Chad Michael Murray
|Chad Michael Murray|
Murray at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in Disneyland, 2007
|Born||Chad Michael Murray
August 24, 1981
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Chad Murray|
Chad Michael Murray (born August 24, 1981) is an American actor, spokesperson and former fashion model. Murray is well known for portraying Lucas Scott in The CW young adult drama series One Tree Hill, in addition to the films A Cinderella Story, Freaky Friday and House of Wax. Popular among teenagers and young adults, he has posed on the cover of numerous mainstream magazines, including Rolling Stone, People, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly.
Early life 
Murray was born in Buffalo, New York. He is the son of Rex Murray, an air traffic controller, and was abandoned by his mother at a young age. His abandonment issues were the main reasons he took the part of Lucas Scott.
Murray attended Clarence High School, in Clarence, New York. He became a fan of literature, and was heavily involved in playing football. In his late teens, he broke his nose. This led to reports during his career that he had received a nose job. Murray clarified in a 2004 interview, "I got jumped in a Burger King when I was 18 and had my nose put on the other side of my face. It was three guys -- what the hell was I supposed to do? The doctors didn't even bother running X-rays. They just reset it. But it wasn't a nose job -- I hate the fact that people say it was a nose job!"
Early work 
Murray appeared in several guest-starring television roles, including an episode of Diagnosis: Murder and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 1999, Murray was cast as Tristan DuGrey on Gilmore Girls; the role was one of the main characters in the first season of the series and then became a recurring character thereafter. Murray then appeared in several television films, such as Aftermath and Murphy's Dozen. Later that year, he portrayed the role Charlie Todd on the successful television series Dawson's Creek. In 2003, Murray appeared in the Walt Disney Pictures feature film, Freaky Friday alongside Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film was a major box office success, garnering a total of $110,222,438 in the United States alone. Critics were mostly positive in their reviews of the film, and the film garnered a "B" grade on Yahoo! Movies and an 88% "Certified Fresh" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Murray also appeared in the television film The Lone Ranger where he portrayed the role of Luke Hartman.
Later that year, Murray won the main role of Lucas Scott in the successful WB television series One Tree Hill. The series quickly became the channel's biggest hit with over 4.50 million viewers on the first season's finale. The series was The WB's most successful and top rated television program when it first aired in 2003 and continued receiving top ratings for The CW. The series also earned Murray numerous awards, including two Teen Choice Awards, and spawned a book series which was successful among critics who praised the cast's performances and the original story lines. After Murray gained mainstream fame and media exposure, he also became a spokesperson for several high-profile deals. He and his One Tree Hill co-stars were the official endorsers for MasterCard and K-Mart. In addition, they endorsed the Cingular Wireless and Chevy Cobalt.
Following Murray's starring role on One Tree Hill in 2003, he appeared on the cover of several mainstream magazines such as Rolling Stone and People. That same year, he was voted as one of "TV's Sexiest Guys" in People magazine. In 2004, Murray starred in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff. Though the reviews were mostly negative, the film went on to become a moderate box office success, and critics were impressed by Duff's performance. A Cinderella Story earned $70.1 million worldwide. The film led to many 2006 Teen Choice Awards wins for many categories. Later that year, Murray was named one of the "Sexiest Men Alive" by People magazine and appeared on the cover of the magazine.
In 2005, Murray starred in House of Wax. The film grossed $12 million in its first day. Though most film critics gave the film negative reviews, House of Wax earned over $68,766,121 worldwide. The film led to Murray receiving many 2006 Teen Choice Awards wins for many categories including "Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller".
In May 2009, The CW announced Murray would not be returning to One Tree Hill for its seventh season. A video of Murray was recorded in which he was telling fans that they did not want him back because they wanted to save money. However, Mark Schwann said in an interview that he had been offered "great things" to return to the show.
In 2010, Murray played Alicia Keys's love interest in her music video for "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)". Murray also co-starred in Christmas Cupid with Ashley Benson and Christina Milian. The film is an ABC Family Original Movie and is "more or about a comatose girl who visits her Christmas past, present, and future".
Murray released a novel in September 2011, titled 'Everlast'  In August 2011, it was announced by The CW that he will make a guest appearance as Lucas Scott in the upcoming and last season of One Tree Hill. The episode aired on February 22, 2012.
Personal life 
Murray married One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush on April 16, 2005, after almost two years of dating. Five months after the wedding, Bush filed court papers to have their marriage annulled. Bush was denied the annulment, being granted a divorce instead. Before the divorce was finalized, Murray began dating Kenzie Dalton, a former cheerleader extra on One Tree Hill and the first runner-up in the 2005 Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant. They have been engaged since 2005.
|2001||Murphy's Dozen||TV movie|
|2001||Megiddo: The Omega Code 2||David Alexander - Age 16|
|2001||Aftermath||Sean||Credited as Chad Murray; TV movie|
|2003||The Lone Ranger||Luke Hartman||TV movie|
|2004||A Cinderella Story||Austin Ames|
|2005||House of Wax||Nick Jones|
|2006||Home of the Brave||Jordan Owens|
|2010||Lies in Plain Sight||Ethan McAllister||TV movie|
|2010||Christmas Cupid||Patrick||TV movie|
|2012||Scruples||Spider Elliott||TV movie|
|2013||Fruitvale Station||Officer Ingram|
|2013||The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia||Andy Wyrick|
|2013||A Madea Christmas||Tanner|
|2000||Diagnosis: Murder||Ray Santucci||1 episode: "The Cradle Will Rock"|
|2000–2001||Gilmore Girls||Tristin Dugray||Recurring (Seasons 1–2); 11 episodes|
|2001–2002||Dawson's Creek||Charlie Todd||Recurring (Season 5); 12 episodes|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tom Haviland||1 episode: "The Accused Is Entitled"|
|2003–2009, 2012||One Tree Hill||Lucas Scott||Lead Role (Seasons 1–6) / Guest Star (Season 9); 131 episodes|
|2013–present||Southland||Dave Mendoza||Recurring (Season 5); 2 episodes|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star - Male||Won||A Cinderella Story|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star - Male||Won||One Tree Hill|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action/Adventure||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller||Won||House of Wax|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Rumble (with Elisha Cuthbert and Brian Van Holt)||Nominated||House of Wax|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry (with Hilary Duff)||Nominated||A Cinderella Story|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock (with Hilary Duff)||Nominated||A Cinderella Story|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Love Scene (with Hilary Duff)||Nominated||A Cinderella Story|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry (with James Lafferty)||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2006||Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action/Adventure||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2006||Prism Award Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama||Won||One Tree Hill|
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