Chad Michael Murray

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Chad Michael Murray
Chad Michael Murray in 2007.jpg
Murray at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in Disneyland, 2007
Born (1981-08-24) August 24, 1981 (age 40)
Other namesChad Murray
Years active1997–present

Chad Michael Murray (born August 24, 1981) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Lucas Scott in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill (2003–09, 2012), a recurring role as Tristan Dugray on The WB/CW series Gilmore Girls (2000–01), and Charlie Todd in the fifth season of The WB series Dawson’s Creek (2001–02). Murray had supporting roles in the films Freaky Friday (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), House of Wax (2005), and Fruitvale Station (2013). Murray appeared in a supporting role in the Marvel/ABC series Agent Carter (2015–16). He had a recurring role as Edgar Evernever on Riverdale in 2019.

Early life[edit]

Murray was born in Buffalo, New York to Rex Murray, an air traffic controller, and was abandoned by his mother at a young age.[1] His mother left the family when Murray was 10 years old.[2] He has three brothers, one sister, one half-brother, one step-sister, and one step-brother. He is of Scottish, English, German, Swiss-German, and Polish descent.[3]

Murray attended Clarence High School in Clarence, New York.[4] He became a fan of literature and played football.[5] 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!"[6]


1999–2002: Early work[edit]

Murray won a scholarship to attend a modeling convention in Orlando, Florida, where he met an agent who encouraged him to go to Los Angeles for a week and see what happens.[2] He subsequently got a manager and moved to Hollywood in 1999.[2] He started modeling for such brands as Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci.[7]

Then he was cast in the role of rich kid Tristin DuGray on Gilmore Girls; which was one of the main characters in the first season of the series and then became a recurring character thereafter. He appeared in several guest starring television roles, including an episode of Undressed and an episode of Diagnosis: Murder. Murray portrayed the role Charlie Todd on the successful television series Dawson's Creek in 2001.

2003–2012: Breakthrough with One Tree Hill and films[edit]

In 2003, he appeared in television film, Aftermath: A Long Way Home. Murray then 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, earning 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 in the year of 2003, 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. 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.[8] They endorsed Cingular Wireless and the Chevy Cobalt.[9]

At the 2007 Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Following Murray's starring role on One Tree Hill, 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.[10] 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, earning $70.1 million worldwide.[11][12][13] The film led to 2005 Teen Choice Awards wins in several categories. Later that year, Murray appeared on the cover of Teen People magazine.[14]

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 $70 million worldwide. The film led to Murray receiving the 2005 Teen Choice Awards win category for "Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller".[15] He featured briefly in the Iraq War drama Home of the Brave alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Biel in 2006. In May 2009, The CW announced Murray would not be returning to One Tree Hill for its seventh season.[16] 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.[17]

In 2010, Murray played Alicia Keys's love interest in her music video for "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)".[18][19] Then he played Ethan McAllister in Lifetime's TV movie Lies in Plain Sight. Murray also co-starred in Christmas Cupid with Ashley Benson and Christina Milian.[20] The film is an ABC Family Original Movie and is "about a comatose girl who visits her Christmas past, present, and future".[21]

In 2011, The CW announced he would return for a guest appearance as Lucas Scott in the final season of One Tree Hill.[22] The episode aired on February 22, 2012.

2013–present: Television roles[edit]

In 2013, Murray appeared in Fruitvale Station, a film chronicling the last day of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a police officer at a BART station. The film won two major awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

In August 2014, he was cast in a featured role as Agent Jack Thompson for Marvel's television series Agent Carter, and has returned for the second season.[23][24]

On February 8, 2019, it was announced that Murray was cast in a recurring role as Edgar Evernever on The CW drama Riverdale.[25] He appeared opposite Torrey DeVitto in Hallmark's Christmas film Five Cards for Christmas (2019).[26] The film revolves around Jessica (DeVitto), who sends Christmas cards to five people who have impacted her life and Murray will appear as the son of a recipient of one of Jessica's letters.[27] In 2021, he played Steve in hotel booking website's commercial.[28]


Murray released a novel in September 2011 titled Everlast.[29] In 2017, he published American Drifter: An Exhilarating Tale of Love and Murder, which he co-authored with the novelist Heather Graham. The romantic thriller was inspired by a dream.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Murray, May 2007

Murray became engaged to his One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush in May 2004,[31] and they married on April 16, 2005, in Santa Monica, California.[32] They announced their separation in September 2005.[33] In February 2006, Bush filed papers for an annulment, citing fraud.[34] Bush's petition was denied,[35] and she and Murray were instead granted a divorce in December 2006.[36]

