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Chad Michael Murray
Murray at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in Disneyland, 2007
Born (1981-08-24) August 24, 1981 (age 42)
Other namesChad Murray
  • Actor
  • writer
  • model
Years active1997–present
(m. 2005; div. 2006)
(m. 2014)

Chad Michael Murray (born August 24, 1981) is an American actor, writer, and former model. He played the lead role of Lucas Scott in The WB/CW teen drama series One Tree Hill (2003–09, 2012), and recurring roles as Tristin DuGray on Gilmore Girls (2000–01), Charlie Todd on Dawson's Creek (2001–02), and Edgar Evernever on Riverdale (2019), all on the same network.

He starred in the film A Cinderella Story (2004) and had supporting roles in Freaky Friday (2003) and Fruitvale Station (2013). He went on to star in Chosen (2013–14), Sun Records (2017) and Sullivan's Crossing (2023–present), and appeared as main cast member in Marvel-ABC series Agent Carter (2015–16) and a recurring role in Fox's Star (2018–19). Murray has written a graphic novel with lead illustrator Danijel Žeželj titled Everlast (2011), and a novel co-authored with Heather Graham titled American Drifter (2017).

Early life


Chad Michael Murray was born in Buffalo, New York, and was raised by a single father, Rex Murray, who worked as an air traffic controller.[1] His mother left the family when Murray was 10 years old.[2] He has five siblings, consisting of an older sister, three younger full brothers, and a younger half-brother from his father's second marriage, and has two step-siblings, consisting of a step-sister and a step-brother. Murray is of Scottish, Irish, 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] As a teenager, he worked at the Dipson Theatres in Eastern Hills Mall.[6][7] 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 [...] 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!"[8]



1999–2002: Modeling, Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek


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] Murray began modeling for brands such as Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci.[9]

In 2000, he guest starred as Dan on the MTV drama anthology series Undressed on the episode "Scared Stiffy" which aired on March 8 as part of its second season. Later that year, Murray was cast in the role of rich kid Tristin DuGray on The WB television series Gilmore Girls as a recurring character in the first season which debuted on October 5 and in an episode of the second season the next year. The series became a hit and Murray would go onto become a staple actor on the network for the rest of the decade. He ended his debut year on screen appearing on the November 16 episode of the CBS crime drama Diagnosis: Murder during its eighth season.

In 2001, he was cast in a television pilot for The WB, the family drama Murphy's Dozen, which revolved around 12 children and their parents in an Irish American family in New Jersey. The lead actress Kathy Baker signed on in March and the pilot was screened for the network in May but was not picked up for the fall season.[10][11] Murray portrayed the role of teenage David Alexander in Christian Apocalyptic fiction film Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 which released on September 7. Murray was cast in the role of womanizer Charlie Todd on The WB's hit television series Dawson's Creek as a recurring character in the fifth season which premiered on October 10. He next appeared on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation which aired on CBS on October 3, 2002, during its third season.[12]

2003–2010: Freaky Friday, One Tree Hill and A Cinderella Story


In 2003, Murray began the year appearing in the family drama television film A Long Way Home, also known as Aftermath, playing the role of Sean in a family trying to reconcile following domestic sexual abuse. He next played the lead role of Luke Hartman on The WB's western television film The Lone Ranger which aired on February 26 and served as a backdoor pilot for a potential series run. Murray was cast in the role of love-interest Jake in the Walt Disney Pictures comedy film Freaky Friday, starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, which released in theaters on August 6. It was Disney's third adaptation of the 1972 children's novel of the same name authored by Mary Rodgers. The film was a critical and a major box office success, earning roughly $161 million worldwide.

Later that year, he was cast in the lead role of Lucas Scott on The WB series One Tree Hill which debuted on September 23, 2003. The first-season finale garnered 4.50 million viewers. The series was one of The WB's most successful programs the year it began and continued with impressive ratings after the network merged with rival UPN to become The CW in 2006. The series earned Murray six Teen Choice Award nominations over the years, including winning Choice TV – Breakout Actor in August 2004 and Choice TV Actor – Drama in August 2008. Stemming from the series' popularity, he and his One Tree Hill co-stars became official endorsers for MasterCard, K-Mart,[13] Cingular Wireless and the Chevy Cobalt.[14]

In 2004, Murray starred as Austin Ames in the romantic comedy film A Cinderella Story alongside Hilary Duff which released in July 16. The film was a box office success, earning $70.1 million worldwide, but was panned by critics.[15][16][17] The film earned Murray the award for Choice Movie – Breakout Actor in August 2004 and several more nominations at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards. He is the first person to win their awards for Breakout Actor in both the TV and Movie categories in the same year. Murray was listed as one of "TV's Sexiest Guys" by People magazine in November 2004.[18]

