- NAME: George Murphy
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Theater Actor, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: July 04, 1902
- DEATH DATE: May 03, 1992
- EDUCATION: Peddie Institute, The Pawling School, Yale University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New Haven, Connecticut
- PLACE OF DEATH: Palm Beach, Florida
- Full Name: George Lloyd Murphy
- Nickname: Murph
- Nickname: "Hollywood's Ambassador of Goodwill"
- AKA: George Murphy
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Actor George Murphy starred in more than 45 films, including Little Miss Broadway opposite Shirley Temple. In 1964, he was elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate.
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From 1961 to 1964, Murphy held the vice presidency at Technicolor Corporation. In 1964, he was elected as a United States senator, representing California as a Republican. He served a six-year term and attempted to run for re-election in 1970, but lost his seat to Democratic candidate John V. Tunney. Murphy was recovering from a throat cancer operation at the time.
Murphy married for a second time in 1982. He died of leukemia at age 89, at his Palm Beach, Florida, home on May 3, 1992. Murphy was survived by his second wife, as well as two children from his marriage to Juliette Henkel: a son named Dennis and a daughter named Melissa.
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