Don Murray

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 ...

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A Hatful of Rain (1957)

A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Anthony Franciosa  •  Lloyd Nolan

A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Anthony Franciosa  •  Lloyd Nolan

Bus Stop (1956)

Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with beautiful cafe singer Cherie. He wants to take Cherie back to his native Montana and marry her, but she dreams of traveling to Hollywood and becoming famous. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Logan
CAST:  Marilyn Monroe  •  Don Murray  •  Arthur O'Connell  •  Betty Field

Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with beautiful cafe singer Cherie. He wants to take Cherie back to his native Montana and marry her, but she dreams of traveling to Hollywood and becoming famous. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Logan
CAST:  Marilyn Monroe  •  Don Murray  •  Arthur O'Connell  •  Betty Field

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Don Murray  •  Joyce Haber  •  Ricardo Montalban

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Don Murray  •  Joyce Haber  •  Ricardo Montalban

Endless Love (1981)

Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent away. This doesn't stop him from seeing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Brooke Shields  •  Martin Hewitt  •  Shirley Knight  •  Jami Gertz

Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent away. This doesn't stop him from seeing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Brooke Shields  •  Martin Hewitt  •  Shirley Knight  •  Jami Gertz

Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)

Elderly Scott kills himself after a heart attack wrecks his body, but then comes back as a ghost and convinces his loving young hot wife Kate to pick and kill a young man in order for Scott to possess his body and be with her again.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Derek
CAST:  Bo Derek  •  Anthony Quinn  •  Don Murray  •  Julie Newmar

Elderly Scott kills himself after a heart attack wrecks his body, but then comes back as a ghost and convinces his loving young hot wife Kate to pick and kill a young man in order for Scott to possess his body and be with her again.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Derek
CAST:  Bo Derek  •  Anthony Quinn  •  Don Murray  •  Julie Newmar

The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Larry Gates  •  Cindi Wood  •  Keir Dullea

Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Larry Gates  •  Cindi Wood  •  Keir Dullea

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Barry Miller  •  Catherine Hicks

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Barry Miller  •  Catherine Hicks

Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

Henry Thomas tries to overcome the horrors of his childhood and start a new life with his wife and kid. However, his abusive step-mother and his dependence on alcohol threaten to ruin his future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Lee Remick  •  Don Murray  •  Paul Fix

Henry Thomas tries to overcome the horrors of his childhood and start a new life with his wife and kid. However, his abusive step-mother and his dependence on alcohol threaten to ruin his future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Lee Remick  •  Don Murray  •  Paul Fix

Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)

In this film we see how the members of a family react when the husband returns home, after he abandoned it seven years ago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Robson
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Susannah York  •  William Hickey  •  Pamelyn Ferdin

In this film we see how the members of a family react when the husband returns home, after he abandoned it seven years ago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Robson
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Susannah York  •  William Hickey  •  Pamelyn Ferdin

The Bachelor Party (1957)

Five office friends meet up for a night on the town to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of one of them. As the night wears on and the drink starts to tell, they become more confidential in expressing their concerns and hopes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Jack Warden  •  E.G. Marshall  •  Carolyn Jones

Five office friends meet up for a night on the town to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of one of them. As the night wears on and the drink starts to tell, they become more confidential in expressing their concerns and hopes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Jack Warden  •  E.G. Marshall  •  Carolyn Jones

Quarterback Princess (1983)

The Maida family has moved to Oregon, and daughter Tami wants to play quarterback for the high school football team. There's just one problem. She's a girl. With everyone from the coach to her next door neighbor against her, she's out to prove that not only can she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noel Black
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Don Murray  •  Barbara Babcock  •  Dana Elcar

The Maida family has moved to Oregon, and daughter Tami wants to play quarterback for the high school football team. There's just one problem. She's a girl. With everyone from the coach to her next door neighbor against her, she's out to prove that not only can she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noel Black
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Don Murray  •  Barbara Babcock  •  Dana Elcar

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

In 1921 Dublin, the IRA battles the "Black & Tans," special British forces given to harsh measures. Irish-American medical student Kerry O'Shea hopes to stay aloof, but saving a wounded friend gets him outlawed, and inexorably drawn into the rebel organization. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Anderson
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Don Murray  •  Dana Wynter  •  Glynis Johns

