Everything Chad Michael Murray Has Done Since Leaving ‘One Tree Hill’

Chad Michael Murray burst onto the Hollywood scene in the early 2000s and quickly became a teen heartthrob. Fans first met him on WB/CW shows like Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek. He also showed up in films like Freaky Friday and A Cinderella Story.

When he landed the lead role of Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill — which he played for six seasons — Murray became a bona fide TV star. When he left the show in 2009, Murray’s success on One Tree Hill led to numerous TV and film roles. Here’s everything Chad Michael Murray has done since leaving One Tree Hill.

Chad Michael Murray former star of ‘One Tree Hill’ on the set of Busy Tonight in 2019
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Chad Michael Murray has starred in 15 films since leaving ‘One Tree Hill’

Despite being mostly known as a TV actor, Murray has appeared in numerous films since leaving the show that made him a star. In 2013, Murray starred in four different movies — The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Fruitvale Station with co-star Michael B. Jordan, Cavemen, and A Madea Christmas.

The following year, he had the lead role of Cameron “Buck” Williams in Left Behind, and he starred in Other People’s Children. The film roles slowed down in the mid-2010’s, with Murray only appearing in 2015’s To Write Love On Her Arms, 2016’s Outlaw and Angels, and 2018’s Camp Cold Brook.

His film career has picked back up in the 2020s, with Murray starring in six films this decade — so far.  He appeared in Max Winslow and the House of Secrets and Survive the Night. Murray played a real-life serial killer in Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman. In his latest three films, Murray has starred alongside Bruce Willis — Survive the Game, Fortress, and Fortress: Sniper’s Eye.

His TV acting resume ranges from Hallmark movies to Marvel shows

After he left One Tree Hill in 2009, Murray moved on to made-for-TV movies. In 2010 he starred in Lies in Plain Sight and Christmas Cupid. The same year he returned for a special guest appearance on One Tree Hill — 2012 — he also starred in a failed TV pilot called Scruples.

After a two-episode guest-starring role on Southland in 2013, Murray starred in the Crackle drama Chosen. Then, he showed up in the mini-series Texas Rising before making a special guest appearance on Scream Queens.

Murray became part of the Marvel TV universe when he starred as Jack Thompson on Agent Carter for 14 episodes. He also had the main role of Sam Phillips in the CMT mini-series Sun Records, and the TV movie The Beach House.

In 2018, Murray had a recurring role on the Fox series Star. That same year, he began his stint in Hallmark Movies when he showed up in Road to Christmas. In 2019, Murray showed up in his final TV series (so far) — Riverdale — where he played Edgar Evernever.

Since then, Murray’s TV work has focused solely on Hallmark, Lifetime, and GAC Family movies. The films he has starred in include Write Before Christmas, Too Close for Christmas, Love in Winterland, Sand Dollar Cove, An Autumn Romance, Toying With Christmas, and Angel Falls Christmas.

Chad Michael Murray’s faith is a major factor when choosing acting roles

When choosing a film or TV role, Murray says that his faith and beliefs play a big part in his decision-making. He says that he “sticks to things” that he believes in because if he doesn’t, it’s “going to destroy it for everybody else involved.”

“Let’s just say a piece of material were to come across my desk, which has happened plenty of times over the last 22 years, that I don’t necessarily feel is what I believe or what I’m selling — then that’s not for me,” Murray told Fox News.

“If you don’t fully love and embrace the character that you are inhabiting, it will show on screen. I always want to give the people that I’m working with and the people who are going to watch the movie, the most of me.”

Murray’s latest film, Fortress: Sniper’s Eye, is now available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video.

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