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Fred MacMurray

Usually typecast as a “nice guy”, but is best known to classic movie fans for his “bad guy” role opposite Barbara Stanwyck in the film noir Double Indemnity

Fred MacMurray

Filmography

1929

Girls Gone Wild

Why Leave Home?  

Tiger Rose  

 

1935   

Grand Old Girl  

The Gilded Lily  

Car 99  

Men Without Names  

Alice Adams  

Hands Across the Table  

The Bride Comes Home

 

1936

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Thirteen Hours by Air

The Princess Comes Across

The Texas Rangers

 

1937

Champagne Waltz  

Maid of Salem  

Swing High, Swing Low  

Exclusive  

True Confession     

 

1938

Cocoanut Grove

Men with Wings

Sing You Sinners

 

1939  

Cafe Society  

Invitation to Happiness  

Honeymoon in Bali

 

1940

Remember the Night  

Little Old New York  

Too Many Husbands  

Rangers of Fortune  

 

1941 

Virginia  

One Night in Lisbon

Dive Bomber

New York Town

 

1942   

The Lady Is Willing  

Take a Letter, Darling  

The Forest Rangers  

Star Spangled Rhythm  

 

1943

Flight for Freedom

No Time for Love

Above Suspicion

 

1944 

Standing Room Only  

And the Angels Sing

Double Indemnity

Practically Yours

 

1945

Where Do We Go from Here?

Captain Eddie

Murder, He Says

Pardon My Past

 

1946   

Smoky

 

1947   

Suddenly, It’s Spring

The Egg and I

Singapore

 

1948

On Our Merry Way

The Miracle of the Bells  

An Innocent Affair  

 

1949   

Family Honeymoon

Don’t Trust Your Husband  

Father Was a Fullback  

 

1950   

Borderline

Never a Dull Moment    

 

1951

A Millionaire for Christy

Callaway Went Thataway   

 

1953

Fair Wind to Java

The Moonlighter

 

1954 

The Caine Mutiny

Pushover

Woman’s World

 

1955 

The Far Horizons  

The Rains of Ranchipur

At Gunpoint

 

1956   

There’s Always Tomorrow

 

1957

Gun for a Coward  

Quantez

 

1958   

Day of the Bad Man  

 

1959 

Good Day for a Hanging  

The Shaggy Dog  

Face of a Fugitive

The Oregon Trail

 

1960

The Apartment  

 

1961   

The Absent-Minded Professor  

 

1962

Bon Voyage!

 

1963

Son of Flubber

 

1964   

Kisses for My President  

 

1966

Follow Me, Boys!

 

1967   

The Happiest Millionaire

 

1973

Charley and the Angel  

 

1978

The Swarm   

Awards

Fred MacMurray was never nominated for an Academy Award

The two films I did with Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity (1944) and The Apartment (1960), are the only two parts I did in my entire career that required any acting. ~Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois on August 30, 1908, the son of Maleta (née Martin) and Frederick MacMurray, Sr.

He later attended school in Quincy, Illinois, before earning a full scholarship to attend Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. While at Carroll, MacMurray performed in numerous local bands, playing the saxophone. He did not graduate from the school.

Before signing to Paramount Pictures in 1934, he appeared on Broadway in Three’s a Crowd (1930–31) and alongside Sydney Greenstreet and Bob Hope in Roberta (1933–34).

Later in the 1930s, MacMurray worked with film directors Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges, along with actors Barbara Stanwyck, Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich and, in seven films, Claudette Colbert, beginning with The Gilded Lily (1935). He co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams (1935), with Joan Crawford in Above Suspicion (1943), and with Carole Lombard in four productions: Hands Across the Table (1935), The Princess Comes Across (1936), Swing High, Swing Low (1937), and True Confession (1937).