Following his separation from Bush, Murray began dating Kenzie Dalton,[37] whom he met in 2005 when Dalton, a first runner-up in the 2005 Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant, was an extra on One Tree Hill.[38] They became engaged in April 2006,[37] but in August 2013, they called off their seven-year engagement.[39][40]

In 2014, Murray began dating his Chosen co-star Sarah Roemer. In January 2015, it was announced that he and Roemer had married, and were expecting their first child.[41] They have a son, born in 2015,[42] and a daughter, born 2017.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 David Alexander – Age 16
2003 Freaky Friday Jake
2004 A Cinderella Story Austin Ames
2005 House of Wax Nick Jones
2006 Home of the Brave Jordan Owens
2011 The Carrier Thatcher Short film
2012 First Kiss Himself Short; with Rachael Leigh Cook (for Funny or Die)
2013 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Andy Wyrick
2013 Fruitvale Station Officer Ingram
2013 Cavemen Jay
2013 A Madea Christmas Tanner McCoy
2014 Left Behind Cameron "Buck" Williams
2014 Other People's Children P.K.
2015 To Write Love on Her Arms Jamie Tworkowski Filmed in 2011
2016 Outlaws and Angels Henry
2018 Camp Cold Brook Jack
2020 Max Winslow and the House of Secrets Atticus Virtue
2020 Survive the Night Rich
2021 Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman Ted Bundy [44]
2021 Survive the Game Eric
2021 Fortress Frederick Balzary
2022 Fortress: Sniper's Eye Frederick Balzary

Television Film and Serial[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Dan Episode "2.17"
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Ray Santucci Episode: "The Cradle Will Rock"
2000–2001 Gilmore Girls Tristan Dugray Recurring role (Seasons 1 & 2)
11 episodes
2001–2002 Dawson's Creek Charlie Todd Recurring role (Season 5)
12 episodes
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tom Haviland Episode: "The Accused Is Entitled"
2003 Aftermath: A Long Way Home Sean Credited as Chad Murray;
Television film
2003 The Lone Ranger Luke Hartman / Lone Ranger Television film;
Intended pilot for a television reboot
2003–2009, 2012 One Tree Hill Lucas Scott Main role (Seasons 1–6)
131 episodes
Special guest star (Episode: "Last Known Surroundings")
Director (1 episode)
Writer (1 episode)
2010 Lies in Plain Sight Ethan McAllister Television film
2010 Christmas Cupid Patrick Kerns Television film
2012 Scruples Spider Elliott Unaired television pilot[45]
2013 Southland Dave Mendoza Guest role; 2 episodes
2013–2014 Chosen Jacob Orr Main role
2015 Texas Rising Mirabeau Lamar Television mini-series
2015 Scream Queens Brad Radwell Special guest star
Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2015–2016 Agent Carter Jack Thompson Main role; 14 episodes
2017 Sun Records Sam Phillips Main role; 8 episodes
2018 The Beach House Brett Beauchamps Television film
2018–2019 Star Xander Recurring role; 8 episodes
2018 Road to Christmas Danny Wise Hallmark Channel TV movie
2019 Riverdale Edgar Evernever Recurring role; 9 episodes
2019 Write Before Christmas Luke Miller Hallmark Channel TV movie
2020 Too Close for Christmas Paul Barnett Lifetime Channel TV movie
2020 Love in Winterland Brett Hallmark Channel TV movie
2021 Sand Dollar Cove Brody Hallmark Channel TV movie
2021 A Winter Romance Joel GAC Family TV movie
2021 Toying With Christmas Kevin Lifetime Channel TV movie
2021 Angel Falls Christmas Gabriel GAC Family TV movie
2021 Colours of Love Joel Sheehan Paramount Movies

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2010 "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" Alicia Keys Love interest
2018 "All I Need" Brandy Love interest
2019 "Her World or Mine" Michael Ray Father[46]


Year Title Brand Role Ref
2016 "Made in America: More American Jobs" Walmart Manufacturing worker [47]
2021 "Breakup" Steve [48]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Choice Movie: Breakout Actor Teen Choice Awards A Cinderella Story Won
Choice TV: Breakout Actor One Tree Hill Won
Choice TV Actor: Drama Nominated
2005 Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller House of Wax Won
Choice Movie: Rumble (with Elisha Cuthbert and Brian Van Holt) Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Hilary Duff) A Cinderella Story Nominated
Choice Movie: Liplock (with Hilary Duff) Nominated
Choice Movie: Love Scene (with Hilary Duff) Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Drama One Tree Hill Nominated
Choice TV: Chemistry (with James Lafferty) Nominated
2006 Choice TV Actor: Drama Nominated
Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Prism Award Nominated
2008 Choice TV Actor: Drama Teen Choice Awards Won


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