Maurice Murphy (actor)

Maurice Murphy (October 3, 1913 – November 23, 1978) was an American film actor.[1] Initially a child actor, he graduated to playing older roles, often in action films. Early film appearances included in Stella Dallas and as the young Beau Geste in the 1926 film. In 1934 he played the title role in the Universal Pictures serial Tailspin Tommy.

Maurice Murphy
BornOctober 3, 1913
Seattle, Washington, United States
DiedNovember 23, 1978 (aged 65)
Years active1923–1945

His brother Jack Murphy also became an actor.


Year Title Role Notes
1923 The Self-Made Wife Tim Godwin Jr. Film debut
Call of the Wild
1924 The Last Man on Earth Elmer's Pal
Peter Pan Tootles
1925 The Home Maker Henry Knapp
Thank You Willie Jones
Stella Dallas Morrison Child
1926 Beau Geste Beau Geste - Younger
Flesh and the Devil Ulrich as a Boy Uncredited
1927 Alias the Deacon Willie Clark
The American
1928 The Call of the Heart Little Pete
The Shepherd of the Hills Josh O'Day
The Michigan Kid Jimmy Cowan - as a Child
1929 The Spirit of Youth Ted Ewing
The Three Outcasts Dick Marsh - as a Boy
The College Coquette Jimmy Doolittle
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front Soldier Uncredited
Hell's Angels Pilot Uncredited
1931 Seas Beneath Merkel Uncredited
Women Go on Forever Tommy
1932 Divorce in the Family Al Parker
Faithless Anthony 'Tony' Wade
1933 Found Alive Bobby Roberts
What Price Innocence? Maurice Harper
Pilgrimage Gary Worth
1934 Tailspin Tommy Tailspin Tommy Tompkins Serial
There's Always Tomorrow Fred White
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Leon - a Soldier Uncredited
1935 Private Worlds Boy In Car
Curly Top Jimmie Rogers
The Crusades Alan - Richard's Squire
1936 The Prisoner of Shark Island Prison Hospital Orderly
Gentle Julia Luis
Down to the Sea Newland Sanders
Romeo and Juliet Balthasar Uncredited
1937 The Road Back Albert
Under Suspicion Ralph
Tovarich Georges Dupont
1938 The Nurse from Brooklyn Danny Thomas
My Bill Lynn Willard
Delinquent Parents Bruce Jefferson
Secrets of an Actress Thompson's Assistant Uncredited
1939 Zaza Henri
Forged Passport 'Kansas' Nelson
Career Mel Bartholomew
The Covered Trailer Bill Williams
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois John McNeil
Wolf of New York Frankie Mason
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Baby Weems Storyboard Artist
1942 To Be or Not to Be Polish RAF Pilot Uncredited
Smith of Minnesota Wayne Smith Uncredited
1943 Air Force Harper's Co-Pilot Uncredited
Destination Tokyo Toscanini Uncredited
A Guy Named Joe Captain Robertson Uncredited
1944 See Here, Private Hargrove Lieutenant Uncredited
1945 Sensation Hunters Fred Rogers Final film, Uncredited


  1. ^ Pitts p.177


  • Michael R. Pitts. Poverty Row Studios, 1929–1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each. McFarland & Company, 2005.

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