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Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray, and John Murray. He and most of his siblings worked as caddies, which paid his tuition to Loyola Academy, a Jesuit school. He played sports and did some acting while in that school, but in his words, mostly “screwed off.” He enrolled at Regis College in Denver to study pre-med but dropped out after being arrested for marijuana possession. He then joined the National Lampoon Radio Hour with fellow members Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi. However, while those three became the original members of Saturday Night Live (1975), he joined Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (1975), which premiered that same year. After that show failed, he later got the opportunity to join Saturday Night Live (1975), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series. He later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Scrooged (1988), What About Bob? (1991), and Groundhog Day (1993). He also co-directed Quick Change (1990). Murray garnered additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation (2003), which earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore (1998), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), St. Vincent (2014), and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014), for which he later won his second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie.
Interesting Facts about Bill Murray
- His home is in upstate New York, although he is more frequently working elsewhere during the year.
- Was co-owner of the Salt Lake Trappers rookie (Pioneer) league baseball team from 1985-1992. They won a pro baseball record 29 games in a row in 1987 that still stands. Arte Moreno the Los Angeles Angels current owner, was also part of the Trappers ownership group.
- He inspired the eponymous song “Bill Murray” written and performed by the Spanish pop band Izal, included in its album “Autoterapia” (2018).
- Was considered and tested for the voice role of Sulley in Monsters, Inc. (2001), but the director, Pete Docter, said that when the filmmakers decided to offer it to Murray, they were unable to make contact with him and took that to mean “no”.
- In 2001, he starred with Sigourney Weaver in an Off-Off-Broadway play called “The Guys,” in which he played a fire captain who lost eight of his men on 9/11. In the movie version, Murray’s role was played by Anthony LaPaglia.
- Related through marriage to guitar player, lyricist and singer Chris Luxem.
- He turned down Jim Belushi’s role in Curly Sue (1991) (who coincidentally was named Bill) due to his commitment to What About Bob? (1991).
- Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois graduating in 1968.
- He is a co-owner of Harold’s Cabin restaurant in Charleston, SC.
- He has rubbed some collaborators the wrong way because he has a tendency to re-write and improvise his way through scripts until many of his scenes barely resembles the original versions. Most collaborators ultimately find, though, it’s to the improvement of the films.
- Lives in Valley Center, Malibu, California, Palisades, New York and Sullivans Island, South Carolina.
- Is portrayed by Mather Zickel in Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something (2002).
Personal Quotes by Bill Murray
There aren’t many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that’s a 24 hour job right there.- Bill Murray
People say I’m difficult and sometimes that’s a badge of honour.- Bill Murray
Golf was my first glimpse of comedy. I was a caddy when I was a kid. I was on the golf course rather than being in lessons, but I can play better now than I could then.- Bill Murray
Here’s the thing, you just have to drive a lot faster, and if you don’t get there, we’re both fired.- Bill Murray
No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life.- Bill Murray