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MURRAYS KEEP ACTING ALL IN THE FAMILY

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The acting Bridges brothers attract a certain amount of attention. So do the acting Baldwin brothers.

But what about the Murrays - Brian, Bill, Joel and John?Bill is, of course, the most famous, what with his early days on "Saturday Night Live" and his still-strong movie career.

Joel has done several sitcoms, and is currently co-starring in "Love & War."

John is the least known, but he did star in the movie "Moving Violations."

And then there's the oldest brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who will be back on TV in the fall in the Fox sitcom "Bakersfield," who was the first to become a performer.

"I don't know. I think my brothers saw me making a living doing this and went, `Wow! This is better than a lot of things.' And that's kind of how they got into it," Doyle-Murray said. "Why we keep working, I don't know. Just lucky, I guess."

The oldest Murray brother is, of course, the only one to go by Doyle-Murray. But that's something he doesn't really like and didn't have much choice about.

When he first began performing, he ran into a union problem. Actors unions don't allow two people to use the same name.

"When I joined, there was an actor named Brian Murray . . . He's an English guy," Doyle-Murray said. "His name was Brian Bell, but there was already a Brian Bell so he had to change his name. He took his mother's name - Murray.

"So I had to change my name. I had about four hours to change my name, or they wouldn't let me go on stage. I really didn't want to change my name.

"So I took my grandmother's name of Doyle. They wouldn't just let me put an initial - they said that it had to be hyphenated. And it's been a real pain for many years. I live with it.

COMING SOON: Robert Townsend's Fox variety show - titled "Townsend Television" - has been scheduled up against ratings juggernaut "60 Minutes."

But Townsend isn't intimidated. A regular feature on his show will be a news magazine parody titled "6 Minutes." And he'll be playing correspondent Ike Wallace.

Oh, here's one other upcoming bit - "Rodney King - The Musical."

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: Glenn Frey, formerly of the rock group the Eagles, is starring as a private detective in the upcoming CBS series "South of Sunset."

Frey is quick to admit that he still has a lot to learn as an actor, but so far things have turned out pretty much to his liking.

"I'll tell you, it's not a bad job," he said. "They pick you up in the morning. You don't have to drive to work. They drive you to the set. You get out of the car and some kid with a walkie-talkie says, `Hi Glenn. What do you want for breakfast?'

"You walk into an air-conditioned Winnebago with a television, a VCR and a stereo and all your clothes are laid out. You get dressed.

"If your hair is messed - if you're having a bad hair day - you go to make-up. Even if you haven't slept, they pat you down and they primp you. They get your hair fixed.

"And then basically the rest of the day, you're spending a lot of time waiting, and everybody's working for you.

"I mean, really, things could be a lot worse."

At which point his co-star, Aries Spears, chimed in with, "And I'm 18 and black and people are working for me."

GENERATION GAP: The 26-year age difference between Frey and Spears has led to at least one misunderstanding. Spears was cast in "South of Sunset" first, and didn't really know what to make of the news that he would be co-starring with Frey.

"John Byrum, the writer, approaches me and goes, `Aries, you're not going to believe this, man. We got Glenn Frey - the Glenn Frey!' " Spears said. "I said, `Glenn Frey! You guys got the Glenn Frey! Who the hell is Glenn Frey?'

"When this man was hot, I was an embryo."

Even when he was told that Frey had been one of the Eagles, it didn't really clear things up.

"I had no idea who he was," Spears said. "So finally I said, `John, why are we hiring football linebackers for the part?' He said, `No, this is the Eagles. You are so young.' "

PRESSURE TO BE FUNNY: Tom Hanks is a big movie star these days - an even bigger star since "Sleepless in Seattle" opened - but he still gets nervous before appearing on talk shows.

One show made him particularly edgy. Hanks was a guest on David Letterman's final "Late Night" last month.

"I must say that every time you do Letterman, I've always felt the responsibility to try to be as funny as the rest of the show, which is no small feat," Hanks said.

But the actor was a hoot, bantering expertly with Letterman and even coming up with a very funny story about a time when he was a bellboy and comedian Slappy White was yelling at him to take better care of the golf clubs he was stowing in White's trunk.

("Don't bend the shafts!" Well, you had to see it.)

The pressure was particularly intense because of the "very special atmosphere" surrounding the show.

"I don't think that actual kind of broadcast has occurred in the history of television - somebody leaving at the top of their game and just moving over to another network," Hanks said. "So, it was very exciting and I was worried and I wanted to do well.

"Also, I was worried that Slappy White might have some friends that might come to get me after a while."

Of course, those "spontaneous" interviews on talk shows really aren't all that spontaneous.

"What you do is the producers call you on the phone and they talk to you until you say something funny. And then, when you show up to do the show, they say, `Remember that funny thing you said on the phone to me? Say that again when Dave asks you this question,' " Hanks said. "So I though it might be amusing and they thought it was just slam-dunk hilarious, so I ended up telling the story on the show."

UNSOLICITED ADVICE: If Connie Chung is really serious about trying to get pregnant, maybe she ought to think about giving up smoking.

QUOTABLE: Dan Rather: "You know, we were a generation before David Letterman started. We were doing Stupid Human Tricks on `The CBS Evening News' - the difference was we let the politicians do them."

COMICAL: Here are a few more titles from some of the cartoon series coming to TV in the coming months, and the networks where you'll see them:

- "2 Stupid Dogs" and "SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron," both on TBS.

- "Duckman," on the Family Channel.

- "Rocko's Modern Life," on Nickelodeon. (Rocko is a wallaby.)

- And the Cartoon Network has one that isn't exactly new, but it's very strange - "Space Ghost Coast to Coast."

The animated Space Ghost will be hosting his own late-night talk show. Really. (This has to be true - I couldn't possibly be making up something this weird.)

Space Ghost will interview real people. Sort of. It's all very strange, and will premiere sometime in November.

- Actor/comedian Martin Short will be making Comedy Network history on Sept. 26. He'll be "the first human we're going to allow on the network" when he hosts a 10-hour marathon of his animated series from 1988, "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley."