Sam McMurray

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Sam McMurray
Born (1952-04-15) April 15, 1952 (age 71)
Years active1975–present
SpouseElizabeth Collins
ParentLesley Woods (stepmother)

Samuel McMurray (born April 15, 1952) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as dentist Vic Schweiber on Freaks and Geeks, Supervisor Patrick O'Boyle in the CBS sitcom series The King of Queens, Glen in the Coen Brothers comedy film Raising Arizona, Trent Culpepper in the sitcom Cristela and for voicing Roy in the family sitcom television series Dinosaurs. He also appeared as Doug on the NBC sitcom Friends, and as Ned on the CBS sitcom Mom.

Early life[edit]

McMurray was born in New York City on 15 April 1952, the son of Jane (née Hoffman) and Richard McMurray, both actors.[1] Lesley Woods was his stepmother.[2] McMurray is Jewish on his mother's side of the family and Irish on his father's side of the family. He lives in Bell Canyon, California.[3]


Among McMurray's film credits are Raising Arizona, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Drop Dead Gorgeous, L.A. Story, The Wizard as Jimmy's stepfather Mr. Bateman, and C.H.U.D. On television, he was a regular on The Tracey Ullman Show, played a recurring role as Chandler's boss on Friends, he also appeared in “The Jeffersons”, The King of Queens as Doug and Deacon's boss and also appeared in Disney's Recess, Freaks and Geeks, Home Improvement, The Sopranos, The Tick and Breaking Bad. He is also noted for being the first-ever guest star on The Simpsons.

McMurray gained much international recognition among gamers for his role as the voice of two newscasters in the expansion for Command & Conquer: Generals. He also appeared in the 2011 TV film Holiday Engagement. For the 2014–2015 television season, McMurray had a main role as Trent Culpepper in the ABC comedy series Cristela.[4]

Personal life[edit]

