MURPHY, George Lloyd (1902-1992)
Senate Years of Service: 1965-1971

MURPHY, GEORGE LLOYD, a Senator from California; born in New Haven, Conn., July 4, 1902; educated at Peddie Institute in Hightstown, N.J., and the Pawling School of New York; attended Yale University; engaged as an actor in New York in 1926 and appeared thereafter in four Broadway shows; moved to Hollywood, Calif., in 1935 and made forty-five motion pictures; organized entertainment personnel for the Armed Forces during the Second World War; twice elected president of the Screen Actors Guild and served on the board of directors for fifteen years; vice president, Desilu Studios 1958-1961, Technicolor Corp. 1961-1964; director of entertainment for presidential inaugurations in 1952, 1956, 1960; chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of California 1953-1954; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 3, 1964, for the six year term commencing January 3, 1965; subsequently appointed January 1, 1965, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Pierre Salinger for the term ending January 3, 1965, and served from January 1, 1965, to January 3, 1971; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970; was a resident of Palm Beach, Fla., until his death due to leukemia on May 3, 1992; remains were cremated.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 1 audiotape (1970) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: Letters and photographs in several collections.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Prohibition Party National Committee records, 1872, 1888-1972. Finding aid.

  • Murphy, George, with Victor Lasky. "Say . . . Didn't You Used to be George Murphy?'' New York: Barthelomew House, 1970.
  • Ross, Steven J. Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.