Actor and author Chad Michael Murray has showcased his brooding good looks and talents on television sets and silver screens for over a decade. He is leading the cast of the paranoiac thriller Chosen as fan favorite Jacob Orr, as well as starring in the ensemble cast of the upcoming History miniseries Texas Rising, alongside Bill Paxton and Ray Liotta.
The second oldest of five siblings, Murray was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Throughout his childhood he was more the 'jock' than the 'drama nerd,' with an active role on the football and track teams. His love of film started early on, and he moved to Los Angeles after high school graduation to become an actor.
By the age of 19, Murray landed his first guest-starring roles on Diagnosis Murder and MTV's Undressed, and appeared in the TV movie Murphy's Dozen. Soon after came Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek, where he played Alexis Bledel's overconfident classmate and Katie Holmes' and Michelle Williams' love interests, respectively. He next landed the starring role on the long-running series One Tree Hill, playing Lucas Scott.
On the big screen, he was seen in the Octavia Spencer/Forest Whitaker produced, critically acclaimed film, Fruitvale Station; The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia; the comedy Cavemen; Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas; and Left Behind, with Nicolas Cage.
Earlier in his career, Murray also starred as the lead in Joel Silver's remake of House of Wax, opposite Elisha Cuthbert; and as Austin in A Cinderella Story, opposite Hilary Duff. His other credits include Disney's critically acclaimed remake of Freaky Friday, opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan; the title role in the TNT movie The Lone Ranger; and in the indie film, Renee, with Kat Dennings and Rupert Friend. He also appeared on the TNT series Southland and in the short film The Carrier, opposite Rita Wilson and Anna Paquin.
In fall 2011, Murray broke new ground in his career by writing and releasing Everlast, his first graphic novel, a passion project that tells the story of the tragic hero, Derek Everlast, as he follows his journey to save the world before the End of Days. With a successful eight-city book tour, Murray quickly sold out of the first print and is in the process of writing two follow-up novels, as well as an unrelated romantic prose story entitled American Drifter.
When Murray isn't working, he is active in charities for children and teens, including Buffalo's own Hunter's Hope Foundation, Falling Whistles, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. He is also a diehard Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan.