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Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthMarch 9, 1958
DiedMay 4, 2011, Beverly Hills, California, United States
SpousePhillip Gott
FactShe has the distinction of having appeared in films with the three male icons of the 20th century: Steve McQueen (in Junior Bonner (1972))), James Dean (in Sailor Beware (1952)) and, of course, Marlon Brando (in The Wild One (1953)).

Mary Murphy is an American ballroom dancer, choreographer, television personality, and dance competition judge. She is best known for her role as a permanent judge on the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance.

Murphy was born on March 9, 1961, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the youngest of five children. Her father was a police officer and her mother was a homemaker. Murphy began taking dance lessons at the age of three. She studied ballet, jazz, and tap dancing.

Murphy’s professional dancing career began in the 1980s. She competed in the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships and won the title of “Miss U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion” in 1986. She also won the World Swing Dance Championship in 1989.

In 2005, Murphy was hired as a permanent judge on So You Think You Can Dance. She has been a judge on the show for all fifteen seasons.

Murphy has choreographed for film and television. She choreographed the film Shall We Dance (2004) and the television series Glee (2009-2010).

Murphy has been married three times. Her first husband was ballroom dancer Corky Ballas. They were married from 1984 to 1991. Her second husband was actor and director John O’Hurley. They were married from 1998 to 2004. Her third husband is actor and producer Michael Damian. They have been married since 2006.

Murphy has two children from her first marriage, a son named Danny and a daughter named Chloe. She also has two stepdaughters from her third marriage, Olivia and Isabella.

Murphy’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. She earns a salary of $100,000 per season of So You Think You Can Dance.

General Info

Full NameMary Murphy
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthMarch 9, 1958
DiedMay 4, 2011, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height1.8 m
ProfessionTV Personality, Actor, Ballroom Dancer, Choreographer
EducationOhio University, Northwest High School


SpousePhillip Gott
ChildrenStephanie Specht


MoviesThe Wild One, A Man Alone, Sitting Bull, The Desperate Hours, Beachhead, The Mad Magician, Hell's Island, Junior Bonner, Escapement, The Intimate Stranger, Crime and Punishment U.S.A., Born Innocent, Main Street to Broadway, Make Haste to Live, Carrie, Harlow, Darling, How Could You!, Katherine, Liv...
TV ShowsThe Investigators

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1People will ask me which of my movies is my favorite, and usually I will tell them that I like different films for different reasons, be it the part, or the locale, or the cast.
2I guess I am one of those rare exceptions because I had not planned on becoming an actress and never desired to be in motion pictures.
3[speaking about shooting Sitting Bull (1954) in Mexico] J. Carrol Naish was a hoot! He didn't want to be there, and they wouldn't let him go home. He played Sitting Bull, and one day he was riding his horse and the horse was barely trotting, just walking along, and J. told them he fell off his horse and had to go home, and so they sent him home! He got his way after all.


1Married briefly in 1956 to actor Dale Robertson, Mary remarried in 1962 to a Los Angeles lighting fixture retailer. They had one daughter.
2According to an in-depth article on Mary by Joe Collura for the November 2010 issue of "Classic Images," Mary was working as a package wrapper at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills when she was stopped having lunch at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and discovered for films by Milton Lewis, Paramount head of talent.
3In 1951 she had a job wrapping packages at Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills when she was spotted by a talent scout for Paramount, who signed her to a contract.
4Look-a-likes of Murphy and Marlon Brando as their characters in The Wild One (1953) were used in the mid-'90s to advertise motorcycles. Oddly enough, the motorcycles advertised were Yamahas, and most of the motorcycles in the film were Triumphs and Harley-Davidsons.
5She has the distinction of having appeared in films with the three male icons of the 20th century: Steve McQueen (in Junior Bonner (1972))), James Dean (in Sailor Beware (1952)) and, of course, Marlon Brando (in The Wild One (1953)).
6Later ran an art gallery




Katherine1975TV MovieMiss Collins
Ironside1973-1974TV SeriesCindy Wile / Carrie Thomas
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV SeriesPaula Cooper
Harry O1974TV SeriesJoyce Greenbaum
Born Innocent1974TV MovieMiss Murphy
The Stranger Who Looks Like Me1974TV MovieMrs. Quayle
I Love You... Good-bye1974Pam Parks
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesMaggie Mundy
Footsteps1972TV MovieMartha Hagger
Junior Bonner1972Ruth Bonner
I Spy1968TV SeriesCass
Death Valley Days1967TV SeriesMarianne
Laredo1967TV SeriesDr. Jessica Boyd
Family Affair1966TV SeriesEllen Latimer
Honey West1965TV SeriesVicky
Harlow1965/ISally Doane
The Fugitive1965TV SeriesThelma
The Outer Limits1965TV SeriesLinda Darcy
Breaking Point1964TV SeriesKatherine Ross
Arrest and Trial1964TV SeriesLinda Blair
Redigo1963TV SeriesLaura McAdams
Dr. Kildare1963TV SeriesJanet Logan
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesKaren Holm
The Lloyd Bridges Show1963TV SeriesHelen
40 Pounds of Trouble1962Liz McCluskey
Two Before Zero1962
Perry Mason1962TV SeriesEleanor Corbin
Alcoa Premiere1961TV SeriesAngie Palmer
The Investigators1961TV SeriesMaggie Peters
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1961TV SeriesEstelle
The Rebel1961TV Series'T' White
Laramie1961TV SeriesLottie / Sandy
Hong Kong1961TV SeriesAgnes Unruh
The Westerner1960TV SeriesSuzy
The Tab Hunter Show1960TV SeriesSusan
Black Saddle1960TV SeriesLaurie Wickes
The Millionaire1960TV SeriesJanie Harris
The Detectives1959TV SeriesSusie Morgan
Alcoa Theatre1959TV Series
Crime & Punishment, USA1959Sally
The Restless Gun1959TV SeriesMary Clayton
Live Fast, Die Young1958Kim Winters / Narrator
The Electronic Monster1958Ruth Vance
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesMartha Murphy
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV Series
Cavalcade of America1956TV SeriesRowena
Finger of Guilt1956Evelyn Stewart
The Maverick Queen1956Lucy Lee
A Man Alone1955Nadine Corrigan
The Desperate Hours1955Cindy Hilliard
Hell's Island1955Janet Martin
Sitting Bull1954Kathy Howell
The Mad Magician1954Karen Lee
Make Haste to Live1954Randy Benson
Beachhead1954Nina Bouchard
The Wild One1953Kathie Bleeker
Main Street to Broadway1953The Actress - Mary Craig
Houdini1953Girl (uncredited)
Off Limits1952WAC
The Turning Point1952Secretary (uncredited)
Carrie1952Jessica Hurstwood
The Atomic City1952Young Woman Buying Stamps (uncredited)
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick1952Girl in Bathtub (uncredited)
Sailor Beware1952Girl (uncredited)
My Favorite Spy1951Manicurist (uncredited)
Westward the Women1951Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
When Worlds Collide1951Student (uncredited)
Darling, How Could You!1951Sylvia
The Lemon Drop Kid1951Girl (uncredited)


Tribute to a TV Legend: Aaron Spelling2006TV MovieHerself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member

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Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 22006Video documentaryHerself

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