Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$400,000
Date Of BirthMay 1, 1976
DiedJune 18, 1794, Battle, United Kingdom, June 18, 1794, Battle, United Kingdom
FactBrother-in-law of John Parish.


Who is James Murray?

James “Murr” Murray was born on 1 May 1976, in Staten Island, New York, USA. He is a comedian, actor, and reality television personality, best known for being member of the improvisational troupe called The Tenderloins, and one of the stars of the hidden camera game show called “Impractical Jokers”.

The Wealth of James Murray

James Murray has a net worth estimated to be over $5 million, earned thanks to the success of The Tenderloins and their work in “Impractical Jokers”. Aside from the show, he’s also done a few other acting gigs.

The Tenderloins, Education, and Career Beginnings

James became interested in comedy at a young age, particularly improvisation. However, he never really developed his skills and interest in it until he met his future Tenderloin friends at Monsignor High School. All of them were natives of Staten Island or nearby areas, and the four grew close as they had a shared love for comedy. Initially, they wanted to be a part of the improv club to meet girls, but developed their love for performance because of it. They chose the name The Tenderloins because it felt like an embarrassing word to say in public.

After matriculating from high school, the four friends went their separate ways. James enrolled at Georgetown University to complete his bachelor’s degree, after which he began working on the Staten Island Ferry. There he met and reconnected with one of his Tenderloin friends, Salvatore Vulcano. The friends reunited and began practicing together, officially starting the group’s professional endeavors in 1999, doing comedy sketches and improv. They were initially five members, but Gideon Horowitz left the group for personal reasons.

James Murray

Rise to Fame and Impractical Jokers

The group was having a bit of success working a few tours around the country, as well as some international performances. After years of live shows, the group decided to explore filmed comedy sketches, which led them to meet Brian Quinn who would replace Mike Boccio. They posted their sketches on various websites such as MySpace and YouTube, which led to a small following.

In 2007, they joined the NBC competition “It’s Your Show”, submitting a sketch called “Time Thugs” which was successful, winning them a $100,000 grand prize.

Wanting to build more out of that success, they started developing a script for a pilot television show, based on their lives. They promoted the pilot to Spike TV, but it was not picked up, so they worked on another pilot which was showcased at the 2009 New York Television Festival.

In 2011, they finally made their breakthrough on television in a truTV program called “Impractical Jokers”. The show pits them against one another as they do a series of dares, with the person with the most negative votes from the troupe then doing a punishment, or else be kicked off the show.

The dares and the punishment usually have one of the cast members do something embarrassing while in public. Murr currently holds the second most punishments at 61.

Success and Other Projects

“Impractical Jokers” proved to be a success for all group members, as they earned a lot of income and fame thanks to their work. The show has been airing for more than eight seasons with no sign of stopping any time soon, with positive ratings including from high profile publications such as “The New York Times” and “New York Post”. It’s proved to be an international hit too, leading to the creation of many international versions.

Aside from the television program, the four are planning to create a feature-length film called the “Impractical Jokers Movie”, in association with TruTV. They’ve also recently been cast to star in a new program called “Misery Index”, which is created by Andy Breckman who is known for his work on “Monk”. They also host a podcast called “The Tenderloins Podcast”, and had a limited run on radio, specifically for SiriusXM Radio called “The Tenderloins Radio Show”. When not working on all the aforementioned projects, The Tenderloins continue to tour regularly.

Huge thanks to our amazing fans in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan for coming out to support us this weekend!

Posted by James Murray on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Personal Life

During one of Murr’s punishments, he was legally married to Sal Vulcano’s sister Jenna, filmed during “Impractical Jokers” in 2014. The punishment also doubled as a practical joke to be played on Sal. After 24 hours, the marriage was annulled. For many years afterwards, rumors started spreading that Murr was gay due to the lack of any romantic partners seen in public, past the episode with Jenna. He has also done a lot of practical jokes with The Tenderloins which implied or jokingly admitted that he was gay.

The opposite is true, however, as it is known that he has been traveling with The Tenderloins alongside a long-term female partner; it’s not known if they are married. The couple were also photographed with three children which have led many to assume is his or their family. He has never spoken openly about his relationship, or his life away from work.

General Info

Full NameJames Murray
Net Worth$400,000
Date Of BirthMay 1, 1976
DiedJune 18, 1794, Battle, United Kingdom, June 18, 1794, Battle, United Kingdom
Height1.85 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Comedian, Film producer, Film director, Writer, Actor, Film Editor, Television Director, Actor, Comedian, Film producer, Writer, Film director, Film Editor, Television Director, Television producer
EducationGeorgetown University, Monsignor Farrell High School, Georgetown University, Monsignor Farrell High School
NationalityAmerican, American

Family

ChildrenElla-Jayne Murray, Nell Murray

Accomplishments

Music GroupsQuicksilver Messenger Service
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for...
MoviesIt's Alive, Under the Greenwood Tree, Nailing Vienna
TV ShowsCHAOS, Cutting It, North Square, Other People's Children, Impractical Jokers

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1Father, with Sarah Parish, of daughter Nell, born in November 2009.
2Brother-in-law of John Parish.
3Daughter, Ella-Jayne Murray, was born five weeks prematurely in May, 2008, but died the following January.
4Great-grandfather Richard Hollins Murray invented the reflecting lens in 1927.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Him2016TV Mini-SeriesEdward
Medici: Masters of Florence2016TV SeriesDodge Foscari
Suspects2016TV SeriesDCI Daniel Drummond
Defiance2014-2015TV SeriesMayor Niles Pottinger
Cucumber2015TV SeriesDaniel Coltrane
Banana2015TV Series
Midsomer Murders2013TV SeriesOllie Tabori
Death in Paradise2013TV SeriesRonnie Stuart
New Tricks2012TV SeriesLuke Oswald
Beautiful People2012TV MovieGregory
Being Human2012TV SeriesCouncilman #1
Chaos2011TV SeriesBilly Collins
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire2009TV SeriesRalph Longshaft
It's Alive2008Frank Davis
Primeval2007-2008TV SeriesStephen Hart
Air Emergency2006TV Series documentarySteward
Agatha Christie's Marple2006TV SeriesCharles Burnaby
Under the Greenwood Tree2005TV MovieDick Dewy
Cutting It2004-2005TV SeriesLiam Carney
Ne vse koshki sery2004Alex
Keen Eddie2003TV SeriesColin Kinney
20 Things to Do Before You're 302003TV SeriesGlen
Sons & Lovers2003TV MovieWilliam Morel
Nailing Vienna2002Peter
Always and Everyone2002TV SeriesDr. Danny Barton
Clocking Off2002TV SeriesMark Talbot
Phoenix Blue2001Rick
Monarch of the Glen2001TV SeriesJeff Ramsden
North Square2000TV SeriesJohnny Boy
Other People's Children2000TV SeriesLucas
Kevin & Perry Go Large2000Candice's Adonis
Peak Practice2000TV SeriesMarcus Johnson
All the King's Men1999TV MoviePrivate Will Needham
Roger Roger1999TV SeriesJason the gardener
Coronation Street1998TV SeriesSandy Hunter
Doctor Finlay1995TV SeriesGordon
Shoestring1979TV SeriesCharlie

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Loose Women2016TV SeriesHimself
Tofu2015TV Series documentary shortHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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