Chad Michael Murray is the popular ‘One Tree Hill’ star. Chad is a name to reckon with on the ramp too, with fashion giants like Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci displaying a lot of faith in his persona. Winner of the 2008 ‘Teen Choice Award for Best TV Actor in a Drama’, Chad is here to make Hollywood his home.
American actor and fashion model Chad Michael Murray was born in Buffalo, New York, on August 24, 1981. He attended Clarence High School in Clarence New York and was heavily involved in playing football during his school years. He has also said that he became a fan of literature during school. Murray clarified in a 2004 interview, that in his late teens, he broke his nose when he was jumped upon by three teenagers, that subsequently lead him to having a distinctive, almost trademark, kink in his nose. He vehemently denies getting a nose-job.
At the age of seventeen, Chad won a scholarship from a Buffalo modeling agency, and a ticket to the Orlando modeling convention. His extremely likable and charismatic persona, and the Adonis-like perfect physical characteristics, earned Chad the admiration of co-stars and fans all over the country. Star of the CW series ‘One Tree Hill’, Murray also enjoys the recognition that comes with endorsements for fashion empires such as Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger.
Career of Chad Michael Murray
Chad Murray headed for Hollywood in 1999 and has come a long way since. His television roles include those in Diagnosis Murder, as Ray Santucci. As Sean in Aftermath. As David Alexander in Megiddo: The Omega Code 2. As Tom Haviland in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. His performances in ‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘Undressed’, ‘Murphy’s Dozen’, ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Home of the Brave’ made him America’s heart-throb in no time at all. He has immortalized the characters, of Tristin Dugray in ‘Gilmore Girls’, Luke Hartman in ‘The Lone Ranger’ and Charlie Todd in ‘Dawson’s Creek’, on television. Chad has shared the silver screen with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis in Walt Disney Pictures’ 2003 release ‘Freaky Friday’, as Jake. His performance as Lucas Scott in the television series ‘One Tree Hill’ has earned him the admiration of over 4.5 million viewers, across the United States. This performance also took the role and Murray, as fashion icon, on the cover of magazines such as People and Rolling Stone. This development earned Murray a ranking on the ‘TV’s Sexiest Guys’ list, a feature of the ‘People’ magazine.
The 2004 romantic comedy ‘A Cinderella Story’ gave his fans the opportunity to watch the star as Austin Ames and share celluloid space with Hilary Duff. The moderate box office hit made Murray a star overnight, earning rave critic reviews for his performance. His role in the 2005 action thriller ‘House of Wax’, grossed more than $68,766,000 worldwide! Murray’s performance in the film also took him to the rostrum as recipient of many ‘Teen Choice Awards’, throughout 2006. The recognition earned him a place among the ‘Sexiest Men Alive’ within the list generated by ‘People’, in the same year. In 2008, Murray bagged yet another Teen Choice Award as ‘Best TV Actor in a Drama’ for his ‘One Tree Hill’ performance.
In spite of being offered “great things” to return to the show, the CW Television Network announced in May 2009 that Murray would not return to “One Tree Hill” and would also star in the upcoming horror flick “The Haunting in Georgia.” In 2010 Murray appeared in Alicia Key’s music video Unthinkable (I’m Ready) as her love interest. Though the name change has yet to be confirmed, in March 2011 Murray announced he would be dropping “Michael” from his name.
There’s more to Chad Michael Murray than the chiseled good looks and playing a teen heart-throb on TV and in the movies. Murray is also a comic book creator and in October 2011 unveiled his first graphic novel “Everlast” that deals with the theme of a post-apocalyptic world. Murray has said that he is devoted to furthering “Everlast,” and anticipates it to one day becoming a lucrative franchise.
On April 16, 2005, Murray married Sophia Bush, his ‘One Tree Hill’ co-star. However, five months later, Bush filed for annulment but was later granted a divorce. It was not long before Murray began dating Kenzie Dalton, first runner-up in the Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant, 2005. Chad Michael Murray was also seen as the Pepsi Smash host on WB, in 2003 and as a guest on the ‘ The Sharon Osbourne Show’, the same year. He was a chosen guest at a ‘Real Access’ show in 2004 and part of the MTV New Year’s Eve Special in 2004. Chad remains a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino and Sean Penn, and emulates the versatility of the stars in his own performances. Popular among teenagers and young adults, Murray is a natural athlete and a pro at football, in-line skating, soccer and basketball and has posed on the cover of numerous magazines like People and Vanity Fair. He is a teen icon as an anti-drug role model.