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BRIAN MURRAY (John Silver), a three-time Tony Award-nominee and a veteran actor of the London and New York stage, lends his distinctive voice to the charming rogue John Silver, the colorful hero/villain at the center of the intrigue in this animated retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure.

For Murray, the role of Silver was a dream assignment. He explains, "I read Treasure Island when I was eight years old and it's one of my favorite books in the world. And Silver is such an interesting kind of anti-hero. I also grew up without a father and I can remember reading the book and identifying with Jim. When Jim is in the apple barrel and overhears Silver, it's such a terrible letdown to him. Ron and John and all the filmmakers have done such a great job capturing the spirit and flavor of the book. I was knocked out when I finally got to see ‘Treasure Planet.' I think it's a classic because it works on so many levels.”

As for working with his co-star, Murray says, "I'm used to acting with other people, but I was also resigned to the fact that it didn't happen that way with animation. After a couple of recording sessions, the directors decided to have Joey (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and me record together. I knew the moment that he was in the studio with me, there was a giant leap forward. We could make eye contact and react to one another. It was a tremendously important decision and the chemistry between the two characters is stronger as a result. We had a great time.”

As for the character of Silver, Murray observes, "He's so beautifully done. Glen and Eric did an amazing job and it's all so seamless. I met Glen at two of the recording sessions and he would tell me how much he liked what I was doing. I would get messages from him throughout the production saying how happy he was with the performance. Watching the character on screen, I was completely amazed and it didn't seem like me at all. For the first time in my life, I was able to disassociate myself from the character. Seeing myself on screen usually makes me cringe, but I really liked watching this guy. I'm a really big Disney fan and there are some films they've made that make me cry unashamedly. This was one of them. It also made me laugh. The wit in it is brilliant.”

Murray was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in England. He began his acting career in London performing in the West End prior to joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. His RSC roles included Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet,” Lysander in "A Midsummer Night's Dream,” Cassio in "Othello,” and Edgar in Peter Brook's "King Lear.”

He has performed on Broadway in "The Crucible” (for which he was nominated for a Tony), "Uncle Vanya,” "The Little Foxes” (another Tony-nominated role), "Racing Demon,” "Black Comedy,” "A Small Family Business,” "Noises Off,” "Sleuth,” "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” (another Tony-nominated performance) and starred in "Da.”

Off-Broadway he has appeared in "Spread Eagle” at the WPA Theatre, "The Knack,” New York Shakespeare Festival's "Hamlet” (Claudius) opposite Kevin Kline, "Long Day's Journey Into Night,” "Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” "Mud River Stone” and "Travels With My Aunt” at Minetta Lane, in which he played nine different roles and earned both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. He won a Drama Desk Award in 1997 for playing Ben Hubbard in "The Little Foxes” opposite Stockard Channing, and picked up a third Obie in 2001 for his performance in Edward Albee's "The Play About the Baby.” He also is a recipient of a Obie Lifetime achievement award and the Lucille Lortel award for the body of his work.

Murray's Broadway credits as director include the productions "The Circle” with Rex Harrison, "The Show Off,” "Blithe Spirit” with Richard Chamberlain, "Hay Fever” with Rosemary Harris, "Waltz of the Toreadors,” and "Arsenic and Old Lace” with Jean Stapleton.

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