Sidney Murray Matheson (1 July 1912 – 25 April 1985) was an American-based Australian actor. He appeared on stage and in films and television programs until 1983.

Murray Matheson
Born(1912-07-01)1 July 1912
Casterton, Victoria, Australia
Died25 April 1985(1985-04-25) (aged 72)
Other namesSidney Murray Matheson
OccupationActor: stage, film, television
Years active1945-1983


Matheson was born in Australia, where he grew up on a 3,000-acre sheep station. When he was 12, he saw a production of Sally by a touring company, and that experience sparked his desire to be an actor.[1]

His first principal stage performance was in the musical Roberta at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne Australia in 1934. His London debut was at the Palladium in Band Wagon (1939).

He made his New York debut as Captain Worthy in The Relapse, as part of the Theatre Guild (1950). Matheson performed in dozens of plays, including some major tours, until 1982.

Matheson's first film appearance was as Joe Lawson in The Way to the Stars, a.k.a. Johnny in the Clouds (1945). He played the clown in the classic The Twilight Zone episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit". He made guest appearances in two 1964 episodes of CBS's Perry Mason: murder victim B.K. Doran in "The Case of the Accosted Accountant." and murderer Howard Hopkins in "The Case of the Wooden Nickels."

Some of his best-known film and television roles include:

In 1960 Matheson appeared as Alexander on the TV western Laramie on the episode titled "Duel at Parkinson Town."[citation needed] In 1960-61, he was cast as Geoffrey Carey in "The Archer's Ring" and as the High Priest in "The Perils of Penrose", respectively, on the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. In 1961, he played the lead guest-starring role in the episode "A Rope for Charlie Munday" on another ABC adventure series, The Islanders, co-starring William Reynolds. In 1969, he guest starred in Bewitched season 5 episode 28, " Samantha's Good News ". In 1970, he appeared in an episode of the ABC crime drama The Silent Force, and in 1978 he appeared in the "Murder! Murder!" episode of the NBC crime drama The Eddie Capra Mysteries. In 1982 he made an appearance on The Facts of Life S4 E11.

Matheson's ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.


Year Title Role Notes
1945 The Way to the Stars Joe Lawson
1945 Journey Together Lancaster Crew
1946 School for Secrets Wing Cdr. Allen
1948 The Secret Tunnel Mr. Henderson
1949 The Fool and the Princess Graham Ballard
1952 Hurricane Smith Dr. Whitmore
1952 Plymouth Adventure Christopher Martin Uncredited
1952 Botany Bay Rev. Mortimer Thynne
1953 Jamaica Run Inspector Mole
1953 Flight to Tangier Franz Kovac
1953 King of the Khyber Rifles Maj. Ian MacAllister
1954 The Bamboo Prison Comrade Clayton
1955 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing Dr. John Keith
1962 The Notorious Landlady Neighbour Uncredited
1963 Wall of Noise Jack Matlock
1963 The Fugitive Earl Morehead Episode: "Ticket to Alaska"
1964 Signpost to Murder Dr. Graham
1966 Assault on a Queen Captain
1967 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Benjamin Ovington
1968 Star! Bankruptcy Judge Uncredited
1968 In Enemy Country Uncredited
1969 Explosion Owner of Jaguar
1972 A Fan's Notes Clarke Institute doctor
1973 Arnold Lord Arnold Dwellyn Voice, Uncredited
1978 Rabbit Test Dr. Mario Lowell
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Mr. Agee (segment "Kick the Can")


  1. ^ Kleiner, Dick (16 June 1973). "Banacek's Felix Once Sheepman". The Ogden Standard. Utah, Ogden. p. 23. Retrieved 11 July 2017 – via  


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