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Short Info

DiedJune 28, 2005, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
SpouseWendy Crewson
MarkPlays urbane, WASP-type characters
FactHis character, "Sen. Judson Pilager", from John Sayles's Silver City (2004), is a thinly-veiled, negative characterization of the first President George Bush.

Michael P. Murphy (born July 16, 1976) is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and investor. He is the co-founder and CEO of Rosewood Private Investments, a private equity firm. He also has a background in electrical engineering and has created various businesses in that field.

Murphy was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is the oldest of four children. His father was an investment banker and his mother was a homemaker. Murphy attended Greenwich Country Day School and then Phillips Exeter Academy. He went on to study electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors in 1998.

After college, Murphy worked for a few years in the electrical engineering field. He then co-founded Rosewood Private Investments in 2002. The firm focuses on investments in small to medium-sized businesses. Murphy has been successful in growing the firm and it now has over $2 billion in assets under management.

Murphy is also an active philanthropist. He has donated to various causes, including education, health care, and the arts. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum.

Murphy is married to Emily Murphy and they have three children together.

General Info

DiedJune 28, 2005, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Height1.77 m
EducationPennsylvania State University


SpouseWendy Crewson
ParentsMaureen Murphy, Daniel Murphy
SiblingsJohn Murphy


AwardsMedal of Honor, Purple Heart, Silver Star
Music GroupsLost Gonzo Band
NominationsCanadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
MoviesBatman Returns, Manhattan, White House Down, MASH, X-Men: The Last Stand, Away from Her, An Unmarried Woman, Nashville, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Year of Living Dangerously, Phase IV, According to Greta, Brewster McCloud, Shocker, What's Up, Doc?, Count Yorga, Vampire, Strange Behavior, Magnolia, Th...
TV ShowsThe Bridge, This Is Wonderland, Tilt, Tanner '88, American Experience, Hard Copy (1987)

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#Marks / Signs
1Flat affect and speaking voice
2Arrogant, upper-class twits
3Tall frame
4Plays urbane, WASP-type characters


1[In a November 1989 interview] I've been able to slip in and out of pictures and characters. I haven't been so pigeonholed that I couldn't move or do different things. I've also had the longevity I've always wanted. From the beginning I've thought the key to this games is to be in it for life. If that's what you want to do - to go from picture to picture, to keep working. So far, so good.
2I feel the heat's off. I'm no longer frantic if I don't work for a while. I want to work with people I like, in good projects. I'm getting fairly picky now. I had the good fortune of having worked with honest-to-God filmmakers who've had something to say. And I've been able to be an actor, not a celebrity, retaining a certain amount of anonymity.
3I don't think of acting in terms of making a living. What I do has to be important to me. Every time I've taken a part for the wrong reason, money or prestige, it's been a disaster. I come off nervous and uptight. I just want to work with good people.


