->''"Bill Murray, the ''SNL'' stand-out, the Ghostbuster, the weatherman who shouldn't forget his booties because it's ''cooooold'' out there today, who became the world's favorite uncle. The huggable hangdog with a twinkle in his eye that could start the next big bang. In recent years, he took on another face, morphing from a movie star into a puckish figure, randomly interjecting himself into the days of regular people like us; scene-stealing cameos in the poorly-reviewed, repetitively-structured films of our lives."''
-->-- '''Stuart Millard''', ''The Legend of Bill Murray''

William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor and comedian. From growing up in the UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} satellite community of Wilmette, Illinois, he gained national exposure on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' after Creator/ChevyChase left in the middle of season two and Creator/LorneMichaels hired Murray as Chase's replacement. Though he is now considered one of the best cast members ''SNL'' has ever had, Murray was originally dismissed by fans as a weak replacement for Chevy Chase. When Chase came back to host on the show's third season, he and Murray got into a vicious fight backstage and had to be pulled apart by fellow cast members Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/JohnBelushi. When Chase came back to host during the show's fifth season, the two did a monologue together showing that all was forgiven. In fact, Chase and Murray were the first choices to play Otter and Boon, respectively, in ''Film/AnimalHouse''. Among his most popular characters on the show was singing LoungeLizard Nick Winters with his most famous sketch the one where he sings the ''Franchise/StarWars'' theme with added lyrics: ''Star Wars nothing but Star Wars ''

Murray went on to star in a number of critically and commercially successful comedic films including ''Film/{{Stripes}}'', ''Film/{{Tootsie}}'', ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'', ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', both ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', and ''Film/GroundhogDay''.

He gained additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in ''Film/LostInTranslation'', for which he was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward, and a series of films directed by Creator/WesAnderson, including ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'', ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'', ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'', ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' and ''Film/MoonriseKingdom''. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented and unique comedic actors of his generation. His brother, Creator/BrianDoyleMurray, was also a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' cast member and was in a few movies with his brother.

Has developed a habit in his golden years of resurfacing in the strangest places. May or may not be a shape-shifting coyote {{trickster god}}.
!!'''This actor contains examples of:'''
* AdamWesting: In ''Film/SpaceJam'', ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' and ''Film/{{Coffee and Cigarettes}}''.
* BookEnds: He was Creator/DavidLetterman's first guest on both ''Late Night'' and ''The Late Show'', and his final guest before his retirement in 2015.
* TheCameo: As befitting his personality and improvisational ability, he pops up in many projects unbilled.
* CoolOldGuy: There's a [[http://www.billmurraystory.com/ whole site]] of stories. Also, his role in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''.
-->'''Tallahassee:''' Six people left in the world, and one of them is '''''[[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee Bill fuckin' Murray!]]'''''
* CreatorBacklash: He wasn't happy with how ''Film/GhostbustersII'' turned out.
--> "Those special-effects guys took over. It was too much of the slime and not enough of us."
* DeadpanSnarker: All his movies but most notable are ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' and ''Film/GroundhogDay''. Creator/ComedyCentral even named him number one in their special "Mouthing Off: The Fifty-One Greatest Smart-Asses Of All Time".
* HiddenDepths: A very good ([[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/11/bill-murray-ghillie-suit-pebble-beach-picture_n_1270509.html and goofy]]) golfer. He even [[http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/13/sports/la-sp-pebble-beach-golf-20110214 won]] the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2011.
* {{Improv}}: Known to ad-lib his way through most of his movies. In fact, there are several, such as ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'', ''Film/{{Kingpin}}'', and ''Film/SpaceJam'' where all his dialogue is completely ad-libbed. Though this is notably ''not'' the case in ''Ghostbusters'', thanks to how well Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis were able to capture his voice in the script.
-->"That is one ''[[{{Film/Tootsie}} nutty]]'' hospital!"
* JumpedAtTheCall: When asked about why he took the role as Baloo in The Jungle Book, his response was "When the Walt Disney Company phones you and asks if you want to play Baloo the bear, you don't say, 'I'll think about it'." However another instance of this trope backfired on him. He agreed to do Garfield because he mistook one of the writers as one half of the Coen brothers.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Bill has eight brothers and sisters, three of whom are also actors and writers.
* MyGreatestFailure: After the phenomenal success of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', Murray used his clout to bring a pet project to fruition, playing the main character in a [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of Creator/WSomersetMaugham's philosophical novel ''The Razor's Edge''. However, mainstream audiences weren't ready to see funnyman Murray grapple with existential questions of life. The film tanked, and Murray was so disappointed that he quit acting temporarily to study at the Sorbonne, appearing in only one movie in the next four years.
* OldShame: ''Film/{{Garfield}}''. He even said so in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''. He actually took the job assuming that the Coen Brothers had written it, when actually it was just that one of the writers was named Joel Cohen.
* ProductionPosse: He's formed many creative relationships over the years, particularly with Creator/HaroldRamis, Creator/JimJarmusch, Creator/WesAnderson and Ivan Reitman.
* SadClown: The role he tends to play more often in later life, particularly in Creator/WesAnderson films like ''{{Film/Rushmore}}'' and ''Film/TheLifeAquatic''.
* StarMakingRole: On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', solidified with {{Ghostbusters}}, and renewed with {{Film/Rushmore}}.
* WanderingTheEarth: There are many stories of him crashing parties and other occasions due to his spontaneous and borderline nomadic lifestyle. When he received the Mark Twain Prize, Creator/JimmyKimmel noted that if the story of his life was about anyone but Bill Murray, you'd assume you were hearing about the most arrested man in the world.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: His friendship with Creator/HaroldRamis fell apart after making ''Film/GroundhogDay'' because each had different thoughts of what the movie should be like. Happily, they reconciled shortly before Ramis' passing in 2014.
** At the 2014 Academy Awards a week after his death, Murray presented the award for Best Cinematography with Creator/AmyAdams. After saying the nominees and before announcing the winner, Murray went off script (as is his ''oeuvre'') and said, "Oh, we forgot one. Harold Ramis, for ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', ''[[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Ghostbusters]]'' and ''Film/GroundhogDay''." [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The audience at the ceremony applauded]].