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Fred MacMurray

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. MacMurray was raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from the age of 5, eventually graduating from Beaver Dam High School (currently the site of Beaver Dam Middle School), where he was a 3-sport star in football, baseball, and basketball. Fred retained a special place in his heart for his small-town Wisconsin upbringing, referring at any opportunity in magazine articles or interviews to the lifelong friends and cherished memories of Beaver Dam, even including mementos of his childhood in several of his films. In "Pardon my Past" (1945), Fred and fellow GI William Demarest are moving to Beaver Dam, WI to start a mink farm.

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Aug 30, 1908 In Kankakee, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Grand Old Girl 1935-01-15
Latest Project:
Movie This Is Bob Hope... 2017-12-29
Known For
Poster of Hollywood Without Make-Up
Poster of Never a Dull Moment
Poster of The Texas Rangers
Movie This Is Bob Hope... Himself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Movie Billy Wilder Speaks Himself (archive footage) 2006-06-22
Movie Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire Himself (archive footage) 1991-07-15
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985-03-03
Movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "Double Indemnity") (archive footage) 1982-05-21
Movie The Swarm Clarance Tuttle 1978-07-14
Movie Joys 1976-03-05
Movie Beyond the Bermuda Triangle Harry Ballinger 1975-11-06
Movie Charley and the Angel Charley Appleby 1973-03-23
Movie The Happiest Millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle 1967-11-30
Movie Follow Me, Boys! Lemuel Siddons 1966-12-01
Movie Kisses For My President Thad McCloud 1964-08-21
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Son of Flubber Ned Brainard 1963-01-16
Movie Bon Voyage! Harry Willard 1962-05-17
Movie The Absent-Minded Professor Prof. Ned Brainard 1961-03-16
Movie The Apartment Jeff D. Sheldrake 1960-06-21
Series My Three Sons 1960-09-29
Movie The Shaggy Dog Wilson Daniels 1959-03-19
Movie Face of a Fugitive Jim Larsen (aka Ray Kincaid) 1959-05-01
Movie The Oregon Trail Neal Harris 1959-08-31
Movie Day of the Badman Judge Jim Scott 1958-03-06
Movie Gun for a Coward Will Keough 1957-01-30
Movie Quantez Gentry 1957-09-06
Series The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Unknown 1957-11-06
Movie There's Always Tomorrow Clifford Groves 1956-01-08
Movie The Far Horizons Captain Meriwether Lewis 1955-05-20
Movie The Rains of Ranchipur Thomas "Tom" Ransome 1955-12-14
Movie At Gunpoint Jack Wright 1955-12-25
Movie The Caine Mutiny Lt. Thomas 'Tom' Keefer 1954-06-23
Movie Pushover Paul Sheridan 1954-07-21
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954-09-28
Movie Woman's World Sid Burns 1954-09-30
Movie Fair Wind to Java Captain Boll 1953-01-28
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie The Moonlighter Wes Anderson 1953-09-19
Movie A Millionaire for Christy Peter Ulysses Lockwood 1951-09-02
Movie Callaway Went Thataway Mike Frye 1951-11-15
Movie Never a Dull Moment Chris Hayward 1950-08-19
Movie Borderline Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin 1950-03-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Father Was a Fullback George Cooper 1949-09-30
Movie The Miracle of the Bells William 'Bill' Dunnigan 1948-03-27
Movie On Our Merry Way Al 1948-02-03
Movie An Innocent Affair Vincent Doane 1948-10-15
Movie Family Honeymoon Grant Jordan 1948-12-06
Movie Suddenly It's Spring Peter Morely 1947-02-13
Movie The Egg and I Bob MacDonald 1947-05-01
Movie Singapore Matt Gordon 1947-08-13
Movie Smoky Clint Barkley 1946-07-01
Movie Murder, He Says Pete Marshall 1945-01-01
Movie Where Do We Go from Here? Bill Morgan 1945-05-23
Movie Pardon My Past Eddie York / Francis Pemberton 1945-12-24
Movie Captain Eddie Eddie Rickenbacker 1945-06-18
Movie Standing Room Only Lee Stevens 1944-01-07
Movie Practically Yours Daniel Bellamy 1944-12-20
Movie And the Angels Sing Happy Morgan 1944-04-25
Movie Show-Business at War Himself 1943-05-21
Movie Flight for Freedom Randy Britton 1943-04-14
Movie Above Suspicion Richard Myles 1943-05-31
Movie No Time for Love Jim Ryan 1943-11-10
Movie The Lady Is Willing Corey McBain 1942-02-12
Movie Star Spangled Rhythm Frank 1942-03-05
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Himself (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie Take a Letter, Darling Tom Verney 1942-05-06
Movie The Forest Rangers Don Stuart 1942-10-21
Movie One Night In Lisbon Dwight Houston 1941-06-13
Movie Virginia Stonewall Elliott 1941-01-28
Movie Dive Bomber Joe Blake 1941-08-31
Movie Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 1 Himself 1941-10-02
Movie New York Town Victor Ballard 1941-10-31
Movie Little Old New York Charles Brownne 1940-02-09
Movie Remember the Night John Sargent 1940-01-01
Movie Too Many Husbands Bill Cardew 1940-04-03
Movie Rangers of Fortune Gil Farra 1940-09-27
Movie Cafe Society Crick O'Bannon 1939-03-03
Movie Invitation to Happiness Albert 'King' Cole 1939-06-07
Movie Honeymoon in Bali Bill Burnett 1939-09-29
Movie Cocoanut Grove Johnny Prentice 1938-05-20
Movie Sing, You Sinners David Beebe 1938-09-02
Movie Men with Wings Pat Falconer 1938-07-16
Movie Maid of Salem Roger Coverman 1937-02-12
Movie Swing High, Swing Low Skid Johnson 1937-03-12
Movie Champagne Waltz Buzzy Bellew 1937-02-05
Movie Exclusive Ralph Houston 1937-08-06
Movie True Confession Kenneth Bartlett 1937-12-24
Movie The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Jack Hale 1936-03-13
Movie 13 Hours by Air Jack Gordon 1936-04-30
Movie The Princess Comes Across King Mantell 1936-05-22
Movie The Texas Rangers Jim Hawkins 1936-08-28
Movie The Gilded Lily Peter Dawes 1935-01-25
Movie Grand Old Girl Sandy 1935-01-15
Movie Car 99 Trooper Ross Martin 1935-03-02
Movie The Bride Comes Home Cyrus Anderson 1935-12-25
Movie Hands Across the Table Theodore Drew III 1935-10-18
Movie Alice Adams Arthur Russell 1935-08-23
Movie Men Without Names Richard Hood 1935-06-29
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