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Sean Murray Actor

Sean Murray

Sean stars as "Special Agent Timothy McGee " on CBS's drama "Naval Crimminal Investigative Service". Murray's television credits include a starring role in the UPN sitcom "The Random Years" and a supporting role in "Harts of the West." He has made several television guest appearances on shows such as "ER" and JAG. In addition, Murray has appeared in several feature films including "Hocus Pocus," "This Boy's Life," and another starring role in Todd Field's "Too Romantic."Murray resides in Sherman Oaks, California and he was born on November 15, 1977, in Maryland.

Sean Murray stars in an action darma ''NCIS''

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is an action drama, about a team of special agents whose mission is to investigate any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position. Leading this team that operates outside of the military chain of command is NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a highly skilled investigator and interrogator who is smart, tough and willing to bend the rules to get the job done. Working under Gibbs is Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), a former homicide detective who has instincts that come only from working on the streets. Joining them are Agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander), a beautiful, tough former Secret Service agent who has gone head to head with Gibbs in the past, and forensics specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), a gifted scientist whose dark wit matches her goth-style hair and clothes. New to the team is Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), a graduate of MIT whose computer skills earned him a spot on Gibb's team as a probationary field agent. Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum), who knows it all because he's seen it all. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

Sean Murray starting a new theater

Sean Murray finds there is a whole lot of satisfaction – and work – starting a new theater

What's it take to create a theater company?

"A lot of friends," says actor, director and, now, Zen master Sean Murray. "And a lot of support."

He's considering the case of Cygnet, his new theatrical venture that opens next week with John Cameron Mitchell's blistering glam-rock opera, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

A year ago, Murray was still artistic director at North Coast Repertory in Solana Beach, appearing as a befuddled diplomat in a dazzling production of Tom Stoppard's "Travesties," which he also directed. Conflicts over spending led to his decision to leave and a surprise resignation announcement in August.

As head of Cygnet Theatre, he plans to mount a season of four San Diego premieres in a new 3,400-square-foot theater in the College Area. That's where the Zen part comes in, says Murray, who's learned more than he ever wanted to know about plumbing, permitting and the city's inspection process.

Waiting with practiced calm for just such an inspector to arrive before he can raise drywall in the lobby, Murray commented on the months of carpentry and creativity that will culminate next Friday when Jeremiah Lorenz, in high-heeled boots and glittery eye-shadow, races onstage to sing such electrifying anthems as "Angry Inch" and "Wig in the Box."

Aug. 3, 2002 – Murray says he's leaving North Coast Rep to "branch out and explore other avenues of my life and career," and will "look forward to creating further projects." The outgoing director refused further comment, but a spokesman for the theater said the decision was Murray's alone and that he had no immediate plans to leave the area.

"This is a tragedy for theater in San Diego," said playwright Tim West, who described Murray as "an actor's director" who has made North Coast Rep "the place in town that actors want to work."

Two of those actors, it turns out, will "work" with him nearly every day for several months, not on a production, but on the new theater.

"Manny Fernandez and K.B. (Mercer) have been here constantly," said Murray during the inspection wait; they are two of the many artists who've been given rare opportunities to grow in his shows, such as in "Arcadia."

Dec. 1, 2002 – Murray announces the founding of his new theater, Cygnet – and a plan to produce in various venues, beginning in April 2003 at Sledgehammer's Sixth Avenue space. Murray's business director (and life partner) Bill Schmidt files articles of incorporation.

Why the name Cygnet?

"It means 'little swan,' " said Murray, who then smiled cryptically. The Swan was the chief competitor to Shakespeare's theater, the Globe. And though Murray's got the chops, he's never been asked to direct at San Diego's flagship theater. So, a little good-natured ribbing.

Feb. 23, 2003 – No hard feelings, after all. Murray returns to North Coast Repertory to direct the last production he scheduled there, an intimate staging of Kander and Ebb's steamy "Cabaret."

K.B. Mercer is cast against type yet pulls off the role of Sally Bowles, while San Diego actors Linda Libby and Jim Chovick prove tender and touching as the old couple, brought together by a pineapple and torn apart by the Nazi menace.

And as the emcee: young Jeremiah Lorenz – licking his lips, strutting his stuff, and feeding off sellout audiences.

