Actor Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray (born October 31, 1945) is an American actor, voice-over actor, comedian, and screenwriter. The older brother of actor/comedian Bill Murray, he has appeared with him 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 Captain K’nuckles, in a recurring role, as Don Ehlert on the ABC sitcom The Middle, and Bob Kruger in the AMC dramedy, Lodge 49.

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 was a businessman prior to his 2020 death and brother Andy is a chef and runs the Murray Brothers “CaddyShack” restaurant located in the World Golf Village resort near St. Augustine, Florida. Doyle is his grandmother’s maiden name, and he chose to hyphenate it to avoid confusion with another actor.

Early life

Murray was born on Halloween Day 1945 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. He is one of nine children born to Lucille (née Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward J. Murray II, a lumber salesman. His parents were Irish American and Catholic. He is the older brother of actors Bill, John, and Joel. 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 the show (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, but 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 recently appeared on Lodge 49 on the AMC Network (now cancelled).

Known for his distinctive, gruff voice, Murray voiced the Flying Dutchman on Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, appeared in one episode of The Angry Beavers. Murray appears as Santa Claus in the catdog episode “A very catdog Christmas”. (“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.


As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Fuzz Detective
1975 Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle Charles of the Pits #1
1975–76 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Various characters Television series; television debut; also writer
1976 The TVTV Show
Saturday Night Live Television series
Also writer
1980 Caddyshack Lou Loomis Writer and film debut
1981 Modern Problems Brian Stills
1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation Kamp Komfort Clerk
1984 Sixteen Candles Reverend
The Razor’s Edge Piedmont
1985 Head Office Colonel Toliver
1986 Legal Eagles Shaw
Club Paradise Voit Zerbe
1988 Scrooged Earl Cross
Superman 50th Anniversary Brian Connelly
1989 The Experts Mr. Jones
How I Got Into College Coach Evans
Ghostbusters II Psychiatric doctor
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Frank Shirley
1990 Small White House Johnny’s father
1991 Nothing but Trouble Brian
Babe Ruth Marshall Hunt
JFK Jack Ruby
Good Sports John “Mac” MacKinney Television series
1991, 1992 Get a Life Gus Borden, Ted Bains
1992 Wayne’s World Noah Vanderhoff
Married… with Children Wayne Television series
Episode: Kelly Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
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
Bakersfield P.D. Sgt. Bill Hampton Television series
Cabin Boy Skunk
1995 My Brother’s Keeper Curtis
Jury Duty Harry
Ellen Burt Kovak Television series
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Harlan Black Television series
Episode: Chi of Steel
1996 Multiplicity Walt
Duckman Agnes
Waiting for Guffman Red Savage
1997 Nightmare Ned Norm (voice) Episode: “My How You’ve Grown”
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Wittgenstein
Smart Guy Pete Gilroy Television series
Casper: A Spirited Beginning Foreman Dave TV Movie
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Mulligan / Cop #3 (voice) Episode: “The Great Escape/Beast with Four Eyes”
As Good as It Gets Handyman
1997–99 Between Brothers Stuart Franklin
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Wittgenstein Voice
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Professor
Dr. Dolittle Old Beagle Voice
Mr. Show with Bob and David Referee Television series
Episode: “It’s Perfectly Understandishable”
Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story Baloo Voice
1999 Stuart Little Cousin Edgar
1999–2000 Love & Money Finn McBride
1999–2010 King of the Hill Jack the Barber Voice
1999–2019 SpongeBob SquarePants The Flying Dutchman Voice
13 episodes
2000 Jackie Chan Adventures Gnome Cop Voice
Television series
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Panchax Voice
Episode: “Panic on Bathyos”
Bedazzled Priest
2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge The Flying Dutchman Video Game
The Angry Beavers Smelly Jim Television series
Episode: “Dag Con Carny”
Justice League Artie Bauman Voice
Television series
2001–06 Yes, Dear Mr. George Savitsky Recurring role
Television series
2002 Snow Dogs Ernie
A Gentleman’s Game Tomato Face
Teamo Supremo The Chief (voice) 4 episodes
SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month The Flying Dutchman Video Game
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
Getting Hal Phil
2005 Jade Empire Qui the Promoter (voice) Video game
2005–06 The Buzz on Maggie Chauncey Pesky Voice
Main role
2005–08 My Gym Partner’s a Monkey Coach Tiffany Gills Voice
19 episodes
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Bernie Fusterillo Voice
Television series
2007 Daddy Day Camp Uncle Morty
Love Comes Lately Boss
2008–10 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Captain K’nuckles Main role
Television series
2009 17 Again The Janitor
The Goode Family Charlie Voice
Television series
Main role
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Mayor Jock Mulligan Voice
Video Game
2009–18 The Middle Don Ehlert Television series
Recurring role, 25 episodes
2010 WordGirl Police officer Voice
Television series
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Glenn
2011 Nicktoons MLB The Flying Dutchman Voice
Video game
Supernatural Robert Singer Episode: “The French Mistake”
2012 Eye of the Hurricane Harvey Miken
Adventure Time Prince Huge Voice
Episode: “The Hard Easy”
The Three Stooges Monsignor Ratliffe
Motorcity Jacob Main role
Television series
2012–14 Sullivan & Son Hank Murphy
2013 Raising Hope Walt Television series
Fish Hooks Baby Face Bryant 1 episode
SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue The Flying Dutchman Voice
Short film
2014 2 Broke Girls Blarney Bill Television series
Christmas Under Wraps Frank Holiday TV Movie
2015 Underdogs The Boss Voice
2016 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sea Captain Episode: “The Gang Goes to Hell: Part 1”
2016, 2017 Veep George Huntzinger 3 episodes
2017 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah President Grandpa Episode: “February 15, 2017”
Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer Big Doug Voice
Episode: “Ol’ MacBilly / Silly Spheres”
2017–2018 Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings Himself 10 episodes
2018 For The Fun Of The Game
2018–2019 Lodge 49 Bob Kruger Recurring role
2020 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated The Flying Dutchman (archival recordings) Voice
Video game
2021 Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years The Flying Dutchman Voice
Episode: “Are You Afraid of the Dork?”
The Patrick Star Show Voice
Episode: “The Haunting of Star House”

As writer

Year Title Notes
1973–74 The National Lampoon Radio Hour Radio series
1975 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell Also cast member
1976 The TVTV Show Television series
1976–79 SCTV
1977–82 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

External Links

Actor Brian Doyle-Murray – Wikipedia

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