Brian Doyle-Murray

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Brian Doyle-Murray
Born Brian Murray
(1945-10-31) October 31, 1945 (age 68)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Brian Doyle Murphy, Brian Doyle Murray
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Christina Stauffer (m. 2000)

Brian Doyle-Murray (born Brian Murray; October 31, 1945) is an American comedian, screenwriter, actor and voice artist. He is the older brother of actor/comedian Bill Murray and the two have acted together in several films, including Caddyshack, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, The Razor's Edge and Groundhog Day. He currently co-stars on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he plays the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy. He also currently appears in a recurring role as Don Ehlert on the ABC sitcom The Middle. Doyle-Murray was nominated for three Emmy Awards in 1978, 1979, and 1980 for his work on Saturday Night Live in the category Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. The other two Murray brothers, Joel and John, are actors as well.

Early life[edit]

Murray, one of nine children, was born in Chicago, the son of Lucille (née Collins), a mail room clerk, and Edward J. Murray II, a lumber salesman.[1][2] His parents were Irish American and Catholic.[3] He is the older brother of actors Bill Murray, Joel Murray and John Murray. A sister, Nancy, an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, travels the country portraying St. Catherine of Siena. Doyle-Murray uses his hyphenated name (Doyle is his grandmother's maiden name) because there is another actor with the same name. Brian attended Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, California in the late 1960s.

Career[edit]

Murray worked at The Second City comedic stage troupe in the early 1970s. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s, including as a featured player on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1979 to 1980 and from 1981 to 1982. He wrote for Jean Doumanian from 1980 to 1981, one of the few cast members to work for all three producers of SNL (Lorne Michaels, Jean Doumanian, and Dick Ebersol). He was a regular on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program syndicated nationally to 600 stations from 1973 to 1975. Co-workers on the Radio Hour included Richard Belzer, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis and younger brother Bill. He appears in many films with his brother, Bill Murray. However, he has also landed roles in other films. Early on he appeared in "Modern Problems along side Chevy Chase. Again years later he memorably appeared as Chevy Chase's uptight boss, Frank Shirley, in 1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and co-starred as arcade operator, Noah Vanderhoff in the 1992 film version of Wayne's World. He landed a small role as assassin Jack Ruby in 1991's JFK. He was seen in the 2002 movie, Snow Dogs. His most recent role was in 2009's 17 Again.

He was Mel Sanger, the bubble boy's dad, on Seinfeld, and played Joe Hackett's high school baseball coach on a 1992 episode of Wings. He co-starred of the Fox TV series Get a Life and Bakersfield P.D. from 1991 to 1992 and 1993 to 1994, respectively, with a recurring role as sports editor Stuart Franklin on the Fox/UPN TV series Between Brothers from 1997 to 1999. He played studio head and Greg Warner's (Anthony Clark) boss George Savitsky on Yes Dear. He played Shawn Spencer's grandfather on the episode "The Old and the Restless" on the USA Network TV Show Psych, with an uncredited cameo in the sixth season. He starred in a recurring role as Mr. Ehlert, owner of the car dealership where Frankie and Bob work on the ABC-TV series The Middle. Currently, he co-stars on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he plays the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy.

Voice work[edit]

Known for his gruff voice, Murray voiced the Flying Dutchman on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, a small role as the Grandfather on Lloyd in Space, Coach Gills on Cartoon Network's My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Captain K'nuckles on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, and as Maggie's dad on Disney Channel's The Buzz on Maggie. He has also appeared as "Salty" in the Family Guy episode "A Fish out of Water", the voice of Jack the barber on King of the Hill, the voice of the mayor in the Ghostbusters video game, the voice of "Qui the Promoter" in the 2005 video game Jade Empire, a minor appearance on the Disney show Recess during a YoYo competition, and voiced Prince Huge on Adventure Time in the episode "The Hard Easy". As of 2010, he is also the voice of the grandfather in Comedy Central's The Goode Family and currently voices Jacob on Motorcity.

Celebrity impersonations on Saturday Night Live[edit]

Filmography[edit]

As writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1973–1974 The National Lampoon Radio Hour Radio series
1975 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Also cast member
Television series
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Comedy – Variety or Music Series (1978)
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series (1979)
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program (1980)
1976 The TVTV Show Television series
1976–1979 SCTV
1977–1982 Saturday Night Live Also cast member
Television
1980 Caddyshack Writer with Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney
Film
1982 The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me Television series
1986 Club Paradise Writer with Harold Ramis
Film
Also cast member
1993 The Chevy Chase Show Television series
2002 The Sweet Spot

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Various characters Television series
Television debut
Also writer
1979-1980
1981-1982
Saturday Night Live Television series
Also writer
1980 Caddyshack Lou Loomis Film debut
1981 Modern Problems Brian Stills
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Kamp Komfort Clerk
1984 The Razor's Edge Piedmont
Sixteen Candles Reverend
1985 Head Office
1986 Legal Eagles Shaw
Club Paradise Voit Zerbe
1988 Scrooged Mr. Cross
1989 The Experts Mr. Jones
How I Got Into College Coach Evans
Ghostbusters II Psychiatric doctor
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Frank Shirley
1991 JFK Jack Ruby
Nothing but Trouble Brian
Good Sports John "Mac" MacKinney Television series
1991-1992 Get a Life Gus Borden
1992 Bob Roberts
Wayne's World Noah Vanderhoff
Married... with Children Television series
Wings
Frosty Returns Mr. Twitchell Television film
Seinfeld A kindly father Television series
Episode: The Bubble Boy
1993 Groundhog Day Buster Green
2 Stupid Dogs Television series
1994 Jury Duty Harry
1995 Cabin Boy Skunk
Ellen Television series
1996 Waiting for Guffman Red Savage
Multiplicity Walt
1997 Smart Guy Television series
1997-1999 Between Brothers Stuart Franklin
1997 As Good as It Gets
1998 Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Baloo
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Professor
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Wittgenstein
1999 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
1999-present SpongeBob SquarePants The Flying Dutchman Television series
1999 Stuart Little Cousin Edgar Little
2000 Jackie Chan Adventures Television series
Bedazzled Priest
2001-2006 Yes, Dear Mr. George Savitsky Recurring role
Television series
2001 Getting Hal
Justice League Television series
2002 A Gentleman's Game
Snow Dogs Ernie
Teamo Supremo The Chief Main role
Television series
The Sweet Spot Television series
2005-2006 The Buzz on Maggie Chuck Pesky Main role
Television series
2005 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Coach Tiffany Gills
Jade Empire Video game
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Television series
2007 Daddy Day Camp "Uncle" Morty Main role
Love Comes Lately Boss
2008 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Captain K'nuckles Main role
Television series
2009 17 Again The Janitor
Better Off Ted Television series
The Goode Family Charlie Television series
Main role
Ghostbusters Mayor Jock Mulligan Video Game
2009-present The Middle Don Ehlert Television series
Recurring role
2010 WordGirl Television series
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Glenn
2011 Supernatural
2012-present Sullivan & Son Hank Murphy Main role
Television series
2012 Motorcity Jacob
Eye of the Hurricane
Adventure Time Television series
The Three Stooges Monsignor Ratliffe
Moonrise Kingdom
2014 2 Broke Girls Television series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Murray Biography (1950-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Famous Family Tree: Bill Murray". Landing.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Salon.com People | Bill Murray". Archive.salon.com. 2001-02-06. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 

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Preceded by
Charles Rocket
Weekend Update Anchor
with Mary Gross 1981
with Christine Ebersole 1982

1981 – 1982
Succeeded by
Brad Hall