilyn Monroe (1996)
Montana Crossroads (1993)
Dennis Hopper (1991)
My Dad Can't Be Crazy... (Can He?) (1989)
Branagan and Mapes (1983)
Dan Branagan; Employed By The Sutter & Biggs Ad Agency
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960)
Guest
Winterset (1959)
Mio Romagna

Life Events

1947

Appeared in summer stock productions in New York, Delaware and Connecticut

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)

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

Returned to Broadway as co-star of long-running hit comedy "Same Time, Next Year"

1977

Wrote and directed "Damien/Damien's Island" (never released)

1978

Appeared in the national tour of Neil Simon's "California Suite"

1979

Toured as Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago"

1990

Last feature film to date, "Ghosts Can't Do It"

1991

Featured in the short-lived series "Sons and Daughters" (CBS)

Photo Collections

Bus Stop - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from Joshua Logan's Bus Stop (1956), starring Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.

Videos

Movie Clip

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) — (Movie Clip) What We Said On Tuesday Peggy (Kathleen Turner) knows she’s time-traveled back to 1960 from the ’85 high school reunion but her mom, dad and sister (Barbara Harris, Don Murray and Sofia Coppola, the director Francis’ daughter) just think she’s acting strange (since she fainted at the blood drive the day before), as does boyfriend and future husband Charlie (Nicolas Cage) picking her up for school, in Peggy Sue Got Married, 1986.
Viking Queen, The (1967) - This Was A Land The folks at Hammer are confident with this narrated framing, archaic maps and rampaging Romans, nice Irish countryside opening The Viking Queen, 1967, starring Don Murray and the little-seen Finnish model Carita (Järvinen), in her only lead role.
Viking Queen, The (1967) - The Empire Needs Slaves! At her father's funeral, new tribal queen Salina (Carita) is not cool with rites overseen by Druid priest Maelgan (Donald Houston), when rowdy Roman occupiers ride up, their commander Justinian (Don Murray) soon persuading all to chill, in The Viking Queen, 1967, from Hammer Films.
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) - Take The Pretty Boys Tab Hunter, with commentary from friends and fellow actors Darryl Hickman, Don Murray and Robert Wagner, on how he met his first agent, Henry Wilson, got his screen name, and his first starring role, in the acclaimed documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, 2015.
Baby The Rain Must Fall (1965) - Open, I Almost Fried Joining the opening from the To Kill A Mockingbird team, director Robert Mulligan, producer Alan J. Pakula and writer Horton Foote, from Baby The Rain Must Fall, introducing Zama Cunninghan, Lee Remick and young Kimberly Block, shot in Foote's hometown of Wharton, Texas.
Baby The Rain Must Fall (1965) - I Could Sing All Night As honky-tonk singer Henry Thomas, Steve McQueen with his not-terrific lip-synch to a vocal by Billy Strange, then with boyhood buddy and sheriff Slim (Don Murray), in Baby The Rain Must Fall, 1965, from Horton Foote's play and screenplay, Glen Campbell his electric guitar player!
One Man's Way (1964) - You're Some Preacher! Apocryphal event with some basis in fact, Norman Vincent Peale (Don Murray) was as a reporter in Detroit, ca. 1922, on the scene of a home explosion, Veronica Cartwright the child victim, Carol Ohmart the colleague with camera, in the bio-pic of the author/preacher, One Man’s Way, 1964.
One Man's Way (1964) - I Have No Sermon Theology grad arriving at his new church in Rhode Island, young Norman Vincent Peale (Don Murray) meets congregants (Hope Summers, Virginia Sale) then turns to his minister father (William Windom) to rescue his first sermon, in the bio-pic of the self-help pioneer, One Man’s Way, 1964.
One Man's Way (1964) - He Was Never The Same Again Don Murray as young Norman Vincent Peale has all the luck, seeking souls for his new church in Syracuse, working on the mechanic (Eddie Ryder) when up drives pretty co-ed Ruth (Diana Hyland), who will become Mrs. Peale, in the 1964 bio-pic of the minister-celebrity, One Man’s Way, 1964.
Advise & Consent (1962) - Are You Loyal To The United States? Chairman Anderson (Don Murray) opens the much anticipated senate testimony of Secretary Of State nominee Leffingwell (Henry Fonda), Knox (Edward Andrews) taking a shot before guest Cooley (Charles Laughton) steals the spotlight, in Otto Preminger's Advise & Consent, 1962.
Bachelor Party, The (1957) - We're From Terre Haute Well-lubricated and rolling down 6th Avenue, the party (Philip Abbott, Larry Blyden, E.G. Marshall, Jack Weston as "Eddie" and Don Murray as "Charlie"), New Yorkers all, encounters Carolyn Jones, credited only as "the existentialist," in writer Paddy Chayefsky's The Bachelor Party, 1957.
Bachelor Party, The (1957) - These Two Frauleins Writer Paddy Chayefsky's main event now in full swing, E.G. Marshall as Walter and Larry Blyden as Ken in the first rank, Don Murray and Jack Weston as Charlie and Eddie in the second, Philip Abbott as the honoree Arnold, in The Bachelor Party, 1957, directed by Delbert Mann.

Trailer

Family

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

Companions

Hope Lange
Wife
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.
Elizabeth C Murray
Wife
Married August 6, 1962; mother of Colleen, Sean and Michael Murray.

Bibliography