Bill Murray

Biography

Date of Birth 21 September 1950, Wilmette, Illinois, USA Birth Name William James Murray Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Murray was born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, the fifth of nine children of Edward J. Murray II, a lumber salesman, and Lucille Collins, both Irish American Catholics. Three of Murray's siblings are also actors: John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray. A sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican Sister in Illinois. Murray graduated from Loyola Academy. He went to Regis University in Denver, Colorado before dropping out to pursue his comedy career. With an invitation from his older brother, Brian, Murray got his start at Second City Chicago studying under Del Close. The improvisational comedy troupe was a perfect fit for Murray's clever, dry humor and ad-libbing. While in Chicago, Murray worked at Little Caesar's alongside now-celebrity chef Kerry Simon. He eventually became a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, aired on some 600 stations between 1973 and 1975. In 1975, he landed his first television role as a cast member of the ABC variety show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. That same season, another variety show titled NBC's Saturday Night premiered. Cosell's show lasted just one season. After working in Los Angeles with the "guerrilla video" commune TVTV on a number of projects, Murray rose to prominence when he joined the cast of NBC's newly-titled Saturday Night Live the following season, replacing Chevy Chase. This was initially a turbulent experience for Murray. He often flubbed his lines and seemed awkward on camera. Chase had been the most popular cast member and some fans sent Murray hate mail stating he was a poor replacement. When Chase appeared as a guest host that season, they reportedly got into a fist fight backstage. But by the end of Murray's first season, he had begun to display his witty, laid-back persona. His characters, such as Nick the Lounge Singer and nerd Todd DiLamuca, became very popular with viewers. With the departure of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in 1979, Murray became the most popular member of the ensemble cast. In 1980, the entire cast left the show. Murray later revisited the troupe he started with in the TV special Bill Murray Live From the Second City Murray landed his first starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979. He followed up with his portrayal of famed writer Hunter S. Thompson in 1980s Where the Buffalo Roam. In the early 1980s, he starred in a string of box-office hits including Caddyshack, Stripes and Tootsie. Murray began work on a film adaptation of the novel The Razor's Edge. The film, which Murray also co-wrote, was his first starring role in a dramatic film. He later agreed to star in Ghostbusters in a role originally written for John Belushi. This was a deal Murray made with Columbia Pictures in order to gain financing for his film. Ghostbusters became the highest-grossing film of 1984. But The Razor's Edge, which was filmed before Ghostbusters but not released until after, was a box-office flop. Upset over the failure of Razor's Edge, Murray took four years off from acting to study French at the Sorbonne. With the exception of a memorable cameo in the 1986 movie Little Shop of Horrors, he did not make any appearances in films. Murray returned to films in 1988 with Scrooged and followed up with the long-awaited sequel Ghostbusters II in 1989. In 1990, Murray made his first and only attempt at directing when he co-helmed Quick Change with producer Howard Franklin. Subsequent films What About Bob? (1991) and Groundhog Day (1993) were box-office hits and critically acclaimed After a string of films that did not do well with audiences (besides Kingpin, in which he played a supporting role), he received much critical acclaim for Wes Anderson's Rushmore for which he won a slew of awards. Murray then experienced a resurgence in his career as a dramatic actor. After dramatic roles in Wild Things, Cradle Will Rock, and Hamlet (as Polonius), and a comedic role in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, he garnered considerable acclaim for the 2003 film Lost in Translation. He received a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA award, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In an interview included on the Lost in Translation DVD, Murray states that this is his favorite movie in which he has appeared. During this time, Murray still appeared in comedic roles such as Charlie's Angels and Osmosis Jones. In 2004, he provided the voice of Garfield in Garfield: The Movie and marked his third collaboration with Wes Anderson in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Murray also garnered acclaim for his dramatic role in Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers. In 2005, he announced that he would take a break from acting, as he had not had the time since his new breakthrough in the late-1990s. His last film role to date is Garfield's voice in the sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. Dan Aykroyd has recently confirmed in an interview with CISN Country that Murray will be reprising his role as the voice of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters 3, which will be done with computer animation partially because Murray refused to act in a live action sequel

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Birth Name

William James Murray

Birth Place

Wilmette, Illinois, USA

Birth Date

9/21/1950
Known For
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Ghostbusters

Dr. Peter Venkman

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Groundhog Day

Phil

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Scrooged

Frank Cross

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Lost in Translation

Bob Harris

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Steve Zissou

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Stripes

John

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Broken Flowers

Don Johnston

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What About Bob?