McMurray was married to actress Elizabeth Collins. They have two daughters.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Front Young Man At Party Film Debut
1980 Union City Young Vagrant
1983 Baby It's You Mr. McManus
1984 C.H.U.D. Officer Crespi
1985 Fast Forward Clem Friedkin
1987 Raising Arizona Glen
1987 Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall Peter Harriman
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Bill
1989 The Wizard Bateman
1990 Little Vegas Kreimach
1991 L.A. Story Morris Frost
1991 Stone Cold Lance
1992 Class Act Skip Wankman
1993 Addams Family Values Don Buckman
1994 Getting Even with Dad Detective Alex Serransky
1996 Dear God Federal Prosecutor
1997 Savage Edgar Wallace
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Anthony Boccoli
1999 Baby Geniuses Goon Bob
1999 The Mod Squad Tricky
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Lester Leeman
1999 Carlo's Wake Jerry Brock
2000 Lucky Numbers Chief Troutman
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Mr. Smith
2002 Sunshine State Todd Northrup
2003 Stealing Sinatra Agent Stamek
2010 A Little Help Big Bad Dan
2015 Road Hard Burt Crabtree
2015 Pearly Gates Sol
2015 Jenny's Wedding Denny O'Leary
2017 Americons Kerry Stein
2019 Klaus Postmaster Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Kojak Duke Peter Dushan Episode: "The Pride and the Princess"
1979 The Jeffersons Howard Benson Episode: "Louise's Convention"
1979 The Ropers Charles Remington Episode: "All Around the Clock"
1979 The Edge of Night Phil 7 episodes
1982 Baker's Dozen Harve Schoendorf 6 episodes
1983 Ryan's Hope Wes Leonard Recurring role
1984 Miami Vice Jimmy 'Jimbo' Walters Episode: "Calderone's Return: Part 2 - Calderone's Demise"
1986 You Again? Stu Angry Episode: "The D.J."
1986 Hill Street Blues Officer Gann Episode: "More Skinned Against Than Skinning"
1987 Ohara Saxon Episode: "Darryl"
1987 Moonlighting Moe Highler Episode: "Blonde on Blonde"
1987–1990 The Tracey Ullman Show Various 63 episodes
1988 21 Jump Street Lt. Tony Brandt Episode: "Raising Marijuana"
1988 Head of the Class Coach Finelli Episode: "The Refrigerator of Filmore High"
1988 Empty Nest Brent Episode: "Father of the Bride"
1988–1989 Dear John Mike 2 episodes
1989–1991 Who's the Boss? Mark Harper 2 episodes
1989 Matlock Bart Hess Episode: "The Model"
1990 The Golden Girls Mr. Kane Episode: "Cheaters"
1990 The Simpsons Gulliver Dark, SNPP Employee, Duff Commercial VO Voice, 2 episodes
1990 Married... with Children Andy Episode: "Dance Show"
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Roy Hess Voice, 50 episodes
1991 Home Improvement Rondall Kittleman Episode: "Satellite on a Hot Tim's Roof"
1991 Blossom Sergio Episode: "Run for the Border"
1991 Civil Wars Walter Herrigan Episode: "Have Gun, Will Unravel"
1992 Sibs Channing 2 episodes
1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Mr. Rips Episode: "Goodbye Mr. Rips"
1992 Stand By Your Man Roger Dunphy 5 episodes
1992 Likely Suspects Detective Marshak 9 episodes
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Pierce Voice, episode: "Birds of a Feather"[5]
1993 Down the Shore Ron Episode: "Life's a Drag"
1993 A League of Their Own Coach Jimmy Dugan 6 episodes
1993 Bonkers Additional voices 3 episodes
1995 The Critic Cyrus Tompkins Voice, episode: "Sherman, Woman and Child"
1995 Medicine Ball Dr. Douglas McGill 7 episodes
1995 Maybe This Time Gary Episode: "Maybe This Time"
1995–1997 Deadly Games Detective Dorn 4 episodes
1995 Party of Five Thomas Episode: "Change Partners... and Dance"
1995–1997 Pinky and the Brain Video Teacher, Tax Man #1, Shawn Voice, 3 episodes[5]
1996 Matt Waters Charlie Sweet 6 episodes
1996 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Mickey, Fred Voice, episode: "Krumm Gets Ahead / It's Only a Movie"[5]
1997 Wings Dennis Lundy Episode: "Hosed"
1997 The Pretender Morris Clancy Episode: "Prison Story"
1997 Chicago Hope Dr. David Stockton 2 episodes
1997 Soul Man Oliver Marley Episode: "Cinderella and the Funeral"
1997–2001 Friends Doug 3 episodes
1997 Pearl Freddy Rizzo Episode: "The Two Mrs. Rizzos"
1997 Johnny Bravo Pilot, Clown, Keith Doll Voice, 6 episodes[5]
1997–2000 Recess Lt. Griswold, Bob Spinelli, Various Voice, 12 episodes
1997–2002 Hey Arnold! Buckley Lloyd, Robby Fisher Voice, 4 episodes[5]
1997–1998 Living Single Marco McCulloch 2 episodes
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Bob Bare Episode: "Baby Boom"
1998 The New Batman Adventures Ernie Voice, episode: "Joker's Millions"[5]
1998 Cosby Ken Episode: "On The Rocks"
1998 The Angry Beavers Rodrick Snootwell Voice, episode: "Open Wide for Zombies" / "Dumbwaiters"[5]
1999–2000 Batman Beyond Chelsea's Dad, Burn, Harry Tully Voice, 4 episodes
1999 Tracey Takes On... Dentist Episode: "Scandal"
1999 Rugrats Zookeeper Voice, episode: "Zoo Story"[5]
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Flip Voice, episode: "You Otter Know"[5]
2000 Freaks and Geeks Dr. Vic Schweiber 3 episodes
2001 The Lot Milton Maxwell Episode: "The Accident"
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Officer Stockton Episode: "Traffic Ticket"
2001 Yes, Dear Dr. Bernstein Episode: "Doctor, Doctor"
2001 Deadline Episode: "Somebody's Fool"
2001 The Sopranos Dr. John Kennedy Episode: "Second Opinion"
2001-2004 Lloyd in Space Coach Antonio 5 episodes
2001–2006 The King of Queens Supervisor Patrick O'Boyle 16 episodes
2001 Spin City Daniel Bryant Episode: "You've Got Male"
2001 The Tick The Immortal Episode: "The Funeral"
2001 The Zeta Project Larry Lux Voice, episode: "Ro's Reunion"[5]
2001 Reba Mr. Montgomery Episode: "Tea and Antipathy"
2002 Touched by an Angel Norris Episode: "The Sixteenth Minute"
2003 Greetings from Tucson Mr. Modica Episode: "Student Council"
2003 Free for All Douglas Jenkins 7 episodes
2004 Justice League Unlimited Gilbert Halestrom Voice, episode: "Fearful Symmetry"[5]
2005 NYPD Blue Lieutenant Jeff Henry Episode: "Bale to the Chief"
2005 Head Cases Al Girard Episode: "S(elf) Help"
2005–2014 The Boondocks The Principal, Ed Wuncler II, Various Voice, 7 episodes
2006 That '70s Show Larry Episode: "My Fairy King"
2006 Huff Dr. Hoffman 2 episodes
2007 Cold Case Tom 'Z' Zimmerman Episode: "Blood on the Tracks"
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Bud 2 episodes
2007 Boston Legal General Mark 'Fitz' Fitzgerald Episode: "Do Tell"
2008–2009 Head Case Dr. Goode's Father 3 episodes
2008 ER Mike Landry Episode: "Tandem Repeats"
2009–2010 Tracey Ullman's State of the Union Various 5 episodes
2009 Breaking Bad Dr. Victor Bravenec 2 episodes
2009 Glenn Martin, DDS Tucker Wade Voice, episode: "From Here to Fraternity"
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Episode: "The Sound of Silence"
2010–2011 Pound Puppies Rover, Dad Voice, 2 episodes[5]
2011 Raising Hope Doctor Burwitz Episode: "Snip Snip"
2011 Lights Out Priest at Confession Episode: "War"
2011 Then We Got Help! Jan 2 episodes
2011 Desperate Housewives Father Dugan Episode: "Secrets That I Never Want to Know"
2011 NCIS Vince Westfal Episode: "The Penelope Papers"
2011 Grey's Anatomy Gus Moser Episode: "Poker Face"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Attorney Episode: "Rhodium Nights"
2012 Scandal Pat Wexler 4 episodes
2013 Wendell & Vinnie Howard Episode: "Fathers of Fathers & Sons"
2013–2018 The Fosters Frank Cooper 5 episodes
2014 Murder in the First Dexter Wesley Episode: "Blunt the Edge"
2014–2015 Cristela Trent Culpepper 22 episodes
2015 Masters of Sex Mr. Avery Episode: "Surrogates"
2016 Devious Maids Hugh Metzger 4 episodes
2016 Bull Errol Windemere Episode: "Callisto"
2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Doug Gozer Episode: "Kimmy Pulls Off a Heist!"
2017 Ghosted Campbell McMasters Episode: "The Machine"
2018 The Good Fight Joe Swoboda Episode: "Day 415"
2018–2019 Mom Ned 3 episodes
2019 Grace and Frankie Vince 2 episodes
2019 Elementary Cameron Manarek Episode: "Red Light, Green Light"
2020 United We Fall Dave Plonker 2 episodes
2022 The Young and the Restless Dwight 1 episode

