Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy is best known for the very popular television series “Alias Smith & Jones” with the late Pete Duel which ran from 1972 to 1973.    He was born in Arkansas in 1942.   When the series filded, he starred in several other shows.   In 1983 he starred in the very popular TV mini-series “The Winds of War”.   His film career has not been extensive but he was in “The Graduate”, “Your’s Mine and Ours” and “To Protect and Serve”.   Ben Murphy’s website can be accessed here.

“Wikipedia” entry:

Ben Murphy was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Nadine (Steele) and Benjamin E. Castleberry. When his mother remarried in 1956, Ben was adopted by his stepfather, Patrick Henry Murphy.[3] Murphy grew up in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.[1] An alumnus of Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois,[citation needed] he attended eight colleges before deciding to pursue an acting career.

Murphy appeared in a supporting role in The Name of the Game, a series featuring a rotating leading cast including Tony Franciosa,Gene Barry, and Robert Stack. Murphy played a semi regular role as ‘Joseph Sample’ assistant to Robert Stack’s leading character ‘Dan Farrell’ in Stack’s segments of the show. From 1971 to 1973, he starred in Alias Smith and Jones with Pete Duel (1971–72) andRoger Davis (1972–73). After Alias Smith and Jones, Murphy joined Lorne Greene in the 1973 ABC crime drama Griff. He played detective S. Michael “Mike” Murdock, assistant to Greene’s character, Wade “Griff” Griffin, a Los Angeles retired police officer turned private eye. The series had some notable guest stars but folded after thirteen weeks.   In the 1983–84 season, Murphy co-starred with Marshall Colt in the ABC drama series Lottery!. Murphy played Patrick Sean Flaherty, the man who informed lottery winners of their stroke of fortune, and Colt, formerly with James Arness on NBC‘s short-lived crime drama,McClain’s Law, portrayed the Internal Revenue Service agent, Eric Rush, who made sure the winners pay the U.S. government up front.

In 1985, Murphy co-starred as department store heir, Paul Berrenger, on the short-lived drama, Berrenger’s. His character was at odds with his former wife, Gloria (Andrea Marcovicci) and his own father, Simon (Sam Wanamaker) due to his romance with executive, Shane Bradley (Yvette Mimieux).   Murphy starred in his own series Gemini Man, in which he played a secret agent who could become invisible for 15 minutes a day through the use of a special wristwatch. However, the show did not run beyond a single season. Murphy has since appeared in guest-starring parts, including having been a murder suspect in CBS‘s Cold Case.

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