Brian Murray Biography (1937-)

Born Brian Bell, September 10, 1937, in Johannesburg, South Africa; son of Alfred (a professional golfer) and Mary Dickson (Murray) Bell. Addresses: AGENT--International Creative Management, 22 Grafton Street, London W1, England.

Favorite roles: Edgar, Romeo, and Rosencrantz.

South African
Birth Details
September 10, 1937
Johannesburg, South Africa

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • STAGE DEBUT--Taplow, The Browning Version, Hofmeyer Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa, 1950.
  • LONDON DEBUT--Harry Lomax, Last Day in Dreamland, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1959.
  • BROADWAY DEBUT--Tolen, The Knack, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1964.
  • Appeared as a child actor in Johannesburg, 1950-54.
  • continued in South Africa until 1957, playing such parts as: Bo Decker, Bus Stop, Bruno, Dear Charles, Peter, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Father Oros, The Strong Are Lonely.
  • Conrad Mayberry, Visit to a Small Planet, Westminster Theatre, London, 1960.
  • Wade, Roger the Sixth, Westminster Theatre, London, 1960.
  • with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon: Horatio, Hamlet,Earl of Richmond, Richard III, Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, and Cassio, Othello,all 1961, Malcolm, Macbeth, Edgar, King Lear, Guiderius, Cymbeline, and Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream, all 1962, repeated roles of Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Edgar, King Lear, both at the Aldwych Theatre, London, 1962, then repeated Edgar, King Lear, at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, 1963, Edgar, King Lear, State Theatre, New York City, 1964, Arthur Fitton,All in Good Time, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1965.
  • with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, U.K., appeared as Philip, The Spiral Bird and Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice, 1965, and Claudio, Measure for Measure, 1966.
  • Mike, Wait Until Dark, Strand Theatre, London, 1966.
  • Rosencrantz, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1967, moving to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1968, then repeated role at the O'Keefe Theatre, Toronto, Canada, 1969.
  • BBC voice, The Real Inspector Hound, Theatre Four, New York City, 1972.
  • Milo Tindle, Sleuth, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1973.
  • Philip, The Philanthropist, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, 1975.
  • Gibson McFarland, Artichoke, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1975.
  • appeared in The Devil's Disciple and Design for Living, both at the Goodman Theatre, 1976.
  • Colin, Ashes, Manhattan Theatre Club, and later moving to the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), Public/Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1977.
  • Charlie Now, Da, Hudson Guild Theatre, then moving to the Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1978.
  • title role, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1979.
  • Monakhov, Barbarians, Brooklyn Academy Theatre, NY, 1980.
  • Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY, 1981.
  • appeared in Summer, Royal Poincinana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, 1981.
  • Theodore Gunge, The Acrata Promise, No Smoking Playhouse, New York City,1982.
  • appeared in Terra Nova, Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1981.
  • appeared in Pantomime, Goodman Theatre, 1981.
  • Lloyd Dallas, Noises Off, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1983, then repeated role at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1985.
  • Beauty and the Beast, Civic Theatre, Torquay, U.K., 1965.
  • Thea Ruffian on the Stair, New York City production, 1968.
  • Mephistopheles and Pigeons, both New York City, 1968.
  • The Private Ear and The Public Eye, both Sullivan, IL, 1969.
  • A Scent of Flowers, Martinique Theatre, New York City, 1969.
  • A Slight Ache and Oldenburg, both Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH,1969.
  • A Place without Doors, Stairway Theatre, New York City, 1970, then Goodman Theatre, Chicago, 1971.
  • Bedtime and Butter and Charley's Aunt, both London, 1971.
  • Ride a Cock-Horse, London, 1972.
  • The Waltz of the Toreadors, Philadelphia Drama Guild, then Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, then Circle in the Square, New York City, 1973.
  • Fanny's First Play, Niagara-on-the-Lake Theatre, Canada, 1973.
  • The Ruffian on the Stair, New York City, 1974.
  • The Cherry Orchard, Goodman Theatre, 1974.
  • Enter a Free Man, Theatre at St. Clements, New York City, 1974.
  • Downriver, New York City, 1975.
  • "Endicott and the Red Cross," and "My Kinsman, Major Mollineux," a double-bill entitled, The Old Glory, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1976.
  • The Dream Watcher, Seattle, WA, 1977.
  • Hobson's Choice, Philadelphia, 1978.
  • Stevie, New York City, 1979.
  • Summer, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1980.
  • Tartuffe, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1983.
  • Hay Fever, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1985-86.
  • Blithe Spirit, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1987.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Edgar, King Lear, U.K., European, Soviet, and Canadian cities, 1964.
  • Rosencrantz, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, U.S. cities, 1970.
  • Donny, A Present from Harry, U.K. cities, 1970. As director, The Waltz ofthe Toreadors, U.S. cities, 1974.
  • FILM DEBUT--1959.
  • The Angry Silence, 1960.
  • The League of Gentlemen, 1960.
  • Title role, Kipps.
  • Jed, Shadow of a Pale Horse.
  • Kojak: The Price of Justice, CBS, 1987.
  • Writings
  • PLAYS,PRODUCED On the Inside, on the Outside, staged reading at the LongWharf Theatre, 1975.

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