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. He returned on One Tree Hill in 2012 before the series wrapped up. He was next seen as Jacob Orr on the TV series Chosen. At present, he is part of the cast of Marvel's Agent Carter.
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)
2015 Marvel's Agent Carter
2015 Texas Rising (TV Mini-Series)
2014/I Left Behind
2014 Other People's Children
2013-2014 Chosen (TV Series)
2013 Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
2013 Southland (TV Series)
2013 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
2013 Fruitvale Station
2012 First Kiss with Rachael Leigh Cook & Chad Michael Murray (Short)
2012 One Tree Hill: Always & Forever (TV Movie)
2003-2012 One Tree Hill (TV Series)
2012 Scruples (TV Movie)
2011 The Carrier (Short)
2010 Christmas Cupid (TV Movie)
2010 Lies in Plain Sight (TV Movie)
2006 Home of the Brave
2005 House of Wax
2004 A Cinderella Story
2003 Freaky Friday
2003 The Lone Ranger (TV Movie)
2003 Aftermath (TV Movie)
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
2001-2002 Dawson's Creek (TV Series)
2000-2001 Gilmore Girls (TV Series)
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
2001 Murphy's Dozen (TV Movie)
2000 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
2000 Undressed (TV Series)
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."