He next co-starred as Nick Jones in the horror film House of Wax which released theatrically on May 6, 2005. The film earned Murray two more Teen Choice Award nominations, including winning Choice Movie Actor – Action/Thriller in August 2005. Murray was listed as one of "Fall TV's Sexiest Guys" by People magazine in September 2005,[19] and was the cover model for Teen People magazine that same month.[20] He played the role of Private Jordan Owens in the Iraq War drama film Home of the Brave, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel and 50 Cent, which test released in theaters on December 6, 2006, before a limited theatrical release on April 17, 2007.

Murray at the 2007 Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Murray was listed at #12 on AOL Television's list of "TV's 50 Hottest Hunks Ever" on November 4, 2008.[21] In May 2009, it was reported that Murray would not be returning to One Tree Hill for its seventh season.[22] 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, creator Mark Schwahn said in an interview that Murray had been offered "great things" to return to the show.[23]

In 2010, Murray played the love-interest of Alicia Keys in her music video for "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" which premiered on BET's 106 & Park on May 12.[24][25] The video depicts the burgeoning romance of a young interracial couple reimagined across different eras, from the 1950s through the 2000s. It won Outstanding Music Video at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in March 2011.[26] Murray played the role of Ethan McAllister in the drama television film Lies in Plain Sight which aired on Lifetime on October 3, 2010. He played the love-interest Patrick Kerns in the television film Christmas Cupid, alongside Christina Milan and Ashley Benson, which premiered on ABC Family on December 12.[27][28]

2011–2015: Chosen, Agent Carter and independent films


On August 29, 2011, The CW announced that Murray would return for a guest appearance as Lucas Scott in the final season of One Tree Hill.[29] The episode aired on February 22, 2012, as part of the concluding ninth season. He then played the male lead Jamie Tworkowski in the biographical drama film To Write Love on Her Arms which premiered on March 11, 2012, at the Omaha Film Festival where it won the Encore Award. The film is based on the true story of Tworkowski's founding of the Florida-based non-profit organization of the same name helping those struggling with addiction, mental illness and self-injury, and received a limited theatrical release on March 3, 2015.

He next played the role of Thatcher in the short film The Carrier which premiered on April 27, 2012, at the USA Film Festival. On March 12, it was reported that he was cast to play the male lead Spider Elliot in a television pilot for ABC, Scruples, with Claire Forlani playing the female lead Billy Orsini and with Natalie Portman serving as an executive producer. The potential series, adapted from Judith Krantz's pioneering 1979 debut bonkbuster novel of the same name, was not picked up by the network.[30] Murray next starred as Dylan in the Funny or Die short First Kiss alongside Rachael Leigh Cook which released on September 11.[31][32]

In 2013, Murray played the role of Officer Ingram in the biographical drama film Fruitvale Station, which chronicles the last day of Oscar Grant, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan, who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland, California. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 19 before releasing theatrically on July 12, becoming a critical and box office success, earning $17.4 million from a budget of under a million. Murray next played male lead Andy Wyrick in the horror film The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia which released on February 1. The film, inspired by the true events surrounding the Wyrick family, is Murray's first role playing a father.[33][34] He guest starred as Officer Dave Mendoza in the crime drama series Southland on two episodes during its concluding fifth season which premiered on TNT on February 13. It marked his on-screen union with its co-star Ben McKenzie (Officer Ben Sherman), who had played Ryan Atwood on popular teen drama The O.C. that debuted the same year as OTH.[35]

On October 9, 2013, it was reported that Murray was cast to join action-thriller series Chosen on Crackle.[36] He played the lead role of Jacob Orr in the second season which premiered on December 12 that year and in the third season which released on April 15, 2014. Murray played the role of Jay in comedy film Cavemen which premiered on October 26 at the 2013 Austin Film Festival before a limited theatrical release on February 7, 2014. He played the role of Tanner McCoy in comedy film A Madea Christmas which released theatrically on December 13, 2013. Murray next co-starred in the apocalyptic thriller film Left Behind, playing the role of Cameron "Buck" Williams, alongside Nicolas Cage and Jordin Sparks. The film, based on the novel series of the same name authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, was released on October 3, 2014.

