Murray Bartlett
Bartlett in August 2008
Born (1971-03-20) 20 March 1971 (age 52)
EducationNational Institute of Dramatic Art (BFA)
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present

Murray Bartlett (born 20 March 1971) is an Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as Dom Basaluzzo in the HBO comedy-drama series Looking (2014–2015), Mouse Tolliver in the Netflix revival of Tales of the City (2019), Armond in the first season of the HBO dark comedy series The White Lotus (2021), Vinnie Green in the Apple TV+ series Physical (2022), Nick De Noia in the Hulu miniseries Welcome to Chippendales (2022), and Frank in the episode "Long, Long Time" of the HBO post-apocalyptic drama series The Last of Us (2023). For his role in The White Lotus, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

Early life

Bartlett was born in Sydney on 20 March 1971.[1] When he was four years old, he moved with his family to Perth.[1] He attended John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle, where he graduated from the drama program in 1988.[2] Upon graduating, he was admitted to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.[3]

Career

Bartlett pursued an acting career in Australia for several years, including a role in the series headLand. In 1993, he played con man Luke Foster in Neighbours. In 2000, he relocated to the U.S. His first big break there came a few years later when he was cast as a guest star in the HBO series Sex and the City.[4] He also played D.K., John Crichton's best friend, in four episodes of the SciFi Channel series Farscape. In 2006, he joined Hugh Jackman in the Australian touring company production of Jackman's Broadway hit The Boy From Oz.

From March 2007 until the show's cancellation in September 2009, Bartlett was a cast member on the CBS daytime soap opera Guiding Light, where he played Cyrus Foley. He starred as Dominic "Dom" Basaluzzo in the HBO comedy-drama series Looking from 2014 to 2015, and then reprised his role in the series finale television film, Looking: The Movie in 2016.[5][6] In 2017, he portrayed a recurring role in the musical drama series Nashville.[7] Bartlett assumed the central role of Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver in the Netflix revival of Tales of the City.[8]

In 2021, Bartlett starred in The White Lotus as Armond, the luxury resort manager and a recovering drug addict who has been "clean" for 5 years.[9] Bartlett got the role through a self tape audition.[10] For his portrayal, Bartlett received nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Independent Spirit Awards and won at the AACTA Awards, Critics' Choice Television Awards, and Primetime Emmy Awards.[11]

In 2023, Bartlett appeared in the HBO post-apocalyptic drama series The Last of Us, portraying Frank in the episode "Long, Long Time". At the time of its airing, the episode received universal acclaim and was widely considered to be the best of the show's first season.[12][13][14][15]

Personal life

Bartlett came out as gay early in his career. When asked about the decision in a 2021 interview, he stated, "I didn't feel like I really had an alternative. I just never felt I could ever be anything but myself."[16] He lives with his partner Matt in Provincetown, Massachusetts.[1]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Sandy Tayler
1999 Half Mongrel Short film
2000 The Three Stooges Trocadera Patron
2001 Muffled Love Short film
2005 Postmortem Troy Short film
2007 Om John Short film
2010 Boys on Film 4: Protect Me from What I Want Troy Direct-to-video
2010 Needle Tony Martin
2011 August Troy
2013 Girl Most Likely James Whitney
2013 Kingston Avenue Le copain de Barbara
2015 Stubborn Murray
2018 Beach House Paul
2020 The Stand In Terry
2024 Ponyboi Bruce
TBA Opus Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Flying Doctors Michael Freeman Episode: "The Unluckiest Boy in Town"
1992 Home and Away Randy Evans Recurring role
1992–1993 A Country Practice Owen Wyatt / Richard Welbourne 3 episodes
1993 Neighbours Luke Foster Recurring role
1995 The Ferals Dr. Bob Ivory Episode: "The Dentist"
1996 G.P. Episode: "Pendulum"
1996 The Beast Christopher Lane TV movie
1997 The Tower Jeremy TV movie
1997 Flipper Episode: "Help me, Rhonda"
1999 Murder Call Gavin Todd Episode: "Dying Day"
1999–2003 Farscape Douglas 'D.K.' Knox 4 episodes
2000 Above the Law Nathan Peters Episode: "Happy Families"
2001 Flat Chat Episode: "The Old Flame"
2002 Sex and the City Oliver Spencer Episode: "All That Glitters"
2002 McLeod's Daughters Simon Birch 3 episodes
2002 The Secret Life of Us Nick 6 episodes
2002 All My Children Julian Sinclair Series regular
2006 Headland James Brogan 5 episodes
2006 All Saints Roy Pickforth Episode: "The Real Thing"
2007 Flight of the Conchords Mark Episode: "Sally Returns"
2007–2009 Guiding Light Cyrus Foley Series regular
2009 White Collar Adrian Tulane Episode: "Free Fall"
2011 Damages Seth Sloan Episode: "I'd Prefer My Old Office"
2014 The Good Wife Logan Episode: "The Deep Web"
2014–2015 Looking Dom Basaluzzo 16 episodes
2016 Limitless Conrad Harris Episode: "Hi, My Name Is Rebecca Harris"
2016 Looking: The Movie Dom Basaluzzo TV movie
2016 Conviction Victor Bonotto Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Nashville Jakob Fine 2 episodes
2017–2018 Iron Fist Dr. Paul Edmonds 3 episodes
2019 Tales of the City Michael "Mouse" Tolliver Main cast
2019 Madam Secretary Australian Prime Minister Chris Lawson Episode: "The Common Defense"
2021 The White Lotus Armond[17] Main cast (season 1)
2022 Physical Vinnie Green 5 episodes
2022 RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Himself Episode 7
2022 The Great North Crocodile Rob (voice) Episode: "A Knife to Remember Adventure"
2022–2023 Welcome to Chippendales Nick De Noia Miniseries; main cast
2023 The Last of Us Frank Episode: "Long, Long Time"[18]
2023 Extrapolations Mr. Turner Episode: "2070: Ecocide"

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations received by Murray Bartlett
Award Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
AACTA International Awards 2022 Best Actor in a Series The White Lotus Won [19]
Critics' Choice Television Awards 2022 Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Won [20]
2023 Welcome to Chippendales Nominated [21]
Dorian Awards 2023 Best Supporting TV Performance – Drama The Last of Us Pending [22]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards 2022 Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series The White Lotus Won [23]
2023 Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Welcome to Chippendales Nominated [24]
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series The Last of Us Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 2022 Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series The White Lotus Nominated [25]
2024 Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series The Last of Us Pending [26]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie The White Lotus Won [27]
2023 Welcome to Chippendales Nominated [28]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series The Last of Us: "Long, Long Time" Nominated
Satellite Awards 2024 Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film The Last of Us Pending [29]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2022 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The White Lotus Nominated [30]

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