BIOGRAPHY


Chris was born and raised along the Atlantic coast of Rhode Island. He attended the University of RI, moved on to the University of NH and later did graduate work at Penn State. He received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and one in Speech and Drama. At Penn State he received a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and set out to pursue of a professional career in show business.

After school was finished, Chris moved with his wife, Anne, and infant daughter, Julia to Louisville, KY where he was a founding member of Jon Jory's Actors Theatre of Louisville. He spent three years there as a resident actor with the company playing roles as varied as Puck in Midsummer's Night Dream and Geoffrey in Lion in Winter to Dude in Tobacco Road and Fancourt Babberly in Charley's Aunt. Actors Theatre also provided an opportunity for Chris to develop his interest in directing. He directed main stage productions such as Dracula, The Killing of Sister George, and Dear Liar which he repeated at the famed Cincinnati's Playhouse in The Park (he returned to Louisville several years later to direct a production of Alan Ackbourne's farce, Relatively Speaking which he also directed in New York City).

During his last season in Residence at Louisville, Chris played the role of second banana to Scapin in the world premier of Tricks. The musical, based on Moliere's Les Foibles de Scapin, went on to preview in Washington, DC and Detroit, Michigan before opening at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon) on The Great White Way in NYC. Here, Chris reprised his role as the sidekick to Rene Auberjonois as Scapin. Although the show enjoyed only a short run, Chris was honored with the Clarence Derwent Award given annually to the Best Newcomer to Broadway.

Once based in NYC, Chris appeared off Broadway in a variety of productions and on Broadway in Mack and Mabel with Robert Preston. He continued to direct as well and he began to explore the commercial advertising side of the business. These years marked his introduction into television and movies and piqued his interest in the West Coast.

In the spring of 1977, Chris moved his family (which now included baby Caitlin and the best dirty dog in the world) to Los Angeles. He worked on a sitcom, acted in dramatic roles and went on location to England to play a starring role in Thames Television's production, The One and Only Phyllis Dixey.

Since returning to the east coast, the Murney crew, which now includes son, Patrick, divides their time between NYC and bucolic Upstate NY. Chris' career radiates in many directions. He played comic "bad guys " in the cult classics, Barry Gordy's The Last Dragon and Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive. He has worked with the Coen Brothers in Barton Fink and was noted for his work in Last Exit to Brooklyn. He portrayed Mackie Bloom in American Movie Classic's award winning series, Remember WENN.

A few years ago he began doing promotional image spots for PBS and then HBO, Cinemax, ESPN, and CBS. He has since established himself in the Voice Over business with a variety of campaigns and characters. His unique voice over pursuits keep Chris in the thick of the New York scene. He can be Chester the Cheetah, a cartoon voice, in the morning and seriously sell medicine in the afternoon while pitching an upcoming sporting event in between. He continues to do television, movies and stage work, both comic and serious.

He is a proud father who often gets to work with the next generation; Julia, an actress whos success includes everything from Broadway to Voiceovers, Caitlin, a film producer, and Patrick, who is bringing up the rear and closing fast, studying Drama at Syracuse University.

He has received several distinctions for his work including a London International Advertising award, the Hollywood Radio and Television International Broadcasting award, Screen Actors Guild nomination for ensemble work in Remember WENN, among others.