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Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. The 19-year-old Murphy received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly holding off an entire company of Germans for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.Murphy was born into a large sharecropper family in Hunt County, Texas. His father abandoned them, and his mother died when he was a teenager. Murphy left school in fifth grade to pick cotton and find other work to help support his family; his skill with a hunting rifle was a necessity for putting food on the table. Murphy's older sister helped him to falsify documentation about his birth date to meet the minimum-age requirement for enlisting in the military, and after being turned down by the Navy and the Marine Corps he enlisted in the Army. He first saw action in the Allied invasion of Sicily and Anzio, and in 1944 was part of the liberation of Rome and invasion of southern France. Murphy fought at Montélimar, and led his men on a successful assault at the L'Omet quarry near Cleurie in northeastern France in October of that year.After the war Murphy enjoyed a 21-year acting career. He played himself in the 1955 autobiographical To Hell and Back based on his 1949 memoirs of the same name, but most of his films were westerns. He made guest appearances on celebrity television shows and starred in the series Whispering Smith. Murphy was a fairly accomplished songwriter, and bred quarter horses in California and Arizona, becoming a regular participant in horse racing.Suffering what would today be termed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), he slept with a loaded handgun under his pillow and looked for solace in addictive sleeping pills. In the last few years of his life he was plagued by money problems, but refused offers to appear in alcohol and cigarette commercials because he did not want to set a bad example. Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971 shortly before his 46th birthday, and was interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Full NameAudie Murphy
Net Worth$500,000
Date Of BirthJune 20, 1924
DiedMay 28, 1971, Catawba, Virginia, United States
Death Causeplane crash
Place Of BirthKingston, Texas, USA
Height1.65 m
ProfessionActor, Soldier, Songwriter
SpousePamela Archer, Wanda Hendrix
ChildrenTerrance Michael Murphy, James Shannon Murphy
ParentsJosie Bell Killian, Emmett Berry Murphy
SiblingsEugene Porter Murphy, Richard Houston Murphy, Joseph Preston Murphy, Ariel June Murphy, Vernon Murphy, J.W. Murphy, Charles Emmett "Buck" Murphy, Oneta Murphy, Verda Nadine Murphy, Willie Beatrice Murphy, Elizabeth Corrine Murphy
NicknamesAudie L. Murphy, Audie Leon Murphy, Audie Murphy, Murphy, Audie Leon
AwardsMedal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Croix de Guerre
MoviesTo Hell and Back, Ride Clear of Diablo, The Guns of Fort Petticoat, Gunsmoke, Tumbleweed, Arizona Raiders, The Unforgiven, Destry, The Wild and the Innocent, No Name on the Bullet, The Cimarron Kid, Walk the Proud Land, Night Passage, The Duel at Silver Creek, Ride a Crooked Trail, Drums Across the ...
TV ShowsWhispering Smith
Star SignGemini
1Cold intimidating stare renowned for its ability to make even the toughest opponents back down
2His slow soft-spoken Texan drawl
To Hell and Back (1955)$400,000
1Hell, I don't think anyone has any friends in the industry. When you're hot, everyone wants a piece of you. When word gets around you're washed up, no one will touch you with a 10-foot pole. They're afraid you'll ask them for a job. Or a loan. Or maybe repayment of an old debt.
2After turning down an offer to do a beer commercial: How would it look: 'War Hero Drinks Booze'? I couldn't do that to kids."
3I's strong. I'm too tough for this town [Hollywood]. I won't let it break my heart. I won't let it break me. I'll fight it to the finish. I just wish it was a fight I knew how to fight.
4[on turning 40] I guess my face is still the same, and so is the dialogue. Only the horses were changed.
5[Bill Mauldin about Murphy] In him, we all recognized the straight, raw stuff, uncut and fiery as the day it left the still. Nobody wanted to be in his shoes, but nobody wanted to be unlike him, either.
6[of his role as himself in To Hell and Back (1955)] I don't think I'm the type. Maybe Tony Curtis would do.
7[on his acting career] I'm working under a great handicap . . . no talent.
8[fellow US Army officer about Murphy] Don't let that baby face fool you, that's the toughest soldier in the Third Division.
9I never liked being called the "most decorated" soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did--guys who were killed.
10[1956] I can't ever remember being young in my life.
1Audie Murphy and James Arness both served in the 3rd Infantry Division during World War II. Murphy was in the 15th Infantry Regiment and Arness was in the 7th Infantry Regiment. Both regiments took part in the landings in Sicily and Anzio while part of the 3rd Division. Arness was wounded at Anzio and shipped back to the states.
2A non-smoker who rarely drank alcohol, he turned down large offers of money to advertise cigarettes and spirits.
3Disliked the name "Audie" when he was a kid and usually went by his middle name, Leon. In the Army, he discovered that "Leon" was considered synonymous with rednecks, and spent the rest of his life going by "Audie" or "Murph.".
4His friends in Hollywood were mostly character actors and film crew members (cameramen, makeup artists, horse wranglers, stunt people both male and female), and he was often protective of them, and tried to help them succeed in their careers. There is also a story of him staying with a wealthy friend in Dallas, and blowing off a party full of wealthy people to go hang out with the African-American kitchen staff and compliment them on their cooking.
5Pulp western novelist J.T. Edson created a character named Dusty Fog based on Murphy, and a thinly disguised version of Murphy appears in one of Stephen Hunter's novels. Fredrick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds is sort of a Mirror Universe Nazi analogue to Murphy. Robert Stack cited Murphy as a partial inspiration for his take on Elliot Ness in The Untouchables. The author of First Blood cited Murphy as a partial inspiration for John Rambo, although even in his more troubled moments, Murphy was a lot more functional than Rambo. An expy of Murphy also shows up, along with expies of other influential gunfighters, as part of a Badass Crew Earl Swagger recruits in Stephen Hunter's ''Pale Horse Coming''.
6Murphy reputedly once frightened a drunken, misbehaving Lawrence Tierney, one of the more notorious brawlers in Hollywood, into leaving a party without raising his voice or physically harming Tierney.
7Has a military hospital named after him: The Audie L. Murphy Veteran's Hospital in San Antonio, TX.
8Medal of Honor Citation: 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.
9Charles Drake became a good friend offstage with Audie Murphy and was cast as a top supporting player in many of his westerns and war pictures.
10Supported the Democratic Party.
11He was a life member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA).
12Received most of his decorations before he had turned 20.
13Although commonly referred to as Sgt. Audie Murphy, he was given a battlefield commission and was promoted to 2nd Lt. prior to receiving his Medal of Honor.
14First wife Wanda Hendrix claimed he had horrible nightmares and slept with a gun under his pillow.
15Son, Terry, born April 14, 1952. Son James ("Skipper") born March 24, 1954.
16His ex-wife attended his memorial service.
17Just before his death, Murphy was offered the part of the villain in the original Dirty Harry (1971).
18He was born in Kingston, TX, and grew up in Celeste. He went to school in Celeste until 8th grade, when he dropped out to help support his family.
19Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars (#55) in film history in 1995.
20Fan club contact: The Audie Murphy National Fan Club, 8313 Snug Hill Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854-4057. Annual fee $14.00.
21June 20, 1996 was proclaimed Audie Murphy Day by the Greenville Area Postal Customer Advisory Council in Greenville, Texas. U.S. Highway 69 North, from North Greenville city limits to Fannin County line was renamed The Audie Murphy Memorial Highway. Audie Murphy was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame this year in Oklahoma.
22Audie Murphy Research Foundation established by Murphy family, for collection, preservation and distribution of historical information about AM. Location: 18008 Saratoga Way, Suite 516, Santa Clarita, CA 91351 Fax 805-251-8432.
23At Arlington Cemetery, the tombstones of Medal of Honor recipients are normally decorated in gold leaf, but Murphy requested that his tombstone remain plain and inconspicuous.
24Most decorated US soldier of WWII. Among his 27 US decorations was the Medal of Honor, the US's highest award for military conduct "above and beyond the call of duty," plus 5 decorations awarded by France and Belgium.


