‘Hangover’ Actor Murray Gershenz Dies at 91

Murray Gershenz Dead

Actor, singer was also a renowned record collector

Murray Gershenz, who was most famous for his role as the elderly Felix in “The Hangover,” died of a heart attack August 28 in Hollywood. He was 91.

After starting his acting career at the age of 80, Gershenz appeared in TV shows including “Parks and Recreation,” “Mad Men,” “Modern Family” and “Raising Hope.”

Before getting into acting, the former opera singer and synagogue cantor was a noted record collector, running the Los Angeles record store Music Man Murray for more than 50 years, originally at Santa Monica and Western and most recently in the West Adams neighborhood. He had been seeking a buyer for his collection of more than 300,000 albums, but it remains for sale. Gershenz was the subject of a documentary about his record collection, “Music Man Murray,” that aired on the Documentary Channel.

He also appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Tonight Show.” His film appearances included “I Love You Man” and “The Amazing Burt Wonderstone.”

Gershenz remained in good health until his sudden death and was recently working on the series “Sullivan & Son.”

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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  1. Jessica says:

    We will miss you, Murray. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace. Please feel free to leave your condolences here: http://www.eternal-contact.com/murray-gershenz/

  2. In acting school I became best friends with Murray Gerschenz, better know as “MusicMan” Murray. Murray was in his late seventies then. We both gave our instructor June Chandler a run for her money because we are outspoken individuals. Murray spent holidays at my home with family and friends for the the last decade. At the closing of every holiday evening he would sing a song before he left for home. A feeling of warmth and belonging was had by all. Murray was also a professional singer and cantor for many years. I left acting to become an artist and Murray trudged on with acting. He had many successes with his acting. The role that is being remember most on the internet right now is “Felix” in the movie “The Hang Over”. He is laughing about that right now. I was privileged to be at his birthday in May with his immediate family. We both were in fair health. Him with a few issues and me on a cane from a military injury. I will treasure the moments we spent together from heckling June to sharing a beer and our thoughts about life. He liked Sam Adams. Murray left us yesterday August 18, 2013. Cheers.

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