Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMurray

  • Born on
    • August 30th, 1908
  • Died on
    • November 5th, 1991
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.


Acting (49 Credits)

1982Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "Double Indemnity") (archive footage)
1978The Swarm as Clarance Tuttle
1973Charley and the Angel as Charley Appleby
1967The Happiest Millionaire as Anthony J. Drexel Biddle
1966Follow Me, Boys! as Lemuel Siddons
1964Kisses for My President as Thad McCloud
1963Son of Flubber as Ned Brainard
1962Bon Voyage! as Harry Willard
1961The Absent Minded Professor as Prof. Ned Brainard
1960The Apartment as Jeff D. Sheldrake
1960My Three Sons as Steve Douglas
1959The Shaggy Dog as Wilson Daniels
1959Face of a Fugitive as Jim Larsen (aka Ray Kincaid)
1959Good Day for a Hanging as Marshal Ben Cutler
1956Gun for a Coward as Will Keough
1955The Far Horizons as Cpt. Meriwether Lewis
1955At Gunpoint as Jack Wright
1955There's Always Tomorrow as Clifford Groves
1955The Rains of Ranchipur as Thomas "Tom" Ransome
1954Pushover as Paul Sheridan
1954The Caine Mutiny as Lt. Thomas 'Tom' Keefer
1954Woman's World as Sid Burns
1953The Moonlighter as Wes Anderson
1951Callaway Went Thataway as Mike Frye
1951A Millionaire for Christy as Peter Ulysses Lockwood
1950Borderline as Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin
1950Never a Dull Moment as Chris Hayward
1948The Miracle of the Bells as William 'Bill' Dunnigan
1948On Our Merry Way as Al
1947Singapore as Matt Gordon
1947The Egg and I as Bob MacDonald
1945Murder, He Says as Pete Marshall
1944Double Indemnity as Walter Neff
1943Above Suspicion as Richard Myles
1943No Time for Love as Jim Ryan
1942The Lady Is Willing as Corey McBain
1942Take a Letter, Darling as Tom Verney
1942Star Spangled Rhythm as Frank
1941Dive Bomber as Joe Blake
1940Too Many Husbands as Bill Cardew
1940Remember the Night as Jack Sargent
1937Swing High, Swing Low as Skid Johnson
1937True Confession as Kenneth Bartlett
1936The Texas Rangers as Jim Hawkins
1936The Princess Comes Across as King Mantell
1936The Trail of the Lonesome Pine as Jack Hale
1935Hands Across the Table as Theodore Drew III
1935Alice Adams as Arthur Russell
1935The Gilded Lily as Peter Dawes


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