April 6, 2003 – Instead of opening Cygnet's first show at Sledgehammer, Murray enjoys the largess of North Coast Rep and the "Cabaret" cast, who stage a benefit for his new theater. He also announces that come July, he'll move into a new space created from the Actor's Asylum storefront, leased by actor Lee Lampard, on El Cajon Boulevard. There, he plans to stage the local premiere of "Hedwig."

The benefit will help with the $50,000-plus cost of renovating the facility.

April 28, 2003 – "We worked with Lee Lampard today, striking their last set and beginning to sort through the Actor's Asylum stuff and really beginning our transition into taking the space. We've been working with a pro bono architect, Paul Bedington, on a complete gutting and redesign," says Murray in an e-mail.

"We are now at 134 seats, which are being taken apart and shipped to L.A. to be professionally restored and painted. Chris Rynne is designing with an electrician a light grid and system. Peter Hashagen is designing our new sound system. They are both designing 'Hedwig' as well. They get to design the system first and then design a show using their system."

The seats came free from Landmark's recently closed Cove Theatre in La Jolla. Murray chooses cranberry red for the upholstery, and matching paint for some of the internal walls, including the sole soaring beam crossing the lobby space.

May 20, 2003 – Murray announces a full season of San Diego premieres: musicals "Hedwig" and "Bed and Sofa," a revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and the local premiere of the one-man tour de force "Fully Committed," with the flamboyant local favorite David McBean. Also on tap: two productions by George Flint's stellar Renaissance Theatre.

June 27, 2003 – "Civilians work in a different way from theater people," Murray says after logging another late night with his crew of actors-turned-painters. "It's been the most exhilarating thing in the world, with the highest highs and the lowest lows – all in the same hour.

"Here Bill (Schmidt) and Manny (Fernandez) dug a trench 4 feet deep because we had to move a sewer pipe. We rented jackhammers to blast through the floor and found this huge boulder, which is now out front," he tells a visitor that he's walking through the still-unfinished facility. "That was just one crisis du jour that taught us we had to go with the moment, deal with each crisis at the time."

The cherry-wood arms for the seats have been sanded and handsomely stained, but the newly powder-coated metal parts are ready for pickup in L.A. and there's no place to put them until the dust literally settles, so Murray just smiles.

July 2, 2003 – "It's still the Zen thing," Murray says. "As long as we're moving forward just a little every day, I'm satisfied."

And the show?

"That is the best thing. I just go in from 2 to 5 (p.m.) to rehearse, turn off the phone and no one can get to me. First, we worked on the monologues; now, we're adding the music. I don't know if San Diego is ready for 'Hedwig.' It starts at 90 miles an hour and takes off from there. And Jeremiah is the kind of performer who really relates to audiences. I can't wait to get one in here. We're gonna get the show up and opened," Murray said.

Then rolling his brown eyes, he added, "We'll all be so tired by then, we'll have our gala opening celebration a little later."

Meet Sean Murray

Name: Sean "Bow Do’n" Murray

Height: 0.000987 Nautical miles

Weight: 53,280 scruples

Played Since: Since 1998

Usual Position: Usually fist of god, zone buster, shredder, machine, hot carl D, or possibly handler.

What’s in Your Toolbox (Hammer, Scoober …): armed with a class A double secret probation hammer, the various push passes, scoobers, the "silent killer" behind the back pass with a whopping 3.5% completion rate, and the unstoppable "westside connector" which only the scourge is licensed to catch

Favorite Tournament (or practice) Moment: Hallowinona ’99 when we schooled everyone, and Raeker took out a tree…and that time Lanz and I went to pick up chicks at the heroine needle exchange van down by the capitol in mad town…

Favorite Catch: When that dude caught it off his foot…man that was sweet…and that hammer in the endzone against lawrence…that was sweet too.

Disc Revelations: Carleton Ultimate is swill. Raeker is so slow. Full field scoobers are good ideas in any condition. Mad Dog is the blood of satan. If you don’t want to see Raeker’s ass, don’t play frisbee.

Tourneys Played In: All of them.

Additional Comments: I ain’t a playa’, I just score a lot. The radar jersey will have another name added by fall...peace out y’all


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