Michael Murphy Biography (1938-)

Full name, Michael George Murphy; born May 5, 1938, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Bearl Branton (a sales representative) and Georgia Arlyn (a teacher; maidenname, Money) Murphy; married Wendy Crewson (an actress), 1988; children: Maggie, John Branton.

Birth Details
May 5, 1938
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Morley, Double Trouble, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Rick, Countdown, Warner Bros., 1968
  • Mark Peter Sheehan, The Legend of Lylah Clare, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Father Draddy, The Arrangement, Warner Bros., 1969
  • The mediator, That Cold Day in the Park, Commonwealth United Entertainment, 1969
  • Frank Shaft, Brewster McCloud, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Paul, Count Yorga, Vampire (also known as The Loves of Count Yorga, Vampire), American International Pictures, 1970
  • Captain Ezekiel Bradbury "Me Lay" Marston IV, M*A*S*H, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1970
  • Sears, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Warner Bros., 1971
  • Mr. Smith, What's Up, Doc?, Warner Bros., 1972
  • Ted, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Warner Bros., 1973
  • James R. Lasko, Phase IV, Paramount, 1974
  • John Triplette, Nashville, Paramount, 1975
  • Alfred Miller, The Front, Columbia, 1976
  • Manigma, The Great Bank Hoax (also known as The Great Georgia Bank Hoax and Shenanigans), Jacoby, 1977
  • Martin, The Class of Miss MacMichael, Brut, 1978
  • Martin Benton, An Unmarried Woman, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Yale, Manhattan, United Artists, 1979
  • John Brody (some sources spell the name "Brady"), Dead Kids (alsoknown as Human Experiments, Small Town Massacre, and StrangeBehavior), South Street, 1981
  • Pete Curtis, The Year of Living Dangerously, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,1982
  • Burt/Tom, Hot Money (also known as Getting Centred, Going for Broke, The Great Madison County Robbery, Never Trust an Honest Thief, and Zen Business), 1983
  • Ross, Talk to Me, 1984
  • Rice, Cloak & Dagger, Universal, 1984
  • Ambassador Thomas Kelly, Salvador, Hemdale, 1986
  • Wilson, Mesmerized (also known as Shocked), 1986
  • Lieutenant Don Parker, Shocker (also known as Shocker: No MoreMr. Nice Guy), Universal, 1989
  • Ed, Folks!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Mayor of Gotham, Batman Returns, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Dr. Doover, Clean Slate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994
  • (Uncredited) William V. "Smitty" Smithfield, Bad Company, 1995
  • Henry Stilton, Kansas City, Fine Line, 1996
  • Roger Erlick, Private Parts (also known as Howard Stern's Private Parts), Paramount, 1997
  • John F. Kennedy, The Island (also known as Norma Jean, Jack, and Me), 1998
  • Edgar Tratt, Sleeping Dogs Lie (also known as Le mystere d'Ambrose Small), 1998
  • Alan Kligman, Esquire, Magnolia (also known as Mag-no'li-a), New Line Cinema, 1999
  • (Uncredited) Politician, The Art of War (also known as L'art dela guerre), Warner Bros., 2000
  • Mike Storm, Tart (also known as Naive), Lions Gate Films, 2001
  • Arthur, Tricks, Dog & Pony Productions/Gas Good & Lodging/Museum Bank Pictures, 2004
  • Senator Judson Pilager, Silver City, Newmarket Films, 2004
  • Reed Harrison, Childstar, TVA Films, 2004
  • Jesse, Heights, Sony Pictures Classics, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. Art Armstrong, Two Marriages, ABC, 1983-84
  • Andy Omart, Hard Copy, CBS, 1987
  • Jack Tanner, Tanner '88: The Dark Horse (also known as Tanner:A Political Fable), HBO, 1988
  • Judge Maxwell Fraser, This Is Wonderland, CBC, 2004
  • Jimmy Malloy, a recurring role, Tilt, ESPN, 2005
  • Miniseries
  • Jack Tanner, Tanner on Tanner, Sundance Channel, 2004
  • Movies
  • Nightmare in Chicago (also known as Once Upon a Savage Night), 1964
