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October 31, 1945
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Other names||Brian Doyle|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Christina Stauffer (m. 2000)|
Brian Doyle-Murray (born Brian Murray, October 31, 1945) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and screenwriter. 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 co-starred on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he played the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy. He 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. Two other younger brothers, Joel and John, are actors, as well. His oldest brother Ed is a businessman, and brother Andy is a chef, and runs the Murray Brothers "CaddyShack" restaurant located in the World Golf Village resort near St. Augustine, Florida. Doyle is his grandmother's maiden name, and he chose to hyphenate it to avoid confusion with another actor.
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. His parents were Irish American and Catholic. He is the older brother of actors Bill, Joel and John. A sister, Nancy, an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, travels the country portraying St. Catherine of Siena. Doyle-Murray uses his hyphenated name (Doyle was his grandmother's maiden name) to avoid confusion with another actor of the same name. Brian attended Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, California in the late 1960s.
Murray worked at The Second City comedic stage troupe in the early 1970s. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows since then, 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 alongside Chevy Chase. Again, years later, he memorably appeared as Chevy Chase's uptight boss, Frank Shirley, in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), and co-starred as arcade tycoon Noah Vanderhoff in the film version of Wayne's World (1992). He landed a small role as assassin Jack Ruby in JFK (1991). He was seen in the movie Snow Dogs (2002). His most recent role was in 17 Again (2009).
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 series Psych, with an uncredited cameo in the sixth season. He had a recurring role as Mr. Ehlert, owner of the car dealership where Frankie and Bob work on the ABC-TV series The Middle. He co-starred on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he played the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy.
Known for his gruff voice, Murray voiced the Flying Dutchman on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, appearing in one episode of The Angry Beavers ("Dag Con Carny") as Smelly Jim, 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 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, Prince Huge on Adventure Time in the episode "The Hard Easy", Charlie in Mike Judge's The Goode Family, and Jacob on Motorcity. Murray was also contracted to voice Eustace in the cancelled reboot of Courage the Cowardly Dog.
|1975||Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell||Various characters||Television series
|Saturday Night Live||Television series
|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|
|1985||Head Office||Colonel Toliver|
|Club Paradise||Voit Zerbe|
|1989||The Experts||Mr. Jones|
|The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars||Wittgenstein|
|How I Got Into College||Coach Evans|
|Ghostbusters II||Psychiatric doctor|
|National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation||Frank Shirley|
|The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue||Wittgenstein|
|Nothing but Trouble||Brian|
|Good Sports||John "Mac" MacKinney||Television series|
|1991–1992||Get a Life||Gus Borden|
|1992||Wayne's World||Noah Vanderhoff|
|Married... with Children||Wayne||Television series|
|Wings||Coach Snyder||Television series|
|Frosty Returns||Mr. Twitchell||Television film|
|Seinfeld||Mel Sanger||Television series
Episode: The Bubble Boy
|1993||Groundhog Day||Buster Green|
|Ellen||Burt Kovak||Television series|
|1996||Waiting for Guffman||Red Savage|
|1997||Smart Guy||Pete Gilroy||Television series|
|1997–1999||Between Brothers||Stuart Franklin|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Handyman|
|1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Referee||Television series
Episode: "It's Perfectly Understandishable"
|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|
|1999–2000||Love & Money||Finn McBride|
|1999–present||SpongeBob SquarePants||The Flying Dutchman||Television series|
|1999||Stuart Little||Cousin Edgar Little|
|2000||Jackie Chan Adventures||Gnome Cop||Television series|
|2001–2006||Yes, Dear||Mr. George Savitsky||Recurring role
|Justice League||Artie Bauman||Voice
|2002||A Gentleman's Game||Tomato Face|
|Teamo Supremo||The Chief||Main role
|2005–2006||The Buzz on Maggie||Chuck Pesky||Main role
|2005||My Gym Partner's a Monkey||Coach Tiffany Gills|
|Jade Empire||Qui the Promoter||Voice
|2006||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Bernie Fusterillo||Voice
|2007||Daddy Day Camp||"Uncle" Morty||Main role|
|Love Comes Lately||Boss|
|2008–2010||The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack||Captain K'nuckles||Main role
|2009||17 Again||The Janitor|
|The Goode Family||Charlie||Television series
|Ghostbusters: The Video Game||Mayor Jock Mulligan||Video Game|
|2009–2015||The Middle||Don Ehlert||Television series
|2010||WordGirl||Police officer||Television series|
|Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Glenn|
|2012–2014||Sullivan & Son||Hank Murphy||Main role
|Eye of the Hurricane||Harvey Miken|
|Adventure Time||Prince Huge||Television series|
|The Three Stooges||Monsignor Ratliffe|
|2013||Raising Hope||Walt||Television series|
|2014||2 Broke Girls||Blarney Bill||Television series|
|Christmas Under Wraps||Mr. Holiday/Santa Claus||Made for TV Movie|
|2016||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Sea Captain||Television series|
|2016||Veep||George Huntzinger||Television series|
|1973–1974||The National Lampoon Radio Hour||Radio series|
|1975||Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell||Also cast member|
|1976||The TVTV Show||Television series|
|1977–1982||Saturday Night Live||Also cast member
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)
|1980||Caddyshack||Writer with Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney
|1982||The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me||Television series|
|1986||Club Paradise||Writer with Harold Ramis
Also cast member
|1993||The Chevy Chase Show||Television series|
|2002||The Sweet Spot|
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|Weekend Update anchor
with Mary Gross 1981
with Christine Ebersole 1982