Marvin Wesley Vye Jr.|
July 15, 1913
Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.
August 17, 1976 (aged 63)|
Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Savage Copeland (1915–1999)|
Murvyn Vye (July 15, 1913 – August 17, 1976) was an American character actor.
Vye appeared in numerous films in the 1940s and 1950s, often in exotic roles. He portrayed a villainous Merlin the Magician in the 1949 Bing Crosby musical comedy, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and the scheming Prince Arok in 1952's Road to Bali, a comedy co-starring Crosby and Bob Hope.
On Broadway, Vye debuted in Hamlet (1936). He also created the role of Jigger Cragin in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Vye was also set to appear as the Kralaholme in the original production of The King and I, but as rehearsals went on he lost his only two musical numbers and left the show.
He did guest-star appearances in many television series throughout the 1950s and '60s, including Maverick, M Squad, The Untouchables, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Lucy Show.
Vye died on August 17, 1976, in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Selected filmography (as actor)
- Golden Earrings (1947) as Zoltan
- Whispering Smith (1948) as Blake Barton
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) as Merlin
- Road to Bali (1952) as Arok
- Pickup on South Street as Capt. Dan Tiger (1953)
- Destination Gobi (1953) as Kengtu
- Green Fire (1954) as El Moro
- River of No Return (1954) as Colby
- Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) as Halemano
- The Walter Winchell File "The Law and Aaron Benjamin" - Zero (1957)
- Voodoo Island (1957) as Finch
- Al Capone (1959) as "Bugs" Moran
- The Boy and the Pirates (1960) as Blackbeard
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