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Morning Man Classic: Don Murray!

I remember handsome Don Murray from the first few seasons of Knots Landing when he played Sid Fairgate.

Sid was married to Karen (Michelle Lee) and they lived next door to Gary and Val (Ted Shackleford and Joan Van Ark) and across the street from his sister Abby (Donna Mills).

But Sid died during surgery that was supposed to make him walk again and he became paralyzed in a car “accident” that occurred after some bad guy involved with Gary cut his brakes.

Oh the drama!

Anyway, Don was around long before Knots Landing. He made his Broadway debut in 1951 in The Rose Tattoo then got his big break in movies starring opposite Marilyn Monroe in 1956′s Bus Stop for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

He married Hope Lange, with whom he also starred with in the film, and they had two children before divorcing.

He then went on to star in such films as The Bachelor Party, A Hatful of Rain, Advise and Consent, Baby the Rain Must Fall, and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

Knots Landing went on to run more than a decade after Don left the show. He spent his time appearing in an assortment of TV movies, doing guest spots on various series and doing some feature roles including the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Now 86, he still acts with his most recent credit being the 2011 film The Hard Ride.


FILE UNDER: Morning Men (2017)

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  1. July 16th, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    Matt Diestel says:

    Best remembered Don Murray film remains 1962′s “Advise and Consent” (directed by Otto Preminger based on Allen Drury’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel). In it Murray plays Sen. Brigham Young “Brig” Anderson of Utah who is driven to suicide rather than having a long ago “homosexual” (as it was then termed) affair exposed by a political rival. Murray was simply outstanding in a cast that was truly a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood at that time and remains one of the best political films ever done. Indeed, it was one of the first Hollywood portrayals of a gay man as a strong, accomplished and totally admirable person. The film also starred the magnificent Charles Laughton in his final & memorable role as Sen. Seab Cooley of South Carolina. Others with roles in the film included Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon, Francot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, George Grizzard, Gene Tierney, Will Geer, Peter Lawford (doing a wonderful take off of his brother-in-law JFK when the then POTUS was a senator) and the always marvelous Betty White as Sen. Bessie Adams of Kansas.

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