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Murvyn Vye (July 15, 1913 – August 17, 1976) was an American character actor.

Murvyn Vye
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Marvin Wesley Vye Jr.

(1913-07-15)July 15, 1913
DiedAugust 17, 1976(1976-08-17) (aged 63)
Years active1947-1967
Known for
Spouse(s)Patricia Savage Copeland (1915–1999)


Early yearsEdit

Vye was born Marvin Wesley Vye Jr. in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, and educated at Yale University.[1][2]


Vye appeared in numerous films in the 1940s and 1950s, often in exotic roles. He portrayed a villainous Merlin the Magician in the 1949 Bing Crosby musical comedy, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and the scheming Prince Arok in 1952's Road to Bali, a comedy co-starring Crosby and Bob Hope.

On Broadway, Vye debuted in Hamlet (1936).[3] He also created the role of Jigger Cragin in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Vye was also set to appear as the Kralaholme in the original production of The King and I, but as rehearsals went on he lost his only two musical numbers and left the show.

In 1959, Vye portrayed gangster George "Bugs" Moran, rival of Chicago's top organized-crime figure, in Al Capone, which starred Rod Steiger in the title role.

He did guest-star appearances in many television series throughout the 1950s and '60s, including Maverick, M Squad, The Untouchables, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Lucy Show.


Vye died on August 17, 1976, in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Partial filmography (as actor)Edit


  1. ^ "Murvyn Vye | Biography and Filmography | 1913". 1913-07-15. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  2. ^ "Murvyn Vye". Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  3. ^ "Murvyn Vye". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 8 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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