Biography

Donald Patrick "Don" Murray (born July 31, 1929) is an American actor.

Murray was born in Hollywood, California. He attended East Rockaway High School (class of 1947) in East Rockaway, New York where he played football and track, was a member of the student government and glee club and joined the Alpha Phi Chapter of the Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity. From high school he went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Murray had a long and varied career in films and television, including his role as Sid Fairgate in the long-running prime-time soap opera Knots Landing from 1979 to 1981. He was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor in Bus Stop (1956) in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe.

He starred as a blackmailed United States senator in Advise & Consent (1961), a film version of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Allen Drury that was directed by Otto Preminger and cast Murray opposite Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton. He also co-starred with Steve McQueen in the film Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) and played the ape-hating Governor Breck in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972).

In addition to acting, Murray directed a film based on the book The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada, and he scripted two episodes of Knots Landing ("Hitchhike" parts 1 & 2) in 1980.

Murray starred with Otis Young in the ground breaking ABC western television series The Outcasts (1968-69) featuring an interracial bounty hunter team in the post-Civil War West.

Murray decided to leave Knots Landing after two years to concentrate on other projects, although some sources say he left over a salary dispute. The character's death was notable at the time because it was considered rare to "kill off" a star character. The death came in the second episode of season three, following up on season two's cliffhanger in which Sid's car careered off a cliff. To make viewers off doubt the character would actually die, Murray was listed in the newly created credit sequence for season three; the character survived the plunge off the cliff (thus temporarily reassuring viewers), but died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Although he effectively distanced himself from the series after his exit in 1981, Murray later contributed an interview segment for Knots Landing: Together Again, a non-fiction reunion special made in 2005.

Murray was the first husband of actress Hope Lange. They had two children, including actor Christopher Murray.

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Donald Patrick "Don" Murray (born July 31, 1929) is an American actor.

Murray was born in Hollywood, California. He attended East Rockaway High School (class of 1947) in East Rockaway, New York where he played football and track, was a member of the student government and glee club and joined the Alpha Phi Chapter of the Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity. From high school he went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Murray had a long and varied career in films and television, including his role as Sid Fairgate in the long-running prime-time soap opera Knots Landing from 1979 to 1981. He was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor in Bus Stop (1956) in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe.

He starred as a blackmailed United States senator in Advise & Consent (1961), a film version of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Allen Drury that was directed by Otto Preminger and cast Murray opposite Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton. He also co-starred with Steve McQueen in the film Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) and played the ape-hating Governor Breck in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972).

In addition to acting, Murray directed a film based on the book The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada, and he scripted two episodes of Knots Landing ("Hitchhike" parts 1 & 2) in 1980.

Murray starred with Otis Young in the ground breaking ABC western television series The Outcasts (1968-69) featuring an interracial bounty hunter team in the post-Civil War West.

Murray decided to leave Knots Landing after two years to concentrate on other projects, although some sources say he left over a salary dispute. The character's death was notable at the time because it was considered rare to "kill off" a star character. The death came in the second episode of season three, following up on season two's cliffhanger in which Sid's car careered off a cliff. To make viewers off doubt the character would actually die, Murray was listed in the newly created credit sequence for season three; the character survived the plunge off the cliff (thus temporarily reassuring viewers), but died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Although he effectively distanced himself from the series after his exit in 1981, Murray later contributed an interview segment for Knots Landing: Together Again, a non-fiction reunion special made in 2005.

Murray was the first husband of actress Hope Lange. They had two children, including actor Christopher Murray.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 67

Birthday 1929-07-31

Place of Birth Hollywood, California, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Tab Hunter Confidential as Himself
2005 Island Prey as Parker Gaits
1995 The Single Guy(1 episode)
1994 Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess as Himself
1991 Sons and Daughters(13 episodes) as Bing Hammersmith
1989 Brand New Life(6 episodes)
1989 Ghosts Can't Do It as Winston
1987 Made in Heaven as Ben Chandler
1987 Stillwatch as Sam Kingsley
1987 The Stepford Children as Steven Harding
1987 Hollywood Uncensored as Himself
1986 Scorpion as Gifford Lease
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married as Jack Kelcher
1986 Radioactive Dreams as Dash Hammer
1986 Matlock(2 episodes)
1984 A Touch of Scandal as Benjamin Gilvey
1984 License to Kill as Tom Fiske
1983 Quarterback Princess as Ralph Maida
1983 I Am The Cheese as David Farmer
1983 Hotel(1 episode)
1983 Thursday's Child as Parker Alden
1981 Return of the Rebels as Sonny
1981 Endless Love as Hugh Butterfield
1980 Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop as Sergeant Jack Leland
1980 The Boy Who Drank Too Much as Ken Saunders
1979 Crisis in Mid-air as Adam Travis
1978 Rainbow as Frank Gumm
1976 How the West Was Won(3 episodes)
1975 Deadly Hero as Edward A. Lacy
1975 A Girl Named Sooner as Sheriff Phil Rotteman
1974 Amy Prentiss(1 episode)
1974 Girl on the Late, Late Show as William Martin
1973 Police Story(3 episodes)
1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries(1 episode)
1972 ABC Afterschool Special(1 episode)
1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes as Breck
1972 Justin Morgan Had a Horse as Justin Morgan
1971 Happy Birthday, Wanda June
1970 The Intruders as Sam Garrison
1969 Daughter of the Mind as Dr. Alex Lauder
1969 Childish Things as Tom Harris
1968 The Outcasts(26 episodes)
1967 The Viking Queen as Justinian
1967 The Borgia Stick as Tom Harrison
1967 Sweet Love, Bitter
1966 The Plainsman as Wild Bill Hickok
1966 Kid Rodelo as Kid Rodelo
1965 Baby the Rain Must Fall as Deputy Sheriff Slim
1964 One Man's Way as Norman Vincent Peale
1962 Escape from East Berlin as Kurt Schröder
1962 Advise & Consent as Senator Brigham Anderson
1961 The Hoodlum Priest as Father Charles Dismas Clark
1960 One Foot in Hell as Dan Keats
1960 Alas, Babylon as Randy Bragg
1959 These Thousand Hills as Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil as Kerry O'Shea
1958 From Hell to Texas as Tod Lohman
1957 A Hatful of Rain as Johnny Pope
1957 The Bachelor Party as Charlie Samson
1956 Bus Stop as Beauregard 'Bo' Decker
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(2 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre(1 episode)
1948 Westinghouse Studio One(1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(2 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(1 episode)

Writing

1970 The Cross and the SwitchbladeWriter
1961 The Hoodlum PriestScreenplay

Directing

1976 Damien's IslandDirector
1970 The Cross and the SwitchbladeDirector

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