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Sam McMurray



Dark-haired character actor Sam McMurray has made a career of playing gaseous windbags of low moral fiber, often adding a salacious sneer to heighten the effect. However, his comic persona also sometimes slants toward lovable obliviousness, making McMurray a desired commodity in broad comedy, as well as a sitcom mainstay.

The New York native got his start in acting with bit parts on television and in the movies in the late '70s and early '80s. In 1987, McMurray had a breakout year of sorts, appearing as a regular on The Tracey Ullman Show (which led to vocal work in the early seasons of The Simpsons) and snagging the film role for which he is best known. In Joel and Ethan Coen's Raising Arizona, McMurray was cast as Glen, Nicolas Cage's factory foreman boss, who runs afoul of Cage's H.I. McDonnough after he proposes swapping wives. In only a handful of scenes, McMurray creates an indelible and hilarious image of a loud, crass, humor-impaired buffoon who resides over a brood of ill-mannered children, but wants to add at least one more to the mix.

Raising Arizona paved the way for supporting work in a number of high-profile comedies in the ensuing years, including National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), L.A. Story (1991), and Addams Family Values (1993). In 1991, he voiced a character in the Disney/ABC live-action TV show Dinosaurs; he would later also provide vocal work for the animated Disney program Recess (1997). Television has provided McMurray with his most regular paychecks, most often in the capacity of a guest performer, both in dramas and sitcoms. He guested as Chandler's boss on several episodes of Friends in 1997, and also made repeat appearances in such shows as The King of Queens, Freaks and Geeks, and Chicago Hope. His recent film work has included a shady detective in The Mod Squad (1999) and a scoundrel cheerleader dad in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
14% Jenny's Wedding
  • Denny
2015
55% Road Hard
  • Burt Crabtree
2015
14% Americons
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet 2nd Serve
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Cupid
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The A Plate
  • Dick Stevens
2012
No Score Yet Holiday Engagement (A Holiday Engagement)
  • Roy Burns
2011
41% A Little Help
  • Big Bad Dan
2011
48% Meet Monica Velour
  • Ronnie
2011
No Score Yet The Craigslist Killer
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Ring of Death
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet A Christmas Too Many
  • Actor
2007
20% Lake Placid 2
  • Jack Struthers
2007
No Score Yet Killer Pad
  • Fire Marshal
2007
No Score Yet Cruel But Necessary
  • Apartment Manager
2005
43% Tennis, Anyone...?
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet A Christmas Too Many
  • Harry
2005
No Score Yet Stealing Sinatra
  • Agent Stameck
2003
80% Sunshine State
  • Todd Northrup
2002
No Score Yet Wishcraft
  • Dad Bumpers
2002
46% The Amati Girls
  • Brian
2001
22% Lucky Numbers
  • Chief Troutman
2000
44% Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Lester Leeman
1999
4% The Mod Squad
  • Tricky
1999
2% Baby Geniuses
  • Goon Bob
1999
No Score Yet Soccer Dog: The Movie
  • Coach Shaw
1999
0% Slappy and the Stinkers
  • Boccoli
1997
No Score Yet The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas
  • Herman Munster
1996
12% Dear God
  • Federal Prosecutor
1996
No Score Yet Savage
  • Edgar Wallace
1995
3% Getting Even With Dad
  • Alex
1994
78% Addams Family Values
  • Don Buckman
1993
17% Class Act
  • Skip Wankman
1992
29% Stone Cold
  • Lance
1991
94% L.A. Story
  • Morris Frost
1991
26% The Wizard
  • Bateman
1989
64% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Bill
1989
90% Raising Arizona
  • Glen
1987
No Score Yet Hands of a Stranger
  • Pearson
1987
23% C.H.U.D. (Chud)
  • Crespi
1984
No Score Yet Fast Forward
  • Clem Friedkin
1984
94% Baby It's You
  • Mr. mcManus
1983
No Score Yet Union City
  • Young Vagrant
1980
75% The Front
  • Young Man at Party
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Devious Maids
2013-2016
  • Hugh Metzger
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • John Westfal
100% Tracey Ullman's Show
2016
  • Performer
Breaking Bad
  • Dr. Victor Brave
95% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
  • Dr. Victor Brave
No Score Yet Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Dr. Schweiber
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Off. Stockton
52% Cristela
2014-2015
  • Trent
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Dr. John Kennedy
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Father Dugan
24% Bull
2016
  • Errol Windemere
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Tom Zimmerman
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Doctor Burwitz Warden
No Score Yet The Fosters
2013
  • Frank
94% Scandal
2012
  • Pat Pat Wexler
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Gen. Mark `Fitz' Fitzgerald
90% Lights Out
2011
  • Priest

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