Frederick MacMurray

Frederick Martin MacMurrayFrederick Martin MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and a highly successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, starting in 1930 and extending into the 1970s.
MacMurray is well known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity, in which he starred with Barbara Stanwyck. Later in life, he became better known as the paternal “Steve Douglas,” widowed patriarch on My Three Sons, which ran on ABC from 1960-1965 and then on CBS from 1965-1972.
MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, to Frederick MacMurray and Maleta Martin. When MacMurray was 5 years old, the family settled in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He earned a full scholarship to attend Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In college, MacMurray participated in numerous local bands, playing the saxophone. However, he was caught on a college building roof playing poker Frederick MacMurraywith friends and expelled from school. In 1930, he recorded a tune for the Gus Arnheim Orchestra as a featured vocalist on All I Want Is Just One Girl on the Victor 78 label. Before he signed on with Paramount Pictures in 1934, he appeared on Broadway in Three’s a Crowd (1930–1931) with Sidney Greenstreet and Bob Hope and in the original production of Roberta (1933–1934).
MacMurray’s early film work is largely overlooked by many film historians and critics, but in his heyday, he worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest talents, including director Preston Sturges and actors Humphrey Bogart and Marlene Dietrich. He played opposite Claudette Colbert in seven films, beginning with The Gilded Lily; he also co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in the classic, Alice Adams, and with Carole Lombard in Hands Across the Table, The Princess Comes Across, Swing High, Swing Low and True Confession.
Usually cast in light comedies as a decent, thoughtful character (The Trail of the Lonesome Pine) and in Frederick MacMurray nudemelodramas (Above Suspicion 1943) and musicals (Where Do We Go from Here? 1945), MacMurray had become one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors by 1943, when his salary reached $420,000.
Despite being typecast as a “nice guy”, MacMurray often said his best roles were when he was cast against type by Billy Wilder. In 1944, he played the role of Walter Neff, an insurance salesman (numerous other actors had turned the role down) who plots with a greedy wife Barbara Stanwyck to murder her husband in Double Indemnity. Sixteen years later, he played Jeff Sheldrake, a two-timing corporate executive in Wilder’s Oscar-winning comedy The Apartment, with Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon. In another turn in the “not so nice” category, MacMurray played the cynical, duplicitous Lieutenant Thomas Keefer in 1954’s The Caine Mutiny. He gave his finest dramatic performances, though, when cast against type as counterfeit nice-guys or hard-boiled heels: a crooked cop in Pushover (also in 1954).
MacMurray was married twice. He and his first wife, Lillian Lamont, were married on June 20, 1936, and they adopted two children. After Lamont died on June 22, 1953, he married actress June Haver the following year; the couple adopted two more children.
In the 1940s MacMurray established MacMurray Ranch, now a popular winery.
After a longstanding bout with leukemia, MacMurray died of pneumonia in 1991 in Santa Monica and was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.
In 2007, Bearmanor Media published the first full-length biography of Fred MacMurray by author Charles Tranberg.
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