In 1921 Dublin, the IRA battles the "Black & Tans," special British forces given to harsh measures. Irish-American medical student Kerry O'Shea hopes to stay aloof, but saving a wounded friend gets him outlawed, and inexorably drawn into the rebel organization. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Anderson
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Don Murray  •  Dana Wynter  •  Glynis Johns

I Am The Cheese (1983)

Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family gradually starts to unravel, until the truth of the boy's situation is finally revealed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Jiras
CAST:  Frank McGurran  •  Robert MacNaughton  •  Russell P. Goslant  •  Cynthia Nixon

Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family gradually starts to unravel, until the truth of the boy's situation is finally revealed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Jiras
CAST:  Frank McGurran  •  Robert MacNaughton  •  Russell P. Goslant  •  Cynthia Nixon

A Touch of Scandal (1984)

Katherine Gilvey is a comely councilwoman, whose campaign for Attorney General is being managed by her ambitious, but cold-hearted husband Benjamin, which takes a turn when photographs surface of her liasion with a male prostitute, who used to be a law client of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Nagy
CAST:  Angie Dickinson  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Jason Miller  •  Don Murray

Katherine Gilvey is a comely councilwoman, whose campaign for Attorney General is being managed by her ambitious, but cold-hearted husband Benjamin, which takes a turn when photographs surface of her liasion with a male prostitute, who used to be a law client of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Nagy
CAST:  Angie Dickinson  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Jason Miller  •  Don Murray

The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974)

A television producer decides to find out the whereabouts of a former movie actress whose career has long since faded, then discovers that his inquiries have set off a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Nelson
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Bert Convy  •  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Gloria Grahame

A television producer decides to find out the whereabouts of a former movie actress whose career has long since faded, then discovers that his inquiries have set off a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Nelson
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Bert Convy  •  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Gloria Grahame

Childish Things (1969)

An alcoholic former serviceman goes to work collecting debts for gangsters and committing various other crimes, then has a religious conversion and helps other alcoholics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Derek  •  David Nelson
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Linda Evans  •  David Brian  •  Angelique Pettyjohn

An alcoholic former serviceman goes to work collecting debts for gangsters and committing various other crimes, then has a religious conversion and helps other alcoholics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Derek  •  David Nelson
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Linda Evans  •  David Brian  •  Angelique Pettyjohn

Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)

A loose fictitious of Charlie Parker's last years and a portrait of the jazz scene in 1960's New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Danska
CAST:  Jeri Archer  •  Barbara Davis  •  Dick Gregory  •  Robert Hooks

A loose fictitious of Charlie Parker's last years and a portrait of the jazz scene in 1960's New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Danska
CAST:  Jeri Archer  •  Barbara Davis  •  Dick Gregory  •  Robert Hooks

Marilyn (1963)

This 1963 documentary, released less than a year after Marilyn Monroe's death, showcases the star in memorable scenes from her 20th Century Fox films, including wardrobe tests and clips from her last, uncompleted project, "Something's Got To Give". Hosted and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Medford
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Marilyn Monroe  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Anne Baxter

This 1963 documentary, released less than a year after Marilyn Monroe's death, showcases the star in memorable scenes from her 20th Century Fox films, including wardrobe tests and clips from her last, uncompleted project, "Something's Got To Give". Hosted and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Medford
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Marilyn Monroe  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Anne Baxter

Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)

This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laura, Forever Amber, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way, The Moon Is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valerie A. Robins
CAST:  Otto Preminger  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Saul Bass  •  Peter Bogdanovich

This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laura, Forever Amber, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way, The Moon Is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valerie A. Robins
CAST:  Otto Preminger  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Saul Bass  •  Peter Bogdanovich

A Girl Named Sooner (1975)

A young girl in the hills of Indiana, who had been abandoned by her family and raised by a bootlegging old woman, is taken by the authorities and made the ward of a childless couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Lee Remick  •  Richard Crenna  •  Don Murray  •  Anne Francis

A young girl in the hills of Indiana, who had been abandoned by her family and raised by a bootlegging old woman, is taken by the authorities and made the ward of a childless couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Lee Remick  •  Richard Crenna  •  Don Murray  •  Anne Francis
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