Brian Murray (born October 31, 1945), known professionally by his stage name as Brian Doyle-Murray, is an American actor and screenwriter. He has appeared with his younger brother, actor/comedian Bill Murray, in several films, including Caddyshack, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, Groundhog Day, and The Razor's Edge. He co-starred on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, where he played the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy. He also appeared in the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants as The Flying Dutchman, the Cartoon Network original animated series My Gym Partner's a Monkey as Coach Tiffany Gills, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack as Captain K'nuckles, a recurring role as Don Ehlert on the ABC sitcom The Middle, and Bob Kruger in the AMC dramedy Lodge 49.

Brian Doyle-Murray
Doyle-Murray in Christmas Under Wraps (2014)
Brian Murray

(1945-10-31) October 31, 1945 (age 78)[1]
Other namesBrian Doyle
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • screenwriter
  • comedian
Years active1972–present
Christina Stauffer
(m. 2000)

Doyle-Murray has been nominated for three Emmy Awards in 1978, 1979, and 1980 for his work on Saturday Night Live in the category Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. Two other younger brothers, Joel and Bill, are actors, as well. His oldest brother Ed was a businessman prior to his death in 2020[2] and brother Andy is a chef and runs the Murray Brothers "CaddyShack" restaurant located in the World Golf Village resort near St. Augustine, Florida.[3] Doyle is his grandmother's maiden name, and he chose to hyphenate it to avoid confusion with another actor.[4]

Early life


Murray was born on Halloween Day 1945 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. He is one of nine children born to Irish Catholic parents[5] Lucille (née Collins; 1921–1988), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II (1921–1967), a lumber salesman.[1][6] He attended Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, California in the late 1960s.



Murray worked at The Second City comedic stage troupe in the early 1970s. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows since then, including as a featured player on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1979 to 1980 and from 1981 to 1982. He wrote for Jean Doumanian from 1980 to 1981, one of the few cast members to work for all three producers of the show (Lorne Michaels, Jean Doumanian, and Dick Ebersol). He was a regular on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program syndicated nationally to 600 stations from 1973 to 1975. Co-workers on the Radio Hour included Richard Belzer, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, and younger brother Bill. He was also a featured performer in The National Lampoon Show stage show (with Belushi, Radner, Ramis, and his brother Bill) in 1974–1975.[7]

He appears in many films with his brother, Bill Murray, but he has also landed roles in other films. Early on, he appeared in Modern Problems alongside Chevy Chase. Again, years later, he memorably appeared as Chevy Chase's uptight boss, Frank Shirley, in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), and co-starred as arcade tycoon Noah Vanderhoff in the film version of Wayne's World (1992). He landed a small role as Jack Ruby in JFK (1991). He was also seen in the movies Sixteen Candles (1984), Club Paradise (1986), Legal Eagles (1986), How I Got Into College (1989), Jury Duty (1995), Multiplicity (1996), The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1997), As Good as It Gets (1997), Dr. Dolittle (1998), Stuart Little (1999), Kill the Man (1999), Bedazzled (2000), Snow Dogs (2002), Nearing Grace (2005), Daddy Day Camp (2007), and 17 Again (2009).

He portrayed Mel Sanger, the bubble boy's dad, on Seinfeld, and played Joe Hackett's high-school baseball coach on a 1992 episode of Wings. He co-starred on the Fox TV series Get a Life and Bakersfield P.D. from 1991 to 1992 and 1993 to 1994, respectively, with a recurring role as sports editor Stuart Franklin on the Fox/UPN TV series Between Brothers from 1997 to 1999. He played studio head and Greg Warner's (Anthony Clark) boss George Savitsky on Yes Dear. He played Shawn Spencer's grandfather on the episode "The Old and the Restless" on the USA Network TV series Psych, with an uncredited cameo in the sixth season. He had a recurring role as Mr. Ehlert, owner of the car dealership where Frankie Heck works on the ABC-TV series The Middle. He co-starred on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he played the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy. He recently appeared on Lodge 49 on the AMC Network (now canceled).

