Brian Doyle-Murray

Doyle-Murray in 2013, photo by s_bukley/

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 31, 1945

Ethnicity: Irish

Brian Doyle-Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is the son of Lucille Mary (Collins) and Edward Joseph Murray II. His brothers are actors Bill Murray, John Murray, and Joel Murray, and his sister, Sister Nancy Murray, is an Adrian Dominican nun, who travels the United States in a one-woman program portraying St. Catherine of Siena.

Both of his parents were of Irish descent. He was raised Catholic.

Brian is married to Christina Stauffer.

Brian’s paternal grandfather was Edward Joseph Murray (the son of Andrew William Murray and Catherine/Katherine “Katie” Holden). Edward was born in Illinois. Andrew was Irish, born in Waterford, the son of William/Holden Murray and Mary. Catherine was born in Ohio, to Irish parents, James/Patrick E. Holden, from County Carlow, and Margaret Kane.

Brian’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Mary Hogan (the daughter of Martin Joseph Hogan II and Mary Burns). Margaret was born in Illinois. Martin was Irish, born in Tiperrary, Fethard, the son of Martin Joseph Hogan and Margaret Wall. Brian’s great-grandmother Mary Burns was born in New York, to Irish parents, Timothy Burns and Bridget Hughes.

Brian’s maternal grandfather was John Baptist Collins (the son of John Joachim Collins and Elizabeth Lawler). Brian’s grandfather John was born in Ohio. Brian’s great-grandfather John was born in Cork, Ireland, the son of Martin Collins and Bridget Brenan. Elizabeth was born in Ohio, to parents of Irish descent, John Lawler and Catherine Donohue.

Brian’s maternal grandmother was Mary Agnes Doyle (the daughter of Thomas J. Doyle and Elizabeth Cooney). Mary Agnes was born in Illinois, to Irish parents. Thomas was from Kerry. Elizabeth was from Cavan.

Sources: Genealogy of Brian Doyle-Murray –

Genealogy of Brian Doyle-Murray (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Brian’s father –

Marriage record of Brian’s paternal great-grandparents, Andrew William Murray and Catherine/Katherine “Katie” Holden –

Brian’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Brian’s maternal grandmother, Mary Agnes (Doyle) Collins –


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