Brian Murray (actor)

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Brian Murray
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Murray in 2007
Brian Bell

(1937-09-10)10 September 1937
Died20 August 2018(2018-08-20) (aged 80)
Occupation(s)Actor, theatre director
Years active1958–2018

Brian Murray ( Bell; 10 September 1937 – 20 August 2018)[1] was a South African actor and theatre director who was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2004.


Murray was born Brian Bell in Johannesburg, the son of Mary Dickson (née Murray) and Alfred Bell, a professional golfer.[2]


Murray made his Broadway debut in the play All in Good Time in 1965. [3] In 1967, he starred as Rosencrantz in the Broadway production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, earning the first of three Tony Awards, Best Featured Actor In A Play nominations for his performance. [3] [4]

Murray directed the 1973 Broadway revival of The Waltz of the Toreadors.[5] His stage directing credits include Broadway revivals of Hay Fever (1985), Arsenic and Old Lace (1986), Blithe Spirit (1987), and The Show Off (1992).[3]

In 1998, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding body of work.[6]

His film credits include Bob Roberts and City Hall.[7] On television he has appeared in Kojak, Another World, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and 30 Rock.[8] In the 1970s and 1980s, he performed in a number of radio plays for Yuri Rasovsky's award-winning National Radio Theater.[9] In 2002, he provided the voice of John Silver in the Disney animated Treasure Planet, a role he reprised in the video game Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon. He played a role in the 2009 film, My Dog Tulip.[10]


Murray died of natural causes on August 20, 2018.[9]

Additional Broadway acting credits[edit]

Source: Playbill Vault[3]


Source: Rotten Tomatoes[11]

Source: Behind the voice actors[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Angry Silence[13] Gladys
The League of Gentlemen[14] Private "Chunky" Grogan
1992 Bob Roberts Terry Manchester
1996 City Hall Corporation Counsel
2002 Treasure Planet[12] Long John Silver Voice
2009 My Dog Tulip[12][15] Captain Pugh, Mr Blandish
2011 Dream House Dr. Medlin
In the Family Paul Hawks
2018 A Bread Factory, Part One Sir Walter Posthumous release
A Bread Factory, Part Two Posthumous release; final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1959–1966 ITV Play of the Week John Clegg, PC Bernard Wall Episodes: "Sugar in the Morning" & "Blue as His Eyes, the Tin Helmet He Wore"
1959 Saturday Playhouse Stevens Episode: "The Larford Lad"
Emergency – Ward 10 Joe Masters 3 Episodes
1960 No Hiding Place Chopper Green Episode: "The Long Day"
1963 The Plane Makers Tom Barnsley Episode: "Point of Contact"
1964 Drama 61-67 Cpl. Parker, David Potter Episodes: "Drama '64: Across the Border" & "Studio '64: The Happy Moorings"
1976 Kojak Caesar Ogilvy Episode: "A Summer Madness"
1978–1979 Another World Dr. Dan Shearer #2 Unknown episodes
1990 Great Performances Claudius Episode: "Hamlet"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Richard Sullivan Episode: "The Saint"
2007 30 Rock Jack's Dad Episode: "The Fighting Irish"
American Experience Gouverneur Morris Episode: "Alexander Hamilton"
2011 The Good Wife Judge Mowbray Episode: "The Death Zone"


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Treasure Planet Long John Silver Voice
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon[12] John Silver / Robot Silver

Radio drama[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Sources: Playbill Vault;[3] IBDB[4]



  1. ^ "Tony Nominee Brian Murray Passes Away at 80". BroadwayWorld. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Brian Murray Biography (1937– )".
  3. ^ a b c d e "Brian Murray Credits and Awards" Playbill Vault, retrieved August 23, 2018
  4. ^ a b "Murray Awards", retrieved August 23, 2018
  5. ^ " 'The Waltz of the Toreadors' 1973" Playbill Vault, retrieved August 23, 2018
  6. ^ "1998 Recipients" Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved August 23, 2018
  7. ^ "Brian Murray | TV Guide".
  8. ^ "Brian Murray | TV, Documentary and Other Appearances". AllMovie.
  9. ^ a b "Brian Murray, Broadway Veteran and Three-Time Tony Nominee, Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Bryan Murray". BFI.
  11. ^ "Brian Murray Film Credits", retrieved August 23, 2018
  12. ^ a b c d "Brian Murray Bell (6 Character Images)". Behind The Voice Actors.
  13. ^ The Angry Silence, retrieved August 23, 2018
  14. ^ The League of Gentlemen, retrieved August 23, 2018
  15. ^ My Dog Tulip, retrieved August 23, 2018

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