Jonathan began a career in entertainment at 17. Originally from Arlington, Texas, he made his way around the local theatre circuit in town, with performances at the acclaimed Casa Manana Theatre in Ft. Worth. While attending Texas Christian University, he was already making a name for himself, working in theaters across the Dallas and Fort Worth area. After gaining A scholarship to The Model and Talent Search of Texas, Jonathan was signed by Wargo/Einfeld Management in Los Angeles, and two weeks later, relocated to California.
In 2014, Jonathan formed his own production company, Hollow Tree Productions, producing his first project, the short film, Pull the Trigger, Mr. Wicker and the feature film, Animal Among Us. He has optioned multiple original screenplays, and continues to write, actively creating multiple projects across various genres for Hollow Tree's future productions.
He appeared in the ABC television series October Road as Ronnie Garrett and joined the cast of the ABC Family series Wildfire as Calvin Handley in season 4. Murphy was cast as Chris Skelton in the short-lived US version of Life On Mars opposite Harvey Keitel and Jason O'Mara.