Fred MacMurray
American actor
Fred MacMurray
Frederick Martin "Fred" MacMurray was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s. MacMurray is well known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity directed by Billy Wilder, which he starred in with Barbara Stanwyck.
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Television movies for the week of Aug. 28 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Fred MacMurray. An adman and adwoman repackage an old TV Western and pay a look-alike to pose as its now-drunken star. (NR) (1:30) TCM: Tue. 1:30 AM (CC) • The Caller '08. Frank Langella. A corporate whistleblower hires a detective to put him under
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TCM salutes Carole Lombard, screwball queen and sexy dame - Orlando Sentinel (blog)
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Fred MacMurray raved that Lombard was “a wonderful girl” who “swore like a man.” Gene Kelly called Lombard “the only Hollywood legend I found totally accessible and felt I could shake hands with.” And Groucho Marx said of Lombard: “Very sexy dame
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Eggs Are the New Diamonds - Cinespect
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... is a pathetic noir…pathetic in that it plays like a noir, plot-wise and character-wise (sort of), but the characters' situations are anything but expressionistic or glamorous and the two folks in the story ain't Fred MacMurray or Barbara Stanwyck
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Conrad Veidt Movie Schedule: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt. BW-91 mins. 7:45 AM CONTRABAND (1940) While held up in a British port, a Danish sea captain tussles with German spies. Dir: Michael Powell. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie. BW-87 mins
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Labor Day Wine Weekend Packed with Upscale Fun - Patch.com
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Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and vineyard tours, and other special events are planned from 11 am - 4 pm One highlight is always a tour of the Fred MacMurray family home, led by daughter Kate MacMurray. Admission is $150, but it has sold out in
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Weather Report with a Twist: Aug. 19-21 - Patch.com
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Here's how it went: "Dive Bomber", starring Errol Flynn & Fred MacMurray. This was released four months before Pearl Harbor and the movie plot was: A military surgeon teams (Flynn) with a high ranking navy flyer (MacMurray) to develop a high-altitude
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Buffett Is Alone in Calling for Tax Increase - TheStreet.com
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In the late 1960s there was a Fred MacMurray movie called The Happiest Millionaire. It was a musical about an eccentric rich guy, based loosely on the life of Anthony Drexel Biddle
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Ralph Bellamy on TCM: SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO, THE AWFUL TRUTH - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Why Bellamy never became a major movie star is beyond me — especially considering that guys like James Stewart, Fred MacMurray, Dick Powell, Don Ameche, Joseph Cotten, etc. were top leading men of that era. Unfortunately, there are no TCM premieres,
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Shirley MacLaine on TCM: OCEAN'S ELEVEN, THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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For one thing, this collaboration between Billy Wilder and screenwriter IAL Diamond features what is, in my view, Fred MacMurray's best performance by far. Usually an intolerable leading man — macho, reactionary, humorless, unsexy, dull — MacMurray
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Ben Mezrich | Sex on the Moon (Doubleday) - Play by Play
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In Double Indemnity, Fred MacMurray (playing the doomed insurance salesman) knows he's in trouble the moment he sets eyes on Barbara Stanwyck's ankle bracelet and really tight, white sweater. When he agrees to murder her husband for the insurance money
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Sanders: Here are some more great movies - Opelika Auburn News
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"Double Indemnity" is about a hundred pages long, yet it does and says everything that needs to be said and done. And the movie (Fred MacMurray's best) is just as good, except they messed up the ending. Edward G. Robinson, Fred's friend and co-worker,
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TV Q&A with David Inman - Boston Herald
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A. That's the 1954 film “Woman's World,” with Clifton Webb as an auto magnate who brings three couples to New York to check them out — Van Heflin and Arlene Dahl, Fred MacMurray and Lauren Bacall, and Cornel Wilde and June Allyson
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Courtroom-based films coming to Lyric - TCPalm
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Double Indemnity (1944): Crackling dialogue by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, sharp performances by Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson and stark black-and-white cinematography make this the essence of "film noir" (dark film)
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Living life out loud - Sonoma Index-Tribune
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One of my own is Alice Adams, with Kate Hepburn using a disastrously pretentious meal and heavy wines in hopes of impressing Fred MacMurray. MacMurray's actual daughter Katie, of MacMurray's Ranch, has her own favorite father-food moment
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Betty MacDonald and I - The Seattle Times
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In this scene from the movie "The Egg and I," Claudette Colbert stands alongside Percy Kilbride, playing Pa Kettle, as he shakes hands with Fred MacMurray. While the movie characters were based on MacDonald's book, they were turned from fond portrayals
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Double Indemnity – A Timely Review Of A 67-Year-Old Movie - Out Of The Storm News
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The movie revolves around Walter Neff, an insurance agent played by Fred MacMurray, who is (mostly) seduced by Phyllis Dietrichson, a frustrated widow-to-be, played by Barbara Stanwyck. Stanwyck milks the femme fatale role and turns in a smokey
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Mr. Popper's Penguins - Boston Globe
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He's drifted into the corporate-dad mode that's ensnared Fred MacMurray, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, and Nicolas Cage, and requires a star to mug or mope or go manic to play a guy who risks his job in order to make amends with his kids then risks the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fred MacMurray
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 82
    After suffering from leukemia for more than a decade, MacMurray died from pneumonia in November 1991, aged 83, in Santa Monica.
