Murray Head born as Murray Seafield Avenue George Head is a singer and actor from England. Murray has featured in several films, including a lead part as Bob Elkin in the Oscar-nominated 1971 picture Sunday Bloody Sunday. He is best known as a musician for his international hit songs “Superstar” (from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar) and “One Night in Bangkok” (from the 1984 musical Chess, which topped the charts in several countries). Since the 1960s, he has been involved in a variety of enterprises and continues to record music, play concerts, and appear on television as himself or as a character actor.
Murray Head Bio
Murray Head was born on March 5, 1946, in London. His parents were Seafield Laurence Stewart Murray Head (20 August 1919 – 22 March 2009) and Helen Shingler (29 August 1919 – 8 October 2019). Murray’s father worked for Verity Films as a documentary filmmaker. Head’s mother co-starred with Rupert Davies as Mme Maigret in the BBC television version of Georges Simenon’s Maigret books in the 1960s. Anthony Head, Head’s younger brother, is also an actor, best known for his role as Rupert Giles in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Murray attended South Kensington’s Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle and Hampton School in Hampton, Middlesex. In the early 1960s, he attended Chiswick Polytechnic (A-level college).
Murray Head Career
Murray has had an amazing journey throughout his career. He began composing songs as a kid and had a recording deal in London by the mid-1960s. He co-hosted the Bristol-based television hit show Now! with Michael Palin for a short time. He had minimal success until he was invited to play Judas Iscariot on the original concept album version of Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber; at the time, he was acting in the West End production of the musical Hair. “Superstar” by the Trinidad Singers peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1971.
Murray made his film debut in The Family Way (1966), alongside Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, and John Mills. Head co-starred with Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson in the Oscar-nominated picture Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). Despite his triumphs, he gained little public notice for the following 10 years (save for his single release, “Say It Ain’t So, Joe” in 1975, which was recorded by The Who’s lead vocalist, Roger Daltrey, among others, including The Hollies). Cliff Richard and Colin Blunstone have both covered “Never Even Thought” in the past.
In 1973, he starred in The Fourth Tower of Inverness, a radio play. The head was featured in the miniseries Prince Regent and the final episode of the ITV series Return of the Saint in 1979.
Head made a comeback in 1984 as the American on the concept album for the musical Chess. Head sang lead vocals on the song “One Night in Bangkok” using a New York accent. It was the last big Broadway/West End number to become a smash song on American and German radio until Boyzone’s “No Matter What” in 1996. “One Night in Bangkok” was a critical and commercial triumph in both Europe and North America.
Murray was cast as world chess champion Frederick “Freddie” Trumper in the London West End stage production of Chess.
Murray had little subsequent chart success in the UK or the US. This was subsequently emphasised in a radio segment on The Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles when the hosts would call Head in the morning to find out “What’s Up with Murray Head?” He is fluent in French and has recorded many CDs in that language. “Une femme un homme,” a duet with Marie Carmen, was released in 1993 and became a hit in French-speaking Canada.
In the United Kingdom, he has appeared in The Bill, Casualty, North Square, and Judge John Deed. From 2005 to 2006, he appeared in ITV’s Heartbeat as Jack Hollins, an artist and Gina Ward’s love interest. On March 15, 2010, he starred in the BBC programme Doctors as Pete Perry, a pop artist, in which he sang “Love in Vain” by Robert Johnson. On 18 April 2019, he returned to Doctors as a different character, a drummer named Brian ‘Sticky’ Burns. He appeared in the 2002 television mini-series Music Hall, which aired on the Radio-Canada network. In 2011, he played Peter Calvert in the first episode of the series Vera (episode “Hidden Depths”).
Murray Head Age
Murray Head was born on March 5, 1946. Currently, he is 77 years old. His star sign is Pisces. Pisces people, like Murray, have a rich reserve of imagination and inventiveness. Their ability to connect to their emotions and empathise with different characters helps them to provide authenticity and depth to their on-screen performances.
Murray Head Height
Murray stands about 1.73 metres tall.
What is Murray Head famous for?
As a musician, he is most known for his international hit songs “Superstar” (from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar) and “One Night in Bangkok” (the 1984 single from the musical Chess, which topped the charts in various countries).
Is Murray Head married?
Murray married Susan Ellis Jones in 1972; nevertheless, they divorced in 1992. The 77-year-old star is currently not married.
Does Murray Head have children?
Murray Head has two daughters: Sophie Head, and Katherine Head.
Murray Head’s Net Worth
Murray Head has an estimated net worth of $2 million. He earned almost all his money as a professional singer and actor.