Above, Fred MacMurray in publicity photo from 1930's.
Fred MacMurray - American actor; born Frederick Martin MacMurray on August 30, 1908 in Kankakee, Illinois. Before MacMurray was 2 years old, his native Wisconsin parents moved to Madison, Wisconsin where his father worked as a music teacher. The family then relocated within the state to Beaver Dam, where his mother had been born in 1880. He later attended school in Quincy, Illinois, before earning a full scholarship to attend Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. While at Carroll, MacMurray performed in numerous local bands, playing the saxophone.
MacMurray appeared in more than 100 movies and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly five decades. MacMurray is best known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity (1944) directed by Billy Wilder, in which he starred with Barbara Stanwyck. He also appeared in numerous Disney films, including The Shaggy Dog (1959) and The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). A generaton of TV viewers knew MacMurry as Steve Douglas, the widowed patriarch on My Three Sons which ran for 12 seasons between 1960-1972.
In his early career, MacMurray played clarinet and tenor sax with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra (1930-31). He also sang the vocal refrain on the Gus Arnheim record, "All I Want Is Just One" (1930).
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Above: Fred MacMurray and Carol Lombard in Swing High Swing Low (1937).
Above: Fred MacMurray in Blatz Beer advertisement. From Blatz Beer's "I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know" series.
Above: Fred MacMurray was the widower and aeronautical engineer dad, Steven Douglas, who raised three sons in the long-running, hit TV series My Three Sons (380 episodes). The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until the end of its run on April 13, 1972.
In 1930, MacMurray sang the vocal refrain on the Gus Arnheim's Coconut Grove Orchestra record, "All I Want is Just One".