Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray
Born Brian Murray
(1945-10-31) October 31, 1945
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Brian Doyle
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Christina Stauffer (m. 2000)

Brian Doyle-Murray (born Brian Murray, October 31, 1945) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He is the older brother of actor/comedian Bill Murray, and the two have acted together in several films, including Caddyshack, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, The Razor's Edge, and Groundhog Day. He co-starred on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he played the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy. He appears in a recurring role as Don Ehlert on the ABC sitcom The Middle.

Doyle-Murray was nominated for three Emmy Awards in 1978, 1979, and 1980 for his work on Saturday Night Live in the category Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. Two other younger brothers, Joel and John, are actors, as well. His oldest brother Ed is a businessman, and brother Andy is a chef, and runs the Murray Brothers "CaddyShack" restaurant located in the World Golf Village resort near St. Augustine, Florida.[1] Doyle is his grandmother's maiden name, and he chose to hyphenate it to avoid confusion with another actor.[2]

Early life

Murray, one of nine children, was born in Chicago, the son of Lucille (née Collins), a mail room clerk, and Edward J. Murray II, a lumber salesman.[3][4] His parents were Irish American and Catholic.[5] He is the older brother of actors Bill, Joel and John. A sister, Nancy, an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, travels the country portraying St. Catherine of Siena. Doyle-Murray uses his hyphenated name (Doyle was his grandmother's maiden name) to avoid confusion with another actor of the same name. Brian attended Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, California in the late 1960s.


Murray worked at The Second City comedic stage troupe in the early 1970s. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows since then, including as a featured player on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1979 to 1980 and from 1981 to 1982. He wrote for Jean Doumanian from 1980 to 1981, one of the few cast members to work for all three producers of SNL (Lorne Michaels, Jean Doumanian, and Dick Ebersol). He was a regular on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program syndicated nationally to 600 stations from 1973 to 1975. Co-workers on the Radio Hour included Richard Belzer, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, and younger brother Bill. He appears in many films with his brother, Bill Murray. However, he has also landed roles in other films. Early on, he appeared in Modern Problems alongside Chevy Chase. Again, years later, he memorably appeared as Chevy Chase's uptight boss, Frank Shirley, in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), and co-starred as arcade tycoon Noah Vanderhoff in the film version of Wayne's World (1992). He landed a small role as assassin Jack Ruby in JFK (1991). He was seen in the movie Snow Dogs (2002). His most recent role was in 17 Again (2009).

He was Mel Sanger, the bubble boy's dad, on Seinfeld, and played Joe Hackett's high school baseball coach on a 1992 episode of Wings. He co-starred of the Fox TV series Get a Life and Bakersfield P.D. from 1991 to 1992 and 1993 to 1994, respectively, with a recurring role as sports editor Stuart Franklin on the Fox/UPN TV series Between Brothers from 1997 to 1999. He played studio head and Greg Warner's (Anthony Clark) boss George Savitsky on Yes Dear. He played Shawn Spencer's grandfather on the episode "The Old and the Restless" on the USA Network TV series Psych, with an uncredited cameo in the sixth season. He had a recurring role as Mr. Ehlert, owner of the car dealership where Frankie and Bob work on the ABC-TV series The Middle. He co-starred on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he played the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy.

Voice work

Known for his gruff voice, Murray voiced the Flying Dutchman on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, appearing in one episode of The Angry Beavers ("Dag Con Carny") as Smelly Jim, a small role as the Grandfather on Lloyd in Space, Coach Gills on Cartoon Network's My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Captain K'nuckles on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, and Maggie's dad on Disney Channel's The Buzz on Maggie. He has also appeared as Salty in the Family Guy episode "A Fish out of Water", the voice of Jack the barber on King of the Hill, the voice of the mayor in the Ghostbusters video game, the voice of Qui the Promoter in the 2005 video game Jade Empire, a minor appearance on the Disney show Recess during a YoYo competition, Prince Huge on Adventure Time in the episode "The Hard Easy", Charlie in Mike Judge's The Goode Family, and Jacob on Motorcity. Murray was also contracted to voice Eustace in the cancelled reboot of Courage the Cowardly Dog.


