George Murphy

George Murphy

  • Born on
    • July 4th, 1902
  • Died on
    • May 3rd, 1992
George Murphy was an American dancer and stage, screen, and television actor, as well as a United States Senator. Murphy was a song-and-dance leading man in many big-budget Hollywood musicals from 1930 to 1952. He was the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1944 to 1946, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1951. Murphy served from 1965 to 1971 as U.S. Senator from California, the first notable U.S. actor to be elected to statewide office in California, predating Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is the only United States Senator represented by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In movies, Murphy was known as a song-and-dance man and appeared in many big-budget musicals such as Broadway Melody of 1938, Broadway Melody of 1940 and For Me and My Gal. He made his movie debut shortly after talking pictures had replaced silent movies in 1930, and his career continued until he retired as an actor in 1952, at the age of 50. During World War II, he organized entertainment for American troops. In 1951, he was awarded an honorary Academy Award. He was never nominated for an Oscar in any competitive category. He was the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1944 to 1946. He was also a vice president of Desilu Productions and of the Technicolor Corporation. He was director of entertainment for presidential inaugurations in 1953, 1957 and 1961.


Acting (22 Credits)

1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1985That's Dancing!
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1952Talk About a Stranger as Robert Fontaine Sr.
1951No Questions Asked as Police Insp. Matt Duggan
1951It's a Big Country: An American Anthology as Mr. Patrick Callaghan
1949Border Incident as Jack Bearnes
1949Battleground as 'Pop' Stazak
1948Tenth Avenue Angel as Steve Abbutt
1947Cynthia as Larry Bishop
1945Having Wonderful Crime as Jake Justus
1944Step Lively as Gordon Miller
1943This Is the Army as Jerry Jones
1943Bataan as Lt. Steve Bentley
1942For Me and My Gal as Jimmy K. Metcalf
1941Tom, Dick and Harry as Tom
1941They Died with Their Boots on as Cavalryman (uncredited)
1940Little Nellie Kelly as Jerry Kelly
1940Broadway Melody of 1940 as King Shaw
1938Little Miss Broadway as Roger Wendling
1937Broadway Melody of 1938 as Sonny Ledford
1934Kid Millions as Jerry Lane

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