The Young and the Restless 3rd news February 2, 2024


Knots Making Landing Star Don Murray Dead at 94

This actor had a key part on the cult primetime soap.

Don Murray, beloved as William Sidney “Sid” Fairgate on Knots Landing, has died. He was 94 years old. His death was confirmed through his nephew Christopher for The New York Times. There is no cause of death that has been identified.

The Young and the Restless 3rd news February 2, 2024
Don Murray died at age 94.

In Memoriam

In the past 45 years, Murray made his debut as Sid on the Dallas spin-off Knots Landing. The portrayal was the moral guide of Seaview Circle as he listened to the concerns of his neighbors. He also loved the wife Karen (Michele Lee) and their three children: Diana (Claudia Lonow), Eric (the late Steve Shaw), and Michael (Patrick Peterson). Sid had one daughter, Annie (Karen Allen in Raiders of the Lost Ark) which was seen in the first episode of Knots.

Although Knots was his show to introduce him soap-opera fans, Murray is also known for his role in the movie Bus Stop, which starred Marilyn Monroe. Murray received the Academy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in the movie.

Murray was born Donald Patrick Murray in Los Angeles on July 31, 1929, in the home of Dennis Aloysius Murray, a Broadway stage manager and dance director Murray along with Ethel (Cook) Murray, who was a former Ziegfeld Follies actor. After being a student at East Rockaway High School where Murray played football and raced in the track Murray was a student at an academy called the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Murray had his Broadway debut in the show The Rose Tattoo.

Murray frequently appeared in films and television however it was Knots which made Murray a household name. Murray not only appeared on Knots however, but he also created two episodes which were broadcast in 1980. Murray decided to leave the show following the next year. Primetime soaps are famous for their dramatic cliffhanger scenes. In the case of poor Sid there was a literal moment of a cliffhanger, as car parts dealers set up the car’s breaks. Sid was thrown into a cliff and passed away in the middle of the next season, following an extremely risky operation. The viewers were stunned by the death of Sid, even though producers included him in the show’s opening credits creating the impression that Murray would continue with the show.

“Don Murray ….my Sid Fairgate,” Michele Lee posted on Instagram in honor of her late husband on television. “May you shine even brighter.”

When Sid was absent, he was still referred to at times and often thought of by his friends and family like loved ones in real life. Karen was a witness to Sid’s tragic operation on Anne (Michelle Phillips) following the fact that the death of her child Paige (Nicollette Sheridan) was wounded and was forced to undergo surgery in a subsequent season. Murray played as a guest on Knots Landing: Together Again A reunion program that aired in the year 2005.

Television daughter Lonow posted on Instagram: “Great guy. Excellent actor. Great tv dad

On-screen Murray got married to actor Hope Lange (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir), his Bus Stop co-star. They had two kids, Christopher as well as Patricia. After the divorce Murray got married to Elizabeth Johnson. They have three children: Coleen, Sean, and Michael.SoapsSpoiler.Com sends condolences to Murray’s family and friends during this time of sorrow.


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