Joel Murray

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Joel Murray
Joel Murray Deauville 2012.jpg
Born(1963-04-17) April 17, 1963 (age 51)
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Eliza Coyle (1989–present)
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Not to be confused with animator Joe Murray or English boxer Joe Murray.
Joel Murray
Joel Murray Deauville 2012.jpg
Born(1963-04-17) April 17, 1963 (age 51)
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Eliza Coyle (1989–present)

Joel Murray (born April 17, 1963) is an American actor. He has had prominent roles in television series such as Mad Men, Grand, Love & War, and Dharma and Greg. He has also appeared in films such as God Bless America and Monsters University.

Early life[edit]

Murray was born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, the son of Lucille (née Collins), a mail room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman.[1][2] He grew up in an Irish Catholic family.[3] He is the brother of actors Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and John Murray. His sister Nancy is an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, who travels around the U.S. portraying St. Catherine of Siena.[4]

In high school at Loyola Academy, Murray was captain of the football team and the lead actor in one of the school's musicals. His entertainment career began in Chicago, Illinois, where he performed at various improvisational theaters, including the Improv Olympic, the Improv Institute, and The Second City.


Murray starred in the 1990 television series Grand, the 1991 comedy series Pacific Station, the 1992 comedy series Love & War as Ray Litvak, and the ABC series Dharma & Greg as Pete Cavanaugh. Murray also featured in commercials for First Chicago NBD. He provided his voice for the short-lived 1994 series Beethoven and the TV series 3-South. He played the supporting character "Fitz" on CBS's sitcom Still Standing. He appeared as Eddie Jackson on Showtime's series Shameless in 2011.

Murray's first film role was in the 1986 comedy film One Crazy Summer as George Calamari. His other roles include the 1988 comedy film Scrooged, with his brothers Bill, Brian, and John. He appeared in the 1992 movie Shakes the Clown with One Crazy Summer co-stars Bob Goldthwait and Tom Villard.

In the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh seasons of the Emmy-winning AMC TV series Mad Men, Murray appeared in 15 episodes as copywriter Freddy Rumsen. He has made guest appearances on television shows such as The Nanny, Joan of Arcadia, Two and a Half Men, Malcolm in the Middle, Criminal Minds, and Blossom.

Murray in 2012.

In the 2012 film God Bless America he portrays Frank, a man whose contempt for superficiality and meanness in American society sends him over the edge and into a killing spree.

In the 2013 Pixar film Monsters University he provides the voice of Don Carlton, a middle-aged monster who is a college student and salesman.

In April 2014, Murray replaced Chip Esten in the improv-comedy troupe Whose Live Anyway? and performs with Whose Line Is It Anyway? cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops and Jeff B. Davis.

Personal life[edit]

Joel has been married to Eliza Coyle since 1989 and they have four children; three sons (Hank, Gus, and Louie) and one daughter (Annie). He and his brothers run a restaurant, "Caddyshack", named after the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack which starred his brothers Bill and Brian. He uses his free time writing, playing golf and coaches his sons in baseball and basketball.


1986One Crazy SummerGeorge Calamari
1987Long GoneBart PolanskiTV movie
1989Elvis StoriesShopping Elvis / PaulShort film
1990Men Will Be BoysJerryTV movie
1990GrandNorris Weldon26 episodes
1991Shakes the ClownMilkman
1991–1992Pacific StationCapt. Ken Epstein13 episodes
1992BlossomDoug LeMeureEpisode: "House Guests"
1992Only YouBert
1992–1995Love & WarRay Litvak67 episodes
1994BeethovenBeethoven (voice)TV series
1995Road WarriorsDick DurkeeTV movie
1995PartnersRon WolfeEpisode: "Who's Afraid of Ron and Cindy Wolfe?"
1996Mr. & Mrs. SmithBob MyersEpisode: "The Bob Episode"
1996Encino WomanMr. JonesTV movie
1996Cable Guy, TheThe Cable GuyBasketball Player
1997Nanny, TheThe NannyVal's DateEpisode: "The Fifth Wheel"
1997–2002Dharma & GregPete Cavanaugh119 episodes
2000Thin Pink Line, TheThe Thin Pink LineBartender
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandProfessor Triffid (voice)Episode: "Little Secrets"
Episode: "Dirty Work"
2000-2002Baby BluesCarl Bitterman (voice)13 episodes
2001Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowBob (uncredited)Episode: "Mr. Laffoon's Wild Ride"
2002It's All About YouTaxi Driver
20023 SouthVarious (voice)TV series
2002John DoeDante LangenhanEpisode: "Mind Games"
2003TitletownTV movie
2003Malcolm in the MiddleLarryEpisode: "Hal's Friend"
2003Nobody Knows Anything!Robber #1
2003–2006Still StandingDanny 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons24 episodes
2004Joan of ArcadiaBalloon Sculptor / GodEpisode: "Vanity, Thy Name Is Human"
2005See Anthony RunMr. RandallShort film
2006HatchetDoug Shapiro
2007American Body ShopBank ManagerEpisode: "Shop for Sale"
2007Two and a Half MenPeteyEpisode: "Mr. McGlue's Feedbag"
2007–Mad MenFreddy Rumsen15 episodes
2008Tiffany Problem, TheThe Tiffany ProblemMr. ReynoldsShort film
2008Criminal MindsAttorney GeneralEpisode: "Minimal Loss"
2008Cold CaseBobby KentEpisode: "One Small Step"
2009AwaydaysRugger Bugger 1
2009Two and a Half MenPeteyEpisode: "Baseball Was Better with Steroids"
2009Mending FencesSam BridgewaterTV movie
2010Hatchet IIShapiro (uncredited)
2010My BoysCrowleyEpisode: "My Men"
Episode: "Extreme Mike-Over"
2011ShamelessEddie Jackson9 episodes
2011Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorMedical ExaminerEpisode: "Smother"
2011Artist, TheThe ArtistPolice Officer Fire
2011Two and a Half MenDougEpisode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
2011God Bless AmericaFrank
2012It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaAndrew KraneEpisode: "Frank's Back in Business
2013Monsters UniversityDon CarltonVoice


  1. ^ "Bill Murray Biography (1950-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Bill Murray Family Tree". Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  3. ^ Elder, Sean. "Brilliant Careers: Bill Murray". Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Bill Murray's Sister to Portray Saint at Local Churches", The Macomb Daily, 13 May 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.

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