~James Murray~

Born: February 9, 1901 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 11, 1936 (age 35) in New York City, New York, USA
San Francisco (1936) ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
Rose-Marie (1936) ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Skull and Crown (1935) ... Henchman Matt
Ship Cafe (1935) ... Gerald (uncredited)
The Informer (1935) ... Bit (uncredited)
The Drunkard (1935) ... Edward Middleton
Twenty Dollars a Week (1935) ... Peter Douglas
Now I'll Tell (1934) ... Henchman with Curtis (uncredited)
Havana Widows (1933) ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Baby Face (1933) ... Brakeman (uncredited)
Heroes for Sale (1933) ... Blind Soldier
Central Airport (1933) ... Eddie Hughes
High Gear (1933) ... Mark 'High Gear' Sherrod
Air Hostess (1933) ... Ted Hunter
Frisco Jenny (1932) ... Dan McAllister
Bachelor Mother (1932) ... Joe Bigelow
The Hollywood Handicap (Short) (1932) ... Character
Alaska Love (Short) (1932) ... Freddie Watson
The Reckoning (1932) ... Terry
In Line of Duty (1931) ... Cpl. Sherwood
Trapped (Short) (1931) ... Jimmy Dare
Hold 'er Sheriff (Short) (1931) ... Jimmy Dalton
Kick In (1931) ... Benny LaMarr
Bright Lights (1930) ... Connie Lamont
Hide-Out (1930) ... Jimmy Dorgan
The Rampant Age (1930) ... Sandy Benton

Shanghai Lady (1929) ... 'Badlands' McKinney
Thunder (1929) ... Tommy
The Shakedown (1929) ... Dave Roberts
The Little Wildcat (1928) ... Conrad Burton
The Big City (1928) ... Curly - Movie Still Code: 346-X
The Crowd (1928) ... John
Rose-Marie (1928) ... Jim Kenyon
The Lovelorn (1927) ... Charlie
In Old Kentucky (1927) ... Jimmy Brierly
Tillie the Toiler (1927) ... One of Tillie's Admirers in Restaurant (uncredited)
The Pilgrims (Short) (1924) ... John Alden
One of seven children of a New York insurance agent, James Murray was working as a doorman at the
Capitol Theater on Broadway when he first landed a walk-on role. Bitten by the acting bug, Murray went
on to appear in The Pilgrims (1923), a three-reel short produced by Yale University. He then decided to
try his luck in Hollywood, but the best he could scrounge up were a few extra roles. His luck changed
radically in 1927 when he was selected by King Vidor to play the "everyman" hero in The Crowd (1928),
which remains one of the finest single performances of the silent era. As a result, he was signed by MGM
and quickly co-starred in three films, all of which were released before The Crowd so as to build up
Murray's audience appeal. Alas, the young actor's personal problems caused him to be dropped by MGM.
He later inked a Universal contract in 1929, but once again lost his job. He spent the rest of his career
starring in such Poverty Row quickies as High Gear (1933) and $20 a Week (1935), and playing bit roles
in more expensive productions. In 1935, 35-year-old James Murray either fell or jumped off a New York
pier and drowned in the Hudson River.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com