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Michael Murphy was born in Los Angeles, California, to Bearl Branton Murphy, a salesman, and Georgia Arlyn Murphy (nee Money), a teacher. After a hitch in the Marine Corps, Murphy attended the University of Arizona, Tuscon, and then went to U.C.L.A. to get his teaching credential. From 1962 to 1964, he taught high school English and drama in Los ... See full bio »

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 2014/I Fall
Father Sam
 2014 They Came Together
 2002-2012 The American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- Custer's Last Stand (2012) ... Narrator
- Dinosaur Wars (2011) ... Narrator
- Billy the Kid (2011) ... Narrator (voice)
- Wyatt Earp (2010) ... Narrator
- Kit Carson (2008) ... Narrator
 2012 Great Scot Beer (TV Movie)
 2011 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Congressman Jim Hallen
- Number Crunch (2011) ... Congressman Jim Hallen
 2011 Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays (TV Series)
Stanley Dyer
- Being Alone (2011) ... Stanley Dyer
 2010 Living in Your Car (TV Series)
- Chapter Four (2010) ... Frank
 2008 The Quality of Life (TV Movie)
Charles Greenborne
 2006 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
 2006 Away from Her
 2006 The Path to 9/11 (TV Mini-Series)
William Cohen
 2006 Playing House (TV Movie)
 2005 Mayday (TV Movie)
Captain Randall Williams
 2005 Tilt (TV Series)
Jimmy Molloy / Jimmy - Colorado's Casino Owner / Colorado's Casino Owner
- Rivered (2005) ... Jimmy Molloy
 2005 Heights
 2004 H2O (TV Movie)
U.S. Ambassador Conrad
 2004 LAX (TV Series)
- Pilot (2004) ... Emmet
 2004 Childstar
Reed Harrison
 2004 Silver City
Senator Judson Pilager
 2004 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- Julia Child! America's Favorite Chef (2004) ... Narrator
 2004 Tricks
 2003 In the Dark (TV Movie)
George Speller
 2003 Footsteps (TV Movie)
 2003 Bury the Lead (TV Series)
- Hall of Mirrors (2003)
 2002 Live from Baghdad (TV Movie)
Tom Johnson
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Judge Peter Blakemore
- Semi-Professional (2002) ... Judge Peter Blakemore
 2001 Law & Order (TV Series)
Nolan Tinsdale
- Armed Forces (2001) ... Nolan Tinsdale
 2001 Tart
Mike Storm
 2000 Family Law (TV Series)
Ian Lumberg
- Telling Lies (2000) ... Ian Lumberg
 2000 The Art of War
Politician (uncredited)
 2000 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Judge Alistair McNeil
- Culture Clash (2000) ... Judge Alistair McNeil
 2000 The Only Living Boy in New York (TV Movie)
 1999 Magnolia
Alan Kligman Esq.
 1998 Sleeping Dogs Lie
Edgar Tratt
 1998 Indiscretion of an American Wife (TV Movie)
Russell Burton
 1997 Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (TV Movie)
Pete Louganis
 1997 Private Parts
Roger Erlick
 1996 Kansas City
Henry Stilton
 1996 Special Report: Journey to Mars (TV Movie)
Dean Rumplemeyer
 1996 The Ultimate Lie (TV Movie)
Malcolm McGrath
 1995 Truman (TV Movie)
Dinner Speaker (uncredited)
 1995 Bad Company
William V. 'Smitty' Smithfield (uncredited)
 1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Bobby Lewis
- Bare Witness (1993) ... Bobby Lewis
 1992 Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (TV Movie)
Bill Reilly - Presidential Delegation
 1992 Folks!
 1990 Lifestories (TV Series)
Frank Brody
- Frank Brody (1990) ... Frank Brody
 1989 Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy (TV Movie)
Richard Burt
 1985 Mesmerized
 1984 Countdown to Looking Glass (TV Movie)
Bob Calhoun
 1984 Cloak & Dagger
 1984 Talk to Me
 1983 Hot Money
Burt / Tom
 1983 Two Marriages (TV Series)
Dr. Art Armstrong
- Relativity (1983) ... Dr. Art Armstrong
 1982 The Year of Living Dangerously
Pete Curtis
 1982 The Rules of Marriage (TV Movie)
Alan Murray
 1981 Strange Behavior
John Brady
 1979 3 by Cheever (TV Mini-Series)
Cash Bentley
 1979 Manhattan
 1978 The Great Bank Hoax
Reverend Everett Manigma
 1976 The Front
Alfred Miller
 1976 Bell, Book and Candle (TV Movie)
Alex Brandt
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Mike Parsons
- This Ain't My Bag (1975) ... Mike Parsons
 1974 I Love You... Good-bye
Alec Shield
 1972 The Crooked Hearts (TV Movie)
Frank Adamic
 1972 What's Up, Doc?
Mr. Smith
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
David Ford
- The Heart That Wouldn't Stay Buried (1972) ... David Ford
 1970 Brewster McCloud
Det. Lt. Frank Shaft
 1970 Count Yorga, Vampire
 1970 The Lawyer
Intern in legal office (uncredited)
 1970 MASH
'Me Lai' Marston
 1969 The Arrangement
Father Draddy
 1969 That Cold Day in the Park
The Rounder
 1968 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
- Letter of the Law (1968) ... Ethan
 1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Mark Peter Sheean
 1968 Premiere (TV Series)
William Smith
- Walk in the Sky (1968) ... William Smith
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Will Holt
- The Burning Sky (1968) ... Will Holt
 1967 Countdown
 1967 Double Trouble
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Sgt. Marven
- Angel Babe (1966) ... Sgt. Marven
 1965 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Corporal Walter Comminsky
- Reservations Are Required (1965) ... Corporal Walter Comminsky (uncredited)
 1964-1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. J. Wells Savage / Dr. Paul Galloway / Andy Andrews
- You Wanna Know What Really Goes on in a Hospital? (1965) ... Dr. J. Wells Savage
- A Horse Named Stravinsky (1965) ... Dr. Paul Galloway (as Mike Murphy)
- A Disease of the Heart Called Love (1964) ... Andy Andrews (as Mike Murphy)
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
- The Love Affair (1965) ... Interne
 1964 Nightmare in Chicago (TV Movie)
 1963 Combat! (TV Series)
1st Tanker / Soldier in Hospital
- Survival (1963) ... 1st Tanker (as Mike Murphy)
- Off Limits (1963) ... Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in Tom Sharkey's play, "Dreams", at the Playwrights Center in Chicago, Illinois with Richard Bruen.

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Mike Murphy


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I feel the heat's off. I'm no longer frantic if I don't work for a while. I want to work with people I like, in good projects. I'm getting fairly picky now. I had the good fortune of having worked with honest-to-God filmmakers who've had something to say. And I've been able to be an actor, not a celebrity, retaining a certain amount of anonymity. See more »


Paul Thomas Anderson cast him as Alan Kligman, Esq. in Magnolia (1999) because he admired the actor's work. Anderson's casting choice of Murphy was also an homage to Robert Altman, who has cast the character actor prominently in a number of roles in his films and TV productions over the years. Henry Gibson, another Altman regular, also had a role in the film. See more »


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