August 30, 1908: American actor & singer Fred MacMurray born

Fred MacMurray (1908-1991)

Fred MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor and singer who appeared in more than 100 films and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s.

MacMurray is best known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity directed by Billy Wilder, in which he starred with Barbara Stanwyck. Later in his career, he performed in numerous Disney films, including The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire, and The Shaggy Dog. In 1960, MacMurray turned to television in the role of Steve Douglas, the widowed patriarch on My Three Sons, which ran on ABC from 1960 to 1965 and then on CBS from 1965 to 1972.

MacMurray was the first person honoured as a Disney Legend, in 1987.

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20th Century Highlights

  • The Gilded Lily (1935), “Peter Dawes”
  • Alice Adams (1935), “Arthur Russell”
  • Hands Across the Table (1935), “Theodore ‘Ted’ Drew III”
  • The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), “Jack Hale”
  • The Princess Comes Across (1936), “King Mantell”
  • Swing High, Swing Low (1937), “Skid Johnson”
  • True Confession (1937), “Ken Bartlett”
  • Above Suspicion (1943), “Richard Myles”
  • Double Indemnity (1944), “Walter Neff”
  • Where Do We Go From Here? (1945), “Bill Morgan”
  • The Caine Mutiny (1954), “Lt Tom Keefer”
  • The Shaggy Dog (1959), “Wilson Daniels”
  • The Apartment (1960), “Jeff D. Sheldrake”, personnel manager, Baxter’s boss and apartment user
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), “Professor Ned Brainard”
  • Son of Flubber (1963), “Professor Ned Brainard”
  • The Happiest Millionaire (1967), “Father”

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