A Time for Dying1969Jesse James
The Texican1966Jess Carlin
Gunpoint1966Chad Lucas
40 Guns to Apache Pass1966Captain Coburn
Arizona Raiders1965Clint
Einer spielt falsch1965Mike Merrick
Apache Rifles1964Jeff Stanton
Bullet for a Badman1964Logan Keliher
The Quick Gun1964Clint Cooper
Gunfight at Comanche Creek1963Bob Gifford aka Judd Tanner
Showdown1963Chris Foster
Six Black Horses1962Ben Lane
Whispering Smith1961TV SeriesTom 'Whispering' Smith
War Is Hell1961Narrator
Battle at Bloody Beach1961Craig Benson
Posse from Hell1961Banner Cole
Seven Ways from Sundown1960Seven Jones
The Unforgiven1960Cash Zachary
Hell Bent for Leather1960Clay
Startime1960TV SeriesHoward Wilton
Cast a Long Shadow1959Matt Brown
The Wild and the Innocent1959Yancy
No Name on the Bullet1959John Gant
The Gun Runners1958Sam Martin
Ride a Crooked Trail1958Joe Maybe
Rock 'Em Cowboy1958ShortAudie Murphy
General Electric Theater1958TV SeriesTennessee
The Quiet American1958The American
Suspicion1957TV SeriesSteve Gordon
Night Passage1957The Utica Kid
Joe Butterfly1957Pvt. Joe Woodley
The Guns of Fort Petticoat1957Lt. Frank Hewitt
Walk the Proud Land1956John Philip Clum
World in My Corner1956Tommy Shea
To Hell and Back1955Audie Murphy
Destry1954Tom Destry
Drums Across the River1954Gary Brannon
Ride Clear of Diablo1954Clay O'Mara
Tumbleweed1953Jim Harvey
Column South1953Lt. Jed Sayre
Gunsmoke1953Reb Kittredge
The Duel at Silver Creek1952Luke Cromwell - The Silver Kid
Lux Video Theatre1952TV SeriesExtra
The Cimarron Kid1952Bill Doolin The Cimarron Kid
The Red Badge of Courage1951Henry Fleming - the Youth
Kansas Raiders1950Jesse James
Sierra1950Ring Hassard
The Kid from Texas1950William Bonney ('Billy the Kid')
Bad Boy1949Danny Lester
Beyond Glory1948Cadet Thomas
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven1948Copy Boy


A Time for Dying1969producer
The Guns of Fort Petticoat1957producer - uncredited


To Hell and Back1955autobiography "To Hell And Back"


Shindig!1965TV Series writer - 1 episode


Travelin' Light1971DocumentaryHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Audie Murphy in Nuremberg1961Documentary shortHimself
The Big Picture1960TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1955TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Allen in Movieland1955TV MovieHimself
Medal of Honor1955Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentaryBill Doolin
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryHenry Fleming (the Youth)
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary

Won Awards

1985Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1601 Vine Street.

Nominated Awards

1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Action PerformanceRide a Crooked Trail (1958)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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