Johnny Murray (voice actor)

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Johnny Murray
Johnny Murray - Photoplay, July 1929.jpg
Murray photographed in 1929
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1929–1934

Johnny Murray was an American voice actor. Before 1929, he was a cornetist at the Cocoanut Grove. In 1929, he was under a contract with First National Pictures to sing for Richard Barthelmess in his films; he provided Barthelmess's voice in Weary River.[1] He is most famous today for his role as Bosko, the first star of Warner Brothers cartoons.[2] He was the voice actor for Bosko in the 1933 short, Bosko's Picture Show.[2] This cartoon is infamous for perhaps containing the first cartoon depiction of Adolf Hitler, and possibly of being among the first, if not first, widely distributed films that contain verbal usage of the f-bomb. If that is the case, Murray is the first person to use the f-bomb in Hollywood cinema.


  1. ^ Larkin, Mark (July 1929). "The Truth About Voice Doubling". Photoplay. New York: Photoplay Publishing Co. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b IMDB entry on Johnny Murray

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