He acted in Tom Sharkey
's play, "Dreams", at the Playwrights Center in Chicago, Illinois with Richard Bruen.
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I don't think of acting in terms of making a living. What I do has to be important to me. Every time I've taken a part for the wrong reason, money or prestige, it's been a disaster. I come off nervous and uptight. I just want to work with good people.
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.
Plays urbane, WASP-type characters