He was married to philanthropist/radio broadcaster Janet Huntington Brewster and they had one child.
The Edward R. Murrow Award is named in his honor for the best in journalism.
He died in 1965 of cancer at the age of 57.
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956): As prologue narrator.
- Good Night, and Good Luck.: Takes place during the conflict between himself and Senator Joseph McCarthy and is played by David Strathairn.
- Murrow: TV Movie that aired on HBO.
- Sink the Bismarck!: As Himself (final film role).