Horace Murphy

Horace Murphy (June 3, 1880 January 20, 1975) was an American film actor.[1] He appeared in more than 120 films between 1931 and 1953.

Horace Murphy
Lobby card for Rogue of the Range (1936) with Lois January, Horace Murphy, and Johnny Mack Brown
Born(1880-06-03)June 3, 1880
Osceola, Arkansas, United States
DiedJanuary 20, 1975(1975-01-20) (aged 94)
Years active1931–1953

Early years

Born in Osceola, Arkansas, Murphy was playing cornet by age 11 and six years later led the band for the Newton Family Wagon Show. The next spring, he became the leader of a 45-piece band for the C.W. Parker Carnival Company. After two years in that position, he left to work in Dr. Rucker's Korak Wonder Medicine Show in order to be able to act in addition to leading the band.[2]


Murphy played Will Kimble, the storekeeper, in Granby's Green Acres, which was on CBS in the summer of 1950.[3] He also had roles in several radio westerns, including Shorty on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch,[4] Clackity for one season of The Roy Rogers Show,[5] and Buckskin Blodgett on Red Ryder.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. "Horace Murphy". New York Times. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  2. "Buckskin Rides Again" (PDF). Radio Life. February 24, 1946. pp. 8, 28. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. Schulz, Clair (Spring 2009). "Forgotten Shows to Remember". Nostalgia Digest. 35 (2): 18–22.
  4. "Questions and Answers". The Lincoln Star. December 1, 1940. p. 40. Retrieved July 9, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  5. French, Jack; Siegel, David S. (2014). Radio Rides the Range: A Reference Guide to Western Drama on the Air, 1929-1967. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-7864-7146-1. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  6. Harmon, Jim (2001). The Great Radio Heroes, rev. ed. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-7864-0850-4. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
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