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 Horace Murphy

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Horace Murphy

Birth
Finley, Dyer County, Tennessee, USA
Death 20 Jan 1975 (aged 94)
Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Murmuring Trees, Map G34, Lot 2955, Space 3
Memorial ID 85919641 View Source
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William Horace Murphy was born June 3, 1880 in Finley, Tennessee. He was the son of a physician. He started his career as a child actor on showboats on the Mississippi. He later played the cornet in the band and eventually became half-owner of the showboat "Cottonblossom Floating Palace". After two seasons, he sold his interest and organized a string of dramatic, tent shows from New Orleans to Los Angeles. Each one had a baseball team. Later he sold these and built two theaters, one in Los Angeles and one in Burbank. He entered movies and went on to a career mostly in B-Westerns. He appeared in 128 films between 1931 and 1953. He is best known as "Ananias", Tex Ritter's partner in a string of 1930’s films. Among other film credits were: “Rogue of the Range”(1936) as Sheriff Tom, “Boom Town”(1940) as Tom Murphy, “The Range Busters”(1940) as Homer Thorp, “Bad Men of Deadwood”(1941) as Seth Belden, “Riders of the Dawn”(1945) as Sheriff Beasley, and “Springtime in Texas”(1945) as Mayor Lem Grainger. He appeared as Dr. Bright in the Three Stooges short,"Dizzy Doctors" (1937). He was also on radio with Gene Autry and Roy Rodgers. In 1953, he appeared on the Abbott and Costello TV series. Horace Murphy died January 20, 1975 in Studio City, California. He was 94. (Special thanks to Frank Reighter, James L. Mason for the IMDB Mini-Biography, Larry Rapchak of Nitrateville.com, and Ryan Fay for helping I.D. Murphy in "Dizzy Doctors".)


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  • Maintained by: Thomas
  • Originally Created by: Chris Mills
  • Added: 28 Feb 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 85919641
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/85919641/horace-murphy : accessed ), memorial page for Horace Murphy (3 Jun 1880–20 Jan 1975), Find a Grave Memorial ID 85919641, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Thomas (contributor 48391070) .