Joel Murray
American actor
Joel Murray
Not to be confused with Joe Murray, animator and Joe Murray, UK boxer. Joel MurrayBorn Template:Safesubst:April 17, 1963 (age 49)Template:Safesubst:Wilmette, Illinois, United StatesDisappeared Template:Safesubst: Template:Safesubst:Died Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Resting place Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Occupation ActorYears active 1986–present Joel Murray (born April 17, 1963) is an American actor who has starred in film and on television.
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It Pays to Be 'Liked'
Fox Business News - over 3 years
I always encourage small business owners to be students of media; take the time to look beyond the obvious and see marketing strategies in your surroundings. Powerful marketing lessons can come from watching a few commercials or hearing a couple of radio ads while heading in for work. The trick, however, is knowing what to look for.  For today's segment, I'd like to use the riveting business of insurance as a backdrop. Yes, "riveting" is an overstated adjective, however there's an interesting observation behind my cheap humor.  In my estimation, the world of insurance is actually quite dull (my apologies to those in this sector). The average person does not actually need the services of a responsive claims department on a daily basis. Nor do they spend every waking moment pining for a new way to combine "home, auto and life." So why are we inundated with these types of ads on a regular basis? The answer is quite simple; it's a highly competitive area and those in this industry ar ...
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More Human than Human
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Monsters University: Finally, an Animal House made for very small children! by Denis C. Theriault "WHERE'S THE GIRL?" I'd taken my five-year-old with me to see Monsters University—this year's winsome prequel to Pixar's 2001 Monsters, Inc.—and though he claimed he "liked all of it," clearly he did not, in fact, like "all of it." He missed the character every kid watching the first Monsters movie was supposed to identify with: Boo, the little girl who bravely hitched a ride back through her closet to the secret monster world—upending, in the process, an entire monster culture built on the premise that kids are poisonous and that employing a team of professionals to scare them is the key to the monsters' survival. That omission is by design. This time, we're all supposed to identify with the monsters, kids and grownups alike. The charming "scarers" who crept into Boo's room in the last movie—brainy, earnest eye-blob Mike Wazowski (voiced ...
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Tony Bartolone: Top 5 Movies You Did Not See in 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Why can't a film simply exist without trying to change the world? There are plenty of different kinds of movies, and in the chaos of awards season some wonderful, little flicks are completely forgotten. With last year's underwhelming Oscar season still on my mind, I challenge you to seek out and enjoy the little things in life that never seem to get enough attention. 5. The Most Fun I've Had with My Pants On Drew Denny and Sarah Hagan star in The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On. Photo courtesy of Drew Denny. This small, simple story succeeds in expressing an extremely interesting emotional phenomenon that happens when somebody dies. There is a certain excitement in grief that can truly influence a person's life. While not much happens in terms of plot or drama, this subtle effort is a breath of fresh air in an industry that is constantly trying to hard. It flows like a small stream though the desert, with the wind rushing and the sunshine bursting from eve ...
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Firefly, “Trash”
A.V. Club - over 4 years
“Trash” (season 1, episode 11; unaired) Noel Murray: A couple of episodes ago, when the subject of the Serenity crew’s under-employment came up, Jayne had a few choice words about the matter, saying, “My pop always said anyone who can’t find work ain’t lookin’ hard enough.” And now in “Trash,” Inara makes the point even plainer to Mal. They’re all barely scraping by, and she in particular is having a hard time maintaining her client base, and all because of Mal’s near-pathological aversion to anything resembling civilization—y’know, those planets and moons where the jobs are. It looks like everything’s set up for some kind of philosophical showdown between Mal and his crew, who are clearly a lot more comfortable working around the Core than their captain is. This is a discussion that’s been a long time coming—one that needs to ... Read more
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New DVD and Blu-ray releases, July 6
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
New DVD and Blu-ray releases, July 6 God Bless America Writer-director-cynic Bobcat Goldthwait follows "World's Greatest Dad" with this dark portrait of a man (Joel Murray) and teenager (Tara Lynne Barr) who go on a killing spree in their quest to wipe out rude Americans. In this film - whose only fault is that it's simply not very entertaining, but it is reasonably interesting - Willem Dafoe plays a hunter hired by a pharmaceutical company to bring back blood and tissue samples of the last living Tasmanian Tiger.
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
In which we hit it and quit it. Bernie Like a basset hound coming in first at the Kentucky Derby, Richard Linklater's Bernie is a floppy, improbable triumph. Nothing about it should work, but almost everything does. Essentially the story of a very friendly murderer (Jack Black), Bernie poses a finely balanced ethical quandary: What do we do when someone we like does something terrible to someone we hate? This isn't a documentary, and Linklater isn't constrained with balance or objectivity. Your opinion will shift, at times in sync with and in times in opposition to the film. Films this challenging are rarely so pleasant about it. BEN COLEMAN Century Clackamas Town Center, City Center 12, Fox Tower 10, Hollywood Theatre. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A comedic drama about a group of retirees who move to a dilapidated hotel in India, starring the worship-worthy British biddies Dame Judi Dench and Queen Bitch Maggie Smith. Various ...
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Tony Bartolone: A Improvisational Interview With James Grace
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Tony Bartolone: What is the Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival? James Grace: The Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival is an international festival that celebrates improvisation as well as sketch comedy with groups from around the world and around the country and also a large contingency from Southern California. TB: How did the festival start? JG: The Festival started ten years ago on the suggestion of one of our performers, Mike Coen. He asked if we had ever thought about doing a festival, and since there wasn't one in LA, I said, "Let's do it." It is a great way to bring together all the Los Angeles improv venues and schools and to share styles, forms and ideas... and to just celebrate the art form. TB: What show in the festival are you most excited about? JG: I am excited about shows that consist of long-term alum, such as "Girl Team Balls" with Kate Walsh, Angela Kinsey, Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal, Betty Cahill, Laura Krafft and Shulie Cowen. Also "Beer. Shar ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
In which we hit it and quit it. The Avengers Vengeance is a dish best served by the Avengers. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters. Battleship Battleship is a movie for adults that's based on a children's game. So it's basically indefensible, both as a thing that our culture produced and as an actual piece of entertainment—though it's not the last such movie we'll see, as Hollywood is ever-adept at transforming creative bankruptcy into depressingly high box-office numbers. (Stay tuned for Connect Four: Tantric Misadventures; an Eli Roth-directed Operation; and the self-explanatory Pickup Sticks: The Musical.) If you are a grownup who likes to see things go boom, you will probably see this movie, and afterward you will feel terrible about yourself and how you choose to spend your money. Actually, first you will read this review, and be all, "Man, this reviewer hates fun!" And then you will see the movie and the self-loathing will comme ...
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Temper Tantrum
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
God Bless America's bloody, liberal catharsis. by Marjorie Skinner WITHIN THE FIRST 10 MINUTES of Bobcat Goldthwait's new dark comedy, God Bless America, the main character shoots an infant point blank, showering its screaming mother's face in blood. It's just a fantasy, though—that of Frank (Joel Murray), a disgruntled, lonely man whose nightly channel surfing has rendered him so disgusted with American culture that he's only a few breaking points away from murderous rampage. These come in rapid succession on one very bad, no good day, when Frank gets fired, realizes his brat daughter is everything he hates, and—just to lay it on extra thick—is diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. The next thing we know, Frank's on the road with Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), his improbable teenage sidekick, gleefully murdering anyone that they find rude, stupid, or cruel—from Tea Party protesters to teens using cell phones in a movie theater. While it's ...
