Amiable and unassuming, Fred MacMurray went from small-town boy to one of Hollywood and television's most enduring stars. MacMurray signed his first contract with Paramount Studios in 1934, and quickly rose to play romantic lead roles opposite such major stars as Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard and Marlene Deitrich. However, his true talents were revealed when he went against type and appeared as a murderer opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's film-noir classic Double Indemnity (1944). Other roles, including the cowardly naval lieutenant in The Caine Mutiny (1954) and the cynical executive in The Apartment (1960), helped define MacMurray as a major acting talent. The life and career of Fred MacMurrary is traced.