Fred Macmurray Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

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Mar 01, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
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About Fred Macmurray

On August 30, 1908, Fred Macmurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois.
He was an American actor and singer who starred in a number of popular films throughout his career. Some of his most famous roles include those in 'My Three Sons' and ‘The Apartment.’
Macmurray was known for his distinctive voice and good looks. We will take a closer look at Fred Macmurray's life and career. We will also discuss his net worth and other interesting facts about him!

Fred Macmurray Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What was Fred Macmurray’s net worth?

Fred Macmurray had a net worth of a ravishing $150 million.

How much did Fred Macmurray earn per year?

Fred's annual income was $420,000.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall was Fred Macmurray?

Fred's height was 6 ft 2.75 in (190 cm).

How old was Fred Macmurray?

Fred MacMurray, a lifetime heavy smoker, was diagnosed with throat cancer in the late '70s, and it recurred in 1987. In December 1988, he suffered a severe stroke that left him immobile on his right side and damaged his speech. He recovered 90% with therapy.
On November 5, 1991, in Santa Monica, California, MacMurray passed away due to pneumonia, at the age of 83 after battling Leukemia for more than a decade.

Childhood And Education

Frederick Martin MacMurray was born on August 30, 1908 in Kankakee, Illinois. His family moved to Madison, Wisconsin when MacMurray was a baby, where his father taught piano.
On a full scholarship, MacMurray attended Quincy High School in Quincy, Illinois before attending Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
He was a saxophonist in several local bands. Fred Macmurray did not complete his college education.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Fred Macmurray's family?

Fred Macmurray was the son of Maleta (née Martin) and concert violinist and lead vocalist, Frederick Talmadge MacMurray. Fay Holderness, his aunt, was a vaudeville performer and actress.

Who was Fred Macmurray’s partner?

Fred MacMurray married twice in his lifetime.  On June 20, 1936, he married Lillian Lamont, and they had two children, Susan (born in 1940) and Robert (born in 1946). Lamont married June Haver the following year after she died of cancer on June 22, 1953.
Katherine and Laurie, twins born in 1956, were the couple's two adoptive children.
Up until Fred's death, MacMurray and Haver were married for 37 years.

Career And Professional Highlights

In 1930, Fred MacMurray recorded 'All I Want Is Just One Girl' on the Victor label with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra, as well as 'I'm In The Market For You' and 'After a Million Dreams' with George Olsen.
Before joining Paramount Pictures in 1934, the actor appeared on Broadway in 'Three's Company' (1930–31) and in 'Roberta' (1933–34) with Sydney Greenstreet and Bob Hope.
Fred MacMurray began his career as a clarinetist and tenor saxophonist with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra (1930–31). Beginning with 'The Gilded Lily,' the actor collaborated with cinema directors Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges, as well as performers Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich, and Claudette Colbert in seven films.
Fred Macmurray featured in 'Alice Adams' with Katharine Hepburn, 'Above Suspicion' with Joan Crawford, 'Hands Across The Table,' 'The Princess Comes Across,' 'Swing High,' 'Swing Low,' and 'True Confession' with Carole Lombard.

Best Known For…

Fred MacMurray became one of the highest-paid actors of the era, starring in light comedies as a decent, intellectual character ('The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine), as well as melodramas and musicals.
Despite being stereotyped as a 'good guy,' MacMurray stated that his best roles came when he was cast against the type, such as in Billy Wilder and Edward Dmytryk's films.
Walter Neff, an insurance salesman who schemes with a greedy widow to murder her husband in the film noir classic 'Double Indemnity,' is perhaps his best known 'bad guy' performance.
He co-starred alongside George Montgomery and John Smith in the first episode of NBC's 'Cimarron City' Western series in 1958.
MacMurray's career took off the following year when he was featured as the father in the Disney picture ‘The Shaggy Dog.’
He starred in 'My Three Sons,' a long-running, highly acclaimed TV series from 1960 until 1972.
After his final picture, 'The Swarm', MacMurray starred in a Greyhound Lines bus commercial in 1979. He appeared in a series of commercials for the Korean chisenbop arithmetic calculation program around the end of the decade.

Charity Work

The Fred and June MacMurray Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that gives grants and other support to Catholic institutions, churches, and education and human services groups. It was founded in 2009 by the actors Fred and June MacMurray.

What awards did Fred Macmurray win?

Fred MacMurray was nominated for a Golden Globe award for 'Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy' for 'The Absent-Minded Professor. '

Fred Macmurray’s Hobbies And Interests

His favorite leisure activity was golf.

Other Interesting Fred Macmurray Facts And Trivia

  • The actor was the first person acknowledged as a Disney Legend in 1987.
  • In 1939, illustrator C. C. Beck used Fred MacMurray as the inspiration for Captain Marvel, a superhero character created by Fawcett Comics.
  • He was an expert leather craftsman.
  • Fred Macmurray was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and the fourth-highest-paid person in the country in 1943, with an annual income of $420,000. 
  • The actor's zodiac sign was a Virgo (as he was born in August).

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Fred Macmurray Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Frederick Martin Macmurray

Date of Birth

1908-08-30

Date of Death

1991-11-05

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Kankakee

Height

190 cm

Eye Color

Blue

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Actor

Net Worth

150000000

Partner

June Haver

Parents

Maleta and Frederick Talmadge MacMurray

Annual Earnings

420000
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