By the time he began appearing in box office successes opposite Lindsay Lohan — and Hilary Duff — , Murray had emerged as the new teen heartthrob for his boyish good looks and appealing screen portrayals of the sensitive loner-type. Suffers teasing for his clothes On One Tree Hill, Murray had been cast as a teen from a struggling single-parent household, a situation that was not unlike the actor's own upbringing. Born in Buffalo, New York, in August , he was the second of five children.
His mother left the family when he was ten years old. Their father, Rex, an air traffic controller, raised them as a solo parent, and money was tight; Murray has said that he was a target for bullies because of the clothes he wore. By the time he was thirteen, he was working as a janitor in a doughnut shop to earn his own spending money. At Clarence High School, outside of Buffalo, Murray played football, and one day on the field he suffered a bad hit to the stomach that put him in the hospital.
A nurse suggested that he should model, and so Murray signed with a local agency, which eventually sent him to an industry event in Orlando, Florida. There, a Hollywood talent scout told the seventeen-year-old Murray that he should move to California and try his luck in the entertainment business. Murray was already a film enthusiast and had a job at a local movie theater, where he was able to see small, well-crafted independent films.
When he was eighteen, his mother appeared at the Murray family doorstep after an absence of several years. Lives on cereal and fast food Murray and his father made the cross-country road trip together, and then his father flew back home. Some of Murray's first solo weeks were spent at a Red Roof Inn, and he was determined to make his savings stretch as long as possible. Every morning and night I ate cereal, and during the day I would have a chicken sandwich.
That was pretty much all I had. I bought a inch TV that had, like, four channels, and one was the WB. Murray began to get some modeling work, appearing in ads for Tommy Hilfiger, Sketchers, and Gucci.
But it was a visit to a fast-food restaurant that accidentally gave him his shot at stardom. At a Burger King, he was jumped by three guys, and his nose was broken. Because before that, I kept getting comments that my nose made me too 'pretty.
In the show, he played a rich teenager who doesn't like his own family. In , he went on an audition for a WB pilot, Day One, and though the show never went into production, WB executives thought Murray had potential and signed him to a development deal.
The show centered on the mother-daughter relationship between teenage Rory, played by Alexis Bledel — , and her single mom, played by Lauren Graham —. Murray was cast as Rory's arrogant classmate and romantic interest when she starts a new school year at an elite private academy.
He played college student and budding rock star Charlie Todd, who becomes romantically involved with both Joey Potter, played by Katie Holmes — , as well as her friend, Jen, played by Michelle Williams — , when both teenagers begin college in Boston.
Murray was actually up for two parts at the time and had to choose between the WB show and a new one on Fox in which he was also offered a lead. The part he turned down was that of The O. The show was a tremendous hit immediately upon its Fox debut in August , winning both a devoted teen audience as well as older viewers thanks to its melodramatic storylines and alternative-music soundtrack.
Luke is a talented basketball player who finds himself competing with a new star on his high school team, an arrogant rich kid named Nathan who also turns out to be his half-brother. Luke's father, who he never knew, left his mother when their high school romance produced an unplanned pregnancy. His dad went to college on a basketball scholarship, got married, and had another child soon after leaving Tree Hill.
The two sons—one coddled, the other shunned—find themselves competing on the basketball court. A romantic rivalry grows when Luke hits it off with Nathan's moody, punk-rock girlfriend, Peyton Hilarie Burton. And I liked the family dynamic. It's a very interesting one. I've lived a little of that, so I felt like I had the opportunity to explore that even further and explain to a young audience. Some of the new interest came from Murray's heartthrob status, and also because the show's writers and producers began to play up the romantic competition between the two half-brothers.
In , Murray also appeared in a highly anticipated feature film, Freaky Friday. He played Jake, the romantic interest somewhat confused by the switched-identity premise that fuels the plot of this teen comedy. Freaky Friday did well at the box office in the summer of , and Murray's performance earned a good mention in Variety.
Murray appeared opposite another teen-screen queen in A Cinderella Story, which was released in This time, he played the "prince" who falls in love with Hilary Duff's character. Several months later, in the spring of , he played the on-screen twin brother of Elisha Cuthbert — in his first horror flick, House of Wax.
The movie was a remake of a classic horror film from that starred Vincent Price, which itself was the second filmed version of the original, Mystery of the Wax Museum.
The characters played by Murray and Cuthbert were part of a group of teens who come across a creepy, deserted town in which they find dead bodies covered in wax. Other castmates included Murray's friend and former Gilmore Girls actor, Jared Padalecki — , and hotel-chain heiress Paris Hilton —.
Marries costar Murray became a teen heartthrob thanks to the success of One Tree Hill and the well-publicized films with Lohan and Duff. But the hit WB series, which began its third season in , also served to remove him from the Hollywood celebrity-dating pool. The House of Wax premiere and required round of publicity appearances and magazine interviews for Murray A Hollywood Ending When Sophia Bush met her future husband on the set of the WB teen drama One Tree Hill, in which she had just been cast, she was a relative newcomer to the entertainment industry.
She had spent the prior three years involved in her studies at the University of South California USC where she majored in journalism with a minor in theater. I had no idea whatsoever about the scope of his teen-idol status. She attended a private school for girls in Pasadena, and while still at USC had won a small role in the feature film Van Wilder.
After reporting to the set for a role in Terminator 3 she was recast because the director decided she looked too young for the part. Bush and Murray began dating almost immediately after they met in The following spring, she traveled to visit him on the set of House of Wax , being shot in Australia. He proposed to her the day she arrived. They were wed in Santa Monica, California, the following April, and both went back to work almost immediately.
In Bush was filming a thriller titled Stay Alive. As she recalled in the In Style interview, Bush knew when they met that it was a good casting call. We were on the same page. He admitted in some articles that it had not been easy to date a co-worker at first. They tried to keep it secret on the WB set, he said, "for about a month because we didn't know exactly how everyone was going to react," he confessed to Brown.
But when we knew this was real, we got sick of keeping it from everyone. The story centers around a troubled teen who lands in a brutal juvenile-detention facility. For his future, he told Siegler in American Fitness, he hopes for "health, happiness, a family, a nice house, a dog and a few restaurants—basically slowing everything down and taking stress out of life.
I already have ideas for three restaurants," he said, with one of them being a deli that would sell "my signature meal—a pepperoni and bacon sandwich. Web Sites One Tree Hill. He needs to stay away from the evils of the business and he will be okay.
Hopefully, he practices Christianity the same way he wears the cruisifix around his neck, as in the House of Wax picture above with Paris Hilton. This is keep him on track for a long rewarding career.