Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

  • Highest Rated: 57% Twenty-One (1991)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
  • Birthday: Mar 6, 1942
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Arkansas and raised in Memphis and Chicago, American actor Ben Murphy worked his way through college by driving a pie truck. Eventually he'd attend eight colleges, from the University of Illinois to the University of the Americas in Mexico City, where by his own admission his sole interests were acting and womanizing. A stint at the Pasadena Playhouse led to Murphy's first film role, a one line bit in The Graduate (1967). He was signed to a Universal contract in 1967, appearing in several of the studios' series, including as a semiregular hitch on The Name of the Game. When a midseason cancellation on ABC in 1970 required Universal to come up with a quickie replacement, the studio slapped together a derivation of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid titled Alias Smith and Jones, with Ben Murphy and Pete Deuel in the leads. Much was made at the time of Murphy's resemblance to Paul Newman (one of the stars of Butch Cassidy), though everyone involved with Alias Smith and Jones pooh-poohed the idea that Murphy's looks alone won him the part. After Smith and Jones left the air, Murphy tried his luck with feature films, with results ranging from the tolerable to the tepid: Heat Wave (1974), Sidecar Racers (1975) and Time Walker (1982) were typical titles in the Murphy manifest. He periodically returned to television, where work was more satisfying if not more secure. Ben Murphy was a regular on a whole slew of short-lived TV weeklies, including Griff (1973), The Gemini Man (1976) (for which Murphy dropped several pounds and, it is said, his highly abrasive attitude), The Chisholms (1979), The Winds of War (1983), Lottery$ (1984), Berrenger's (1985), and Dirty Dozen: The Series (1988).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Genesis Code Actor 2010
57% Twenty-One Gerald Morris 1991
No Score Yet Dancin Thru the Dark Gary 1987
No Score Yet Uncommon Valor Jim Merritt 1983
No Score Yet The Cradle Will Fall Dr. Richard Carroll 1983
No Score Yet Time Walker Prof. Douglas McCadden 1982
No Score Yet The Chisholms Actor 1979
No Score Yet Riding with Death Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Thousand Plane Raid Lt. Archer 1969
50% Yours, Mine and Ours Larry 1968

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Travis
  • 2006
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Brad Vickers
  • 2004
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Capt. Veitch
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Rev. Henderson
  • 2003
No Score Yet The District
2000-2004
Congressman Phillip Hallett
  • 2001
No Score Yet JAG
1995-2005
Lt. Com. John Farrow Captain Roy Nielsen
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Silk Stalkings
1991-1999
Grant
  • 1996
No Score Yet Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
1993-1998
  • 1995
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Scott Lodge
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Winds of War
1983
Warren Henry
  • 1983
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
  • 1982
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Alan Peterson
  • 1975
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
King
  • 1968

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