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Sam McMurray (born April 15, 1952) is an American television, film and voice actor.

He portrays Frank Cooper in the ABC Family series, The Fosters.

Early Life

McMurray was born in New York City, the son of Jane (née Hoffman) and Richard McMurray, both actors. Lesley Woods was his stepmother. McMurray is Jewish on his mother's side of the family and Irish on his father's side of the family. A popular misconception is that Sam's family includes fellow actor Fred MacMurray; the two are not related.


Among McMurray's film credits are Raising Arizona, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Drop Dead Gorgeous, L.A. Story, The Wizard as Jimmy's step-father Mr. Bateman, and C.H.U.D.. On television he was a featured player on The Tracey Ullman Show, played a recurring role as Chandler's boss on Friends, appeared in The King of Queens as Doug and Deacon's boss and also appeared in Disney's Recess, Freaks and Geeks, Home Improvement, The Sopranos, The Tick and Breaking Bad. McMurray gained much international recognition among gamers for his role as the voice of 'BBC Newscaster/American Newscaster' in the expansion for Command & Conquer: Generals. He also appeared in the 2011 TV film A Holiday Engagement.



Film Appearances

Film Work

  • Slappy and the Stinkers, Coproducer, TriStar, 1998

Television Appearances




  • Hands of a Stranger, CBS, 1987


  • Not Necessarily the News, HBO, 1982
  • Hope Division, ABC, 1987
  • Chaos Theory, NBC, 1999
  • Those Who Can, NBC, 2000
  • Dads, ABC.


  • Tracey Ullman Backstage, 1988
  • The Best of the Tracey Ullman Show, 1990
  • Teenage Confidential, ABC, 1996


Stage Appearances

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor, Delacorte Theatre, Joseph Papp PublicTheater/New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1974
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Lonnie, The Taking of Miss Janie, New York Shakespeare Festival, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 1975
  • Otis Fitzhugh, Ballymurphy, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City,1976
  • Bobby Wheeler, Clarence, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Doalty, Translations, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1981
  • The Great Magoo, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1982
  • Mick Connor, Comedians, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Man Overboard, Sargent Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Benjamin "Kid Purple" Schwartz, Kid Purple, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, 1984
  • Homesteaders, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1984
  • Phil, "Desperadoes," in Marathon '85, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NewYork City, 1985
  • Mike Connor, The Philadelphia Story, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1985
  • Union Boys, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985
  • L.A. Freewheeling, Hartley House Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Savage in Limbo, O'Neill Theatre Center, New London, CT, 1987, then Cast Theatre, Los Angeles
  • Also appeared as Phil, The Dumping Ground, Ensemble Studio Theatre; and in Welfare, The Store, and Lucky Star, all Ensemble Studio Theatre; A Soldier's Play, New York City; The Connection, New York City.



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