Bob Wiley

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Charlie's Angels

John Bosley

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The Dead Don't Die

Chief Cliff Robertson

Starring In
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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Lord Krylar

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever

The Colonel

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Peter Venkman

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Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Vincent

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The French Dispatch

Arthur Howitzer, Jr.

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Live at Mister Kelly's

Self (archive footage)

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Zappa

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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On the Rocks

Felix

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Jay Sebring.... Cutting to the Truth

Self (archive footage)

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Zombieland: Double Tap

Bill Murray

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The Dead Don't Die

Chief Cliff Robertson

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Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk

Narrator

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Der fantastische Mr. Murray

Himself (archive footage)

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Cola Wars

Self (archive footage)

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Isle of Dogs

Boss (voice)

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The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man

Himself

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Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Bill Murray Experience

Self

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'85: The Greatest Team in Football History

Himself

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Ghostbusters

Martin Heiss

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The Jungle Book

Baloo (voice)

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A Very Murray Christmas

Bill Murray

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Rock the Kasbah

Richie Lanz

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Aloha

Carson Welch

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Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special

Himself / Nick Ocean

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Dumb and Dumber To

Ice Pick

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St. Vincent

Vincent

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Taller Capuchoc

Vincent

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

M. Ivan

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The Monuments Men

Richard Campbell

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Hyde Park on Hudson

FDR

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Moonrise Kingdom

Walt Bishop

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

(archive footage)

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A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III

Saul

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Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

Himself

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Passion Play

Happy Shannon

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Badger (voice)

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Zombieland

Himself

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Get Low

Frank Quinn

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The Limits of Control

American

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Get Smart

Agent 13

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City of Ember

Mayor Cole

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The Darjeeling Limited

The Businessman

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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Himself - Thompson Memorial Attendee (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Garfield 2

Garfield (voice)

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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film

Himself

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The Lost City

The Writer

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Broken Flowers

Don Johnston

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Saturday NightLive: Dan Aykroyd

Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Gilda Radner

Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live

Himself (archive footage)

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Steve Zissou

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Garfield: The Movie

Garfield (voice)

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This Old Cub

Self

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Coffee and Cigarettes

Bill Murray (segment "Delirium")

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Lost in Translation

Bob Harris

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Speaking of Sex

Ezri Stovall

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The Royal Tenenbaums

Raleigh St. Clair

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Osmosis Jones

Frank Detomello

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Charlie's Angels

John Bosley

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Hamlet

Polonius

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Michael Jordan to the Max (Large Format)

Himself

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Cradle Will Rock

Tommy Crickshaw

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Saturday Night Live - Christmas

Himself/Host (archive footage)

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Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music

Various (archive footage)

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Saturday Night Live: Best of Steve Martin

Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Rushmore

Herman Blume

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Wild Things

Ken Bowden

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The Man Who Knew Too Little

Wallace 'Wally' Ritchie

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Space Jam

Bill Murray

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Kingpin

Ernie McCracken

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Larger Than Life

Jack Corcoran

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Ed Wood

Bunny Breckinridge

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Mad Dog and Glory

Frank Milo

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Groundhog Day

Phil

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What About Bob?

Bob Wiley

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Quick Change

Grimm

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Ghostbusters II

Dr. Peter Venkman

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Empire of Ash III

Shepherd

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Scrooged

Frank Cross

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She's Having a Baby

Himself (uncredited)

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The Best of Chevy Chase

Self (archive footage)

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Little Shop of Horrors

Arthur Denton

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Ghostbusters

Dr. Peter Venkman

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The Razor's Edge

Larry Darrell

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Tootsie

Jeff Slater

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It's Not Easy Bein' Me

Various

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Stripes

John

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Caddyshack

Carl Spackler

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Le chaînon manquant

Dragon (voice: English version)

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Where the Buffalo Roam

Hunter S. Thompson

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Meatballs

Tripper

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Mr. Mike's Mondo Video

Man on the street

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The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

Bill Murray the K.

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Next Stop, Greenwich Village

Nick Kessel (uncredited)

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Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle

(voice: English version)

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Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary

Nick / Himself (also archive footage)

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"Saturday Night Live"

Various / ... (79 episodes, 1977-1999)

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Himself / Actor (archive footage)

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