Chad Michael Murray

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Chad Michael Murray
Chad Michael Murray in 2007.jpg
Murray at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in Disneyland, 2007
BornChad Michael Murray
(1981-08-24) August 24, 1981 (age 33)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Other namesChad Murray
OccupationActor, model, spokesperson, writer
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Sophia Bush
Partner(s)Kenzie Dalton
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Chad Michael Murray
Chad Michael Murray in 2007.jpg
Murray at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in Disneyland, 2007
BornChad Michael Murray
(1981-08-24) August 24, 1981 (age 33)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Other namesChad Murray
OccupationActor, model, spokesperson, writer
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Sophia Bush
Partner(s)Kenzie Dalton

Chad Michael Murray (born August 24, 1981) is an American actor, spokesperson, writer and former fashion model. He is well known for portraying Lucas Scott in The CW young adult drama series One Tree Hill, in addition to the films A Cinderella Story, Freaky Friday and House of Wax. Popular among teenagers and young adults,[1][2] he has posed on the cover of numerous mainstream magazines, including Rolling Stone, People, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly.

Early life[edit]

Murray was born in Buffalo, New York. He is the son of Rex Murray, an air traffic controller, and was abandoned by his mother at a young age. His abandonment issues were the main reasons he took the part of Lucas Scott.[3][4] He has three brothers, one half-brother and one half-sister.[5]

Murray attended Clarence High School in Clarence, New York.[6] He became a fan of literature, and was heavily involved in playing football.[4] In his late teens, he broke his nose. This led to reports during his career that he had received a nose job. Murray clarified in a 2004 interview, "I got jumped in a Burger King when I was 18 and had my nose put on the other side of my face. It was three guys -- what the hell was I supposed to do? The doctors didn't even bother running X-rays. They just reset it. But it wasn't a nose job -- I hate the fact that people say it was a nose job!"[2]


Early work[edit]

In 1999, Murray headed for Hollywood where he supported himself modeling for such clients as Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci, the same year he was cast as Tristan DuGrey on Gilmore Girls; which was one of the main characters in the first season of the series and then became a recurring character thereafter. He appeared in several guest starring television roles, including an episode of Diagnosis: Murder and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Murray then appeared in several television films, such as Aftermath and Murphy's Dozen. Later that year, he portrayed the role Charlie Todd on the successful television series Dawson's Creek. In 2003, Murray appeared in the Walt Disney Pictures feature film, Freaky Friday alongside Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film was a major box office success, garnering a total of $110,222,438 in the United States alone. Critics were mostly positive in their reviews of the film, and the film garnered a "B" grade on Yahoo! Movies and an 88% "Certified Fresh" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Murray also appeared in the television film The Lone Ranger where he portrayed the role of Luke Hartman.

Breakthrough roles[edit]

Later that year, Murray won the main role of Lucas Scott in the successful WB television series One Tree Hill. The series quickly became the channel's biggest hit with over 4.50 million viewers on the first season's finale. The series was The WB's most successful and top rated television program when it first aired in 2003 and continued receiving top ratings for The CW. The series also earned Murray numerous awards, including two Teen Choice Awards, and spawned a book series which was successful among critics who praised the cast's performances and the original story lines. After Murray gained mainstream fame and media exposure, he also became a spokesperson for several high-profile deals. He and his One Tree Hill co-stars were the official endorsers for MasterCard and K-Mart.[7] In addition, they endorsed the Cingular Wireless and Chevy Cobalt.[8]

Following Murray's starring role on One Tree Hill in 2003, he appeared on the cover of several mainstream magazines such as Rolling Stone and People. That same year, he was voted as one of "TV's Sexiest Guys" in People magazine.[9] In 2004, Murray starred in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff. Though the reviews were mostly negative, the film went on to become a moderate box office success, and critics were impressed by Duff's performance.[10][11] A Cinderella Story earned $70.1 million worldwide.[12] The film led to many 2006 Teen Choice Awards wins for many categories. Later that year, Murray was chosen to appear on the cover of Teen People magazine.[13]

In 2005, Murray starred in House of Wax. The film grossed $12 million in its first day. Though most film critics gave the film negative reviews, House of Wax earned over $68,766,121 worldwide. The film led to Murray receiving the 2006 Teen Choice Awards win category for "Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller".[14] In May 2009, The CW announced Murray would not be returning to One Tree Hill for its seventh season.[15] A video of Murray was recorded in which he was telling fans that they did not want him back because they wanted to save money. However, Mark Schwann said in an interview that he had been offered "great things" to return to the show.[16]