On August 29, 2014, it was announced that Murray was cast in the role of Agent Jack Thompson in the ABC spy thriller series Agent Carter, part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[37] The first season premiered on January 6, 2015,[38] and the second season premiered on January 19, 2016.[39]

Later in 2015, he guest starred on the Fox black comedy series Scream Queens on a November 24 episode during its first season, playing Chad Radwell's older brother Brad. Murray starred as the male lead "P.K." in the romantic drama film Other People's Children which premiered on August 15 at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival where it won the Best of Festival award. It received a limited theatrical release on December 25.[40] In order to portray a homeless heroin addict, Murray lost 25 lbs (11.34 kg) of weight, stating that he exercised for three and a half weeks, burning 3,000 calories a day while eating only 1,400 to 1,600 calories a day from a diet consisting of "oatmeal, egg whites, salads, chicken [and] tuna."[41][42]

2016–2022: Sun Records, Star and Fortress


Murray starred as Henry in the western film Outlaws and Angels which premiered on January 25 at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, before a limited theatrical release on July 15. On March 14, 2016, it was reported that Murray was cast to star as Sam Phillips in the CMT biographical drama series Million Dollar Quartet.[43] On December 14, the eight-episode miniseries was retitled Sun Records, before premiering on February 23, 2017.[44]

In 2018, he played the male lead Brett Beauchamps in the drama television film The Beach House, alongside Minka Kelly and Andie MacDowell, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on April 28. He next played the male lead Jack in horror film Camp Cold Brook which premiered on August 25 at the HorrorHound Film Festival, before a limited theatrical release on February 14, 2020. On August 27, 2018, it was reported that Murray was cast in a recurring role as Xander McPherson, the toxic love-interest of Cassie Brown as played by Brandy Norwood, in the third season of the musical drama Star which premiered on Fox on September 26.[45][46]

On February 8, 2019, it was reported that Murray was cast in a recurring role as Edgar Evernever in the third season of The CW drama Riverdale.[47] He starred as Luke Miller on television film Write Before Christmas alongside Torrey DeVitto on Hallmark Channel on November 17.

In 2020, Murray starred as Brett Hollister in the television film Love in Winterland which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on January 11.[48] He next starred as Paul Barnett in the film Too Close for Christmas which received a limited theatrical release on November 13,[49] before premiering on Lifetime on December 4.[50] The film marks the first in a series of on-screen collaborations with Jessica Lowndes.

In 2021, he starred as Joel Sheehan in the film Colors of Love which received a limited theatrical release on February 4,[51] before premiering on GAC Family on October 23 under the title An Autumn Romance as its first original movie. The film, based on the 2014 novel Tycoon's Kiss authored by Jane Porter,[52] is the second with Murray and Lowndes together. He starred as Brody Bradshaw in the television film Sand Dollar Cove which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on June 26. He starred as Gabe on the television film Angel Falls Christmas which premiered on GAC Family on November 26, marking the third film between Murray and Lowndes. He starred as Kevin Vaughn on the television film Toying with the Holidays which premiered on Lifetime on December 18. He played Steve in hotel booking website Hotels.com's commercial.[53]

2023–present: Sullivan's Crossing


On June 1, 2022, it was announced that Murray was cast as the male lead Cal Jones on the drama series Sullivan's Crossing alongside Morgan Kohan as the female lead Maggie Sullivan and Scott Patterson as her father Sully Sullivan.[54] The Canadian series, based on the American novel series of the same name authored by Robyn Carr, premiered on CTV on March 19, 2023.[55]

He played Lucas, Brooke Shields' character's love interest in the Netflix original film Mother of the Bride (2024), released on May 9, 2024.[56] It reached Netflix's Top 10 most watched lists in numerous countries.[57][58]

Writing career


Murray authored a graphic novel, Everlast, which released in November 2011.[59] In November 2017, he released American Drifter: An Exhilarating Tale of Love and Murder, which he co-authored with novelist Heather Graham. The romantic thriller was inspired by a dream.[60]

Personal life

Murray in May 2007

In May 2004, Murray became engaged to his One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush,[61] and they married on April 16, 2005, in Santa Monica, California.[62] They announced their separation in September 2005.[63] In February 2006, Bush filed for an annulment, citing fraud.[64] Bush's petition was denied,[65] and instead the pair were granted a divorce in December 2006.[66]

On April 6, 2006, it was reported that Murray was engaged to Kenzie Dalton, an actress and Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2006 runner-up. The day before, Murray escorted Dalton to the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen's Welcoming Ceremony, where Dalton served as part of the "Princess' court" and wore her engagement ring.[67][68][69] The two first met in August 2005 when Dalton appeared as an extra on One Tree Hill on the sixth episode during its third season.[69] On September 20, 2013, it was reported that they had ended their engagement of nearly seven and a half years, with Murray's representative telling media that they had "quietly parted ways earlier in the year."[70][71] The couple were pictured together as late as August 1.[72]

In September 2013, Murray began dating his Left Behind co-star, Australian actress Nicky Whelan. The two were first pictured together leaving the Chateau Marmont on September 19.[73][74][75] The next month, Murray joined Whelan on the second season of Chosen.[36] The couple separated in April 2014 after roughly eight months of dating.