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God Bless America Review: Bob Goldthwait Holds Mirror to American Society
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Bobcat Goldthwait is fast establishing himself as one of America’s best and boldest cult directors with his third feature, and the comedy continues to grow darker and darker. I’d been excited for this film since hearing the premise, simply; one day a guy snaps and goes on a killing spree targeting only stars of reality TV. I hate reality TV and love gratuitous violence so this seemed like a perfect fit. But Goldthwait brings a clear voice and a moral message that is sometimes stronger than the violence, and there’s A LOT of violence. The hatred isn’t just focused on reality stars but many aspects of American popular culture, such as fear-mongering political commentators like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, or the celebrity status of the Westboro Baptist Church, TMZ, and even the writing of Diablo Cody, but overall, the dumbing down of American culture. Goldthwait introduces us to his protagonist by putting him through as much torture as he can muster. Frank ( ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Bobcat Goldthwait Talks God Bless America
Movies Web - almost 5 years
Loveless, jobless and possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and decides to off the stupidest, cruelest and most repellent members of society with an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. From stand-up comedian and director Bobcat Goldthwait comes God Bless America, a scathing and hilarious attack on all that is sacred in the United States of America. Our own Paulington James Christensen III recently met up with the two leads, Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr, as well as his personal idol Bobcat Goldthwait, to chat about this dark, twisted look at America. Exclusive: Bobcat Goldthwait Exclusive: Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr God Bless America was released May 11th, 2012 and stars Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Melinda Page Hamilton, Rich McDonald, Guerrin Gardner, Kellie Ramdhanie, Andrea Harper. The f ...
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'God Bless America' star Joel is the other, other Murray
Bradenton - almost 5 years
CHICAGO -Joel Murray and Bobcat Goldthwait have known each other since 1985, when they met on the set of "One Crazy Summer," an iconic comedy of the era starring John… Click to Continue »
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‘God Bless America’ star Joel is the other, other Murray
College Times - almost 5 years
By: Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune     CHICAGO —Joel Murray and Bobcat Goldthwait have known each other since 1985, when they met on the set of “One Crazy Summer,” an iconic comedy of the era starring John Cusack as a dorky...
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'America': A Gleefully Violent Pop-Culture Pushback
NPR - almost 5 years
In a black comedy taking aim at American popular culture, a middle-aged man with terminal cancer (Joel Murray) decides to kill lowlifes — including texting moviegoers and reality TV stars. Critic Ella Taylor says God Bless America is a one-trick pony, but delivers venomous cultural criticism. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joel Murray
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 50
    In April 2014, Murray replaced Chip Esten in the improv-comedy troupe Whose Live Anyway? and performs with Whose Line Is It Anyway? cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops and Jeff B. Davis.
    More Details Hide Details He portrayed in the same year Ted in the comedy horror film Bloodsucking Bastards. Joel has been married to Eliza Coyle since 1989 and they have four children; three sons (Hank, Gus, and Louie) and one daughter (Annie). He and his brothers own a country-club themed restaurant, the Murray Brothers "Caddyshack" (run by his brother Andy), named after the 1980 comedy film which starred his brothers Bill and Brian, located in the World Golf Village resort near St. Augustine, FL, He uses his free time writing, playing golf and coaching his sons in baseball and basketball.
  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    In the 2013 Pixar film Monsters University he provides the voice of Don Carlton, a middle-aged monster who is a college student and salesman.
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  • 2012
    Age 48
    In the 2012 film God Bless America he portrays Frank, a man whose contempt for superficiality and meanness in American society sends him over the edge and into a killing spree.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 28
    He appeared in the 1992 movie Shakes the Clown with One Crazy Summer co-stars Bob Goldthwait and Tom Villard.
    More Details Hide Details In the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh seasons of the Emmy-winning AMC TV series Mad Men, Murray appeared in 15 episodes as copywriter Freddy Rumsen. He has made guest appearances on television shows such as The Nanny, Joan of Arcadia, Two and a Half Men, Malcolm in the Middle, Criminal Minds, and Blossom.
  • 1988
    Age 24
    His other roles include the 1988 comedy film Scrooged, with his brothers Bill, Brian, and John.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Murray's first film role was in the 1986 comedy film One Crazy Summer as George Calamari.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on April 17, 1963.
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