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