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Jan Murray (I) (1916–2006)

First and foremost a stand-up comedian, this top banana of the "borscht belt" circuit (at age 19) relied on amiable Jewish ethnic humor for longtime career sustenance. He also relied on his multi-talented gifts as an actor, master of ceremonies, game show host and raconteur. Handsome, Bronx-born, gravel-toned Jan Murray was born in 1917 as Murray ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares Himself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
Sing It Again
Sing It Again Himself - Host (1951)
Chain Letter
Chain Letter Himself - Host
Your Big Moment
Your Big Moment Host (1953)


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 1989 My Two Dads (TV Series)
Uncle Raymond
- You Love Me, Right? (1989) ... Uncle Raymond
 1987 It's a Living (TV Series)
Dickie Doodle
- The Dickie Doodle Show (1987) ... Dickie Doodle
 1985 Hunter (TV Series)
Bay Fetner
- Killer in a Halloween Mask (1985) ... Bay Fetner
 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Leo Dikeman
- What's So Funny? (1985) ... Leo Dikeman
 1984 Fear City
 1984 Legmen (TV Series)
Johnny Booth
- Still Alive at Five (1984) ... Johnny Booth
 1982 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Jan Murray
- Scavenger Hunt (1982) ... Jan Murray
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Ron Ellison
- Forget Me Not/The Quiz Masters (1982) ... Ron Ellison
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Nothing Vendor - The French Revolution
 1980 The Dream Merchants (TV Series)
Murray Tucker
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Murray Tucker
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Murray Tucker
 1977 The Practice (TV Series)
- Oh, Brother (1977) ... Harry
 1976 Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (TV Movie)
Jethro Swain
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Ralph Caesar
- The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep (1976) ... Ralph Caesar
 1976 The Cop and the Kid (TV Series)
- Danger: Men Working (1976) ... Harry
 1974 Roll, Freddy, Roll! (TV Movie)
Big Sid
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Ichabod Grace
- The Vampire (1974) ... Ichabod Grace
 1973 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
- Energy Crisis (1973) ... Igor
 1971 Mannix (TV Series)
Tony Sargent
- Shadow Play (1971) ... Tony Sargent
 1971 The Day of the Wolves
No. 1
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Happy Couple")
- Love and the Happy Couple/Love and the Understanding (1970) ... (segment "Love and the Happy Couple")
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Doc Haller
- Battle at Gannon's Bridge (1970) ... Doc Haller
 1970 Which Way to the Front?
Sid Hackle
 1968 The Angry Breed
Mori Thompson
 1968 Good Morning, World (TV Series)
Mickey Mouze
- Here Comes the Bribe (1968) ... Mickey Mouze
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Trevor Wellington
- African Rodeo: Part 2 (1968) ... Trevor Wellington
- African Rodeo: Part 1 (1968) ... Trevor Wellington
 1968 A Man Called Dagger
Rudolph Koffman / Hans Leitel
 1967 Tarzan and the Great River
Captain Sam Bishop
 1967 The Busy Body
Murray Foster
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Simon Sweet
- The Hula Doll Affair (1967) ... Simon Sweet
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Peter Shannon
- Lucy and the Soap Opera (1966) ... Peter Shannon
 1965 Who Killed Teddy Bear
Lt. Dave Madden
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Dr. Abernathy
- Who Killed Mother Goose? (1965) ... Dr. Abernathy
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Jan Murray
- Boom, Boom, Boom (1962) ... Jan Murray
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Kenny Hallerton
- A Million Dollar Property (1961) ... Kenny Hallerton
 1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Cletis Madden
- The Empty Shell (1961) ... Cletis Madden
 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
- The Jameson Case (1956) ... Lindsey
 1956 Treasure Hunt (TV Series)
Host (1956-1959)
 1955 Jan Murray Time (TV Series)
 1952 Meet Your Match (TV Series)
 1951 Go Lucky (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Guest starred on an episode of the radio show, Meet Frank Sinatra, which aired November 12, 1950. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jan & Toni


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Comedians see life and people a little differently. See more »


Was inspired to become a performer when he memorized vaudeville comedy acts to perform for his ailing, bedridden mother Celia (she died at age 42). He then honed his performing skills at Catskills resorts that catered to Jewish vacationers. See more »

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