In 2010, Murray played Alicia Keys's love interest in her music video for "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)".[17][18] Murray also co-starred in Christmas Cupid with Ashley Benson and Christina Milian.[19] The film is an ABC Family Original Movie and is "more or about a comatose girl who visits her Christmas past, present, and future".[20] Murray released a novel in September 2011, titled Everlast.[21] In August 2011, it was announced by The CW that he will make a guest appearance as Lucas Scott in the upcoming and last season of One Tree Hill.[22] The episode aired on February 22, 2012. In March 2012, it was announced that he had been cast as the male lead in ABC's pilot Scruples.[23] In 2013, Murray appeared in Fruitvale Station, a film chronicling the last day of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a police officer at a BART station. The film won two major awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. On August 29, 2014 he has been cast in the role of Agent Jack Thompson for upcoming Marvel's new series Agent Carter.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Murray got engaged to his One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush in May 2004,[25] and they married on April 16, 2005 in Santa Monica, California.[26] They announced their separation in September 2005, after five months of marriage.[27] In February 2006, Bush filed papers seeking an annulment on the grounds of fraud.[28] Bush's petition was denied,[29] and she and Murray were instead granted a divorce in December 2006.[30]

Following his separation from Bush, Murray began dating Kenzie Dalton,[31] whom he met in 2005 when Dalton, a first runner-up in the 2005 Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant, was an extra on One Tree Hill.[32] They became engaged in April 2006,[31] but ended their relationship in August 2013 after a seven-year engagement.[33][34][35] Murray was dating his Left Behind co-star Nicky Whelan.[36] The couple split after a 6 month relationship.[37]



2001Megiddo: The Omega Code 2David Alexander - Age 16
2003Freaky FridayJake
2004A Cinderella StoryAustin Ames
2005House of WaxNick Jones
2006Home of the BraveJordan Owens
2011The CarrierThatcherShort
2012Day OneJamie Tworkowski
2012First KissHimselfShort
2013The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of GeorgiaAndy Wyrick
2013Fruitvale StationOfficer Ingram
2013CavemenJay Stone
2013A Madea ChristmasTanner
2014Left BehindCameron "Buck" WilliamsPost-Production
2014Other People's ChildrenP.K.Post-Production


2000UndressedDanEpisode #2.17
2000Diagnosis: MurderRay SantucciEpisode: "The Cradle Will Rock"
2000–2001Gilmore GirlsTristan DuGreyRecurring (Seasons 1–2); 11 episodes
2001Murphy's DozenTV movie
2001–2002Dawson's CreekCharlie ToddRecurring (Season 5); 12 episodes
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTom HavilandSeason 3 Episode 2:The Accused Is Entitled
2003AftermathSeanCredited as Chad Murray; TV movie
2003The Lone RangerLuke HartmanTV movie
2003–2009, 2012One Tree HillLucas ScottLead Role (Seasons 1–6) / Guest Star (Season 9); 131 episodes, Writer (Season 6, episode 11)
2010Lies in Plain SightEthan McAllisterTV movie
2010Christmas CupidPatrick KernsTV movie
2012ScruplesSpider ElliottTV movie
2013SouthlandDave MendozaSeason 5:Episode 1(Hats and Bats) & Episode 2(Heat)
2013–2014ChosenJacob Orr11 episodes
2015Texas RisingMirabeau LamarMiniseries
2015Agent Carter (TV series)Jack Thompson8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

2004Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star - MaleWonA Cinderella Story
2004Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star - MaleWonOne Tree Hill
2004Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action/AdventureNominatedOne Tree Hill
2005Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/ThrillerWonHouse of Wax
2005Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Rumble (with Elisha Cuthbert and Brian Van Holt)NominatedHouse of Wax
2005Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry (with Hilary Duff)NominatedA Cinderella Story
2005Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock (with Hilary Duff)NominatedA Cinderella Story
2005Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Love Scene (with Hilary Duff)NominatedA Cinderella Story
2005Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: DramaNominatedOne Tree Hill
2005Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry (with James Lafferty)NominatedOne Tree Hill
2006Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action/AdventureNominatedOne Tree Hill
2006Prism Award Best Performance in a Drama Series StorylineNominatedOne Tree Hill
2008Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: DramaWonOne Tree Hill


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