1Michael Murphy is the only prominent male actor in Hollywood besides Tommy Lee Jones to have appeared in both a live-action DC movie, Batman Returns (1992), and a live-action Marvel movie, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
2Filming hit Canadian television show This Is Wonderland (2004) for CBC. [August 2004]
3Lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with his wife, actress Wendy Crewson, and their two children, Maggie Murphy and Jack Murphy. [August 2004]
4He was awarded the 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for best actor in a principal role in a play for his performance in "Dreams" at the Playwrights Center in Chicago, Illinois.
5He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
6Received teaching credentials from UCLA in Los Angeles, California.
7Taught both high school English and drama in Los Angeles from 1962-1964.
8Became close friends with co-star Woody Allen on the set of Martin Ritt 's 1950s McCarthy era dramedy, The Front (1976). Allen would subsequently cast Murphy as his best friend, Yale, in Allen's own film, Manhattan (1979).
9His father was Bearl Branton Murphy, a salesman. His mother was Georgia Arlyn Murphy (nee Money), a teacher.
10Has starred opposite his then-wife, actress Wendy Crewson, on the short-lived television show Hard Copy (1987) and the Emmy-winning HBO cable series Tanner '88 (1988), which Murphy had the lead in. They also appeared in the feature films Folks! (1992) and Sleeping Dogs Lie (1998).
11Appeared in the drama Talk to Me (1984), in which he coincidentally co-starred with his fellow Strange Behavior (1981) actors Louise Fletcher and Dan Shor.
12Paul Thomas Anderson cast him as Alan Kligman, Esq. in Magnolia (1999) because he admired the actor's work. Anderson's casting choice of Murphy was also an homage to Robert Altman, who has cast the character actor prominently in a number of roles in his films and TV productions over the years. Henry Gibson, another Altman regular, also had a role in the film.
13His character, "Sen. Judson Pilager", from John Sayles's Silver City (2004), is a thinly-veiled, negative characterization of the first President George Bush.
14Has appeared in more Robert Altman feature films and television productions than any other actor in movie history.
15In 1978, he played characters named Martin in two separate films: As Jill Clayburgh's adulterous husband in An Unmarried Woman (1978) and as Glenda Jackson's commitment-seeking boyfriend in The Class of Miss MacMichael (1978).
16He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, Tucson.
17Hit his infamous cinematic peak as a philandering husband cheating on Jill Clayburgh in An Unmarried Woman (1978) and as Woody Allen's married pal having an affair with Woody's girlfriend Diane Keaton in Manhattan (1979).
18First appeared in a Robert Altman production with an episode of the Combat! (1962) TV series. He subsequently appeared in many of the famed director's film hits: Countdown (1967), MASH (1970), Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Nashville (1975), The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988) and Kansas City (1996).
19Children: Maggie Murphy (born in 1989) and John 'Jack' Branton Murphy (born on 20th August 1992).
20Was once a high school English teacher.




