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Murray in 2012 at the Deauville American Film Festival
April 17, 1963 |
Wilmette, Illinois, United States
|Spouse(s)||Eliza Coyle (1989-present)|
Joel Murray (born April 17, 1963) is an American actor who has had prominent roles in television series including Grand, Love & War, and Dharma and Greg, and has performed in films, including God Bless America and Monsters University.
One of nine children, Murray was born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois (suburban Chicago), the son of Lucille (née Collins), a mail room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. He grew up in an Irish Catholic family. He is the brother of actors Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and John Murray. His sister Nancy is an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, who travels around the country portraying St. Catherine of Siena.
In high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, he was a captain of the football team as well as lead in the musical. His entertainment career began in Chicago, where he performed at various improvisational theaters, including the Improv Olympic, the Improv Institute, and The Second City.
Murray starred in the 1990 television series Grand, the 1991 comedy series Pacific Station, the 1992 comedy series Love & War as Ray Litvak, and the ABC series Dharma & Greg as Pete Cavanaugh. Murray also was featured in commercials for First Chicago NBD. He provided his voice for the short-lived 1994 series Beethoven and the TV series 3-South. He played the supporting character "Fitz" on CBS's sitcom Still Standing. He appeared as Eddie Jackson on Showtime's series Shameless in 2011.
Murray's first film role was in the 1986 comedy film One Crazy Summer as George Calamari. His other roles include the 1988 comedy film Scrooged, with his brothers Bill, Brian, and John. He starred in the 1992 movie Shakes the Clown with One Crazy Summer co-stars Bob Goldthwait and Tom Villard.
In the first, second, and fourth seasons of the Emmy-winning AMC TV series Mad Men, Murray appeared in 12 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.
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.
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.
Joel has been married to Eliza Coyle since 1989 and they have four children, three sons Hank, Gus, Louie. and one daughter Annie. He and his brothers run a restaurant, "Caddyshack", named after the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack which starred his brothers Bill and Brian. He uses his free time writing, playing golf and coaches his sons in baseball and basketball.
|1986||One Crazy Summer||George Calamari|
|1987||Long Gone||Bart Polanski||TV movie|
|1989||Elvis Stories||Shopping Elvis / Paul||Short film|
|1990||Men Will Be Boys||Jerry||TV movie|
|1990||Grand||Norris Weldon||26 episodes|
|1991||Shakes the Clown||Milkman|
|1991–1992||Pacific Station||Capt. Ken Epstein||13 episodes|
|1992||Blossom||Doug LeMeure||Episode: "House Guests"|
|1992–1995||Love & War||Ray Litvak||67 episodes|
|1994||Beethoven||Beethoven (voice)||TV series|
|1995||Road Warriors||Dick Durkee||TV movie|
|1995||Partners||Ron Wolfe||Episode: "Who's Afraid of Ron and Cindy Wolfe?"|
|1996||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Bob Myers||Episode: "The Bob Episode"|
|1996||Encino Woman||Mr. Jones||TV movie|
|1996||Cable Guy, TheThe Cable Guy||Basketball Player|
|1997||Nanny, TheThe Nanny||Val's Date||Episode: "The Fifth Wheel"|
|1997–2002||Dharma & Greg||Pete Cavanaugh||119 episodes|
|2000||Thin Pink Line, TheThe Thin Pink Line||Bartender|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Professor Triffid (voice)||Episode: "Little Secrets"
Episode: "Dirty Work"
|2000||Baby Blues||Carl Bitterman (voice)||Episode: "God Forbid"
Episode: "Rodney Moves In"
|2001||Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show||Bob (uncredited)||Episode: "Mr. Laffoon's Wild Ride"|
|2002||Baby Blues||Carl Bitterman (voice)||Episode: "Wanda Proof"|
|2002||It's All About You||Taxi Driver|
|2002||3 South||Various (voice)||TV series|
|2002||John Doe||Dante Langenhan||Episode: "Mind Games"|
|2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Larry||Episode: "Hal's Friend"|
|2003||Nobody Knows Anything!||Robber #1|
|2003–2006||Still Standing||Danny 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons||24 episodes|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Balloon Sculptor / God||Episode: "Vanity, Thy Name Is Human"|
|2005||See Anthony Run||Mr. Randall||Short film|
|2007||American Body Shop||Bank Manager||Episode: "Shop for Sale"|
|2007||Two and a Half Men||Petey||Episode: "Mr. McGlue's Feedbag"|
|2007–2010||Mad Men||Freddy Rumsen||12 episodes|
|2008||Tiffany Problem, TheThe Tiffany Problem||Mr. Reynolds||Short film|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Attorney General||Episode: "Minimal Loss"|
|2008||Cold Case||Bobby Kent||Episode: "One Small Step"|
|2009||Awaydays||Rugger Bugger 1|
|2009||Two and a Half Men||Petey||Episode: "Baseball Was Better with Steroids"|
|2009||Mending Fences||Sam Bridgewater||TV movie|
|2010||Hatchet II||Shapiro (uncredited)|
|2010||My Boys||Crowley||Episode: "My Men"
Episode: "Extreme Mike-Over"
|2011||Shameless||Eddie Jackson||9 episodes|
|2011||Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||Medical Examiner||Episode: "Smother"|
|2011||Artist, TheThe Artist||Police Officer Fire|
|2011||Two and a Half Men||Delivery Man, Thumbless man in hospital||Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"|
|2011||God Bless America||Frank|
|2012||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Andrew Krane||Episode: "Frank's Back in Business|
|2013||Monsters University||Don Carlton||Voice|