A longtime dream came true for the extraordinary award-winning writer/producer Ryan Murphy on Dec. 4 when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The international attraction was his first stop when Murphy moved from Indiana to Los Angeles in 1989, never imagining that one day his name would be so honored.
“My dream in life was just to be able to be myself, which I know many people relate to—to say what I wanted to say, to create stories that move me, to tell stories about women, older women, gay people and trans people and flawed men. And that dream did come true,” Murphy said as his husband David Miller, their two sons Logan and Ford, and a slew of celebrities looked on.
But there was a hitch, Murphy, 53, joked: “Except I imagined that when I told these stories I would have a full head of flawless blonde hair like I did in 1989 when I moved here.”
The word “prolific” was invented to describe Murphy who wrote/directed and or produced: “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck,” “The Normal Heart,” “Scream Queens,” “Feud, American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story “(including “The People v O.J. Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”), “Pose,” “9-1-1″—to name just a few of his creative endeavors.
Last February, Murphy signed a $300 million overall deal with Netflix where he will launch a comedy, The Politician, in 2019.
“I think he’s shaped the face of television — literally,” FX CEO John Landgraf, who has worked with Murphy since season two of Nip/Tuck, tells Variety. “He’s made a handful of the most defining and innovative television shows ever. It’s rare to see someone who’s that brave and that original — and also that popular.”
Murphy thanked those with whom he’s worked over the years. “None of my career would’ve materialized without a troupe of people who became my family,” Murphy said from the podium. “Young people ask me all the time how I became successful and because I cannot say mental illness – I respond ‘my collaborators’ of course. That is the truth.”
Some of those collaborators and artists were on hand to appreciate the recognition: actresses Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett, co-producer Brad Falchuck and new wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Krause, Emma Roberts, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Judith Light and NeNe Leakes.
“I have loved every second. The stories that we’ve told pushed the envelope and celebrated the unseen and really did change the world in some way,” Murphy said receiving his star. “I have so much more to say and do, I am blessed and I am excited about what is to come.”