Sunday, September 26, 2010

Murray Hamilton

The new look on IMDb is taking some getting used to.  Things are in different places now.  Then, sometimes you get sent back to an old screen.  I guess they are slowly revamping it.

I looked up Jaws (1975) which was the all time highest grossing film, up until E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) took that honor away.  In Jaws, there were a lot on basically unknown Bit Actors.

The mayor of Amity was played by Murray Hamilton (1923 - 1986).  IMDb now breaks out TV roles and film roles, so Hamilton is listed with parts in 40 movies and 107 on TV.  (It says 108, but "Inherit the Wind" is listed twice.)

His film career started in 1944 in Song of the Open Road with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy and W.C. Fields.  You can see him in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Darby's Rangers, No Time for Sergeants and Houseboat in 1958, The Hustler (1961), and his biggest role (in my opinion) in The Graduate in 1967.

He was on TV starting in 1951 and played in just about every great police and detective series.  He also appears in many of the suspense genre shows, plus some westerns.  I think he worked best in dramas, teleplays and TV movies, but you will find him in a comedy or two.

His only regular gig on TV was in 1981 in "B.J. and the Bear."

While some of Hamilton's roles were bigger than others, he has always remained a Bit Actor in my book.  And I think an important one.  His acting in Jaws and The Graduate were right on the money, but don't forget to watch for him in The Hustler where he also had a great part.  The Hustler is always worth seeing again.


  1. Nice profile. I'm not a big fan of the new look of IMDB. I was able to find everything I needed in the old version. Now, the celebrity's photo and profile take up so much space.

  2. I guess we have to give IMDb a chance with the new look. Change for the sake of change isn't so great, but maybe it will have redeeming values. My complaint now is that it isn't consistent with new and old screens showing up.


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