James Stephen Murray is an American comedian and actor who came to fame as a founding member of the comedy group named ‘The Tenderloins.’ His group became known for their TV show ‘Impractical Jokers’ on TruTV. The show, which features the members of the troupe doing public pranks, has been well-received by the viewers as well as the critics. As an actor, he has appeared in a few movies such as ‘My Brother the Time Traveler’ (also known as ‘Christmas Time’). The film revolves around two estranged brothers who reconnect at Christmas, but one of them can’t get past the fact that he thinks the other is a time traveler. Murray had a guest role in ‘12 Monkeys,’ a sci-fi mystery drama series that was based on the well-known 1995 film of the same name.
James Murray first came to popularity in 1999, when along with his friends, he formed the comedy troupe, ‘The Tenderloins’, and won the NBC competition show ‘It’s Your Show’. The other members of the troupe include Sal Vulcano, Mike Boccio, and Joe Gatto. Since their formation, they have performed several successful shows.
The group’s most successful show so far is ‘Impractical Jokers,’ which premiered on TrueTV in 2011. The show features the members of the troupe coercing one another to do public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. What differentiates the show from the other prank TV programs is that the members themselves don’t know what pranks they will perform until the last moment. The show has received much popularity and has also been met with positive reviews. It attracted 1.5 million viewers on its premier. This show is aired in many countries and has also been adapted into different versions. It has spawned multiple spin-offs as well. A reality comedy movie, ‘Impractical Jokers Movie,’ is also under production. Despite its popularity worldwide, the show has also earned criticism, with some calling it “childish.”
James Murray has also appeared in a few movies and TV shows. He played a supporting role in the 2017 film ‘My Brother the Time Traveler’ and a guest role in the TV series ‘12 Monkeys’, which was based on the 1995 film of the same name starring Brad Pitt. He also directed the film ‘Damned,’ which was an alternative re-telling of Biblical stories, as narrated by a teenaged Jesus.
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Family & Personal Life
James Stephen Murray was born in Staten Island, New York City, US, on 1st May 1976. He is of British ethnicity. He attended Monsignor Farrell High School and graduated in 1994. He then studied at the Georgetown University from 1994 to 1998.
In 2014, he legally married Jenna Vulcano, the sister of Sal Vulcano, as a practical joke on Sal. The marriage was annulled after just 24 hours. James Murray is homosexual. He is currently believed to be single.