George (Alexander) Murray. Tenor, actor, b Winnipeg 24 Apr 1913, d Comox, BC, 24 Nov 1982. After voice studies with Charles Ross and radio work (eg, on CJRC, CRBC and 1938-9 on the CBC's Woodhouse and Hawkins comedy show) in Winnipeg, he moved to Toronto. While playing Bill Craig there 1939-56 in the popular CBC radio drama 'The Craigs,' he sang for many years on CFRB radio and appeared on CBC radio and TV variety shows, the latter including 'The Big Revue' 1952-4 and 'Juliette'
in 1956. He created Peter Pupkin for the CBC premiere in 1954 of Mavor Moore's The Hero of Mariposa
. Murray was host in 1959 for CBC TV's 'Talent Caravan,' sang in nightclubs, and later took dramatic and musical roles on CBC TV (eg, Squire Western in 1968 for the premiere of the musical Tom Jones
) and at the Charlottetown Festival. An 'Irish tenor,' known for his folksongs and ballads, he made some 78s for RCA in the 1950s. He was married 1954-9 to the singer Shirley Harmer
Links to Other Sites
A biography of singer George Murray from the website for the Canadian Communications Foundation .