H&R Block Death and Taxes

H&R Block brought Death along to the Super Bowl 2009 in “Murray”, a commercial promoting the company’s Second Look Review services.

H&R Block Death and Taxes commercial

A tax CPA named Murray has a visit from Death, one of his clients. Unfortunately for Murray Death had H&R Block provide a second opinion and won’t be using Murray anymore. The bell tolls for thee, Murray.


The Death and Taxes spot was developed at Campbell Mithun, Minneapolis, by chief creative officer Jonathan Hoffman, executive creative director Reid Holmes, creative director Joe Stefanson, art director Gary Carter, copywriter Paul Brink, executive producer John Borchardt, head of production Kathy DiToro.

Filming was shot by Bryan Buckley via Hungry Man, New York, with executive producer Kevin Byrne and line producer Mino Jarjoura.

Editor was Chris Franklin at Big Sky Editorial with assistant editor Cristina Cingone and VFX supervisor Ryan Sears. Death’s costuming was created at Legacy Effects, the new incarnation of Stan Winston Studio.

Audio Post Production was produced at Sound Lounge, mixed by Tom Jucarone.

Death is played by Abe Vigoda, known for his Barney Miller character Detective Sgt. Phil Fish, and for being declared dead by People magazine in 1982. Check out Abe’s I am alive Twitter feed, and the Abe Vigoda status site.