• Joel Murray is an American actor, writer, and producer
• He is the youngest in a large Irish Catholic family with eight siblings, including Bill Murray, Brian Doyle Murray and John Murray who are also in the entertainment industry as actors and producers
• He began a successful acting career in 1986 and has since starred in various films, TV shows, and voice-overs
• He has four children with his wife Eliza Coyle, and runs a restaurant and clothing line with his brothers
• He has over 8,600 followers on Instagram and is currently performing in the improv show “Whose Live Anyway?”

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 17, 1963
SpouseEliza Coyle
FactEx-brother-in-law of Mickey Kelley and Jennifer Butler.

Who is Joel Murray?

Joel Murray is an American actor, writer and producer, perhaps best known to the world as Pete Cavanaugh in the TV comedy series “Dharma & Greg” (1997-2002), and as Fred Rumsen in the TV drama series “Mad Men”, in addition to other projects on which he worked so far in his career.

Joel Murray Biography – Age, Childhood, and Education

Joel Murray was born on the 17th April 1963, in Wilmette, Illinois, USA, the son of Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman, and his wife Lucille, a mail room clerk. Of part-Irish descent, Joel was raised the youngest in a large Irish Catholic family with eight siblings.

Among five brothers, his older brother Bill Murray is a world-famous comedian, and, Brian Doyle Murray and John Murray are also in the entertainment industry as actors and producers. His sister Nancy Murray joined Adrian Dominican order in Michigan, and traveled worldwide performing in the play “St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times”. Joel attended high school at Loyola Academy in his hometown Wilmette, in which he was the captain of the football team. From 4th grade, he participated in theater school activities such as school musicals as a leading actor.

He has performed with Organic Theatre Companies, and continued to perform with improvisational theaters too, such as “Improv Olympic” in Los Angeles and “The Second City”, the first comedy troupe based in Chicago.

Acting Career Beginnings

Joel Murray began a successful acting career in 1986 by landing his debut role as George Calamari in the comedy film “One Crazy Summer”, with John Cusack, Demi Moore and Linda Warren in the lead roles. The same year he featured in the HBO television movie “Long Gone” together with Virginia Madsen, William Petersen and Dermot Mulroney who had the lead roles.

Joel Murray

In 1988 he had the unique opportunity to co-star together with his brothers Bill, John and Brian in the comedy film. “Scrooged”. His first significant role was as Norris Weldon in the TV sitcom “Grand” in 1990, appearing in 26 episodes of the award-winning series, which helped to establish him as a comedy actor. His career started to improve after this, and he began starring in the TV series “Pacific Station” in 1991, as well as appearing in 27 episodes of the comedy series “Love and War” as Ray Litvak.

Rise to Stardom

As Joel was becoming more popular, new roles were offered to him, and from 1997 to 2002 he portrayed the role of Pete Cavanaugh in the popular TV comedy series “Dharma and Greg” aired on ABC.

He continued with television roles, featuring in such popular TV series as “Malcolm in the Middle” (2003), and “Still Standing” (2003-2006), in which he portrayed Danny ‘Fitz’ Fitzsimmons. His next big recurring role was as copywriter Freddy Rumsen in 15 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning TV series “Mad Men” from 2007 to 2015.

Most Recent Projects

After 2014, Joel’s career declined somewhat, and he started appearing in independent films, such as “Bloodsucking Bastards”, then the drama film “Lamb”, and the comedy-drama film “Open Tables”, all in 2015.

He continued with minor film roles, such as in the drama film “Sophie and the Rising Sun”, starring Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi and Margo Martindale in 2016, and later that year in the drama film “Mr. Pig”, and even starred in the biopic about the assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan’s, entitled “Killing Reagan”. He had a successful year in 2017, especially with the part of Joe Mueller in the film “The Last Word”, and as Rollie in the TV series “Shrink”. Since then, he hasn’t had any noteworthy roles, but is now working on the comedy-drama film “Monuments”, in which he will star next to Marguerite Moreau and Becca Brown.

