Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMurray

83 (passed away Nov. 5th, 1991)
Aug. 30th, 1908
Born in
Kankakee, Illinois, USA
6' 2 1/2"

Fred MacMurray's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
My Three Sons TV Show
My Three Sons
Tony Orlando and Dawn TV Show
Tony Orlando and Dawn
The George Gobel Show TV Show
The George Gobel Show
The $64,000 Question TV Show
The $64,000 Question
Summer Playhouse TV Show
Summer Playhouse

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Born to Maleta Martin and Frederick MacMurray (concert violinist). Fred sang and played in orchestras to earn tuition. He was educated at Carroll College, Wis. Fred played with a Chicago orchestra for more than a year. Then he joined an orchestra in Hollywood where he played, did some recording and played extra roles. He then joined a comedy stage band, California Collegians, and went to New York. There he joined "Three's A Crowd" revue on Broadway and on the road. After this show closed, he returned to California and worked in vaudeville. He played the vaudeville circuits and night clubs until cast for major role in "Roberta". Signed by Paramount in 1935.

  • Was in consideration for the role of Joe Gillis in _Sunset Blvd. (1950)_ (qv) but 'William Holden (I)' (qv), who received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance, was cast instead.
  • Once studied art at the Chicago Art Institute.
  • Portrayed George Harvey, star reporter for the Hillsdale Morning Star, on NBC Radio's "Bright Star" (1952-1953).
  • Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA, in the Mausoleum, D1, Room 7.
  • Played vaudeville with a stage band called "The California Collegians". The group was cast in a Broadway revue called "Three's a Crowd" in 1930 that showcased such star talent as 'Fred Allen (I)' (qv), 'Clifton Webb' (qv) and chanteuse 'Libby Holman' (qv). Holman sang the torch song "Something to Remember You By" to Fred in the show. The Collegians were also featured in the Broadway musical "Roberta", in which Fred also understudied the lead.
  • He never took an acting lesson.
  • Quite the high school athlete. He won ten letters for athletics and a scholarship to Carroll College in Wisconsin to play football. He played the saxophone for extra money while there.
  • 1987: First person to be named a Disney Legend.

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