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Jan Murray (Murray Janofsky)

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
First and foremost a stand-up comedian, this top banana of the "borscht belt" circuit (at age 19) relied on amiable Jewish ethnic humor for longtime career sustenance. He also relied on his multi-talented gifts as an actor, master of ceremonies, game show host and raconteur.

Handsome, Bronx-born, gravel-toned Jan Murray was born in 1917 as Murray Janowsky and received his very first booking in 1933 at the Bronx Operahouse. He honed his craft as a tummler and developed a name for himself in the Catskill Mountains while also entertaining WWII USO troupes. Read more...

Actor

Character: Murray Foster

The Busy Body 1967

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Character: Pete Madsen

Thunder Alley 1967

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Character: Rudolph Koffman / Hans Leitel

A Man Called Dagger 1968

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Character: Nothing Vendor - The French Revolution

History of the World: Part I 1981

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Character: Himself

The Tonight Show 1962

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Character: Himself - Comedian

Texaco Star Theatre 1948

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Character: Simon Sweet

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964

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Character: Himself

The Dean Martin Show 1965

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Character: Himself

The Defenders 1961

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Character: Himself

The Garry Moore Show 1958

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Character: Himself

You Don't Say 1963

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Character: Kenny Hallerton

Dr. Kildare 1961

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Character: Himself

The Kraft Music Hall 1967

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Character: Johnny Booth

Legmen 1984

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Character: Leo Dikeman

Hardcastle and McCormick 1983

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Character: Cletis Madden

Zane Grey Theater 1956

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