American actor Maurice Murphy started out as a child performer in 1923. One of Murphy's larger roles in this capacity was as the young Beau (who grew up to become Gary Cooper) in 1926's Beau Geste. In the talkie era, he could be seen in parts ranging from the title character in the 1934 serial Tailspin Tommy to the fleeting role of Balthasar in MGM's Romeo and Juliet (1936). During the war, he was often as not cast as men in uniform in such films as To Be or Not to Be (1942) and See Here, Private Hargrove (1944). He later worked as a dialogue director for both films and TV. Maurice Murphy is no relation to the British director of the same name.