    More Details Hide Details His body was entombed in Holy Cross Cemetery. In 2005, his second wife June Haver, died aged 79, her body was entombed with his. In 1939, artist C. C. Beck used MacMurray as the initial model for the superhero character who became Fawcett Comics' Captain Marvel. MacMurray was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for The Absent-Minded Professor (1961).
  • 1987
    Age 78
    MacMurray was the first person honored as a Disney Legend, in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The Academy Film Archive houses the Fred MacMurray-June Haver Collection. The film material at the Academy Film Archive is complemented by material in the Fred MacMurray and June Haver papers at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.
    MacMurray suffered from throat cancer in the late 1970s and it reappeared in 1987; he also suffered a severe stroke at Christmas 1988 which left his right side paralyzed and his speech affected, although with therapy he was able to make a 90% recovery.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1968
    Age 59
    He was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party. He joined Bob Hope and James Stewart to campaign for Richard Nixon in 1968.
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  • 1960
    Age 51
    From 1960 to 1972, he starred in My Three Sons, a long running, highly rated US TV series.
    More Details Hide Details Concurrent with My Three Sons, MacMurray stayed busy in films, starring as Professor Ned Brainard in Disney's The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and in the sequel, Son of Flubber (1963). Using his star clout, MacMurray had a provision in his Sons contract that all his scenes be shot first. This freed him to pursue his film work and golf hobby. Over the years, MacMurray became one of the wealthiest actors in the entertainment business, primarily from wise real estate investments and garnered a reputation for frugality. After the cancellation of My Three Sons in 1972, MacMurray made only a few more film appearances before retiring in 1978. In the 1970s, MacMurray appeared in commercials for the Greyhound Lines bus company. Towards the end of the decade, he was also featured in a series of commercials for the Korean chisenbop math calculation program.
  • 1959
    Age 50
    MacMurray's career continued upward in 1959, when he was cast as the father in the popular Disney Studios comedy, The Shaggy Dog.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 49
    In 1958, he guest-starred in the premiere episode of NBC's Cimarron City western series, with George Montgomery and John Smith.
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  • 1954
    Age 45
    In another turn in the "not so nice" category, MacMurray played the cynical, duplicitous Lieutenant Thomas Keefer in 1954's The Caine Mutiny.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 27
    MacMurray was married twice. He married Lillian Lamont (legal name Lilian Wehmhoener MacMurray, born 1908) on June 20, 1936, and the couple adopted two children, Susan (born 1940) and Robert (born 1946).
    More Details Hide Details After Lamont died of cancer on June 22, 1953, he married actress June Haver the following year; he and Haver adopted two more children, twins Katherine and Laurie (born 1956). They remained married until his death. In 1941 MacMurray purchased land in the Russian River Valley in Northern California and established MacMurray Ranch. He spent time there when not making films, engaging in, among other things, the raising of prize-winning Aberdeen Angus cattle. MacMurray wanted the property's agricultural heritage preserved, and it was thus sold in 1996 to Gallo, which planted vineyards on it for wines that bear the MacMurray Ranch label. Kate MacMurray, daughter of Haver and MacMurray, now lives on the property (in a cabin built by her father), and is "actively engaged in Sonoma's thriving wine community, carrying on her family's legacy and the heritage of MacMurray Ranch."
  • 1934
    Age 25
    Before signing to Paramount Pictures in 1934, he appeared on Broadway in Three's a Crowd (1930–31) and alongside Sydney Greenstreet and Bob Hope in Roberta (1933–34).
    More Details Hide Details MacMurray worked with directors Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges and actors Barbara Stanwyck, Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich and, in seven films, Claudette Colbert, beginning with The Gilded Lily (1935). He co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams (1935), with Joan Crawford in Above Suspicion (1943), and with Carole Lombard in four films: Hands Across the Table (1935), The Princess Comes Across (1936), Swing High, Swing Low (1937), and True Confession (1937). Usually cast in light comedies as a decent, thoughtful character (The Trail of the Lonesome Pine 1936) and in melodramas (Above Suspicion 1943) and musicals (Where Do We Go from Here? 1945), MacMurray had become one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors; for 1943, when his salary reached $420,000, he was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, and the fourth highest-paid American.
  • 1930
    Age 21
    In 1930, MacMurray recorded as a featured vocalist with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra on "All I Want Is Just One Girl" on the Victor label. and with George Olsen on "I'm In The Market For You".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    Born on August 30, 1908.
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