Biography

Born to Maleta Martin and Frederick MacMurray (concert violinist). Fred sang and played in orchestras to earn tuition. He was educated at Carroll College, Wis. Fred played with a Chicago orchestra for more than a year. Then he joined an orchestra in Hollywood where he played, did some recording and played extra roles. He then joined a comedy stage band, California Collegians, and went to New York. There he joined "Three's A Crowd" revue on Broadway and on the road. After this show closed, he returned to California and worked in vaudeville. He played the vaudeville circuits and night clubs until cast for major role in "Roberta". Signed by Paramount in 1935.

MacMurray was raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from the age of 5, eventually graduating from Beaver Dam High School (currently the site of Beaver Dam Middle School), where he was a 3-sport star in football, baseball, and basketball. Fred retained a special place in his heart for his small-town Wisconsin upbringing, referring at any opportunity in magazine articles or interviews to the lifelong friends and cherished memories of Beaver Dam, even including mementos of his childhood in several of his films. In "Pardon my Past" (1945), Fred and fellow GI William Demarest are moving to Beaver Dam, WI to start a mink farm.

Born to Maleta Martin and Frederick MacMurray (concert violinist). Fred sang and played in orchestras to earn tuition. He was educated at Carroll College, Wis. Fred played with a Chicago orchestra for more than a year. Then he joined an orchestra in Hollywood where he played, did some recording and played extra roles. He then joined a comedy stage band, California Collegians, and went to New York. There he joined "Three's A Crowd" revue on Broadway and on the road. After this show closed, he returned to California and worked in vaudeville. He played the vaudeville circuits and night clubs until cast for major role in "Roberta". Signed by Paramount in 1935.

MacMurray was raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from the age of 5, eventually graduating from Beaver Dam High School (currently the site of Beaver Dam Middle School), where he was a 3-sport star in football, baseball, and basketball. Fred retained a special place in his heart for his small-town Wisconsin upbringing, referring at any opportunity in magazine articles or interviews to the lifelong friends and cherished memories of Beaver Dam, even including mementos of his childhood in several of his films. In "Pardon my Past" (1945), Fred and fellow GI William Demarest are moving to Beaver Dam, WI to start a mink farm.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 109

Birthday 1908-08-30

Day of Death 1991-11-05

Place of Birth Kankakee, Illinois, USA

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Also Known As

  • Fred Mac Murray
  • Frederick Martin MacMurray

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 This Is Bob Hope... as Himself (archive footage)
2006 Billy Wilder Speaks
1991 Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire as Himself (archive footage)
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "Double Indemnity") (archive footage)
1978 The Swarm as Clarance Tuttle
1976 Joys
1975 Beyond the Bermuda Triangle as Harry Ballinger
1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn (2 episodes)
1974 The Chadwick Family
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1 episode)
1973 Charley and the Angel as Charley Appleby
1967 The Happiest Millionaire as Anthony J. Drexel Biddle
1966 Follow Me, Boys! as Lemuel Siddons
1964 Kisses For My President as Thad McCloud
1964 The Hollywood Palace (1 episode)
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1963 Son of Flubber as Prof. Ned Brainard
1962 Bon Voyage! as Harry Willard
1961 The Absent-Minded Professor as Prof. Ned Brainard
1960 My Three Sons (379 episodes)
1960 The Apartment as Jeff D. Sheldrake
1959 The Oregon Trail as Neal Harris
1959 Face of a Fugitive as Jim Larsen (aka Ray Kincaid)
1959 The Shaggy Dog as Wilson Daniels
1959 Good Day for a Hanging as Marshal Ben Cutler
1958 Day of the Badman as Judge Jim Scott
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1957 Quantez as Gentry
1957 Gun for a Coward as Will Keough
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (3 episodes)
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode)
1956 There's Always Tomorrow as Clifford Groves
1955 At Gunpoint as Jack Wright
1955 The Rains of Ranchipur as Thomas "Tom" Ransome
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 The Far Horizons as Captain Meriwether Lewis
1954 December Bride (1 episode)
1954 Woman's World as Sid Burns
1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere
1954 Pushover as Paul Sheridan
1954 The Caine Mutiny as Lt. Thomas 'Tom' Keefer
1953 The Moonlighter as Wes Anderson
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life (2 episodes)
1952 Fair Wind to Java as Captain Boll
1951 Callaway Went Thataway as Mike Frye
1951 A Millionaire for Christy as Peter Ulysses Lockwood
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (2 episodes)
1950 Never a Dull Moment as Chris Hayward
1950 Borderline as Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin
1949 Father Was a Fullback as George Cooper
1948 Family Honeymoon as Grant Jordan
1948 An Innocent Affair as Vincent Doane
1948 The Miracle of the Bells as William 'Bill' Dunnigan
1948 On Our Merry Way as Al
1947 Singapore as Matt Gordon
1947 The Egg and I as Bob MacDonald
1947 Suddenly It's Spring as Peter Morely
1946 Smoky as Clint Barkley
1945 Pardon My Past as Eddie York / Francis Pemberton
1945 Captain Eddie as Eddie Rickenbacker
1945 Where Do We Go from Here? as Bill Morgan
1945 Murder, He Says as Pete Marshall
1944 Practically Yours as Daniel Bellamy
1944 And the Angels Sing as Happy Morgan
1944 Double Indemnity as Walter Neff
1944 Standing Room Only as Lee Stevens
1943 No Time for Love as Jim Ryan
1943 Show-Business at War as Himself
1943 Above Suspicion as Richard Myles
1943 Flight for Freedom as Randy Britton
1942 The Forest Rangers as Don Stuart
1942 Take a Letter, Darling as Tom Verney
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm as Frank in Card-Playing Skit
1942 The Lady Is Willing as Dr. Corey T. McBain
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (uncredited)
1941 New York Town as Victor Ballard
1941 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 1 as Himself
1941 Dive Bomber as Joe Blake
1941 One Night In Lisbon as Dwight Houston
1941 Virginia as Stonewall Elliott
1940 Rangers of Fortune as Gil Farra
1940 Too Many Husbands as Bill Cardew
1940 Little Old New York as Charles Brownne
1940 Remember the Night as John Sargent
1939 Honeymoon in Bali as Bill 'Willie' Burnett
1939 Invitation to Happiness as Albert 'King' Cole
1939 Cafe Society as Crick O'Bannon
1938 Sing, You Sinners as David Beebe
1938 Men with Wings as Pat Falconer
1938 Cocoanut Grove as Johnny Prentice
1937 True Confession as Kenneth Bartlett
1937 Exclusive as Ralph Houston
1937 Swing High, Swing Low as Skid Johnson
1937 Maid of Salem as Roger Coverman
1937 Champagne Waltz as Buzzy Bellew
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
1936 The Texas Rangers as Jim Hawkins
1936 The Princess Comes Across as King Mantell
1936 13 Hours by Air as Jack Gordon
1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine as Jack Hale
1935 The Bride Comes Home as Cyrus Anderson
1935 Hands Across the Table as Theodore Drew III
1935 Alice Adams as Arthur Russell
1935 Men Without Names as Richard Hood
1935 Car 99 as Trooper Ross Martin
1935 The Gilded Lily as Peter Dawes
1935 Grand Old Girl as Sandy

Production

1945 Pardon My Past Producer

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