Voice Over Career

He garnered attention also through the art of voice acting on several occasions. For eleven years from 1986 to 1997 he was the voice of Chester the Cheetah, the mascot for “Cheetos”, the popular brand of snacks. Likewise, he provided the voice of a dog, the cartoon character, in the short-lived animated series “Beethoven” in 1994. In 2002 he worked for the animated TV series “3-South” that aired on MTV, and his latest voice-over work was as Don Carlton, a middle-aged monster salesman, for Pixar’s film “Monsters University” in 2013.

Joel Murray Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

Joel Murray shows that hard work and talent go hand-in-hand in his case, bringing his net worth to around $4 million, as estimated by the authoritative sources.

Joel stands at 5ft 11ins (1.80m) tall, and weighs approximately 210lbs ~ 95kgs; his body measurements are currently unknown. He has brown hair and (apparently) mesmerizing blue eyes.

Joel Murray Personal Life

Joel Murray is a father of four children, a daughter Annie and three sons Gus, Louie, and Hank,  having been married to Eliza Coyle since 1989. Together with his brothers, Joel runs a restaurant called “Caddyshack”, named after the popular film in which the Murray brothers appeared together.

They also run their new clothing line called “William Murray Golf”. His free time Joel spends writing, playing golf, and is also a basketball, volleyball and baseball coach to his sons.
The Murray family resides in Cheviot Hills, California USA.

Joel Murray News and Influence

When he is not on the screen, Joel is focused on work with improv comedy groups, and you can now see him in the improv “Whose Live Anyway?”, a stage production of the popular show of the same known.

Although he isn’t as popular as his older brother Bill, Joel has influenced actors and people from all vocations, which proves his popularity on his official Instagram page, with over 8,600 followers.

General Info

Full NameJoel Murray
Date Of BirthApril 17, 1963
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Voice Actor, Businessperson, Television Director


SpouseEliza Coyle
ChildrenLouie Murray, Annie Murray, Hank Murray, Gus Murray
ParentsEdward J. Murray II, Lucille Murray
SiblingsBill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, John Murray, Nancy Murray, Edward Murray III, Andy Murray, Laura Murray, Peggy Murray


MoviesGod Bless America, Monsters University, One Crazy Summer, Bloodsucking Bastards, Scrooged, The Artist, Hatchet, Shakes the Clown, Lay the Favorite, Mr. Pig, 7 Minutes, Sophie and the Rising Sun, Mending Fences, The Cable Guy, Elvis Stories, Party Central, Only You, Lamb, Killing Reagan, The Listing ...
TV ShowsStill Standing, 3 South, Dharma & Greg, Baby Blues, Pacific Station, Grand, Love & War, The Sweet Spot

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1He is of Irish descent.
2Ex-brother-in-law of Mickey Kelley and Jennifer Butler.
3Uncle of Homer Murray and Luke Murray.
4Brother-in-law of Christina Stauffer.
5Has 4 children with Eliza Coyle: Hank, Gus, Louie and Annie.
6He uses his free time writing, playing golf and coaches his sons in baseball and basketball.
7Has a restaurant with his brothers named "Caddyshack".
8Brother of Bill Murray, John Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray




The Last Word2017completedJoe Mueller
The Vase2015/IShort completedTim
Killing Reagan2016TV MovieEdwin Meese
Ghostbusters2016Security Guard (uncredited)
Hidden America with Jonah Ray2016TV SeriesPete
Sr. Pig2016Gringo
Future You2016TV SeriesDad
Sophie and the Rising Sun2016Sheriff Cooper
Mike & Molly2015-2016TV SeriesDr. Jeffries / Dr. Jefferies
The Leftovers2015TV SeriesGeorge Brevity
Open Tables2015Doctor Meeks
Survivor's Remorse2015TV SeriesOfficer Hovany
Bloodsucking Bastards2015Ted
The McCarthys2015TV SeriesRay
7 Minutes2014/IIUncle Pete
The Listing Agent2014ShortNoel Brown
You'll Be Fine2014TV SeriesTed Thompson
Murdered: Soul Suspect2014Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
Mad Men2007-2014TV SeriesFred Rumsen
Party Central2014ShortDon (voice)
D-TEC: Pilot2013TV MovieHank Hewitt
The Trouble Man2013ShortPaul Baird
Disney Infinity2013Video GameDon (voice)
Monsters University2013Don (voice)
Merkin Penal2013ShortCalloway
Jobs2013Computer Professor
Date Night2013/IShortVincent
Two and a Half Men2007-2013TV SeriesNick Petey Doug
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2012TV SeriesAndrew Kane
MotherLover2012TV SeriesBart Maynard
Desperate Housewives2012TV SeriesAlan
CSI: Miami2012TV SeriesGeorge Olsen
Lay the Favorite2012Darren
God Bless America2011Frank
The Artist2011/IPoliceman Fire
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior2011TV SeriesMedical Examiner
Shameless2011TV SeriesEddie Jackson
My Boys2010TV SeriesCrowley
Hatchet II2010Shapiro (uncredited)
Mending Fences2009TV MovieSam Bridgewater
Ghostbusters2009Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
Cold Case2008TV SeriesBobby Kent '08
Criminal Minds2008TV SeriesAttorney General
The Tiffany Problem2008ShortMr. Reynolds
American Body Shop2007TV SeriesBank Manager
Hatchet2006Doug Shapiro
Still Standing2003-2006TV SeriesDanny 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons
See Anthony Run2005ShortMr. Randall
Joan of Arcadia2004TV SeriesBalloon Sculptor God
Nobody Knows Anything!2003Robber #1
Malcolm in the Middle2003TV SeriesLarry
Titletown2003TV Movie
John Doe2002TV SeriesDante Langenhan
Dharma & Greg1997-2002TV SeriesPete Cavanaugh
A Baby Blues Christmas Special2002TV ShortCarl Bitterman (voice)
It's All About You2002Taxi Driver
Baby Blues2000-2002TV SeriesCarl Bitterman / Various Characters
3-South2002TV Series
The Drew Carey Show2001TV SeriesBob
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command2000TV SeriesProfessor Triffid Triffid
The Thin Pink Line1998Bartender
The Nanny1997TV SeriesVal's Date
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters1995-1996TV SeriesOrderly / Bomble / Husband
The Cable Guy1996Basketball Player
Encino Woman1996TV MovieMr. Jones
Mr. & Mrs. Smith1996TV SeriesBob Myers
Partners1995TV SeriesRon Wolfe
Road Warriors1995TV MovieDick Durkee
Love & War1992-1995TV SeriesRay Litvak
Beethoven1994TV SeriesBeethoven
Only You1992/IBert
Blossom1992TV SeriesDoug LeMeure
Pacific Station1991-1992TV SeriesCapt. Ken Epstein
Shakes the Clown1991Milkman
Men Will Be Boys1990TV MovieJerry
Grand1990TV SeriesNorris Weldon
Elvis Stories1989ShortShopping Elvis Paul
Long Gone1987TV MovieBart Polanski
One Crazy Summer1986George Calamari


2 Broke Girls2016TV Series 1 episode
Mike & Molly2015TV Series 1 episode
Last Man Standing2014TV Series 1 episode
Funny or Die Presents...2010-2011TV Series 3 episodes
The Bouncer2011Short
The Big Bang Theory2008TV Series 1 episode
The One About the Nun and the Priest2006Short
Still Standing2005-2006TV Series 3 episodes
The Sweet Spot2002TV Series documentary 5 episodes
Dharma & Greg2001-2002TV Series 5 episodes


Proof2012/IShort story / writer
The Sweet Spot2002TV Series documentary writer - 5 episodes


Ballhawks2010Documentary executive producer
The Sweet Spot2002TV Series documentary executive producer - 5 episodes


WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
The Bill Murray Experience2016DocumentaryHimself
Horrified2015TV SeriesHimself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Windy City Memories2008TV MovieHimself
25 Years of Improv Comedy2005Himself
Biography2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Cast Member, Second City
The Sweet Spot2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Delmonic Interviews2002DocumentaryInterviewee
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHimself
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Series
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2014BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmMonsters University (2013)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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