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Harry McGraw
Gender: Male
Professional Information
Occupation: Private Investigator
Agency: Self Employed
Personal Information
Town of Residence: Boston, MA
Episode Chronology
First Appearance: Tough Guys Don't Die
Last Appearance: The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane
Episode Count: Six
Played By
Actor: Jerry Orbach

Harry McGraw is a hard-boiled private investigator based in Boston, Massachusetts. McGraw first meets Jessica Fletcher while investigating the murder of his partner Archie Miles. Though Harry is initially suspicious and combative in their first meeting (as Jessica was a client of Archie's, working a cold case) he soon warms to her and comes to respect her skills in investigation and deduction. Harry even goes so far as to suggest she stop "screwing around with all these stupid books and got to work," becoming his new partner. Jessica declines the offer, but they become close friends.


Harry is a very obstinate, arrogant, foolhardy, and private man. As a private investigator, he has found various ways to get what he is after. It shows his resourcefulness, but it reveals his willingness to bend the law to solve his cases as well. He has a tendency to rush into situations without always thinking first, and while this sometimes results in a solved case, it more often results in him getting a black eye or bloody lip. He’s not stupid by any means, but his Ego gets him into a lot of trouble.

Harry has many vices such as gambling, chain smoking, and doing almost anything for a quick buck, but these don’t really reflect his true character. It is hinted that Harry is truly nice under his gruff exterior. He is watchful of Jessica and makes certain she has been taken care of. He cares deeply about justice, to the point that he has to be reminded to not take it entirely into his own hands. What’s more, he tries to stay true to his word when he makes a promise to anyone.

Murder, She Wrote: Season One
The Murder of Sherlock Holmes Deadly Lady Birds of a Feather Hooray for Homicide It's a Dog's Life Lovers and Other Killers
Hit, Run and Homicide We're Off to Kill the Wizard Death Takes a Curtain Call Death Casts a Spell Capitol Offense Broadway Malady
Murder to a Jazz Beat My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean Paint Me a Murder Tough Guys Don't Die Sudden Death Footnote to Murder
Murder Takes the Bus Armed Response Murder at the Oasis Funeral at Fifty-Mile
Murder, She Wrote: Season Two
Widow, Weep for Me Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly Murder in the Afternoon School for Scandal Sing a Song of Murder Reflections of the Mind
A Lady in the Lake Dead Heat Jessica Behind Bars Sticks and Stones Murder Digs Deep Murder by Appointment Only
Trial by Error Keep the Home Fries Burning Powder Keg Murder in the Electric Cathedral One Good Bid Deserves a Murder If a Body Meet a Body
Christopher Bundy - Died On Sunday Menace, Anyone? The Perfect Foil If the Frame Fits
Murder, She Wrote: Season Three
Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 1) Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 2) Unfinished Business One White Rose for Death Corned Beef & Carnage Dead Man's Gold
Deadline for Murder Magnum on Ice Obituary for a Dead Anchor Stage Struck Night of the Headless Horseman The Corpse Flew First Class
Crossed Up Murder in a Minor Key The Bottom Line Is Murder Death Takes a Dive Simon Says, Color Me Dead No Laughing Murder
No Accounting for Murder The Cemetery Vote The Days Dwindle Down Murder, She Spoke
Murder, She Wrote: Season Five
J.B. As in Jailbird A Little Night Work Mr. Penroy's Vacation Snow White, Blood Red Coal Miner's Slaughter Wearing of the Green
The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel Prediction: Murder Something Borrowed, Someone Blue Weave A Tangled Web The Search for Peter Kerry Smooth Operators
Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble From Russia With Blood Alma Murder Truck Stop The Sins of Castle Cove Trevor Hudson's Legacy
Double Exposure Three Strikes, You're Out Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Part 1) Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Part 2)
Murder, She Wrote: Season Seven
Trials & Tribulations Deadly Misunderstanding See You in Court, Baby Hannigan's Wake The Family Jewels A Body to Die For
The Return of Preston Giles The Great Twain Robbery Ballad for a Blue Lady Murder in F Sharp Family Doctor Suspicion of Murder
Moving Violation Who Killed J.B. Fletcher? The Taxman Cometh From the Horse's Mouth The Prodigal Father Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy
Thursday's Child Murder, Plain & Simple Tainted Lady The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane
The Law & Harry McGraw
Dead Men Don't Make Phone Calls Murder by a Landslide Mr. Chapman, I Presume The Fallen Arrow Rappaport is Back in Town She's Not Wild About Harry
Angela's Secret Solve It Again, Harry State of the Art Yankee Boodle Dandy Old Heroes Die Hard Gilhooley's is History
Beware the Ides of May Waiting Game Harry Does the Hustle Maginnis for the People

See Also[]

Murder, She Wrote
Main Characters: Jessica Fletcher | Dr. Seth Hazlitt | Sheriff Amos Tupper | Sheriff Mort Metzger
Recurring Characters: Grady Fletcher | Donna Mayberry | Preston Giles | Victoria Brandon | Howard Griffin | Ethan Cragg
Eve Simpson | Emma MacGill | Harry Pierce | Mayor Sam Booth | Harry McGraw
Michael Hagarty | Dennis Stanton | Charlie Garrett | Lt. Artie Gelber
Lt. Timothy Hanratty | Lt. Catalano | Inspector Gabriel Caceras