Bill Murray, the William James Murray
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
(born September 21, 1950) is an American actor and comedian. From growing up in the Chicago
satellite community of Wilmette, Illinois, he gained national exposure on Saturday Night Live
after Chevy Chase left in the middle of season two and Lorne Michaels
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 Chevy Chase came back to host on the show's third season, he and Murray got into a vicious fight backstage. When Chase came back to host during the show's fifth season, the two did a monologue together showing that all was forgiven. Among his most popular characters on the show was singing Lounge Lizard
Nick Winters with his most famous sketch the one where he sings the Star Wars
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 Stripes
, both Ghostbusters
, and Groundhog Day
He gained additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation
, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award
, and a series of films directed by Wes Anderson
, including Rushmore
, The Royal Tenenbaums
, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
, Fantastic Mr. Fox
and Moonrise Kingdom
. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented and unique comedic actors of his generation. His brother, Brian Doyle-Murray
, was also a Saturday Night Live
cast member and was in a few movies with his brother.
Has a habit of popping up in the oddest public places. May or may not be a shape-shifting coyote trickster god.
This actor contains examples of:
- Adam Westing: In Space Jam, Zombieland and Coffee and Cigarettes.
- Cool Old Guy: There's a whole site of stories. Also, his role in Zombieland
- Deadpan Snarker: All his movies but most notable are Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. Comedy Central even named him number one in their special "Mouthing Off: The Fifty-One Greatest Smart-Asses Of All Time".
- Improv: Known to ad-lib his way through most of his movies. In fact, there are several, such as Little Shop of Horrors, Kingpin, and Space Jam where all his dialogue is completely ad-libbed.
"That is one nutty
- My Greatest Failure: After the phenomenal success of Ghostbusters, Murray used his clout to bring a pet project to fruition, playing the main character in a film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham'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.
- Raised Catholic
- Sad Clown: The role he tends to play more often in later life, particularly in Wes Anderson films like Rushmore and The Life Aquatic.
- We Used to Be Friends: His friendship with Harold Ramis fell apart after making Groundhog Day because each had different thoughts of what the movie should be like. Happily, they reconciled shortly before Ramis' passing in 2014.