Perry Murdock

born: 18 September 1901
Anadarko, Oklahoma,
United States of America
died: 19 April 1988
Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(respiratory arrest, age 86)

American actor, screenwriter, assistant director, and set decorator. He began entertaining around 1919 as part of an acrobatic/tumbling duo with his high school friend Jack Goodrich (who would also work in films as a stuntman and actor in the 1920s and 1930s, and is not to be confused with several other Jack/John Goodriches working in films at the same time). Beginning in silent comedies, Murdock would go on to act in a number of "B" Westerns in the 1930s, often alongside his real-life friend and one-time roommate Bob Steele. He eventually moved behind the camera, finding plentiful work as a set decorator, working in films and later in television in a career that lasted into the early 1970s.
Real name: Perry Harrison Murdock
Height: 5'8"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Shivering Shakespeare
Man #2 in bull costume

Acknowledgements: (The Old Corral) (WWII draft reg. card) (various San Pedro newspaper articles) (header image)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes and research)

This page was last updated on: 01 February 2023