The Wind in the Willows2006TV MovieJudge
Away from Her2006Aubrey
The Path to 9/112006TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Cohen
X-Men: The Last Stand2006Warren Worthington II
Playing House2006TV MovieHubbard
This Is Wonderland2004-2006TV SeriesJudge Maxwell Fraser
Mayday2005TV MovieCaptain Randall Williams
Tilt2005TV SeriesJimmy Molloy
Tanner on Tanner2004TV SeriesJack Tanner
LAX2004TV SeriesEmmet
Childstar2004Reed Harrison
Silver City2004Senator Judson Pilager
American Masters2004TV Series documentaryNarrator
H2o2004TV SeriesU.S. Ambassador Conrad
In the Dark2003TV MovieGeorge Speller
Footsteps2003TV MovieRobbie
Bury the Lead2003TV Series
Live from Baghdad2002TV MovieTom Johnson
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2002TV SeriesJudge Peter Blakemore
The Day Reagan Was Shot2001TV MovieMichael Deaver
Law & Order2001TV SeriesNolan Tinsdale
Tart2001Mike Storm
Family Law2000TV SeriesIan Lumberg
The Art of War2000Politician (uncredited)
Judging Amy2000TV SeriesJudge Alistair McNeil
The Only Living Boy in New York2000TV MovieRudy
Magnolia1999Alan Kligman Esq.
Sleeping Dogs Lie1998Edgar Tratt
The Island1998John F. Kennedy
Indiscretion of an American Wife1998TV MovieRussell Burton
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story1997TV MoviePete Louganis
Private Parts1997Roger Erlick
Kansas City1996Henry Stilton
Special Report: Journey to Mars1996TV MovieDean Rumplemeyer
The Ultimate Lie1996TV MovieMalcolm McGrath
Truman1995TV MovieDinner Speaker (uncredited)
Bad Company1995William V. 'Smitty' Smithfield (uncredited)
Clean Slate1994Dr. Doover
L.A. Law1993TV SeriesBobby Lewis
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster1992TV MovieBill Reilly - Presidential Delegation
Batman Returns1992The Mayor
Lifestories1990TV SeriesFrank Brody
E.N.G.1990TV SeriesSteve Kurtz
Shocker1989Lt. Don Parker
Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy1989TV MovieRichard Burt
Tanner '881988TV Mini-SeriesJack Tanner
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial1988TV MovieCaptain Blakely
Hard Copy1987TV SeriesAndy Omart
Salvador1986Ambassador Thomas Kelly
Countdown to Looking Glass1984TV MovieBob Calhoun
Cloak & Dagger1984Rice
Talk to Me1984Ross
Hot Money1983Burt / Tom
Two Marriages1983TV SeriesDr. Art Armstrong
The Year of Living Dangerously1982Pete Curtis
The Rules of Marriage1982TV MovieAlan Murray
Strange Behavior1981John Brady
3 by Cheever1979TV Mini-SeriesCash Bentley
The Class of Miss MacMichael1978Martin
The Great Bank Hoax1978Reverend Manigma
An Unmarried Woman1978Martin
The Front1976Alfred Miller
Bell, Book and Candle1976TV MovieAlex Brandt
Nashville1975John Triplette
Baretta1975TV SeriesMike Parsons
Phase IV1974James R. Lesko
I Love You... Good-bye1974Alec Shield
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman1974TV MovieQuentin Lerner
The Thief Who Came to Dinner1973Ted
The Crooked Hearts1972TV MovieFrank Adamic
What's Up, Doc?1972Mr. Smith
The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesDavid Ford
McCabe & Mrs. Miller1971Sears
Brewster McCloud1970Det. Lt. Frank Shaft
Count Yorga, Vampire1970Paul
The Lawyer1970Intern in Legal Office (uncredited)
MASH1970'Me Lai' Marston
The Arrangement1969Father Draddy
That Cold Day in the Park1969The Rounder
Here Come the Brides1968TV SeriesEthan
The Legend of Lylah Clare1968Mark Peter Sheean
Premiere1968TV SeriesWilliam Smith
Bonanza1968TV SeriesWill Holt
Double Trouble1967Morley
12 O'Clock High1966TV SeriesSergeant Marven
Hogan's Heroes1965TV SeriesCorporal Walter Comminsky
Ben Casey1964-1965TV SeriesDr. J. Wells Savage / Dr. Paul Galloway / Andy Andrews
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1965TV SeriesInterne
Nightmare in Chicago1964TV Movie
Combat!1963TV Series1st Tanker / Soldier in Hospital
American Experience2002-2016TV Series documentaryNarrator
Rogue2015TV SeriesGeorge Kelly
Fall2014/IFather Sam
They Came Together2014Roger
White House Down2013Vice President Hammond
Great Scot Beer2012TV MovieRandy
Person of Interest2011TV SeriesCongressman Jim Hallen
Michael: Every Day2011TV SeriesStanley Dyer
Living in Your Car2010TV SeriesFrank
The Bridge2010TV SeriesEd Wycoff
According to Greta2009Joseph
The Trotsky2009Frank McGovern
The Quality of Life2008TV MovieCharles Greenborne


Enlisted: The Story of 'M*A*S*H'2002Video documentary short special thanks


American Experience2011-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond2016DocumentaryHimself
Edison2015Himself (Narrator)
Panama Canal2012DocumentaryNarrator
Angle of Attack: How Naval Aviation Changed the Face of War2011DocumentaryNarrator
Depression: Out of the Shadows2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
Caring for Your Parents2008TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Behind the Scenes: Tanner on Tanner2004Video shortHimself
Enlisted: The Story of 'M*A*S*H'2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Irish in America: Long Journey Home1998TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Shocker'1989Documentary shortLt. Don Parker
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'The Front'1976TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks2014TV Series documentaryJohn Brady
Hollywood contra Franco2008DocumentaryAlfred Miller
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryMartin


Won Awards

2005GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic SeriesThis Is Wonderland (2004)
2004GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic SeriesThis Is Wonderland (2004)

Nominated Awards

2015Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RoleFall (2014)
2006GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic SeriesThis Is Wonderland (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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