Fred MacMurray

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Fred MacMurray

Born

8/30/1908, Kankakee, Illinois, USA

Died

11/5/1991

Birth Name

Frederick Martin MacMurray

Gender

Male
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Biography

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FRED's father, FREDERICK MACMURRAY was a concert violinist and his mother's name was MALETA MARTIN. He worked his way through Carroll College in Wisconsin by playing the saxaphone and singing. He was with several traveling band and while in California, he was an extra in several 1920's films.…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Fred MacMurray's father was a concert violinist, and young Fred made his stage debut playing alongside his father.

    • Fred MacMurray met his first wife, Lillian Lamont, while they were both appearing in the Broadway production of "Roberta" in 1933.

    • Walt Disney personally cast Fred MacMurray in The Shaggy Dog, which was Disney's first live-action comedy.

    • In 1987, Fred MacMurray was inducted as a "Disney Legend," as recognition for his performances in The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber and other Disney classics.

    • From 1930 to 1931, Fred MacMurray played clarinet and tenor saxophone in Gus Arnheim's band. MacMurray was also a vocalist on the band's recording of "All I Want is Just One" in 1930.

    • Fred MacMurray and his wife, June Haver, were offered the chance to star in a husband-and-wife sitcom but MacMurray turned it down. He was concerned that the pressures of doing a series together would harm their marriage.

    • Fred MacMurray's character on My Three Sons, Steve Douglas, was ranked seventh on the TV Guide List of Greatest TV Dads.

    • Fred MacMurray was considered for the role of Eliot Ness on The Untouchables.

    • Fred MacMurray was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1962 for his role in The Absent-Minded Professor.

    • Fred MacMurray was known for his frugality, and co-workers would remember him bringing a bag lunch to work everyday.

    • Fred MacMurray's contract for My Three Sons stipulated that he would only work 65 days out of the year. He would film his scenes in a thirty-five day period, take 10 weeks off, then film for thirty more days. Because of this, all of the episodes were shot out of sequence and caused numerous continuity problems for the show.

    • Fred MacMurray was the model for the comic book superhero Captain Marvel.

    • Fred MacMurray was offered the role of Perry Mason on TV, but he turned it down.

    • Fred MacMurray was a staunch Republican, and was among several actors who campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1968.

    • Fred had four adopted children. He and his first wife, Lillian Lamont, adopted Susan (b. 1942) and Robert (b. 1945). He and his second wife, June Haver, adopted twins, Kathryn and Laurie (b. 1956).

  • Quotes

    • Fred MacMurray: (on working with Preston Sturges) At the end of this shoot, he said "It's been a pleasure working with you" and I said, "I wish I could say the same about you." I don't like to be that way, but he was terrible, very cruel.

    • Fred MacMurray: Carole Lombard was a wonderful girl. Swore like a man. Other women try, but she really did.

    • Fred MacMurray: A cowboy actor needs two changes of expression - hat on and hat off.

    • Fred MacMurray: I take my movie parts as they come. I don't fly into an emotional storm about them. I just do them. I guess I am an offhand comedian in a natural way.

    • Fred MacMurray: I was lucky enough to make four pictures with Barbara [Stanwyck]. In the first I turned her in, in the second I killed her, in the third I left her for another woman, and in the fourth I pushed her over a waterfall. The one thing all these pictures had in common was that I fell in love with Barbara Stanwyck - and I did, too.

    • Fred MacMurray: Whether I play a heavy or a comedian, I alway start out Smiley MacMurray, a decent Rotarian type. If I play a heavy, there comes a point in the film when the audience realizes I'm really a heel.

    • Fred MacMurray: I once asked Barbara Stanwyck the secret of acting. She said, "Just be truthful - and if you can fake that you've got it made."

    • Fred MacMurray: The two films I did with Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity and the The Apartment are the only two parts I did in my entire career that required any acting.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The classic "everyman" who could switch from aloof and charming to sly and devious effortlessly.

    9.0
    Fred MacMurray may be one of the few actors who could convincingly play both a Disney hero and a James M. Cain villain and be terrific as both. Best remembered today as the dad on "My Three Sons," MacMurray was a hard-working actor who had more range and depth than he gets credit for. To me, he is a less earnest, more honest Jimmy Stewart type: MacMurray's characters feel very real, especially Walter Neff in "Double Indemnity." Equally adept at comedy and drama (he starred in "The Shaggy Dog" and was the first choice to play Perry Mason), I'm surprised MacMurray isn't remembered more for his acting chops. Twelve years on "My Three Sons" might have made viewers forget what a strong actor he was.moreless