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George Murphy

George Murphy was an American dancer and stage, screen, and television actor, as well as a United States Senator. Murphy was a song-and-dance leading man in many big-budget Hollywood musicals from 1930 to 1952. He was the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1944 to 1946, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1951. Murphy served from 1965 to 1971 as U.S. Senator from California, the first notable U.S. actor to be elected to statewide office in California, predating Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is the only United States Senator represented by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In movies, Murphy was known as a song-and-dance man and appeared in many big-budget musicals such as Broadway Melody of 1938, Broadway Melody of 1940 and For Me and My Gal. He made his movie debut shortly after talking pictures had replaced silent movies in 1930, and his career continued until he retired as an actor in 1952, at the age of 50. During World War II, he organized entertainment for American troops. In 1951, he was awarded an honorary Academy Award. He was never nominated for an Oscar in any competitive category. He was the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1944 to 1946. He was also a vice president of Desilu Productions and of the Technicolor Corporation. He was director of entertainment for presidential inaugurations in 1953, 1957 and 1961.

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Jul 4, 1902 In New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Kid Millions 1934-11-10
Latest Project:
Movie Frank Capra's American Dream 1997-01-01
Known For
Poster of That's Dancing!
Poster of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
Poster of No Questions Asked
Poster of Violets in Spring
Movie Frank Capra's American Dream Unknown 1997-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie That's Dancing! Unknown 1985-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series The Thin Man Unknown 1957-09-20
Movie Walk East on Beacon! Inspector James 'Jim' Belden 1952-06-01
Movie Talk About a Stranger Robert Fontaine Sr. 1952-04-18
Movie No Questions Asked Police Insp. Matt Duggan 1951-06-15
Movie It's a Big Country Mr. Patrick Callaghan 1951-11-20
Movie Border Incident Jack Bearnes 1949-10-28
Movie Battleground 'Pop' Stazak 1949-11-09
Movie Tenth Avenue Angel Steve Abbutt 1948-02-20
Movie Big City Patrick O'Donnell 1948-03-25
Movie The Arnelo Affair Theodore 'Ted' Parkson 1947-02-13
Movie Cynthia Larry Bishop 1947-08-29
Movie Up Goes Maisie Joseph Morton 1946-02-01
Movie Having Wonderful Crime Jake Justus 1945-04-12
Movie Twenty Years After Unknown 1944-01-01
Movie Broadway Rhythm Johnny Demming 1944-01-19
Movie Show Business George Doane 1944-05-10
Movie Step Lively Gordon Miller 1944-07-26
Movie The Powers Girl Jerry Hendricks 1943-01-15
Movie Show-Business at War Self 1943-05-21
Movie Bataan Lt. Steve Bentley 1943-06-03
Movie This Is the Army Jerry Jones 1943-08-14
Movie For Me and My Gal Jimmy K. Metcalf 1942-10-21
Movie The Mayor of 44th Street Joe Jonathan 1942-10-15
Movie The Navy Comes Through Lt. Thomas L. 'Tom' Sands 1942-10-30
Movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Claudius "Coffee Cup" Cup 1941-03-14
Movie Tom, Dick and Harry Tom 1941-06-13
Movie Ringside Maisie Francis X. 'Skeets' / 'Skeeter' Maguire 1941-08-01
Movie Rise and Shine Jimmy McGonagle 1941-11-21
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Cavalryman (uncredited) 1941-11-20
Movie A New Romance of Celluloid: The Miracle of Sound Unknown 1940-01-01
Movie Broadway Melody of 1940 King Shaw 1940-02-09
Movie Public Deb No. 1 Alan Blake 1940-09-13
Movie Two Girls on Broadway Eddie Kerns 1940-04-19
Movie Little Nellie Kelly Jerry Kelly 1940-11-22
Movie Risky Business Dan Clifford 1939-03-03
Movie Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga Himself (uncredited) 1939-09-02
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Himself (uncredited) 1939-05-03
Movie Little Miss Broadway Roger Wendling 1938-07-29
Movie Hold That Co-ed Rusty Stevens 1938-09-16
Movie Letter of Introduction Barry Paige 1938-08-05
Movie Top of the Town Ted Lane 1937-04-17
Movie London by Night Michael Denis 1937-07-30
Movie Broadway Melody of 1938 Sonny Ledford 1937-08-20
Movie You're a Sweetheart Hal Adams 1937-12-26
Movie The Women Men Marry Bill Raeburn 1937-09-10
Movie Woman Trap Keat Shevlin 1936-03-06
Movie Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1) Unknown 1936-09-11
Movie Violets in Spring Charlie Hall 1936-09-05
Movie I'll Love You Always Carl Brent 1935-03-19
Movie After the Dance Jerry Davis 1935-06-25
Movie The Public Menace Edward Joseph "Red" Foster 1935-09-30
Movie Kid Millions Jerry Lane 1934-11-10
Movie Jealousy Larry O'Roarke 1934-11-23