Murray Gershenz Dies; Character Actor and Record Collector Was 91

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Murray Gershenz, the famous record collector turned character actor, has died at the age of 91, a source close to Gershenz confirmed to the L.A. Times.


Better known as “Music Man Murray,” Gershenz spent nearly three-quarters of a century collecting more than 300,000 records that filled his record shop.

The huge collection, and Gershenz’s years-long plight to sell it, was the subject of a documentary film, Music Man Murray, which premiered last year.

A former opera singer and synagogue cantor, Gershenz's collection was valued at more than $1.5 million. But he also found a second career: acting.

In recent years he landed bit parts as a character actor on TV shows like Modern Family, Mad Men, Raising Hope, House, and Parks and Recreation.

And he logged plenty of time on the big screen as well, including in I Love You, Man, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and memorably The Hangover.


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