/ : Bill Murray /

Birth Name: William J. Murray
Birthdate: September 21, 1950
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois
Occupations: Actor, Writer, Comedian
Quote: "My esteemed agent at the time, Mr. Mike Ovitz (of Disney fame), said, 'You know, you and an elephant would be funny.' And I'm like, What? And when he says this stuff, I always know there's an agenda. Somebody he knows has got an elephant script. 'You and a elephant would be funny.' No, you and an elephant. You and a mouse would be funny, Mike." --USA Today, October 30, 1996
Murray Photo

Claim to Fame: 1977-80: Ensemble member of NBC's Saturday Night Live

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Margaret Murray (née Kelly); aka: Mickey Murray; born 1950; married January 24, 1980; separated 1996; divorced
Wife: Jennifer Murray

Father: Edward Murray, lumber salesman
Mother: Lucille Murray
Brother: Brian Doyle-Murray, actor, writer; born October 31, 1945
Brother: Ed Murray
Brother: Andy Murray
Brother: John Murray
Brother: Joel Murray, actor; born April 17, 1963
Son: Homer Murray, born 1982; mother, Margaret Murray
Son: Luke Murray, born 1985 in Paris, France; mother, Margaret Murray
Son: Mother, Margaret Murray
Son: Born 1995; mother, Margaret Murray

Of all the writers and performers associated with the glory days of TV's "Saturday Night Live," Bill Murray has made the most enduringly successful transition to feature films. His big-screen career has had its ups and downs, but hits like "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Groundhog Day" (1993) more than make up for his occasional commercial and/or critical misses. Murray began his entertainment career by joining Chicago's Second City improvisational troupe, where his brother Brian Doyle-Murray was already a member. He gained national prominence playing a gallery of (frequently smarmy) characters on "SNL", replacing the departing Chevy Chase in the show's third season and earning an Emmy for his writing contributions. After several funny but sophomoric features, Murray surprised the critics with a small but indelible unbilled performance as Dustin Hoffman's roommate in "Tootsie" (1982). This led to a starring role in the blockbuster comedy "Ghostbusters" which put Murray's wisecracking persona firmly on the map and earned him the clout to pursue his own choice of projects. He chose badly, co-adapting and starring in Somerset Maugham's philosophical novel "The Razor's Edge" (1984). It was a high-profile flop, followed by a hiatus (except for a small role in "Little Shop of Horrors" 1986) that lasted until "Scrooged" in 1988. Murray has since been working regularly. His directorial debut, "Quick Change" (1990), met with a mixed critical reception and disappointing box-office results, but he hit a career high in early 1993 with "Groundhog Day" and a critically well-received dramatic role in the offbeat "Mad Dog and Glory". After a fine turn as the aspiring transsexual in "Ed Wood" (1994), it was another four years before he found roles that fully capitalized on his talents: the sleazy lawyer in "Wild Things" and the disaffected millionaire who first mentors then becomes a romantic rival of an ambitious nerd in "Rushmore" (both 1998).

Bill Murray Live from the Second City
Osmosis Jones (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Hamlet (2000)
Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Stories From My Childhood Vol. 2 (1999)
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Wild Things (1998)
With Friends Like These (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
Kingpin (1996)
Space Jam (1996)
Larger Than Life (1996)
Ed Wood (1994)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Maniac Warriors (1992)
Buddy's Song (1991)
What About Bob? (1991)
Quick Change (1990)
Star Shorts (198?)
The Best of Gilda Radner (1989)
Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Scrooged (1988)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
The Best of Chevy Chase (1987)
The Best of Dan Aykroyd (1986)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
The Best of John Belushi (1985)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Razor's Edge (1984)
Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
Landmark Laserdiscs, Vol. 2: Fun and Games (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Stripes (1981)
Caddyshack (1980)
Loose Shoes (1980)
McVicar (1980)
Shame of the Jungle (1980)
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Rodney Dangerfield (1980)
Best of Saturday Night Live: The Coneheads (197?)
Saturday Night Live, Vol. 1 (197?)
The Main Event (1979)
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Eric Idle, Vol. 2 (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Gary Busey (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Michael Palin (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Richard Benjamin (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Robert Klein (1979)
All You Need is Cash (1978)
Things We Did Last Summer (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Buck Henry (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Carrie Fisher (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Steve Martin, Vol. 1 (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Steve Martin, Vol. 2 (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Charles Grodin (1977)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Ray Charles (1977)
TVRO Goes to the Superbowl (1976)

1976-77: Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Writing or Music series, Saturday Night Live
1984: NATO Star of the Year Award: presented by the National Association of Theatre Owners
1998: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award: Best Supporting Actor, Rushmore and Wild Things; cited for work in both films; tied with Billy Bob Thornton (A Simple Plan)
New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Supporting Actor, Rushmore
National Society of Film Critics Award: Best Supporting Actor, Rushmore
Golden Satellite: Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Rushmore

Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois (1968)
Regis College in Denver, Colorado (gave up premed course to join Second City)



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