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Fred MacMurray

Highest Rated:   100% Remember the Night (1940)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Swarm (1978)
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Birthplace:   Kankakee, Illinois, USA
Given that Fred MacMurray built a successful film career as the quintessential nice guy, it's rather ironic that some of his strongest and best-remembered performances cast him against type. While remaining known as a fixture of light comedies and live-action Disney productions, his definitive roles nonetheless were those which found him contemplating murder, adultery, and other villainous pursuits. Born August 30, 1908, in Kankakee, IL, MacMurray, the son of a concert violinist, was educated at a military academy and later studied at the Chicago Art Institute. His original goal was to become a professional saxophonist, and toward that aim he worked with a variety of bands and even recorded with Gus Arnheim. MacMurray's musical aspirations eventually led him to Hollywood, where he frequently worked as an extra. He later joined the California Collegians and with them played Broadway in the 1930 revue Three's a Crowd, where he joined Libby Holman on a duet of "Something to Remember Me By." He subsequently appeared in productions of The Third Little Show and Roberta. The story behind MacMurray's return to Hollywood remains uncertain -- either a Paramount casting scout saw him on-stage, or he simply signed up with Central Casting -- but either way, he was under contract by 1934. At Paramount, he rose to fame in 1935's The Gilded Lily, a romantic comedy which pit him against Claudette Colbert. Seemingly overnight he was among the hottest young actors in town, and he quickly emerged as a favorite romantic sparring partner with many of Hollywood's leading actresses. After Katherine Hepburn requested his services for Alice Adams, MacMurray joined Carole Lombard in Hands Across the Table before reuniting with Colbert in The Bride Comes Home, his seventh film in 12 months. He kept up the frenetic pace, appearing in 1936's The Trail of the Lonesome Pine alongside Henry Fonda, reteaming with Lombard in The Princess Comes Across. After settling a contract dispute with Paramount, MacMurray again starred with Colbert in the 1937 swashbuckler Maid of Salem, one of the first films to move him away from the laid-back, genial performances on which he'd risen to success.Along with Colbert, Lombard remained the actress with whom MacMurray was most frequently paired. They reunited in 1937's Swing High, Swing Low and again that same year in True Confession. After starring with Bing Crosby in Sing You Sinners, he also began another onscreen partnership with Madeleine Carroll in 1939's Cafe Society, quickly followed by a reunion in Invitation to Bali. While not the superstar that many predicted he would become, by the 1940s MacMurray had settled comfortably into his leading man duties, developing an amiable comic style perfectly suited to his pictures' sunny tone. While occasionally appearing in a more dramatic capacity, as in the Barbara Stanwyck drama Remember the Night, the majority of his pictures remained light, breezy affairs. However, in 1944 he and Stanwyck reunited in Billy Wilder's superb Double Indemnity, which cast MacMurray as a murderous insurance salesman. The result was perhaps the most acclaimed performance of his career, earning him new respect as a serious actor.However, MacMurray soon returned to more comedic fare, appearing with Colbert in 1944's Practically Yours. After the following year's farcical Murder He Says, his contract with Paramount ended and he moved to 20th Century Fox, where he starred in the historical musical Where Do We Go From Here? His co-star, June Haver, became his wife in 1954. MacMurray then produced and starred in Pardon My Past, but after announcing his displeasure with Fox he jumped to Universal to star in the 1947 hit The Egg and I. During the 1940s and early '50s, he settled into a string of easygoing comedies, few of them successful either financially or artistically. His star began to wane, a situation not helped by a number of poor career choices; in 1950, he even turned down

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity Encore
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Men With Wings
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Billy Wilder
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
13% The Swarm
  • Clarence
1978
No Score Yet Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, (Beyond This Place There Be Dragons)
  • Harry
1975
No Score Yet Charley and the Angel
  • Charley Appleby
1973
No Score Yet The Happiest Millionaire
  • Anthony J. Drexel Biddle
1967
No Score Yet Follow Me, Boys!
  • Lemuel Siddons
1966
No Score Yet Kisses For My President
  • Thaddeus (Thad) McCloud
1964
86% Son of Flubber
  • Professor Ned Brainard
1963
No Score Yet Bon Voyage!
  • Harry Willard
1962
81% The Absent-Minded Professor
  • Ned Brainard
1961
93% The Apartment
  • J.D. Sheldrake
1960
No Score Yet Good Day for a Hanging
  • Ben Cutler
1959
No Score Yet Face of a Fugitive
  • Jim Larson/Ray Kincaid
1959
67% The Shaggy Dog
  • Wilson Daniels
1959
No Score Yet Day Of The Bad Man
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Gun for a Coward
  • Will Keough
1957
No Score Yet There's Always Tomorrow
  • Clifford Groves
1956
No Score Yet At Gunpoint (Gunpoint!)
  • Jack Wright
1955
No Score Yet The Rains of Ranchipur
  • Thomas "Tom" Ransome
1955
No Score Yet The Far Horizons
  • Capt. Meriwether Lewis
1955
No Score Yet Woman's World
  • Sid
1954
80% Pushover
  • Paul Sheridan
1954
92% The Caine Mutiny
  • Lt. Tom Keefer
1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter
  • Wes Anderson
1953
No Score Yet Fair Wind to Java
  • Boll
1953
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway
  • Mike Frye
1951
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment
  • Chris
1950
No Score Yet Borderline
  • Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin
1950
No Score Yet Father Was a Fullback
  • George Cooper
1949
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Bells
  • William 'Bill' Dunnigan
1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Al
1948
No Score Yet Don't Trust Your Husband
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Great Cop Movies
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Singapore
  • Matt Gordon
1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I
  • Bob MacDonald
1947
No Score Yet Smoky
  • Clint Barkley
1946
No Score Yet Pardon My Past
  • Producer
  • Eddie York / Francis Pemberton
1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Bill
1945
No Score Yet Murder, He Says
  • Pete Marshall
1945
96% Double Indemnity
  • Walter
1944
No Score Yet Above Suspicion
  • Richard Myles
1943
No Score Yet Flight for Freedom
  • Randy Britton
1943
No Score Yet No Time for Love
  • Jim Ryan
1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Take a Letter, Darling (Green-Eyed Woman)
  • Tom Verney
1942
No Score Yet The Lady Is Willing
  • Dr. Corey McBain
1942
No Score Yet Dive Bomber
  • Cmdr. Joe Blake
1941
No Score Yet Too Many Husbands
  • Bill Cardew
1940
100% Remember the Night
  • John Sargent
1940
No Score Yet Honeymoon in Bali
  • Bill 'Willie' Burnett
1939
No Score Yet My Love for Yours
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Sing You Sinners
  • David Beebe
1938
No Score Yet Exclusive
  • Ralph Houston
1937
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low
  • Skid Johnson
1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem
  • Roger Coverman
1937
No Score Yet True Confession
  • Kenneth Bartlett
1937
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers
  • Jim Hawkins
1936
No Score Yet 13 Hours by Air (Thirteen Hours by Air)
  • Jack Gordon
1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Jack Hale
1936
No Score Yet The Princess Comes Across
  • King Mantell
1936
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table
  • Theodore Drew III
1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily
  • Peter Dawes
1935
No Score Yet Grand Old Girl
  • Sandy
1935
93% Alice Adams
  • Arthur Russell
1935

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