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      James Murray

      James Murray

      Highest Rated: 100% Baby Face (1933)

      Lowest Rated: 75% Thunder (1929)

      Birthday: Feb 9, 1901

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      One of Hollywood's tragic stories, James Murray had a brief moment of stardom before succumbing to alcoholism and dying at the age of 35. He got his start in the short "The Pilgrims" in 1924 and decided to head to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. After several years of extra work he starred in the drama"In Old Kentucky" in 1927 and played next to Joan Crawford in "Rose-Marie." Searching for an actor for his grim tale of alienation, director King Vidor thought Murray would be perfect; the silent film "The Crowd" turned into a major hit, earning Vidor an Oscar nomination and making lead actor Murray an overnight star. He then starred in the Tod Browning crime film "The Big City" and the 1929 William Wyler drama "The Shakedown." Murray also appeared with Lon Chaney in "Thunder" and in the Michael Curtiz musical "Bright Lights" in 1930. Despite beginning to struggle with his personal life, he had a few more starring roles in the early '30s, including the crime drama "The Reckoning" in 1932, and in one of his last major roles, "Central Airport," in 1933. For whatever reason, he found success difficult to handle and he eventually descended into a life of alcohol abuse and destitution. Reduced to playing bit parts at the time of his death, Murray drowned in the Hudson River under mysterious circumstances, prompting Vidor to write a script based on his life called "The Actor," which has never been produced.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Baby Face
      96% The Crowd
      75% Heroes for Sale
      75% Thunder

      Photos

      ROSE-MARIE, from top, Joan Crawford, James Murray, 1928 THE CROWD, James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, 1928 THE CROWD, James Murray, 1928 THE CROWD, Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, 1928 THE CROWD, James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, 1928 THE CROWD, James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, 1928 THE CROWD, James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Estelle Clark, Bert Roach, 1928 THE CROWD, Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, 1928 FRISCO JENNY, James Murray, Ruth Chatterton, 1932 THE CROWD, Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, 1928 THE CROWD, James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, 1928 FRISCO JENNY, James Murray (left), Ruth Chatterton (center), 1932 THE CROWD, James Murray, 1928 AIR HOSTESS, Evalyn Knapp, Thelma Todd, Arthur Pierson, (left inset, center, James Murray), 1933 THE CROWD, director King Vidor, James Murray, Eleanor Boardman on set, 1928 THUNDER, James Murray, Phyllis Haver, 1929 THUNDER, Frances Morris, James Murray, Wally Albright, (baby), Lon Chaney, 1929 AIR HOSTESS, James Murray, Evalyn Knapp, 1933 THUNDER, James Murray, Phyllis Haver, 1929 FRISCO JENNY, James Murray, Ruth Chatterton, Robert Emmett O'Connor, 1932

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 54% Frisco Jenny Dan McAllister (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Central Airport Eddie Hughes (Character) - 1933
      100% 81% Baby Face Brakeman (uncredited) (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Gear Mark "High Gear" Sherrod (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Air Hostess Ted Hunter (Character) - 1933
      75% 69% Heroes for Sale Blind soldier (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reckoning Terry (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor Mother Joe Bigelow (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kick In Benny LaMarr (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bright Lights Connie Lamont (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rampant Age Unknown (Character) - 1930
      75% No Score Yet Thunder Tommy (Character) - 1929
      96% 90% The Crowd John (Character) - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rose-Marie Jim Kenyon (Character) - 1928