- Michael Murphy (actor)
Murphy at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Michael George Murphy
May 5, 1938
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor Years active 1963–present Spouse Wendy Crewson (1988-2009; divorced) Children 2
Michael George Murphy (born May 5, 1938) is an American film and television actor.
Murphy played Woody Allen's duplicitous friend Yale in the film Manhattan. He has worked frequently with director Robert Altman, and gave his best-known performances for Altman as sleazy political operative John Triplette in Nashville and as presidential candidate Jack Tanner in the acclaimed 1988 HBO miniseries Tanner '88, a role he reprised in 2004's Sundance Channel miniseries Tanner on Tanner. He played an unnamed mayor of Gotham City in Batman Returns and sleazy journalist Pete Curtis in Peter Weir's The Year of Living Dangerously. In 2006, he played Warren Worthington II, the father of Angel, in X-Men: The Last Stand.
He can be seen on the Canadian series This is Wonderland, for which he won Gemini Awards in 2004 and 2005. That same year, he appeared in the film Childstar with Don McKellar. His TV credits also include Law & Order and its spin-off, Criminal Intent.
Murphy was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Georgia Arlyn (née Money), a teacher, and Bearl Branton Murphy, a salesman. He served in the United States Marine Corps and attended the University of California at Los Angeles. After working as a high school teacher for two years, he pursued an acting career. Murphy was married to Canadian actress Wendy Crewson from 1988 until their divorce in January 2009. They have two children, Maggie (b. 1989) and John (b. 1992).
- M*A*S*H (1970)
- McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
- The Class of Miss MacMichael (1978)
- An Unmarried Woman(1978)
- Manhattan (1979)
- Talk to Me (1984)
- Cloak & Dagger (1984)
- My Letter to George (1986)
- Shocker (1989)
- Batman Returns (1992)
- Private Parts (1997)
- Away From Her (2006)
- The Trotsky (2009)
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