Bill Murray Biography

Bill Murray Biography

Bill Murray (born on September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated American comedian, actor, producer, director and poet.



Bill was born in Chicago, Illinois, the fifth of nine children of Edward J. Murray II, a lumber salesman, and Lucille Collins, 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 nun in Illinois. The four Murray brothers appeared in the 1988 film Scrooged.

Bill was raised in Wilmette, Illinois and graduated from Loyola Academy. He went to Regis University in Denver, Colorado before dropping out to pursue his comedy career.

With an invitation from Bill's older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, Murray got his start at Second City Chicago studying under Del Close. The improvisational troupe was a perfect fit for Bill Murray's clever, dry wit and ad-libbing. Bill later revisited the troupe with the TV special Bill Murray Live From the Second City (1980). While in Chicago, Murray worked at Little Caesar's alongside now-celebrity chef Kerry Simon. In 1975, Bill Murray took on the role of Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four in a short-lived radio adaptation of the Marvel comic.

Bill initially rose to prominence as a cast member of and a writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live television series from 1977 to 1980, replacing Chevy Chase, with whom he reportedly got into a fist fight off camera when Chase did a guest host in the late 70s (Chase claims they've long since put the incident behind them). Bill Murray had previously been a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, aired nationally on some 600 stations between 1973 and 1975. Other cast members included Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray. Former SNL writer Margaret Oberman has said Murray and Eddie Murphy are the two most talented people in the history of the show.

Most of Bill Murray's roles have been comedic, featuring Murray's dry wit. However, he has also played serious (or at least semi-serious) roles in films such as Mad Dog and Glory, The Razor's Edge, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Broken Flowers. Bill Murray's Groundhog Day has become a cult classic. Yet another cult favorite is Murray's portrayal of multiphobic psychiatric patient Bob Wiley in the 1991 comedy What About Bob? He also garnered considerable acclaim (an Academy Awards nomination, and Golden Globes and BAFTA awards) as the lead in the 2003 film Lost in Translation. In an interview included on the Lost in Translation DVD, Murray states that this is his favorite movie in which he has appeared. One of Murray's most recognised roles is that of Peter Venkman from the Ghostbusters movies, a role originally intended for John Belushi who died before production began. He also was in the cult comedy classic Caddyshack, which also starred Chase and other comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Bill Murray's wildly famous Dalai Lama speech from the film was completely improvised.

Bill in Broken Flowers (2005).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. However, Bill Murray is doing the voice of Garfield in Garfield: the Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. At the height of his fame in the mid-1980s, following Ghostbusters, Murray, upset at the lower gross for his attempt at drama The Razor's Edge (part of his contract for starring in Ghostbusters) took four years off to study French at the Sorbonne. Therefore, from 1985 until 1988, with the exception of a memorable cameo in the 1986 movie Little Shop of Horrors, Bill Murray did not make any appearances in films.

Bill Murray was named #1 Smartass on Comedy Central's List of the 51 Greatest Smartasses.

Bill wed Margaret Kelly in 1980. They had two sons, Homer (born 1982) and Luke (born 1985) before divorcing in 1994. In 1997, Bill Murray married Jennifer Butler. They have 4 children together: Jackson (born 1993), Cal (born 1995), Cooper (born 1996), and Lincoln (born 2001).

Bill Murray is a partner with his brothers in Murray Bros. Caddy Shack, a restaurant chain with locations near Jacksonville and in Myrtle Beach. Bill is an avid golfer who often plays in celebrity tournaments. His 1999 book Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf, part autobiography and part essay, expounds on his love of golf.

Bill Murray is a part-owner of the St. Paul Saints independent minor-league baseball team and occasionally travels to Saint Paul, Minnesota to watch the team's games.

Very detached from the Hollywood scene, Bill does not have an agent or manager, and reportedly only fields offers for scripts and roles using a personal telephone number with a voice mailbox which he checks infrequently. This practice has the downside of sometimes preventing him from taking parts that he had auditioned for, and was interested in, such as that of Sulley in Monsters, Inc and Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Murray has homes in Los Angeles and upstate New York.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Bill stumped for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.

Murray is a huge fan of the Chicago pro teams, especially the Chicago Cubs. Bill Murray also is a huge Michael Jordan fan, and has made cameo appearances in Space Jam and Jordan documentaries.

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