Don Murray has died at the age of 94, his son Christopher Friday confirmed, The New York Times reported.
His acting career spanned more than 60 years, and he demonstrated his talents in a wide range of roles, from a lovesick cowboy opposite Marilyn Monroe to a benevolent priest. according to to the New York Times.
The New York Times said Mr. Murray was a devout pacifist. He was a conscientious objector during the Korean War. His commitment to peace led him to spend his two and a half years in refugee camps in Europe, assisting those affected by the chaos of war.
Don Murray, the Oscar-nominated actor who made his film debut opposite Marilyn Monroe in 1956's Bus Stop, has died at the age of 94. His career has spanned more than 60 years, and he has appeared in films, television, and stage productions that combat race and drugs. , homosexuality, etc.https://t.co/aRzX1JYaHC
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After returning to the United States, Murray pursued an acting career with an emphasis on roles that resonated with his principles, the newspaper reported. His early work includes a television drama about a lawyer who helps the underprivileged and a role in the Broadway production of The Skin of Our Teeth alongside Helen Hayes and Mary Martin, a socially conscious role. The project included key roles. (Related: “Rocky” and “Predator” actor Carl Weathers dies at age 76)
Murray broke out in 1956's Bus Stop, captivating audiences and critics alike with his role as a naive cowboy who falls in love with Monroe's character. His performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, The New York Times reported. Despite this early acclaim, which would be his only recognition from the Academy, his career continued with performances in films such as A Cup of Rain and Handshake with the Devil.
In addition to acting, Murray also writes, directs, and produces television and film. His role in 'The Hoodlum Priest' not only showcased his acting abilities, but also his skills behind the camera as he co-wrote the script.