George Murphy

U.S. Senate photo of George Murphy c. late 1960s, U.S. Government

Birth Name: George Lloyd Murphy

Date of Birth: July 4, 1902

Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Death: May 3, 1992

Place of Death: Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish

George Murphy was an American actor, dancer, and politician. A Republican, he served as a U.S. Senator from California, from January 1, 1965 to January 3, 1971. He was also President of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1944 to 1946.

George was the son of Nora B. and Mike Murphy (Michael Charles Murphy), an athletic trainer and coach, including for the Olympics. His father was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents. His mother was also born in Massachusetts, to an Irish father and a Canadian mother, whose own parents were also Irish. George was married to ballroom dancer Juliette “Julie” Henkel-Johnson, until her death, and then to Bette Blandi, until his death. He had two children with Julie.

George’s paternal grandfather was named James D. Murphy.

George’s paternal grandmother was named Mary.

George’s maternal grandfather was named Jeremiah Long (the son of Dennis Long and Catharine).

George’s maternal grandmother was named Jane E. Hartigan (the daughter of John Hartigan and Ellen).

Sources: Genealogy of George Murphy –

George Murphy on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of George’s maternal grandparents, Jeremiah Long and Jane E. Hartigan –


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