Don Murray Biography (1929-)

Full name, Donald Patrick Murray; born July 31, 1929, in Hollywood, CA; son of Dennis Aloisius (a dance director and stage manager) and Ethel (a singer and former Ziegfeld performer; maiden name, Cook) Murray; married Hope Lange (an actress), 1956 (divorced 1961); married Elizabeth C. Johnson, August 6, 1962; children: (first marriage) Christopher Paton (an actor), Patricia Elda; (second marriage) Colleen Andrea, Sean William, Michael Dennis. Addresses: Agent: Blake Agency, 415 North Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Agent: David Cohen, 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 311, Los Angeles, CA 90025-7510.; Office: 1215-F De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
July 31, 1929
Hollywood, California

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Beauregard "Beau" Decker, Bus Stop (also known as The Wrong Kind of Girl), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956
  • Charlie Samson, The Bachelor Party, United Artists, 1956
  • Johnny Pope, Hatful of Rain, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Tod Lohman, From Hell to Texas (also known as Manhunt and The Hell-Bent Kid), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Kerry O'Shea, Shake Hands with the Devil, United Artists, 1958
  • Lat Evans, These Thousand Hills, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959
  • Reverend Charles Dismas Clark, S.J., The Hoodlum Priest, United Artists, 1960
  • Dan Keats, One Foot in Hell (also known as The Last Man), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Father Charles Dismas Clark, The Hoodlum Priest, United Artists, 1960
  • Senator Brigham Anderson of Utah, Advise and Consent, Columbia, 1961
  • Kurt Schroeder, Escape from East Berlin (also known as Tunnel 28), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
  • Norman Vincent Peale, One Man's Way, United Artists, 1962
  • Slim, Baby, the Rain Must Fall (also known as Traveling Lady), Columbia, 1963
  • Wild Bill Hickok, The Plainsman, Universal, 1966
  • Title role, Kid Rodelo, Paramount, 1966
  • Justinian, The Viking Queen, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • David Hillary, Sweet Love, Bitter (also known as It Won't Rub Off, Baby and Black Love, White Love), Peppercorn Wormser, 1967
  • Tom Harris, The Children (also known as Childish Things, Confessions of Tom Harris, and Tale of the Cock), Filmworld, 1969
  • Governor Breck, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Herb Shuttle, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Columbia, 1972
  • Justin Morgan, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, 1972
  • Cotter, 1973
  • Ed Lacy, Deadly Hero, Avco Embassy, 1975
  • Hugh Butterfield, Endless Love, Universal, 1981
  • Pimp, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, American Cinerama, 1981
  • David Farmer, I Am the Cheese, Almi, 1983
  • Dash Hammer, Radioactive Dreams, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • Jack Kelcher, Peggy Sue Got Married, TriStar, 1986
  • Gifford Leese, Scorpion (also known as The Summons), CrownInternational, 1986
  • Ben Chandler, Made in Heaven, Lorimar, 1987
  • Winston, Ghosts Can't Do It, 1990
  • Parker Gaits, Island Prey, 2001
  • Elvis Is Alive, 2001
  • Also appeared in The Hustler; and Call Me by My Rightful Name.
  • Film Producer
  • (As Don Deer; with Walter Wood), The Hoodlum Priest, United Artists, 1960
  • The Children (also known as Childish Things, Confessionsof Tom Harris, and Tale of the Cock), Filmworld, 1969
  • Annie's Coming Out (also known as Test of Love), Universal,1985
  • Film Director
  • The Cross and the Switchblade, Dick Ross, 1970
  • Damien, 1976
  • Elvis Is Alive, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • (Television debut) Principal dancer, The Art Ford Show, 1948
  • Panelist, Made in America, 1964
  • Earl Corey, The Outcasts, ABC, 1968-69
  • Sid Fairgate, Knots Landing, CBS, 1980-82
  • Roger Gibbons, Brand New Life, 1989
  • Bing Hammersmith, Sr., Sons and Daughters (also known as The Hammersmiths), CBS, 1991
  • Miniseries
  • Jim Anderson, How the West Was Won, ABC, 1977
  • Movies
