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October 11, 2022

Vintage Portrait Photos of George Murphy in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1902 in New Haven, Connecticut, American dancer, actor, and politician George Murphy was known as a song-and-dance man and appeared in many big-budget musicals such as Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) and For Me and My Gal (1942). He made his movie debut shortly after talking pictures had replaced silent movies in 1930, and his career continued until he retired as an actor in 1952, at the age of 50. During World War II, he organized entertainment for American troops.

Murphy was the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1944 to 1946. He was also a vice president of Desilu Productions and of the Technicolor Corporation. He was director of entertainment for presidential inaugurations in 1953, 1957 and 1961. He was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1951, and never nominated for an Oscar in any competitive category.

Murphy served from 1965 to 1971 as U.S. Senator from California, the first notable American actor to be elected to statewide office in California, predating Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who each served two terms as governor. He is the only United States Senator represented by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Murphy died in 1992 in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 89, from leukemia. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of young George Murphy in the 1930s and 1940s.


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