Producer Ryan Murphy — LGBT History Month Day 25


Today’s LGBT History Month icon is producer Ryan Murphy.

Murphy is an award-winning film and television director, writer and producer and is best known for creating the television series “Glee.”

Biography via Equality Forum:

Murphy grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, in an Irish Catholic family. His mother was a writer. His father was a newspaper circulation director.

At 15, after coming out to his parents, Murphy saw a therapist who said he was just “too precocious for his own good.”

At Indiana University in Bloomington, Murphy worked on the school newspaper and performed with the “Singing Hoosiers,” the university’s show choir.

Starting out as a journalist, Murphy worked for the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly. He began scriptwriting in the late 1990′s.

In 1999, he made his first foray into television, creating the teen comedy series “Popular.” He wrote most of the show’s episodes.

In 2003, Murphy created “Nip/Tuck,” winner of the 2005 Golden Globe for best TV drama series. Murphy wrote and directed many episodes and served as executive producer for the show, which ran for seven seasons. “Nip/Tuck” earned him his first Emmy Award nomination for directing.

“Glee,” a groundbreaking musical comedy series created by Murphy, premiered in 2009. In its second season, the show became a pop culture phenomenon and one of the top-rated programs on television among young adults. That season, “Glee” received four Emmy Awards, including one for Murphy for outstanding directing for a comedy series.

For its honest depictions of LGBT characters and story lines “Glee” also received the 2010 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The same year, Murphy directed Julia Roberts in a screenplay he co-wrote based on the book “Eat, Pray, Love.” The film grossed over $200 million worldwide.

Murphy serves on the National Advisory Board of the Young Storytellers Foundation, a Los Angeles area educational program that brings entertainment professionals into the classroom.

Murphy lives in Los Angeles.



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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

I didn't even realize who he was and his efforts. Thanks for the celebration.

Anne Brabson
Anne B6 years ago

Wow! From Nip/Tuck to Glee certainly shows off this producer/writer's talent and creativity!

Jane H.
Jane H6 years ago

I will send this to my gay son and his partner who love to watch "Glee"!

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M6 years ago

KUDO's to Mr. Murphy.

Thanks for posting this series. Very interesting.

Catherine Gimlewicz

I think Murphy do great work, especially this past couple of years. He's a great role model and his show has helped lot of people!

Allan Yorkowitz
.6 years ago

I didn't know Murphy was gay. Great role model.

Julija S.
Julija S6 years ago