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Brian Murray (actor)

Brian Murray ( Bell; 10 September 1937 – 20 August 2018)[1] was a South African actor and theatre director who was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2004.

Brian Murray
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Brian Bell

(1937-09-10)10 September 1937
Died20 August 2018(2018-08-20) (aged 80)
OccupationActor, director
Years active1959–2018


Murray was born Brian Bell in Johannesburg, the son of Mary Dickson (née Murray) and Alfred Bell, a professional golfer.[2]


Murray made his Broadway debut in the play All in Good Time in 1965. [3] In 1967, he starred as Rosencrantz in the Broadway production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, earning the first of three Tony Award, Best Featured Actor In A Play nominations for his performance. [3][4]

Murray directed the 1973 Broadway revival of The Waltz of the Toreadors.[5] His stage directing credits include Broadway revivals of Hay Fever (1985), Arsenic and Old Lace (1986), Blithe Spirit (1987), and The Show Off (1992).[3]

In 1998, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding body of work.[6]

His film credits include Bob Roberts and City Hall. On television he has appeared in Kojak, Another World, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and 30 Rock. In the 1970s and 1980s, he performed in a number of radio plays for Yuri Rasovsky's award-winning National Radio Theater. He played a role in the 2009 film, My Dog Tulip.

On August 20, 2018, Murray died at age 80, just one month before his 81st birthday.

Additional Broadway acting creditsEdit

Source: Playbill Vault[3]


Source: Rotten Tomatoes[7]

Source: Behind the voice actors[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Angry Silence[9] Gladys
The League of Gentlemen[10] Private "Chunky" Grogan
1992 Bob Roberts Terry Manchester
1996 City Hall Corporation Counsel
2002 Treasure Planet[8] Long John Silver Voice
2009 My Dog Tulip[8][11] Captain Pugh, Mr Blandish
2011 Dream House Dr. Medlin
In the Family Paul Hawks
2018 A Bread Factory, Part One Sir Walter Posthumous release
A Bread Factory, Part One Posthumous release; final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1959–1966 ITV Play of the Week John Clegg, PC Bernard Wall Episodes: "Sugar in the Morning" & "Blue as His Eyes, the Tin Helmet He Wore"
1959 Saturday Playhouse Stevens Episode: "The Larford Lad"
Emergency – Ward 10 Joe Masters 3 Episodes
1960 No Hiding Place Chopper Green Episode: "The Long Day"
1963 The Plane Makers Tom Barnsley Episode: "Point of Contact"
1964 Drama 61-67 Cpl. Parker, David Potter Episodes: "Drama '64: Across the Border" & "Studio '64: The Happy Moorings"
1976 Kojak Caesar Ogilvy Episode: "A Summer Madness"
1978–1979 Another World Dr. Dan Shearer #2 Unknown episodes
1990 Great Performances Claudius Episode: "Hamlet"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Richard Sullivan Episode: "The Saint"
2007 30 Rock Jack's Dad Episode: "The Fighting Irish"
American Experience Gouverneur Morris Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"
2011 The Good Wife Judge Mowbray Episode: "The Death Zone"


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Treasure Planet Long John Silver Voice
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon[8] John Silver / Robot Silver

Radio dramaEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Tony Nominee Brian Murray Passes Away at 80". BroadwayWorld. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Brian Murray Biography (1937– )".
  3. ^ a b c d e "Brian Murray Credits and Awards" Playbill Vault, retrieved August 23, 2018
  4. ^ a b "Murray Awards", retrieved August 23, 2018
  5. ^ " 'The Waltz of the Toreadors' 1973" Playbill Vault, retrieved August 23, 2018
  6. ^ "1998 Recipients" Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved August 23, 2018
  7. ^ "Brian Murray Film Credits", retrieved August 23, 2018
  8. ^ a b c d
  9. ^ The Angry Silence, retrieved August 23, 2018
  10. ^ The League of Gentlemen, retrieved August 23, 2018
  11. ^ My Dog Tulip, retrieved August 23, 2018

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