Murray Matheson

Sidney Murray Matheson (1 July 1912 – 25 April 1985) was an American-based Australian actor. He appeared on stage and in films and television programs until 1983.

Murray Matheson
Born(1912-07-01)1 July 1912
Casterton, Victoria, Australia
Died25 April 1985(1985-04-25) (aged 72)
Other namesSidney Murray Matheson
OccupationActor: stage, film, television
Years active1945-1983


Matheson was born in Australia, where he grew up on a 3,000-acre sheep station. When he was 12, he saw a production of Sally by a touring company, and that experience sparked his desire to be an actor.[1]

His first principal stage performance was in the musical Roberta at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne Australia in 1934. His London debut was at the Palladium in Band Wagon (1939).

He made his New York debut as Captain Worthy in The Relapse, as part of the Theatre Guild (1950). Matheson performed in dozens of plays, including some major tours, until 1982.

Matheson's first film appearance was as Joe Lawson in The Way to the Stars, a.k.a. Johnny in the Clouds (1945). He played the clown in the classic The Twilight Zone episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit". He made guest appearances in two 1964 episodes of CBS's Perry Mason: murder victim B.K. Doran in "The Case of the Accosted Accountant." and murderer Howard Hopkins in "The Case of the Wooden Nickels."

Some of his best-known film and television roles include:

In 1960 Matheson appeared as Alexander on the TV western Laramie on the episode titled "Duel at Parkinson Town." In 1960-61, he was cast as Geoffrey Carey in "The Archer's Ring" and as the High Priest in "The Perils of Penrose", respectively, on the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. In 1961, he played the lead guest-starring role in the episode "A Rope for Charlie Munday" on another ABC adventure series, The Islanders, co-starring William Reynolds. In 1969, he guest starred in Bewitched season 5 episode 28, " Samantha's Good News ". In 1970, he appeared in an episode of the ABC crime drama The Silent Force, and in 1978 he appeared in the "Murder! Murder!" episode of the NBC crime drama The Eddie Capra Mysteries. In 1982 he made an appearance on The Facts of Life S4 E11.

Matheson's ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.


Year Title Role Notes
1945The Way to the StarsJoe Lawson
1945Journey TogetherLancaster Crew
1946School for SecretsWing Cdr. Allen
1948The Secret TunnelMr. Henderson
1949The Fool and the PrincessGraham Ballard
1952Hurricane SmithDr. Whitmore
1952Plymouth AdventureChristopher MartinUncredited
1952Botany BayRev. Mortimer Thynne
1953Jamaica RunInspector Mole
1953Flight to TangierFranz Kovac
1953King of the Khyber RiflesMaj. Ian MacAllister
1954The Bamboo PrisonComrade Clayton
1955Love is a Many-Splendored ThingDr. John Keith
1962The Notorious LandladyNeighbourUncredited
1963Wall of NoiseJack Matlock
1963The FugitiveEarl MoreheadEpisode: "Ticket to Alaska"
1964Signpost to MurderDr. Graham
1966Assault on a QueenCaptain
1967How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingBenjamin Ovington
1968Star!Bankruptcy JudgeUncredited
1968In Enemy CountryUncredited
1969ExplosionOwner of Jaguar
1972A Fan's NotesClarke Institute doctor
1973ArnoldLord Arnold DwellynVoice, Uncredited
1978Rabbit TestDr. Mario Lowell
1983Twilight Zone: The MovieMr. Agee(segment "Kick the Can")


  1. Kleiner, Dick (16 June 1973). "Banacek's Felix Once Sheepman". The Ogden Standard. Utah, Ogden. p. 23. Retrieved 11 July 2017 via


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