Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray ( Murray; born October 31, 1945) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and screenwriter. The older brother of actor/comedian Bill Murray, he has appeared in several films, including Caddyshack, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, Groundhog Day and The Razor's Edge. He co-starred on the TBS sitcom on Sullivan & Son, where he played the foul-mouthed Hank Murphy. He also appeared in the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants as The Flying Dutchman, in the Cartoon Network original animated series My Gym Partner's a Monkey as Coach Tiffany Gills, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack as the surly Captain K'Nuckles, and, in a recurring role, as Don Ehlert on the ABC sitcom The Middle.

Brian Doyle-Murray
Brian Murray

(1945-10-31) October 31, 1945
Other namesBrian Doyle
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter
Years active1972–present
Christina Stauffer (m. 2000)

Doyle-Murray has been 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 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois.[3] He is the son of Lucille (née Collins), a mail room clerk, and Edward J. Murray II, a lumber salesman.[4][5] His parents were Irish American and Catholic.[6] He is the older brother of actors Bill, John and Joel. A sister, Nancy, an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, travels the country portraying St. Catherine of Siena. 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 also seen in the movies Sixteen Candles (1984), Club Paradise (1986), Legal Eagles (1986), How I Got Into College (1989), Jury Duty (1995), Multiplicity (1996), The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1997), As Good as It Gets (1997), Dr. Dolittle (1998), Stuart Little (1999), Kill the Man (1999), Bedazzled (2000), Snow Dogs (2002), Nearing Grace (2005), Daddy Day Camp (2007) and 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 Heck works 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. He currently appears in Lodge 49 on the AMC Network.

Voice work

Known for his gruff voice, Murray voiced the Flying Dutchman on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, appeared 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 yo-yo 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 voiced the villainous corporate executive Mr. Twitchell on the Christmas special Frosty Returns.

Personal life

Murray has been married to former assistant director and current veterinarian Christina Stauffer, since August 28, 2000.[7][8]


As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1975Tarzoon: Shame of the JungleCharles of the Pits #1
1975–1976Saturday Night Live with Howard CosellVarious charactersTelevision series
Television debut
Also writer
1976The TVTV Show
Saturday Night LiveTelevision series
Also writer
1980CaddyshackLou LoomisWriter and film debut
1981Modern ProblemsBrian Stills
1983National Lampoon's VacationKamp Komfort Clerk
1984Sixteen CandlesReverend
The Razor's EdgePiedmont
1985Head OfficeColonel Toliver
1986Legal EaglesShaw
Club ParadiseVoit Zerbe
1988ScroogedEarl Cross
Superman 50th AnniversaryBrian Connelly
1989The ExpertsMr. Jones
How I Got Into CollegeCoach Evans
Ghostbusters IIPsychiatric doctor
National Lampoon's Christmas VacationFrank Shirley
1990Small White HouseJohnny's father
1991Nothing but TroubleBrian
Babe RuthMarshall Hunt
JFKJack Ruby
Good SportsJohn "Mac" MacKinneyTelevision series
1991–1992Get a LifeGus Borden
1992Wayne's WorldNoah Vanderhoff
Married... with ChildrenWayneTelevision series
Episode: Kelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore
WingsCoach SnyderTelevision series
Frosty ReturnsMr. TwitchellTelevision film
SeinfeldMel SangerTelevision series
Episode: The Bubble Boy
1993Groundhog DayBuster Green
1993-1994Bakersfield P.D.Sgt. Bill HamptonTelevision series
1994Cabin BoySkunk
1995My Brother's KeeperCurtis
Jury DutyHarry
EllenBurt KovakTelevision series
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanHarlan BlackTelevision series
Episode: Chi of Steel
1997Waiting for GuffmanRed Savage
The Brave Little Toaster to the RescueWittgenstein
Smart GuyPete GilroyTelevision series
1997–1999Between BrothersStuart Franklin
1997As Good as It GetsHandyman
1998The Brave Little Toaster Goes to MarsWittgenstein (voice)
Dennis the Menace Strikes AgainProfessor
Dr. Dolittle Old Beagle (voice)
Mr. Show with Bob and DavidRefereeTelevision series
Episode: "It's Perfectly Understandishable"
Jungle Book: Mowgli's StoryBaloo
1999–2000Love & MoneyFinn McBride
1999–2010King of the HillJack the Barber
1999–2018SpongeBob SquarePantsThe Flying Dutchman12 episodes
1999Stuart LittleCousin Edgar Little
2000Jackie Chan AdventuresGnome CopTelevision series
2001SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge[9]The Flying DutchmanVideo Game
2001The Angry BeaversSmelly JimTelevision series
Episode: Dag Con Carny
2001–2006Yes, DearMr. George SavitskyRecurring role
Television series
2001Justice LeagueArtie BaumanVoice
Television series
2002Snow DogsErnie
A Gentleman's GameTomato Face
Teamo SupremoThe Chief (voice)4 episodes
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman[9]The Flying DutchmanVideo Game
2003Getting HalPhil
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom[9]The Flying DutchmanVideo Game
2005–2006The Buzz on MaggieChauncey Pesky (voice)Main role
2005-2008My Gym Partner's a MonkeyCoach Tiffany Gills (voice)19 episodes
2005Jade EmpireQui the Promoter (voice)Video game
2006Tom Goes to the MayorBernie FusterilloVoice
Television series
2007Daddy Day CampUncle Morty
Love Comes LatelyBoss
2008–2010The Marvelous Misadventures of FlapjackCaptain K'nucklesMain role
Television series
200917 AgainThe Janitor
The Goode FamilyCharlieTelevision series
Main role
Ghostbusters: The Video GameMayor Jock MulliganVideo Game
2009–2017The MiddleDon EhlertTelevision series
Recurring role, 25 episodes
2010WordGirlPolice officerTelevision series
Kick Buttowski: Suburban DaredevilGlenn
2011SupernaturalRobert Singer
Nicktoons MLB[9]The Flying DutchmanVideo Game
2012–2014Sullivan & SonHank MurphyMain role
Television series
Eye of the HurricaneHarvey Miken
Adventure TimePrince Huge (voice)Episode: "The Hard Easy"
The Three Stooges Monsignor Ratliffe
2013Raising HopeWaltTelevision series
2013Fish HooksBaby Face Bryant1 episode
20142 Broke GirlsBlarney BillTelevision series
Christmas Under WrapsFrank HolidayTV Movie
2015UnderdogsThe Boss (voice)
2016 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sea Captain Episode: "The Gang Goes to Hell: Part 1"
2016–2017VeepGeorge Huntzinger3 episodes
2017The Daily Show with Trevor Noah President GrandpaEpisode: "February 15, 2017"
Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean SummerBig DougEpisode: "Ol' MacBilly / Silly Spheres"
2017–presentBill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray's Extra InningsHimself10 episodes
2018–PresentLodge 49Bob KrugerRecurring

As writer

Year Title Notes
1973–1974The National Lampoon Radio HourRadio series
1975Saturday Night Live with Howard CosellAlso cast member
1976The TVTV ShowTelevision series
1977–1982Saturday Night LiveAlso 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)
1980CaddyshackWriter with Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney
1982The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' MeTelevision series
1986Club ParadiseWriter with Harold Ramis
Also cast member
1993The Chevy Chase ShowTelevision series
2002The Sweet Spot


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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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