Gunsmoke Guests on
Murray Hamilton (1923-1986)

Murray Hamilton

Cain, March 30, 1957 Written by John Meston, Directed by Ted Post, Guest Cast: Murray Hamilton, Peggy Castle, Tom Greenway, Gage Clarke

Wild West, February 15, 1958 Written by John Meston, Directed by Richard Whorf, Guest Cast: Paul Engel, Phyllis Coates, Philip Bourneuf, Murray Hamilton, Robert Gist The Cabin, February 22, 1958 Written by John Meston, Directed by John Rich, Guest Cast: Dean Stanton, Claude Akins, Patricia Barry

Land Deal, November 8, 1958 Written by John Meston, Story by Les Crutchfield, Directed by Ted Post, Guest Cast: Dennis Patrick, Nita Talbot, Murray Hamilton, Ross Martin

Murray Hamilton was a very familiar face in movies and on TV. He initially played pleasant, good guy types but later was most often cast as strong-willed, conniving, blind-to-the facts types. He was a stocky, tousle-haired, squinty-eyed fellow who was adept at playing those edgy individuals and was quite prolific on stage, films and television. He was born on March 24, 1923 in Washington, North Carolina. Little is known of his early years. He started his acting career on stage in New York. He appeared in the original Broadway production of "Mister Roberts" with Henry Fonda in 1948. His film debut came in 1951 in "Bright Victory" as Pete Hamilton. His other film credits are most impressive and included: "The Spirit of St. Louis" (1957) with James Stewart, as Bud Gurney; "Jeanne Eagels" (1957) as Chick O'Hara; "Houseboat" (1958) with Cary Grant & Sophia Loren, as Alan Wilson; "No Time For Sergeants" (1958) as Irvin Blanchard; Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959) as Paquette; "The Hustler" (1961) with Paul Newman, as Findlay; "The Cardinal" (1963) as Lafe; "Seconds" (1966) with Rock Hudson, as Charlie; "The Graduate" (1967) with Dustin Hoffman, as Mr. Robinson; "The Boston Strangler" (1968) as Sgt. Frank McAfee; "If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium" (1969) as Fred Ferguson; "The Way We Were" (1973) as Brooks Carpenter; "Jaws" (1975) as Vaughan, the Mayor, one of my favorite of his roles; "The Drowning Pool" (1975) as Kilbourne; "The Amityville Horror" (1979) as Father Ryan; "Brubaker" (1980) as Deach and "Whoops Apocalypse" (1986) as the former President Jack 'Kill the Commies' Preston, his last theatrical film. He also appeared in made for TV films including: "A Tattered Web" (1971); "Deadly Harvest" (1972); "Mazes and Monsters" (1982) and "The Last Days of Patton" (1986) his last work. He was a regular on the television series: "Love and Marriage" (1959-60) as Steve Baker; "The Man Who Never Was" (1966-67) as Col. Jack Forbes; "Rich Man, Poor Man--Book 1" (1976) mini-series as Sid Gossett; "B.J. and the Bear" (1981) as Rutherford T. Grant and "Hail to the Chief" (1985) as Sen. Sam Cotton. He also guested on numerous series including: "Naked City"; "Gunsmoke"; "Perry Mason"; "Twilight Zone"; "The Fugitive" and "The Golden Girls" as Big Daddy Hollingsworth. He died on September 1, 1986 of lung cancer in Washington, North Carolina at age 63.

Many Biographies are courtesy of GREAT CHARACTER ACTORS