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Michael Murphy Biography

Birth Name:
Michael George Murphy
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Taught high school English and drama before deciding to purse an acting career
  • Made his big-screen debut in the Elvis Presley action-comedy Double Trouble (1967)
  • Frequently worked with Robert Altman, appearing in the legendary director's MASH (1970), McCabe & Mrs
  • Miller (1971) and Nashville (1975), among others
  • Best known for playing fictional congressman Jack Tanner in two eponymous cable series; also portrayed political figures in The Island (1998), The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001) and Silver City (2004)
  • Has been a series regular on the ESPN poker drama Tilt and the Canadian police procedural The Bridge


  • 2015Canadian Screen Awards-Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated