Fred MacMurray (1908–1991)

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Fred MacMurray was likely the most underrated actor of his generation. True, his earliest work is mostly dismissed as pedestrian, but no other actor working in the 1940s and 50s was able to score so supremely whenever cast against type. Frederick Martin MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, to Maleta Martin and Frederick MacMurray. His father ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Double Indemnity Walter Neff
The Apartment Jeff D. Sheldrake
The Absent Minded Professor Professor Ned Brainard
The Caine Mutiny Lt. Tom Keefer


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 1978 The Swarm
Mayor Clarence
 1975 Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (TV Movie)
Harry Ballinger
 1974 The Chadwick Family (TV Movie)
Ned Chadwick
 1973 Charley and the Angel
Charley Appleby
 1960-1972 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Steve Douglas / Fergus Douglas / Fergus McBain Douglas / ...
- Whatever Happened to Ernie? (1972) ... Steve Douglas
- Barbara Lost (1972) ... Steve Douglas
- Lonesome Katie (1972) ... Steve Douglas
- The Birth of Arfie (1972) ... Steve Douglas
- Bad Day for Barbara (1972) ... Steve Douglas
 1967 The Happiest Millionaire
 1966 Follow Me, Boys!
Lemuel Siddons
 1964 Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Apartment House (1964) ... Cameo
 1964 Kisses for My President
Thad McCloud
 1963 Son of Flubber
Prof. Ned Brainard
 1962 Bon Voyage!
Harry Willard
 1961 The Absent Minded Professor
Professor Ned Brainard
 1960 The Apartment
Jeff D. Sheldrake
 1959 The Oregon Trail
Neal Harris
 1959 Face of a Fugitive
Jim Larsen aka Ray Kincaid
 1959 The Shaggy Dog
Wilson Daniels
 1959 Good Day for a Hanging
Marshal Ben Cutler
 1959 Frances Farmer Presents (TV Series)
Capt. Boll / Ralph Houston
- Fair Wind to Java (1959) ... Capt. Boll
- Exclusive ... Ralph Houston
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Laird Garner
- I, the People (1958) ... Laird Garner
 1955-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Harry Wingate / Richard Elgin
- One Is a Wanderer (1958) ... Harry Wingate
- The Bachelor's Bride (1955) ... Richard Elgin
 1958 Day of the Badman
Judge Jim Scott
 1957 Quantez
Gentry / John Coventry
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
- False Witness (1957) ... Peterson
 1956 Gun for a Coward
Will Keough
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Peter Terrance
- It's a Most Unusual Day (1956) ... Peter Terrance
 1955 At Gunpoint
Jack Wright
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur
Tom Ransome
 1955 There's Always Tomorrow
Clifford Groves
 1955 The Far Horizons
Captain Meriwether Lewis
 1954 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
- The Jam Session Show (1954) ... Fred
 1954 Woman's World
Sid Burns
 1954 Pushover
Paul Sheridan
 1954 The Caine Mutiny
Lt. Tom Keefer (as Fred Mac Murray)
 1953 The Moonlighter
Wes Anderson
 1953 Fair Wind to Java
Capt. Boll
 1951 Callaway Went Thataway
Mike Frye
 1951 A Millionaire for Christy
Peter Ulysses Lockwood
 1950 Never a Dull Moment
 1950 Borderline
Johnny McEvoy - aka Johnny Macklin
 1949 Father Was a Fullback
George Cooper
 1948 Family Honeymoon
Grant Jordan
 1948 An Innocent Affair
Vincent Doane
 1948 The Miracle of the Bells
Bill Dunnigan
 1948 On Our Merry Way
 1947 Singapore
Matt Gordon
 1947 The Egg and I
Bob MacDonald
 1947 Suddenly It's Spring
Peter Morely
 1946 Smoky
Clint Barkley
 1945 Pardon My Past
Eddie York / Francis Pemberton
 1945 Murder, He Says
Pete Marshall
 1945 Captain Eddie
Capt. Edward Rickenbacker
 1945 Where Do We Go from Here?
Bill Morgan
 1944 Practically Yours
Daniel Bellamy
 1944 Double Indemnity
Walter Neff
 1944 And the Angels Sing
Happy Morgan
 1944 Standing Room Only
Lee Stevens
 1943 The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith (Short)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1943 Above Suspicion
Richard Myles
 1943 Flight for Freedom
Randy Britton
 1943 No Time for Love
Jim Ryan
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Frank in Card-Playing Skit
 1942 The Forest Rangers
Don Stuart
 1942 Take a Letter, Darling
Tom Verney
 1942 The Lady Is Willing
Dr. Corey T. McBain
 1941 New York Town
Victor Ballard
 1941 Dive Bomber
Lieutenant Commander Joe Blake
 1941 One Night in Lisbon
Dwight Houston
 1941 Virginia
Stonewall Elliott
 1940 Rangers of Fortune
Gil Farra
 1940 Too Many Husbands
Bill Cardew
 1940 Little Old New York
Charles Brownne
 1940 Remember the Night
John Sargent
 1939 Honeymoon in Bali
Bill 'Willie' Burnett
 1939 Invitation to Happiness
Albert 'King' Cole
 1939 Cafe Society
Crick O'Bannon
 1938 Sing, You Sinners
David Beebe
 1938 Men with Wings
Pat Falconer
 1938 Cocoanut Grove
Johnny Prentice
 1937 True Confession
Kenneth Bartlett
 1937 Exclusive
Ralph Houston
 1937 Swing High, Swing Low
Skid Johnson
 1937 Maid of Salem
Roger Coverman of Virginia
 1937 Champagne Waltz
Buzzy Bellew
 1936 The Texas Rangers
Jim Hawkins
 1936 The Princess Comes Across
King Mantell
 1936 13 Hours by Air
Jack Gordon
 1935 The Bride Comes Home
Cyrus Anderson
 1935 Hands Across the Table
Theodore Drew III
 1935 Alice Adams
Arthur Russell
 1935 Men Without Names
Richard Hood / Richard 'Dick' Grant
 1935 Car 99
Trooper Ross Martin
 1935 The Gilded Lily
Peter Dawes
 1935 Grand Old Girl
 1929 Tiger Rose
Rancher (uncredited)
 1929 Why Leave Home?
Orchestra Musician (uncredited)
 1929 Girls Gone Wild
Extra (uncredited)
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Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (70 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: Vocal soloist on "All I Want is Just One Girl" by the Gus Arnheim Orchestra (Victor Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 46 Articles | 81 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Fred Mac Murray


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[on Barbara Stanwyck] I was lucky enough to make four pictures with Barbara. In the first I turned her in, in the second I killed her, in the third I left her for another woman and in the fourth I pushed her over a waterfall. The one thing all these pictures had in common was that I fell in love with Barbara Stanwyck -- and I did, too. See more »


When offered the job as the dad on My Three Sons (1960), he was given a dream contract in which he only had to work 65 days a year on the series. The supporting cast, as a result, often had to shoot their scenes opposite a prop person off camera instead of Fred. The popular series ran 12 seasons. See more »


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