George Murphy

Lowest Rated: 67% Border Incident (1949)
Birthday: Jul 4, 1902
Birthplace: Not Available
A Yankee Doodle dandy born on the fourth of July, actor George Murphy was the son of an Olympic track coach. He tried the Navy at age 15, but soon returned home to complete his high school and college education. He never finished college, choosing instead to pursue a dancing career. In 1927, Murphy and his partner-wife Julie Johnson made it to Broadway; by the early 1930s Mrs. Murphy had retired and George had become a star solo dancer. He made his screen bow in support of Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, and Ann Sothern in Kid Millions (1934). Never a major star, Murphy was an agreeable presence in several big-budget musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, and later essayed straight dramatic parts in such films as Border Incident (1949) and Battleground (1949). He also crossed paths with two of his future fellow Republican politicos, dancing with Shirley Temple in Little Miss Broadway (1938) and playing the father of Ronald Reagan (nine years Murphy's junior!) in This Is the Army (1943). Like Reagan, Murphy was a Democrat until becoming involved in intra-Hollywood politics. Changing to Republicanism in 1939, Murphy worked to cement relationships between local government and the movie industry, and in 1945 he served the first of two terms as President of the Screen Actors Guild (Reagan was, of course, one of his successors). After his last film, an odd MGM second feature about mob mentality titled Talk About a Stranger (1952), Murphy retired from show business to devote his full time to political and business activities. He was instrumental in getting Desilu Studios, the TV factory created by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, off the ground in the late 1950s, serving for several years on its board of directors. Murphy became one of the first actors to throw his hat into the political arena in 1964 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Despite throat surgery which prevented him from speaking above a hoarse whisper, Murphy remained active in Republican circles into the 1970s, helping smooth the path to several elections of increasing importance for his old pal Ronald Reagan.

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No Score Yet You're a Sweetheart Actor 2013
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Walk East on Beacon Inspector James 'Jim' Belden 1952
No Score Yet Talk About a Stranger Robert Fontaine, Sr. 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Mr. Callaghan 1951
No Score Yet No Questions Asked Inspector Matt Duggan 1951
100% Battleground Pop Stazak 1949
67% Border Incident Jack Bearnes 1949
No Score Yet Tenth Avenue Angel Steve Abbutt 1948
No Score Yet Cynthia Larry Bishop 1947
No Score Yet The Arnelo Affair Theodore 'Ted' Parkson 1947
No Score Yet Up Goes Maisie Joseph Morton 1946
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Crime Jake Justus 1945
No Score Yet Show Business George Doane 1944
No Score Yet Step Lively Gordon Miller 1944
No Score Yet Broadway Rhythm Johnny Demming 1944
No Score Yet This Is the Army Jerry Jones 1943
No Score Yet Bataan Lt. Steve Bentley 1943
100% For Me and My Gal Jimmy K. Metcalf 1942
No Score Yet The Mayor of 44th Street Joe Jonathan 1942
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through Sands 1942
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Jimmy M'Gonigle 1941
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie) Francis X. 'Skeets' / 'Skeeter' Maguire 1941
100% Tom, Dick and Harry Tom 1941
No Score Yet A Girl, a Guy and a Gob Claudius J. 'Coffee Cup' Cup 1941
No Score Yet Little Nellie Kelly Jerry Kelly 1940
No Score Yet Broadway Melody of 1940 King Shaw 1940
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway Eddie Kerns 1940
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed Rusty 1938
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction Barry Paige 1938
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway Roger Wendling 1938
100% Broadway Melody of 1938 Sonny Ledford 1937
No Score Yet London by Night Michael Denis 1937
No Score Yet Kid Millions Jerry Lane 1934

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