  • Frank Adamic, The Crooked Hearts, ABC, 1972
  • Alec Shield, I Love You ... Goodbye, CBS, 1974
  • Quentin Lerner, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, CBS, 1974
  • Cash Bentley, John Cheever's Oh Youth and Beauty (also known as O Youth and Beauty! and 3 by Cheever: O Youth and Beauty!), 1979
  • Alan Murray, The Rules of Marriage, CBS, 1982
  • Captain Blakeley (chief judge), The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, CBS, 1988
  • Richard Burt, Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy (also known as Coded Hostile), HBO, 1989
  • Bill Reilly, Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (also known asDisaster at Valdez), HBO, 1992
  • Malcolm McGrath, The Ultimate Lie, HBO, 1996
  • Pete Louganis, Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, USANetwork, 1996
  • Russell Burton, Indiscretion of an American Wife, Lifetime, 1998
  • Michael Deaver, The Day Reagan Was Shot, Showtime, 2001
  • Tom Johnson, Live from Baghdad, HBO, 2002
  • Robbie, Footsteps, CBS, 2003
  • George Speller, In the Dark, 2003
  • U.S. Ambassador Conrad, H2O, CBC, 2004
  • General Salinski, Hunt for Justice, 2005
  • Captain Randall Williams, Mayday, CBS, 2005
  • Episodic
  • (Television debut) Saints and Sinners, NBC, 1962
  • (As Mike Murphy) First tanker, "Survival," Combat!, ABC, 1963
  • "Once upon a Savage Knight," Kraft Suspense Theatre, 1964
  • (As Mike Murphy) Andy Andrews, "A Disease of the Heart Called Love," Ben Casey, ABC, 1964
  • Intern, "The Love Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 1965
  • (As Mike Murphy) Dr. Paul Galloway, "A Horse Named Stravinsky," Ben Casey, ABC, 1965
  • "You Wanna Know What Really Goes On in a Hospital?," Ben Casey, ABC, 1965
  • Corporal Walter Comminsky, "Reservations Are Required," Hogan's Heroes, 1965
  • Will Holt, "The Burning Sky," Bonanza, NBC, 1968
  • William Smith, "Walk in the Sky," Premiere, 1968
  • Ethan Weems, "Letter of the Law," Here Come the Brides, 1968
  • "The Heart that Wouldn't Stay Buried," Night Gallery, 1972
  • Mike Parsons, "This Ain't My Bag," Baretta, 1975
  • Bobby Lewis, "Bare Witness," L.A. Law, 1993
  • Judge McNeil, "Culture Clash," Judging Amy, CBS, 2000
  • Ian Lumberg, "Telling Lies," Family Law, CBS, 2000
  • Nolan Tinsdale, "Armed Forces," Law & Order, NBC, 2001
  • Judge Peter Blakemore, "Semi-Professional," Law & Order: CriminalIntent, NBC, 2002
  • Some sources also cite appearance in an episode of Dr. Kildare, NBC.
  • Specials
  • The Making of "The Front," 1976
  • (In archive footage) The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies, HBO, 1995
  • Other
  • Bob Calhoun, Countdown to Looking Glass, 1984
  • (Uncredited) Dinner speaker, Truman, 1995
  • Dean Rumpelmeyer, Special Report: Journey to Mars, 1996
  • Narrator, The Irish in America: Long Journey Home (miniseries), PBS, 1998
  • Emmet, LAX (pilot), NBC, 2004
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Take Her, She's Mine, Valley Music Theatre, Los Angeles, 1966
  • Our Town, Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles, 1970
  • The Hotel Play, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City,1981
  • Playing in Local Bands, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1983
  • Curse of the Starving Class, Portland Stage Company, Portland, ME,1985
  • Hank, Goodbye, Freddy, Manhattan Punch Line, Intar Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Richard Boyle, Near the End of the Century, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1992
  • Stage Director
  • Rat's Nest, Vandam Theatre, then Grove Street Theatre, both New York City, 1978
  • Videos
  • Enlisted: The Story of M*A*S*H, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000
  • Behind the Scenes: Tanner on Tanner, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, 2004

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