Known for his distinctive, gruff voice, Murray voices the Flying Dutchman on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, and had a leading role as Captain K'nuckles in The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. He appeared in one episode of The Angry Beavers. Murray appears as Santa Claus in the CatDog episode "A Very CatDog Christmas". He has also appeared as Salty in the Family Guy episode "A Fish Out of Water", the voice of Jack the barber on King of the Hill, the voice of the mayor in the Ghostbusters video game, the voice of Qui the Promoter in the 2005 video game Jade Empire, Prince Huge on Adventure Time in the episode "The Hard Easy", Charlie in Mike Judge's The Goode Family, and Jacob on Motorcity. Murray voiced the villainous corporate executive Mr. Twitchell on the Christmas special Frosty Returns.

Personal life


Murray has been married to former assistant director and current veterinarian Christina Stauffer since August 28, 2000.[8][9]




Year Title Role Notes
1972 Fuzz Detective
1975 Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle Charles of the Pits #1 English version, voice
1980 Caddyshack Lou Loomis Writer and film debut
1981 Modern Problems Brian Stills
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Kamp Komfort Clerk
1984 Sixteen Candles Reverend
The Razor's Edge Piedmont
1985 Head Office Colonel Tolliver
1986 Legal Eagles Shaw
Club Paradise Voit Zerbe
1988 Scrooged Earl Cross
Superman 50th Anniversary Brian Connelly
1989 The Experts Mr. Jones
How I Got into College Coach Evans
Ghostbusters II Psychiatric Doctor
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Frank Shirley
1990 Small White House Johnny's Father
1991 Nothing but Trouble FBI Agent Brian
Babe Ruth Marshall Hunt
JFK Jack Ruby
1992 Wayne's World Noah Vanderhoff
1993 Groundhog Day Buster Green
1994 Cabin Boy Skunk
1995 My Brother's Keeper Curtis
Jury Duty Harry
1996 Multiplicity Walt
Waiting for Guffman Red Savage
1997 As Good as It Gets Handyman
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Wittgenstein Voice[10]
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Professor
Dr. Dolittle Old Beagle Voice
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Baloo[10]
1999 Stuart Little Cousin Edgar
2000 Bedazzled Priest
2002 Snow Dogs Ernie
A Gentleman's Game Tomato Face
2003 Getting Hal Phil
2007 Daddy Day Camp Uncle Morty
Love Comes Lately Boss
2009 17 Again The Janitor
2012 Eye of the Hurricane Harvey Miken
The Three Stooges Monsignor Ratliffe
2015 Underdogs The Boss Voice
2018 For the Fun of the Game Himself
2025 The SpongeBob Movie: Search for SquarePants The Flying Dutchman Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1975–1976 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Various characters Television series; television debut; also writer
1976 The TVTV Show
1978 Sesame Street Man in Row Boat #2 Episode: "(#1186)"
1978–1980, 1981–1982 Saturday Night Live Various characters 52 episodes
Also writer
1991 Good Sports John "Mac" MacKinney 15 episodes
1990–1992 Get a Life Gus Borden / Ted Bains 13 episodes
1992 Married... with Children Wayne Episode: Kelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Wings Coach Snyder Television series
Frosty Returns Mr. Twitchell Voice, television special[10]
Seinfeld Mel Sanger Episode: "The Bubble Boy"
1993–1994 Bakersfield P.D. Sergeant Bill Hampton 17 episodes
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Harlan Black Episode: "Chi of Steel"
1995–1998 Ellen Burt Kovak 2 episodes
1996–1997 Duckman Agnes Delrooney Voice, 10 episodes
1997 Nightmare Ned Norm Voice, episode: "My, How You've Grown"
Casper: A Spirited Beginning Foreman Dave TV movie
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Mulligan / Cop #3 Voice, episode: "The Great Escape/Beast with Four Eyes"[10]
1997–1999 Between Brothers Stuart Franklin 3 episodes
1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Referee Episode: "It's Perfectly Understandishable"
1998 Recess Tommy "The Tickler" Tate Voice, episode: "Gretchen and the Secret of Yo"
1999 Smart Guy Pete Gilroy Episode: "Cross Talk"
CatDog Santa Claus Voice, episode: "A Very CatDog Christmas"[10]
1999–2000 Love & Money Finn McBride 13 episodes
1999–present SpongeBob SquarePants The Flying Dutchman Voice, 14 episodes[10]
2000 Jackie Chan Adventures Gnome Cop Voice, episode: "Tough Break"
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Panchax Voice, episode: "Panic on Bathyos"[10]
2000–2007 King of the Hill Jack the Barber Voice, 3 episodes
2000–2001 Family Guy Salty / Bidder #2 / Luke Voice, 3 episodes
2001 The Angry Beavers Smelly Jim Voice, episode: "Dag Con Carny"[10]
2001–2006 Yes, Dear Mr. George Savitsky Recurring role
2002 Teamo Supremo The Chief Voice, 4 episodes
2003 Justice League Artie Bauman Voice, episode: "Eclipsed"[10]
2005–2006 The Buzz on Maggie Chauncey Pesky Voice, main role
2005–2008 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Coach Tiffany Gills Voice, 19 episodes
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Bernie Fusterillo Voice, episode: "Zoo Trouble"
2008–2010 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Captain K'nuckles Voice, 69 episodes[10]
2008 Psych Grandpa Spencer Episode: "The Old and the Restless"
2009 The Goode Family Charlie Voice, 13 episodes
2009–2018 The Middle Don Ehlert 25 episodes
2010 WordGirl Police officer Voice, episode: "Earth Day Girl/A Hero, a Thief, a Store, and Its Owner"
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Glenn Voice, episode: "Kicked Out/Kick the Habit"
2011 Supernatural Robert Singer Episode: "The French Mistake"
2012 Adventure Time Prince Huge Voice, episode: "The Hard Easy"[10]
2012–2013 Motorcity Jacob, Utiliton, Giant Peanut Butter Cup Voice, 13 episodes[10]
2012–2014 Sullivan & Son Hank Murphy 33 episodes
2013 Raising Hope Walt Episode: "Yo Zappa Do: Part 2"
Fish Hooks Baby Face Bryant Voice, 1 episode
2014 2 Broke Girls Blarney Bill Episode: "And the Kilt Trip"
Christmas Under Wraps Frank Holiday TV movie
2016 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sea Captain Episode: "The Gang Goes to Hell: Part 1"
2016–2017 Veep George Huntzinger 3 episodes
2017 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah President Grandpa Episode: "February 15, 2017"
Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer Big Doug Voice
Jeff & Some Aliens Zorby Voice, episode: "Jeff & Some Laughs"[10]
2017–2018 Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray's Extra Innings Himself 10 episodes
2018–2019 Lodge 49 Bob Kruger Recurring role
2021–2022 Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years The Flying Dutchman Voice, 2 episodes
The Patrick Star Show
2022 A Cozy Christmas Inn Frank Holliday TV Movie[11]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge The Flying Dutchman [10]
2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month Voice only[10]
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman [10]
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom [10]
2005 Jade Empire Qui the Promoter
2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game Mayor Jock Mulligan
2011 Nicktoons MLB The Flying Dutchman [10]
2020 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated Archival recordings[12]
2023 SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake [10]
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2

