Fred MacMurray

Frederick Martin 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.

His career as a major movie leading man began in 1935 but 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 and Edward G. Robinson. As he grew older, 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, a twelve-year span during which MacMurray's scenes were filmed together for three months every season so that he could take the rest of the year off.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 30th, 1908 (Kankakee), Died November 5th, 1991 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBVE-54498 10-in. 11/10/1929 After a million dreams George Olsen and his Music ; Fred MacMurray Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBVE-54730 10-in. 3/20/1930 All I want is just one Gus Arnheim Orchestra ; Fred MacMurray Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  


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"MacMurray, Fred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 September 2021.

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