Don Murray

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Don Murray (2017)

Donald Patrick Murray (born July 31, 1929 in Hollywood , California , USA ) is an American film and stage actor as well as screenwriter , film director and film producer .


Don Murray was the son of stage actors and visited in East Rockaway ( New York ), the East Rockaway High School . He then studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts . To make money, Murray worked on the stock market until he debuted on Broadway in 1951 . In 1952 Murray should have fought as a soldier in the Korean War, but he withdrew from active military service as a conscientious objector . Instead, he looked after refugees in hospitals .

Murray did not return to acting until 1955, and made his stage comeback with The Skin of Our Teeth . After he was seen in a few supporting roles as a film actor from 1950, Murray made his cinema debut in Bus Stop from 1956 alongside Marilyn Monroe . In 1957, he received an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Bo Decker . He was also nominated for the British Film Academy Award . Directed by Fred Zinnemann , he took on the lead role of a drug-addicted Korean War returnees at the side of Eva Marie Saint and Anthony Franciosa in the film Poisonous Snow in 1957 . This was followed, among other things, by the leading role in the Western Shooting Back, Cowboy (1958) and the portrayal of a tragic young senator in Otto Preminger 's star- studded political drama Storm over Washington (1962) , directed by Henry Hathaway .

Subsequently, the broad interest in Don Murray largely subsided and his further career was mostly limited to B-movies and television series . In 1970 Murray made his debut as director of the drama film The Cross and the Switchblade , for which he was able to win Pat Boone and Erik Estrada as leading actors. Both this excursion behind the camera and his two other directorial works turned out to be a flop. One of his best-known films as an actor was the 1972 science fiction epic Conquest of the Planet of the Apes . He was also in front of the camera in 1986 as the father of Kathleen Turner in Peggy Sue got married . In 2017 he took on the role of former boxer Bushnell Mullins in the remake of David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks .

While filming Bus Stop , he met the film actress Hope Lange , whom he married on April 14, 1956. The couple had two children, son Christopher Murray now also works as an actor, the son Sean works as a film composer. But the marriage ended in divorce in 1961. Just a year later, in 1962, Murray found happiness with the casual actress Bettie Johnson . His previous filmmaking was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame .

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