Chad Michael Murray Biography

Chad Michael Murray is a talented American actor and former fashion model. This biography profiles his childhood, life, career & timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: August 24, 1981

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Chad Michael Murray Actors

Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Born in: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Famous as: Actor, Model

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Sophia Bush (m. 2005–2005)

father: Rex Murray

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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awards: 2004 - Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star
2004 - Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star
2005 - Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor
2008 - Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor

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Chad Michael Murray was still in his teens when he started modeling. He then began to focus on an acting career. He started on television doing minor guest roles in serials such as ’Diagnosis: Murder’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’. The actor was cast as Tristan DuGrey in the first two seasons of the comedy ‘Gilmore Girls’. Soon after, he was cast as Lucas Scott, a reserved teenager, in the serial ‘One Tree Hill’; he worked in the serial for 6 seasons. He could relate well with Lucas Scott, for like the character, he too suffered abandonment by his mother while he was young. He also had important roles in a series of commercially successful feature films such as ‘Freaky Friday’, 'A Cinderella Story' and ‘House of Wax’. He received many Teen Choice awards and nomination for ‘One Tree Hill’, 'A Cinderella Story' and ‘House of Wax’. He had by now created a niche for himself as an actor who did teenage roles. He is now seen to be making attempts to shake out of the mold.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Chad Michael Murray was raised by his father, Rex Murray, an air traffic controller, as his mother abandoned him when he was very young. He has three brothers, a half-brother and a half-sister.
  • He went to Clarence High School, New York. He loved football and reading literature. At 18, he broke his nose in a scrap at a Burger King outlet and had to get it fixed.
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  • Chad Michael Murray moved to Hollywood in 1999, and began working as a model for Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci and Skechers. He guest-starred in an episode each of ’Diagnosis: Murder’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’.
  • He was cast in the WB serial, ‘Gilmore Girls’, in 1999. His role as Tristan DuGrey was, at first, a main one, but from the second season onwards, it became a recurring role.
  • He had a supporting role in the 2003 film, ‘Freaky Friday’ which starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. The film was a box office hit, making $160,846,332 worldwide.
  • He starred in the title role in the WB TV movie, ‘The Lone Ranger’, in 2003. The film peeps into the life of Luke Hartman before he became the legendary Lone Ranger.
  • In 2004, he starred in the romantic comedy film, ‘A Cinderella Story’, with Hilary Duff and Jennifer Coolidge. It did well commercially and has a cult following, but was given a thumb down by critics.
  • In 2010, he featured in singer Alicia Keys' music video for the song, ‘Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)’, as her love interest. The video won the Outstanding Music Video at the 42nd NAACP Awards.
  • In, ‘Christmas Cupid’, a television film in 2010, aired as part of ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas programming block, he starred with Christina Milian and Ashley Benson, and was directed by Gil Junger.
  • In 2013, he appeared in ‘Fruitvale Station’, a film narrating the last day of Oscar Grant, as one of the police officers who shot Grant dead at a BART station.
  • The actor had a major role as Cameron Buck Williams in the film, ‘Left Behind’, which released in June 2014. The film was panned by critics.
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Major Works
  • Chad Michael Murray played Lucas Scott, the chief protagonist in the WB TV series, ‘One Tree Hill’, in 2003. The series became very popular and 4.50 million people were glued to its first season finale.
  • His main role of Nick Jones, in the 2005 horror film, ‘House of Wax’, won him accolades. The film, an improvement over other teenage films, did well commercially, earning $70,064,800 internationally.
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  • In 2004, Murray won the Teen Choice Awards’ Breakout Movie Star (Male) for the film, 'A Cinderella Story', and the Choice Breakout TV Star (Male) for the serial, ‘One Tree Hill’.
  • In 2005, nominated in various categories for his roles in ‘House of Wax’, 'A Cinderella Story' and ‘One Tree Hill’, he won the Teen Choice Awards’ Choice Movie Actor category for ‘House of Wax’.
  • In 2008, he won the Teen Choice Awards’ Choice TV Actor: Drama for the serial ‘One Tree Hill’. The awards given annually, based on the votes of teenage viewers, are aired on Fox Network.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Murray married his ‘One Tree Hill’ co-star Sophia Bush in 2004, but the couple divorced a year later. He was engaged to Kenzie Dalton for seven years and called off the engagement in 2013. He is presently seeing actress Nicky Whelan.
  • This actor’s favorite fashion accessory is a hemp necklace given by his father. He is a big fan of the Buffalo Bills and loves J.D. Salinger’s classic book ‘Catcher in the Rye’.
  • This actor thinks the main problem faced by American kids is drugs. He says, “I always want kids to be allowed to have a chance or a shot in life”.

1. Fruitvale Station (2013)

  (Romance, Biography, Drama)

2. A Cinderella Story (2004)

  (Comedy, Romance, Family)

3. To Write Love on Her Arms (2012)

  (Drama, Music, Biography)

4. Freaky Friday (2003)

  (Music, Fantasy, Family, Romance, Comedy)

5. Home of the Brave (2006)

  (War, Action, Drama)

6. House of Wax (2005)


7. Outlaws and Angels (2016)

  (Western, Thriller, Adventure, Action, Drama)

8. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

  (Thriller, Horror, Drama, Mystery)

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