Brian Murray (actor)

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Brian Murray
Born Brian Bell
(1937-09-10)10 September 1937
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died 20 August 2018(2018-08-20) (aged 80)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1959–2018

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 Award, 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. On television he has appeared in Kojak, Another World, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and 30 Rock. In the 1970s and 1980s, he performed in a number of radio plays for Yuri Rasovsky's award-winning National Radio Theater. His latest role is the 2009 film, My Dog Tulip.

Additional Broadway acting credits[edit]

Source: Playbill Vault[3]


Source: Rotten Tomatoes[7]

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", retrieved August 23, 2018
  7. ^ "Brian Murray Film Credits", retrieved August 23, 2018
  8. ^ The Angry Silence, retrieved August 23, 2018
  9. ^ The League of Gentlemen, retrieved August 23, 2018
  10. ^ My Dog Tulip, retrieved August 23, 2018

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