Audie Murphy

Biography

Born: Audie Leon Murphy June 20, 1925 in Kingston, Texas, USA Died: May 28, 1971 (age 45) in near Roanoke, Virginia, USA Spouse: Pamela Archer (23 April 1951 - 28 May 1971) (his death) 2 sons Wanda Hendrix (8 February 1949 - 14 April 1950) (divorced) The son of poor Texas sharecroppers, Audie Murphy became a national hero during World War II as the most decorated combat soldier of the war. Among his 33 awards was the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for bravery that a soldier can receive. In addition, he was also decorated for bravery by the governments of France and Belgium, and was credited with killing over 240 German soldiers and wounding and capturing many more. His postwar life wasn't all roses, however. He suffered from what is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but was then called "combat fatigue", and was known to have a hair-trigger temper. He woke up screaming at night and slept with a loaded .45 automatic nearby. He was acquitted of attempted murder charges brought about by injuries he inflicted on a man in a bar fight. Director Don Siegel said in an interview that Murphy often carried a pistol on the set of The Gun Runners (1958) and many of the cast and crew were afraid of him. He had a short-lived and turbulent marriage to actress Wanda Hendrix, and in the 1960s his increasing bouts of insomnia and depression resulted in his becoming addicted to a particularly powerful sleeping pill called Placidyl, an addiction he eventually broke. He ran into a streak of bad financial luck and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1968. Admirably, he campaigned vigorously for the government to spend more time and money on taking care of returning Vietnam War veterans, as he more than most others knew exactly what kinds of problems they were going to have. On May 18, 1971, Murphy was aboard a private plane on his way to a business meeting when it ran into thick fog near Roanoke, VA, and crashed into the side of a mountain, killing all six aboard. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. According to cemetery records, the only grave site visited by more people than Murphy's is that of assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

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To Hell and Back

Audie Murphy

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Night Passage

Lee McLaine 'The Utica Kid'

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No Name on the Bullet

John Gant

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The Duel at Silver Creek

Luke Cromwell - The Silver Kid

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The Unforgiven

Cash Zachary

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The Red Badge of Courage

The Youth

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Kansas Raiders

Jesse James

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The Quiet American

The American

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Ride a Crooked Trail

Joe Maybe

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The Cimarron Kid

Bill Doolin / The Cimarron Kid

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A Time For Dying

Jesse James

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Gunpoint

Chad Lucas

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Einer spielt falsch

Mike Merrick

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Gewehre zum Apachen-Paß

Captain Coburn

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The Texican

Jess Carlin

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Goldtransport durch Arizona

Clint

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Bullet for a Badman

Logan Keliher

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In Montana ist die Hölle los

Clint Cooper

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Apache Rifles

Jeff Stanton

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Gunfight at Comanche Creek

Bob Gifford

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Showdown

Chris Foster

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Six chevaux dans la plaine

Ben Lane

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Die Gnadenlosen Vier

Banner Cole

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Battle at Bloody Beach

Craig Benson

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The Unforgiven

Cash Zachary

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Seven Ways from Sundown

Seven Jones

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Hell Bent for Leather

Clay

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The Wild and the Innocent

Yancy

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No Name on the Bullet

John Gant

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Um Homem Contra o Destino

Matt Brown

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The Quiet American

The American

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Agguato nei Caraibi

Sam Martin

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Ride a Crooked Trail

Joe Maybe

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Night Passage

Lee McLaine 'The Utica Kid'

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The Guns of Fort Petticoat

Lt. Frank Hewitt

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Joe Butterfly

Private Joe Woodley

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World in My Corner

Tommy Shea

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Ritt in den Tod

John Philip Clum

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To Hell and Back

Audie Murphy

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Destry

Tom Destry

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Drums Across the River

Gary Brannon

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Ride Clear of Diablo

Clay O'Mara

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Roughshod

Reb Kittredge

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Column South

Lt. Jed Sayre

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Tumbleweed

Jim Harvey

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The Duel at Silver Creek

Luke Cromwell - The Silver Kid

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The Cimarron Kid

Bill Doolin / The Cimarron Kid

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The Red Badge of Courage

The Youth

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Sierra

Ring Hassard

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Kansas Raiders

Jesse James

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The Kid from Texas

William Bonney ('Billy the Kid')

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Bad Boy

Danny Lester

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Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven

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