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Tab Murphy

Tab Murphy

Tab Murphy has been a key creative player on several of Disney's most popular animated films including the 1999 release Tarzan, for which he wrote the screenplay. He also played a major role in bringing the Studio's version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the screen by providing an exciting and condensed story treatment of the epic Hugo classic and then contributing his screenwriting talents to the process.

A native of Washington State, Murphy was raised in and around the Olympia area where he spent a large part of his youth hiking and fishing in the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. After attending Washington State University for a year and Film School at the University of Southern California for a few more, he left school to devote his creative energies towards writing for the movies. Supporting himself with a part-time job at the local 7-Eleven, he launched his career as a screenwriter.

Murphy's first break came in 1983 when he was hired by Paramount Pictures to write screenplays for Eddie Murphy (no relation). He went on to receive a co-story credit on Gorillas in the Mist (1988), for which he received an Academy Award nomination. In 1995, Murphy made his feature directing debut on the romantic adventure tale, Last of the Dogmen, which was based on his own screenplay and starred Barbara Hershey and Tom Berenger.

Murphy and his family live in the Los Angeles area.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Tab Murphy Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter

Selected Filmography

Not available.