That same year, he was voted as one of "TV's Sexiest Guys" in People magazine.In 2004, Murray starred in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff. Though most film critics gave the film negative reviews, House of Wax earned over million worldwide.
Then he was cast in the role of rich brat, Tristin Du Gray on Gilmore Girls; which was one of the main characters in the first season of the series and then became a recurring character thereafter.
He appeared in several guest starring television roles, including an episode of Undressed and an episode of Diagnosis: Murder.
Though the reviews were mostly negative, the film went on to become a moderate box office success, earning $70.1 million worldwide. The film led to Murray receiving the 2005 Teen Choice Awards win category for "Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller".
He featured briefly in the Iraq War drama Home of the Brave alongside Samuel L. In May 2009, The CW announced Murray would not be returning to One Tree Hill for its seventh season.
Murray portrayed the role Charlie Todd on the successful television series Dawson's Creek in 2001.
In 2003, he appeared in television film, Aftermath: A Long Way Home.
Murray also appeared in the television film The Lone Ranger where he portrayed the role of Luke Hartman.
Later in the year of 2003, Murray won the main role of Lucas Scott in the successful WB television series One Tree Hill.
Murray then appeared in the Walt Disney Pictures feature film, Freaky Friday alongside Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The film was a major box office success, earning a total of 0,222,438 in the United States alone.
But unfortunately for this once-beloved actor, the 2000s are long gone, and the acting gigs he used to audition for are being given to the next generation of TV and movie star hopefuls. Keep reading to find out why Murray's largely been shunned by the spotlight — and what he's been up to since his days spent playing a high schooler. Although it initially seemed to be a smart move on his part (going out on top before the show went downhill), that decision ultimately did more harm than good.