As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Various characters Television series
Television debut
Also writer
Saturday Night Live Television series
Also writer
1980 Caddyshack Lou Loomis Film debut
1981 Modern Problems Brian Stills
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Kamp Komfort Clerk
1984 The Razor's Edge Piedmont
Sixteen Candles Reverend
1985 Head Office Colonel Toliver
1986 Legal Eagles Shaw
Club Paradise Voit Zerbe
1988 Scrooged Mr. Cross
1989 The Experts Mr. Jones
The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars Wittgenstein
How I Got Into College Coach Evans
Ghostbusters II Psychiatric doctor
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Frank Shirley
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Wittgenstein
1991 JFK Jack Ruby
Nothing but Trouble Brian
Good Sports John "Mac" MacKinney Television series
1991–1992 Get a Life Gus Borden
1992 Wayne's World Noah Vanderhoff
Married... with Children Wayne Television series
Wings Coach Snyder Television series
Frosty Returns Mr. Twitchell Television film
Seinfeld Mel Sanger Television series
Episode: The Bubble Boy
1993 Groundhog Day Buster Green
1994 Jury Duty Harry
1995 Cabin Boy Skunk
Ellen Burt Kovak Television series
1996 Waiting for Guffman Red Savage
Multiplicity Walt
Duckman Agnes
1997 Smart Guy Pete Gilroy Television series
1997–1999 Between Brothers Stuart Franklin
1997 As Good as It Gets Handyman
1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Referee Television series
Episode: "It's Perfectly Understandishable"
Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Baloo
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Professor
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Wittgenstein
1999 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
1999–2000 Love & Money Finn McBride
1999–present SpongeBob SquarePants The Flying Dutchman Television series
1999 Stuart Little Cousin Edgar Little
2000 Jackie Chan Adventures Gnome Cop Television series
Bedazzled Priest
2001–2006 Yes, Dear Mr. George Savitsky Recurring role
Television series
2001 Getting Hal Phil
Justice League Artie Bauman Voice
Television series
2002 A Gentleman's Game Tomato Face
Snow Dogs Ernie
Teamo Supremo The Chief Main role
Television series
2005–2006 The Buzz on Maggie Chuck Pesky Main role
Television series
2005 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Coach Tiffany Gills
Jade Empire Qui the Promoter Voice
Video game
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Bernie Fusterillo Voice
Television series
2007 Daddy Day Camp "Uncle" Morty Main role
Love Comes Lately Boss
2008–2010 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Captain K'nuckles Main role
Television series
2009 17 Again The Janitor
The Goode Family Charlie Television series
Main role
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Mayor Jock Mulligan Video Game
2009–2015 The Middle Don Ehlert Television series
Recurring role
2010 WordGirl Police officer Television series
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Glenn
2011 Supernatural Robert Singer
2012–2014 Sullivan & Son Hank Murphy Main role
Television series
2012 Motorcity Jacob
Eye of the Hurricane Harvey Miken
Adventure Time Prince Huge Television series
The Three Stooges Monsignor Ratliffe
2013 Raising Hope Walt Television series
2014 2 Broke Girls Blarney Bill Television series
Christmas Under Wraps Mr. Holiday/Santa Claus Made for TV Movie
2015 Underdogs The Boss
2016 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sea Captain Television series
2016 Veep George Huntzinger Television series

As writer

Year Title Notes
1973–1974 The National Lampoon Radio Hour Radio series
1975 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Also cast member
1976 The TVTV Show Television series
1976–1979 SCTV
1977–1982 Saturday Night Live Also cast member
Television series
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Comedy – Variety or Music Series (1978)
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series (1979)
Nominated—Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program (1980)
1980 Caddyshack Writer with Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney
1982 The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me Television series
1986 Club Paradise Writer with Harold Ramis
Also cast member
1993 The Chevy Chase Show Television series
2002 The Sweet Spot


  1. "Murray Brothers - Caddyshack History - Neighborhood Restaurant".
  2. "Brian Doyle-Murray". CBS Interactive.
  3. "Bill Murray Biography (1950-)". Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  4. "Famous Family Tree: Bill Murray". Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  5. " People | Bill Murray". 2001-02-06. Retrieved 2011-02-25.

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Media offices
Preceded by
Charles Rocket
Weekend Update anchor
with Mary Gross 1981
with Christine Ebersole 1982

Succeeded by
Brad Hall
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