Theme parks

Year Title Role Notes
2013 SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue The Flying Dutchman (voice) Short film

Screenwriting credits

Year Title Notes
1973–1974 The National Lampoon Radio Hour Radio series
1975 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Also cast member
1976 The TVTV Show Television series
1976–1979 SCTV
1977–1982 Saturday Night Live Also cast member
Television series
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Comedy – Variety or Music Series (1978)
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series (1979)
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program (1980)
1980 Caddyshack Writer with Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney
1982 The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me Television series
1986 Club Paradise Writer with Harold Ramis
Also cast member
1993 The Chevy Chase Show Television series
2002 The Sweet Spot


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  7. ^ SPITZNAGEL, ERIC (July 6, 2017). "SUMMER OF '78: Meatballs: An Oral History". Vanity Fair. (Reitman:) In 1975, I'd produced an Off-Broadway show called The National Lampoon Show, which starred John Belushi, Brian Doyle, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and Harold Ramis. Here was this extraordinary all-star team, the likes of which I had never seen before.
  8. ^ "Brian Doyle-Murray gets his price and more for storybook home in Mar Vista". Los Angeles Times. June 10, 2016.
  9. ^ The Kansas City (subscription required)
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Brian Doyle Murray (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 15, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  11. ^ Sullivan, Peter (October 28, 2022), A Cozy Christmas Inn (Comedy, Romance), Jodie Sweetin, David O'Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, Hybrid, Mayor Entertainment, retrieved December 22, 2023
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