  • Tom Harrison, The Borgia Stick, 1967
  • Dr. Alex Lauder, Daughter of the Mind, ABC, 1969
  • Sam Garrison, The Intruders, NBC, 1970
  • William Martin, The Girl on the Late, Late Show, NBC, 1974
  • Senator Grant O'Neal, The Sex Symbol, ABC, 1974
  • Sheriff Phil Rotteman, A Girl Named Sooner, NBC, 1975
  • Frank Gumm, Rainbow, NBC, 1978
  • Adam Travis, Crisis in Mid-Air, CBS, 1979
  • Ken Saunders, The Boy Who Drank Too Much, CBS, 1980
  • Robert Langford, If Things Were Different, CBS, 1980
  • Peter Ritchie, Fugitive Family, CBS, 1980
  • Sergeant Jack Leland, Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop (also known as The Other Side of Fear), 1980
  • Sonny Morgan, The Return of the Rebels, CBS, 1982
  • Parker Alden, Thursday's Child, CBS, 1983
  • Ralph Maida, Quarterback Princess, CBS, 1983
  • Tom Fiske, License to Kill, CBS, 1984
  • Benjamin Gilvey, A Touch of Scandal, CBS, 1984
  • Theo Fontana, Something in Common, CBS, 1986
  • Senator Stuart Grayle, Blood Sport (also known as T. J. Hooker:Blood Sport), CBS, 1986
  • Wyn Brooks, Mistress, CBS, 1987
  • Steven Harding, The Stepford Children, NBC, 1987
  • Sam Kingsley, Stillwatch, CBS, 1987
  • Lloyd Raines, Hearts Adrift, 1996
  • Reporter, Mr. Headmistress, ABC, 1998
  • Specials
  • Henry Antrobus, The Skin of Our Teeth, 1955
  • Title role, Billy Budd, 1958
  • Mio Romagna, Winterset, NBC, 1959
  • Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, NBC, 1960
  • Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend, Cinemax, 1986
  • Jack Karpinsky, "My Dad Can't Be Crazy ... (Can He?)" (also known as "Nicky's Dad Is Crazy"), ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1989
  • Frank Morrow, "Montana Crossroads," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC,1993
  • Himself, Bo Derek: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Also appeared in For I Have Loved; and Hasty Heart.
  • Pilots
  • Dan Branagan, Branagan and Mapes, CBS, 1983
  • Episodic
  • Biondello, "The Taming of the Shrew," Studio One, 1950
  • "The Visitors," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1951
  • Alex Nordman, "A Man Is Ten Feet Tall," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1955
  • "Moment of Courage," The United States Steel Hour, 1956
  • "For I Have Loved Strangers," Playhouse 90, 1957
  • "Alas, Babylon," Playhouse 90, 1960
  • "The Big Walk," Police Story, 1973
  • Love Story, NBC, 1973
  • Albert Gordon, "Billionaire," Matlock, 1986
  • Roger Gibbons, "Brand New Life: The Honeymooners" (also known as "BlendedFamily"), The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1989
  • "Dennis Hopper," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1991
  • Wally Hampton, "Bloodlines," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993
  • Dad, "Burnin' Down the House: Part 2," Wings, NBC, 1995
  • Chip Bremley, "Distance," The Single Guy, NBC, 1996
  • White Dragon/John James/Col. Quentin Shepherd, "White Dragon," S.O.F.Special Ops Forces, syndicated, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) An ant, The Insect Comedy, City Center Theatre, NewYork City, 1948
  • Henry, The Skin of Our Teeth, 1955
  • (Broadway debut) Sailor, The Rose Tattoo, 1961
  • John Proctor, The Crucible, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1975
  • Tom, The Norman Conquests, 1975
  • George, Same Time Next Year, 1977
  • Good News!, Massachusetts' North Shore Music Theatre, 1994
  • Also appeared in the musical Smith; and in The Hot Corner.
  • Major Tours
  • California Suite, U.S. cities, 1978
  • Billy Flynn, Chicago, eastern U.S. cities, 1979
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (As Don Deer; with Joseph Landon) The Hoodlum Priest, United Artists, 1960
  • The Children (also known as Childish Things, Confessionsof Tom Harris, and Tale of the Cock), Filmworld, 1969
  • (With James Bonnet) The Cross and the Switchblade (based on a bookby David Wilkerson, John Sherrill, and Elizabeth Sherrill), Dick Ross, 1970
  • Damien, 1976
  • Television Series
  • For I Have Loved Strangers, 1958
  • Television Specials
  • Wrote For I Have Loved.

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