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Out of the Darkness Morrison
1986 Adam: His Song Continues Police Lieutenant
1987 Hands of a Stranger Pearson
1987 The Hope Division Frank McGee
1988 Take My Daughters, Please
1994 Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women Dick Langley
1996 The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas Herman Munster
1999 Soccer Dog: The Movie Coach Shaw
2000 The Amati Girls Brian
2002 Mom's on Strike
2003 Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales Skip Westland
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Bob Spinelli Voice
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Gus's Dad Voice
2005 McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? Arnie
2007 Lake Placid 2 Struthers
2008 Ring of Death Wheaton
2011 The Craigslist Killer Dr. Janeway
2011 Holiday Engagement Roy Burns
2012 Cupid, Inc. Harvey Mitford
2012 Blue Eyed Butcher Dr. Sheffield
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Anchor Ted Voice[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Not Necessarily the News Various Episode: "Not Necessarily the News"
1999 Chaos Theory
2000 Those Who Can
2013 Dads


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Best of the Tracey Ullman Show
1996 Teenage Confidential
1998 Tracey Ullman Backstage


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Ourstory
1986 Easy Street
1998 Pulp Comics "Pulp Comics: Dana Gould" December 22, 1998

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 BBC newscaster, American newscaster
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge Additional voices
2003 Command & Conquer: Generals BBC Newscaster, American Newscaster
2004 Law & Order: Justice is Served Jack Foster, Henry Haskins
2005 True Crime: New York City[6]
2014 Sunset Overdrive Walter


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself/Guest Episode: "255"

As producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Co-producer

Stage Appearances[edit]

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor, Delacorte Theatre, Joseph Papp PublicTheater/New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1974
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Lonnie, The Taking of Miss Janie, New York Shakespeare Festival, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 1975
  • Otis Fitzhugh, Ballymurphy, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City,1976
  • Bobby Wheeler, Clarence, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Doalty, Translations, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1981
  • The Great Magoo, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1982
  • Mick Connor, Comedians, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Man Overboard, Sargent Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Benjamin "Kid Purple" Schwartz, Kid Purple, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, 1984
  • Homesteaders, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1984
  • Phil, Desperadoes, in Marathon '85, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Mike Connor, The Philadelphia Story, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1985
  • Union Boys, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985
  • L.A. Freewheeling, Hartley House Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Savage in Limbo, O'Neill Theatre Center, New London, CT, 1987, then Cast Theatre, Los Angeles
  • Also appeared as Phil, The Dumping Ground, Ensemble Studio Theatre; and in Welfare, The Store, and Lucky Star, all Ensemble Studio Theatre; A Soldier's Play, New York City; The Connection, New York City.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year 1987 Award Drama Desk Category Drama Savage in Limbo Result winner
1997 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special ABC Afterschool Specials Nominated
2012 Indie Series Awards Best Guest Appearance Then We Got Help! Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Sam McMurray Biography (1952-)".
  2. ^ "Lesley Woods". Variety. August 19, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
  3. ^ Sam McMurray's House in Bell Canyon, CA (Google Maps) - Virtual Globetrotting Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  4. ^ "Cristela". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Sam McMurray (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 19, 2023. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.
  6. ^ Luxoflux. True Crime: New York City. Activision. Scene: Pause menu credits, 4:30:27 in, VOICE TALENT.

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