Virtual Conversation: Don Murray

By Lambs Club 7/8/21

The upcoming Lamb’s virtual conversation is with an actor who appeared in scores of Hollywood classic
As the son of a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl and a Broadway stage manager, Donald Patrick Murray was literally born into show business. Don Murray appeared on Broadway in the original production of Tennessee Williams’ THE ROSE TATTOO and co-starred with Helen Hayes, Mary Martin, and George Abbott in a celebrated revival of Thornton Wilder’s THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. Other prominent stage credits include THE BEST MAN, SAME TIME NEXT YEAR, SMITH, CHICAGO, THE CRUCIBLE, CALIFORNIA SUITE, and THE NORMAN CONQUESTS.  He made his film debut in 1956 in William Inge’s BUS STOP co-starring with Marilyn Monroe; Murray was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, and is now, at 91, Monroe’s only surviving co-star. Other important film credits include Paddy Chayefsky’s BACHELOR PARTY, A HATFUL OF RAIN with Eva Marie Saint, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL with James Cagney, THE HOODLUM PRIEST with Keir Dullea, BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL with Steve McQueen, CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Francis Ford Coppola’s PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, Franco Zeffirelli’s ENDLESS LOVE, and Otto Preminger’s ADVISE AND CONSENT.Murray’s television credits include A MAN IS TEN FEET TALL opposite Sidney Poitier, the title role in Herman Melville’s BILLY BUDD, THE LAST BABYLON with Barbara Rush, KNOTS LANDING, THE OUTCASTS, HOW THE WEST WAS WON, and recently, David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS. A longtime advocate for racial justice, Don Murray served for two years in Brethren Service, the forerunner of the Peace Corps, where he had an important part in lending aid to refugees in war-torn Europe. Don Murray lives on a sprawling hilltop ranch overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.

Leading our conversation is Honorary Lamb Foster Hirsch, a professor of film at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books on film and theater, including The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, A Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actors Studio, and Kurt Weill on Stage: From Berlin to Broadway