Chad Michael Murray launched his career as a model in the late 1990s, appearing in several national campaigns. After moving to Los Angeles and scoring several guest TV roles, he snagged a recurring role in the series Gilmore Girls, and later took a similar role in Dawson's Creek.
In 2003 Murray took his widest-known role to date, as Lucas Scott in the WB's One Tree Hill. The series proved to be a success, and Murray's profile shot up soon after. The same year he appeared in the film Freaky Friday; this was followed by roles in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story and the thriller House of Wax, both of which earned him a Teen Choice Award.
Murray left One Tree Hill at the end of the show's seventh season, along with co-star Hilarie Burton. Since then he has appeared in several TV movies, as well as the film The Haunting in Georgia.
Murray was once married to OTH co-star Sophia Bush, but the two split five months after their 2005 union.
- He decided to work as a model when he suffered an injury after a football game. The nurse who looked after him was also a model.
- He turned down the role of Ryan Atwood on The OC.
- Teen Choice Award, Choice Breakout Movie Star (Male), 2004 (for A Cinderella Story)
- Teen Choice Award, Choice Breakout TV Star (Male), 2004 (for One Tree Hill)
- Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure/Thriller, 2005 (for House of Wax)
- Teen Choice Award, Choice TV Actor: Drama, 2008 (for One Tree Hill)
- Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)
- Freaky Friday (2003)
- A Cinderella Story (2004)
- House of Wax (2005)
- Home of the Brave (2006)
- Gilmore Girls (recurring, 2000-2001)
- Dawson's Creek (recurring, 2001-2002)
- One Tree Hill (regular, 2003-2009)
On what he thinks is the most important issue nowadays: "Kids being drug-free. I always want kids to be allowed to have a chance or a shot in life."
"I think people should do what makes them happy. Peer pressure shouldn't make an impact on what you want to do with your life."
"When you realize you're alive, you can live life!"
"In the end, it's not about fame or fortune. It's what you leave behind - your work and your family - that really counts."
"The rumors - that's the thing I hate. People assume way too much, and I can't stand it. I know the truth; I don't feel like I have to defend myself. I'm a pretty good guy. Yeah, I like to go out with my boys and have a good time - I'm 23 years old! But the next thing you know, there are 20 stories about me. It's inappropriate on so many levels. I don't know if it will ever stop. All I need to know is, I have faith in myself and I know what's really going on."