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      Sam McMurray

      Sam McMurray

      Highest Rated: 94% Baby, It's You (1983)

      Lowest Rated: 3% Getting Even With Dad (1994)

      Birthday: Apr 15, 1952

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      A character actor in films and on television for over three decades, Sam McMurray's career longevity was due entirely to his ability to slip effortlessly and believably into a wide variety of roles and deliver consistently fine performances in projects ranging from "Raising Arizona" (1987) to "The Tracy Ullman Show" (Fox 1987-1990), "The Sopranos" (HBO 1999-2007) and "Breaking Bad" (AMC 2008-2013). Given his skill at comedic roles - he specialized in playing blowhards, unctuous professionals and self-described lives of the party, as well as a host of zany characters on "Ullman" - one could be forgiven for believing that McMurray had come up through the improv/sketch comedy ranks. But the native New York began his career on stage in the 1970s before finding regular work in episodic television. He established himself a decade later as Nicolas Cage's crass brother-in-law in "Raising Arizona" and a versatile sketch player on "The Tracy Ullman Show," which led to more comedy work and numerous but short-lived stints as a cast member on TV series. Though never a household name, McMurray enjoyed immediate face recognition by audiences, which kept him busy as a guest player of choice on countless comedy and dramatic series well into the 21st century. Sam McMurray's talents granted him the same degree of respect and reliability enjoyed by many of the entertainment business's best-loved character actors.

      Highest rated movies

      Baby, It's You
      L.A. Story
      Raising Arizona
      Union City
      Drop Dead Gorgeous
      The Amati Girls
      A Little Help
      Stone Cold

