Five Facts About Fred MacMurray


Five Facts About Fred MacMurray

Fred_MacMurray Potrait

Other than that he was beautiful…


1) He was a super hero

Fred MacMurray as Captain Marvel

Can you see it?

Fred MacMurray has the power of superhuman strength/speed, flight as well as a genius level intellect. OK, so maybe MacMurray himself doesn’t have these powers but DC superhero Captain Marvel does and it just so happens that the creators of Captain Marvel based his appearance on MacMurray. Just look at the picture above. Can you see the resemblance?


 2) Officially Legendary

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Fred MacMurray stars in The Absent Minded Professor (1961, Director Robert Stevenson)

In the early 1960s, MacMurray starred in the live action Disney films The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, and its sequel Son of Flubber. His work on these films clearly left a mark at the World Happiest Studio because in 1987 the man became the first person to be honored as a Disney Legend.


3) Man of Many Talents

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MacMurray swinging the sax

Like most Hollywood legends, MacMurray’s talents didn’t end when the camera stopped rolling. He was a man of many accomplishments. In high school he excelled at sports, eventually earning a full ride to Carroll University under a football scholarship. He was also a skilled musician whose first job was playing saxophone in the pit orchestra for the Los Angeles Theater. Oh, he also played the piano, trumpet and was an avid golfer.


4) Frugal Freddy

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MacMurray would be proud: Using the same picture twice, thus saving precious internet resources

Despite being one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, MacMurray had quite the reputation for being on the cheap side. At a time when the stars of Hollywood would slip away to hotspots such as Musso & Frank Grill, Frugal Freddy would bring a brown-bagged lunch to work. Heck, he was even known for eating hard boiled Easter eggs well after the holiday ended because he didn’t want to waste them.


5) He’s TCM Star of the Month

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Fred MacMurray and Jack Lemmon star in The Apartment (1961, Billy Wilder director)

That’s right, Fred MacMurray is Turner Classic Movie’s Star of the Month. All month long they have been playing his films during their Wednesday primetime lineups and tonight is not different. Be sure to tune in at 10:15PM to watch the actor play against type as the selfish corporate executive, Mr. Sheldrake, in Billy Wilder’s The Apartment. If by some small chance you haven’t seen it, make sure you do. You won’t be disappointed.


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2 Responses to Five Facts About Fred MacMurray

  1. M.T. Fisher says:

    MacMurray was more than cheap, he was the CHEAPEST! He was once hunting with Gable and another man. Gable noticed MacMurray didn’t bring a lunch, asking, “Aren’t you going to eat?” MacMurray stated, “Oh, I’ll just eat what you leave.”

    • Tim says:

      I once worked for a wine importer which owned the Vine Street Brown Derby in its final days. Once a month, the company would hold a private tasting for invited guests at the Derby. A huge buffet dinner was set out for the guests before the tasting began–of course there was no charge for anything. The company made up for the cost with the number of cases of wine ordered afterward. Every month, regular as rain, MacMurray and his wife June would be there for the complimentary dinner. MacMurray was quite deaf by this point–and I think he wore a hairpiece–but he looked remarkably ageless and healthy. I had heard he was quite well off financially. I guess the best way to stay rich is to hold onto it.

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