Audie Murphy

Highest Rated: 100% To Hell and Back (1955)
Lowest Rated: 40% A Time for Dying (1969)
Birthday: Jun 20, 1924
Birthplace: Kingston, Texas, USA
Over the course of his extraordinary life, Audie Murphy went from being a poor Texas sharecropper's son to America's most decorated WWII hero to a popular Western and action movie star. Though he died in 1971, his accomplishments are still commemorated in a variety of ways that range from his native Hunt County's annual Audie Murphy Day celebration to his induction into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Country Music Association of Texas. His name also appears on a VA hospital, a library room, a stretch of U.S. Highway 69 in Texas, and a San Antonio division of the Army. Murphy was born to a family of cotton growers near Kingston, TX. Boyish-looking and slender, he appeared an unlikely war hero, but while stationed in Europe with his infantry unit, Murphy was credited with killing 240 Germans, was promoted to lieutenant, and earned at least 24 medals, including a Purple Heart for a gunshot wound that shattered his hip and the coveted Congressional Medal of Honor. Following the war, Murphy worked as a clerk and a garage attendant before James Cagney invited him to his Hollywood home. Murphy stayed for 18 months and made his screen debut in Beyond Glory (1948), playing a guilt-ridden soldier. He had his first starring role in Bad Boy (1949) and was praised for his naturalistic acting style. Some critics chided him for only playing himself, but Murphy never claimed any acting ability. For audiences impressed with his war record and charmed by his charisma, Murphy playing himself was enough to sustain his busy film career for two decades. By the early '50s, Murphy was appearing in second-string Westerns. In 1953, distinguished director John Huston, whom Murphy regarded as a friend and mentor, starred him as the young soldier in his adaptation of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage (1953). He would again work with Huston in 1960s' The Unforgiven. In 1955, Murphy appeared in his signature film, To Hell and Back, a chronicle of his war experiences based on his published autobiography. This film's box-office success allowed Murphy to appear in larger-budget films through the early '60s when he once again returned to B-movies. All told, during his heyday, Murphy worked with some of the era's most prominent stars including Jimmy Stewart, Broderick Crawford, and Audrey Hepburn. But while Murphy's professional life flourished, he had to grapple with some tough situations in his personal life. In the late '60s, an Algerian oil field he'd purchased was blown up during the Seven Day War. Murphy lost around 250,000 dollars. In 1970, he was tried and acquitted for beating up and threatening to kill a man during a heated fight, the precise circumstances of which remain muddled. Despite this courtroom victory, rumors circulated that Murphy was suffering personal problems resulting from his war experiences. Murphy was once briefly married to actress Wanda Hendrix with whom he had appeared in Sierra (1950). In 1951, Murphy married Pamela Archer and they remained happily wed until he accidentally crashed his plane into a Virginia mountainside on Memorial Day 1971. Murphy was given a full military burial and was interred in Arlington Cemetery.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Audie Murphy: Great American Hero Actor 1996
40% A Time for Dying Producer 1969
No Score Yet 40 Guns to Apache Pass Capt. Bruce Coburn 1967
No Score Yet The Texican Producer Jess Carlin 1966
No Score Yet Gunpoint Chad Lucas 1966
No Score Yet Arizona Raiders Clint Stewart 1965
No Score Yet Apache Rifles Capt. Jeff Stanton 1964
No Score Yet Bullet for a Badman Logan Keliher 1964
No Score Yet The Quick Gun Clint Cooper 1964
No Score Yet Gunfight at Comanche Creek Bob 'Gif' Gifford/Judd Tanner 1963
No Score Yet Six Black Horses Ben Lane 1962
No Score Yet Battle at Bloody Beach Craig Benson 1961
No Score Yet Posse from Hell Banner Cole 1961
No Score Yet Seven Ways from Sundown Seven Ways From Sundown Jones 1960
No Score Yet The Unforgiven Cash Zachary 1960
No Score Yet Hell Bent for Leather Clay 1960
No Score Yet No Name on the Bullet John Gant 1959
No Score Yet The Gun Runners Sam Martin 1958
No Score Yet The Quiet American The American 1958
No Score Yet Sendas Torturosas Joe Maybe 1958
No Score Yet Night Passage The Utica Kid 1957
No Score Yet The Guns of Fort Petticoat Lt. Frank Hewitt Producer 1957
No Score Yet Walk the Proud Land John P. Clum 1956
100% To Hell and Back Audie Murphy Screenwriter Producer 1955
No Score Yet Destry Tom Destry 1954
No Score Yet Drums Across the River Gary Brannon 1954
No Score Yet Ride Clear of Diablo Clay O'Mara 1954
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Jim Harvey 1953
No Score Yet Column South Actor 1953
No Score Yet Gun Smoke Reb Kittredge 1953
No Score Yet The Duel at Silver Creek Luke Cromwell / The Silver Kid 1952
No Score Yet The Cimarron Kid Bill Doolin / The Cimarron Kid 1952
83% The Red Badge of Courage The Youth 1951
No Score Yet Kansas Raiders Jesse James 1950
No Score Yet Sierra Ring Hassard 1950
No Score Yet Bad Boy Danny Lester 1949
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Copy Boy 1948


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