Horace Murphy
Murphy in The Utah Trail (1938)
Born(1880-06-03)June 3, 1880
DiedJanuary 20, 1975(1975-01-20) (aged 94)
Years active1931–1953

Horace Murphy (June 3, 1880 – January 20, 1975) was an American film actor.[1] He appeared in more than 120 films between 1931 and 1953.

Early years

Born in Osceola, Arkansas, Murphy was playing cornet by age 11, and six years later led the band for the Newton Family Wagon Show. The next spring, he became the leader of a 45-piece band for the C.W. Parker Carnival Company. After two years in that position, he left to work in Dr. Rucker's Korak Wonder Medicine Show in order to be able to act in addition to leading the band.[2]


Murphy played Will Kimble, the storekeeper, in Granby's Green Acres, a radio show which was on CBS in the summer of 1950.[3] He also had roles in several radio westerns, including Shorty on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch,[4] Clackity for one season of The Roy Rogers Show,[5] and Buckskin Blodgett on Red Ryder.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Horace Murphy". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2014. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Buckskin Rides Again" (PDF). Radio Life. February 24, 1946. pp. 8, 28. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Schulz, Clair (Spring 2009). "Forgotten Shows to Remember". Nostalgia Digest. 35 (2): 18–22.
  4. ^ "Questions and Answers". The Lincoln Star. December 1, 1940. p. 40. Retrieved July 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ French, Jack; Siegel, David S. (2014). Radio Rides the Range: A Reference Guide to Western Drama on the Air, 1929-1967. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-7864-7146-1. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Harmon, Jim (2001). The Great Radio Heroes, rev. ed. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-7864-0850-4. Retrieved July 10, 2015.