      Photos

      Cristela, Sam McMurray, 'Gifted and Talented', Season 1, Ep. #15, 02/27/2015, ©ABC DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Sam McMurray, 1999. (c) New Line Cinema. STONE COLD, Sam McMurray, Brian Bosworth (r.), 1991, (c)Columbia Pictures Cristela, from left: Cristela Alonzo, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, Andrew Leeds, 'Equal Pay', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/14/2014, ©ABC THE MUNSTERS' SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, (from left): Elaine Hendrix, Sam McMurray, Bug Hall, 1996. © MCA Television Cristela, from left: Cristela Alonzo, Justine Lupe, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray, 'Equal Pay', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/14/2014, ©ABC THE MUNSTERS' SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, (from left): Sam McMurray, Mark Mitchell, 1996. © MCA Television DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, Mindy Sterling (obscured), Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Sam McMurray, 1999. ©New Line Cinema/ . Cristela, Cristela Alonzo (L), Sam McMurray (C), Justine Lupe (R), 10/10/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Sam McMurray (L), Cristela Alonzo (R), 'Hall-Oates-Ween', Season 1, Ep. #4, 10/31/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Sam McMurray, 'Hall-Oates-Ween', Season 1, Ep. #4, 10/31/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Sam McMurray (L), Cristela Alonzo (R), 'Hall-Oates-Ween', Season 1, Ep. #4, 10/31/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Sam McMurray, 'Gifted and Talented', Season 1, Ep. #15, 02/27/2015, ©ABC Cristela, from left: Cristela Alonzo, Justine Lupe, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray, 'Equal Pay', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/14/2014, ©ABC THE MUNSTERS' SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, (from left): Ann Magnuson, Sam McMurray, 1996. © MCA Television Cristela, Sam McMurray, 'Marriage, Counselor', Season 1, Ep. #14, 02/20/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Cristela Alonzo (L), Sam McMurray (R), 'Mexican Mona Lisa', Season 1, Ep. #13, 02/06/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Sam McMurray (L), Cristela Alonzo (R), 'Hall-Oates-Ween', Season 1, Ep. #4, 10/31/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Sam McMurray, 'Hypertension', Season 1, Ep. #12, 01/30/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Sam McMurray (L), Andrew Leeds (R), 'Hypertension', Season 1, Ep. #12, 01/30/2015, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 7000 Miles Unknown (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pearly Gates Sol (Character) - 2015
      25% 35% Jenny's Wedding Denny (Character) $2.3K 2015
      14% 80% Americons Kerry Stein (Character) $14.4K 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sidekick The Defuser (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 2nd Serve Coach Bussey (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The A Plate Dick Stevens (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 34% Holiday Engagement Roy Burns (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 33% The Craigslist Killer Dr. Janeway (Character) - 2011
      42% 30% A Little Help Big Bad Dan (Character) $85.8K 2010
      No Score Yet 24% Ring of Death Wheaton (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 20% Killer Pad Fire Marshall (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 14% A Christmas Too Many Harry (Character) - 2007
      11% 13% Lake Placid 2 Jack Struthers (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cruel but Necessary Apartment Manager (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? Arnie (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 23% Stealing Sinatra Agent Stamek (Character) - 2003
      46% 64% The Amati Girls Brian (Character) $47.8K 2001
      23% 19% Lucky Numbers Chief Troutman (Character) $10.0M 2000
      No Score Yet 61% Soccer Dog: The Movie Coach Shaw (Character) - 1999
      47% 75% Drop Dead Gorgeous Lester Leeman (Character) $10.6M 1999
      3% 17% The Mod Squad Det. Tricky (Character) $13.3M 1999
      No Score Yet 61% Slappy and the Stinkers Broccoli (Character),
      Co-Producer
      $72.6K 1998
      No Score Yet 32% The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas Herman Munster (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 20% Savage Edgar Wallace (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 24% National Lampoon's Attack of the 5' 2" Women Dick Langley (Character) - 1994
      3% 25% Getting Even With Dad Alex (Character) $18.1M 1994
      33% 63% Stone Cold Lance (Character) $8.2M 1991
      91% 75% L.A. Story Morris Frost (Character) $25.8M 1991
      27% 59% The Wizard Bateman (Character) $12.3M 1989
      91% 85% Raising Arizona Glen (Character) $21.1M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam: His Song Continues Police Lieutenant (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 83% Fast Forward Clem Friedkin (Character) - 1985
      94% 71% Baby, It's You Mr. McManus (Character) - 1983
      50% 80% Union City Young Vagrant (Character) - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A League of Their Own Unknown (Character) 1993 2022
      40% 37% United We Fall Dave Plonker (Guest Star) 2020
      No Score Yet 82% Mom Ned (Guest Star) 2018-2019
      59% 70% Ghosted Campbell McMasters (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 59% Bull Errol Windemere (Guest Star) 2016
      84% 85% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      53% 61% Cristela Trent (Character) 2014-2015
      97% 86% The Fosters Frank (Guest Star) 2013
      93% 72% Scandal Pat Wexler (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2012-2013
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Vince Westfal (Guest Star) 2011
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      96% 90% Raising Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2011
      96% 97% Breaking Bad Dr. Victor Bravenec (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 85% ER Mike Landry (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Head Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      86% 94% Boston Legal General Mark 'Fitz' Fitzgerald (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 90% The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 81% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2006
      No Score Yet 82% That '70s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Head Cases Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Lieutenant Jeff Henry (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 94% Hey Arnold! Unknown (Guest Voice) 1997 1999 2001 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Free for All Unknown (Voice) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      78% 93% Friends Doug (Guest Star) 1997 1999 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reba Mr. Montgomery (Guest Star) 2001
      88% 83% The Tick The Immortal (Guest Star) 2001
      92% 96% The Sopranos Dr. John Kennedy (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yes, Dear Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 90% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      100% 96% Freaks and Geeks Dr. Vic Schweiber (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 95% Rugrats Zookeeper (Guest Voice) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1997-1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Afterschool Special Unknown (Character) 1996
      50% No Score Yet Deadly Games Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maybe This Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      85% 81% The Critic Unknown (Guest Voice) 1995
      91% 79% Dinosaurs Roy Hess (Voice) 1991-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Parker Lewis Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Walter Herrigan (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1989 1991
      No Score Yet 98% Married ... With Children Andy (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show Unknown (Character) 1987-1990
      85% 76% The Simpsons Gulliver Dark (Guest Voice) 1990
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Kane (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear John Unknown (Guest Star) 1988-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Lt. Tony Brandt (Guest Star) 1988
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Gann (Guest Star) 1986
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Howard Benson (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Duke Peter Dushan (Guest Star) 1976