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.[76] They have three children: a son, born in 2015,[77] and two daughters, born in 2017[78] and 2023.[79]




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
2012 To Write Love on Her Arms Jamie Tworkowski
The Carrier Thatcher Short film
First Kiss Himself Short for Funny or Die
2013 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Andy Wyrick
Fruitvale Station Officer Ingram
Cavemen Jay
A Madea Christmas Tanner McCoy
2014 Left Behind Cameron "Buck" Williams
2015 Other People's Children P.K.
2016 Outlaws and Angels Henry
2018 Camp Cold Brook Jack
2019 Max Winslow and the House of Secrets Atticus Virtue
2020 Survive the Night Rich
Too Close for Christmas Paul Barnett
2021 Colors of Love Joel Sheehan AKA: An Autumn Romance, A Winter Romance
Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman Ted Bundy [80]
Survive the Game Eric
Fortress Frederick Balzary
2022 Fortress: Sniper's Eye
2024 Mother of the Bride Lucas Netflix original film
2025 Freaky Friday 2 Jake Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Dan Episode "Scared Stiffy"
Diagnosis: Murder Ray Santucci Episode: "The Cradle Will Rock"
2000–01 Gilmore Girls Tristin DuGray Recurring role (season 1), guest role (season 2), 11 episodes
2001 Murphy's Dozen Unaired television pilot (The WB)[10][11]
2001–02 Dawson's Creek Charlie Todd Recurring role (season 5), 12 episodes
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tom Haviland Episode: "The Accused Is Entitled"
2003 A Long Way Home Sean AKA: Aftermath
Television film (CBS)
The Lone Ranger Luke Hartman / Lone Ranger Television film (The WB)
Pilot for a reboot television series
One Tree Hill Lucas Scott Main role (seasons 1–6), guest role (season 9)
131 episodes
Director (1 episode), writer (1 episode)
2010 Lies in Plain Sight Ethan McAllister Television film (Lifetime Movie Network)
Christmas Cupid Patrick Kerns Television film (ABC Family)
2012 Scruples Spider Elliott Unaired television pilot (ABC)[30]
2013 Southland Dave Mendoza Guest role (season 5); 2 episodes
2013–14 Chosen Jacob Orr Main role (seasons 2–3), 12 episodes
2015 Texas Rising Mirabeau Lamar Television miniseries; 5 episodes
Scream Queens Brad Radwell Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2015–16 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 (Hallmark Channel)
2018–19 Star Xander McPherson Recurring role (season 3); 8 episodes
2018 Road to Christmas Danny Wise Television film (Hallmark Channel)
2019 Riverdale Edgar Evernever Recurring role (season 3); 9 episodes
Write Before Christmas Luke Miller Television films (Hallmark Channel)
2020 Love in Winterland Brett Hollister Television film (Hallmark Channel)
2021 Sand Dollar Cove Brody Bradshaw Television film (Hallmark Channel)
Toying With the Holidays Kevin Vaughn Television film (Lifetime)
Angel Falls Christmas Gabriel Television film (GAC Family)
2023 Christmas on Windmill Way Brady Schaltz Television film (GAC Family)
2023–present Sullivan's Crossing Cal Jones Main role

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role
2010 "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" Alicia Keys Love interest
2018 "All I Need" Brandy
2019 "Her World or Mine" Michael Ray Father[81]


Year Title Brand Role Ref.
2016 "Made in America: More American Jobs" Walmart Manufacturing worker [82]
2021 "Breakup" Hotels.com Steve [83]


  • Everlast (2011)
  • American Drifter: An Exhilarating Tale of Love and Murder (2017), co-authored with Heather Graham

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Breakout Actor One Tree Hill Won
Choice TV Actor – Drama Nominated
Choice Movie – Breakout Actor A Cinderella Story Won
2005 Choice Movie Actor – Action/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
Prism Award Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor – Drama Won
2019 Burbank International Film Festival Best Actor Max Winslow and the House of Secrets Nominated


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