The Buffalo Criterion
March 3-9, 2001

Local Talent Doing Good

Every year like clockwork, the infamous Hollywood "IT" list - the list casting agents predict will be the year's hot stars - begins to circulate in Hollywood. Many young actors who've appeared on previous lists - Leonardo DiCaprio, James Vander Beek, Jason Bigg, Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise, are all now writing their own tickets in Hollywood. Holding down a slot on this year's "IT" list is 19-year-old, Chad Michael Murray. His talent and appearance have not only drawn praise, but have earned him a feature role on the WB's "Gilmore Girls" as well as other television roles in quick time.

Born in Buffalo, Chad found a ready audience early on. When he was four or five years old, the young ham performed skits and sang made-up songs for his large family which includes three brothers, a half-brother an a sister. At age 15, a high school football injury landed him in a hospital where a nurse encouraged him to pursue a modeling career.

Two years later, Chad won a scholarship from a modeling agency in Buffalo, to attend a modeling convention in Orlando. There he met his destiny agent from Los Angeles spotted him and persuaded the 17-year-old to pursue his dream of acting after graduation from high school.

In 1999, the aspiring actor headed for Hollywood, where he supported himself modeling for such clients as Sketchers, Tommy Hilfiger, and Gucci while looking for a break. Soon while looking for a break. Soon after he arrived, Chad appeared in several guest starring television roles including an episode of "Diagnosis Murder". Then he got the call he'd been hoping for.

The WB's "Gilmore Girls" was casting for the role of Tristan DuGrey. They were looking for someone who was likable and charismatic but with an edgy side, and someone who ha dthat certain "IT" quality. Chad was all that plus had the perfect physical characteristics that the show's writers had in mind. Look for Chad this spring starring in the CBS Movie of the Week. "Aftermath", with Meredity Baxter Birney and Robert Urich. His film creidts included a lead in "Megiddo: Omega Code 2".

Always a firm believer in clean living. Chad is a natural athlete. The teen played his favorite sport, football, in high school and keeps fit by working out at the gym, inline skating, playing soccer, volleyball and basketball as well as football pick-up games. He is an anti-drug role model for kids and is active in charities for children and teens during his spare time.

Still very single, Chad has set up house with a pug named Gus and a unique boisterous cat named Jack, who keep him from missing his large family too much.