68 Facts About Bill Murray

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William James Bill Murray was born on September 21, 1950 and is an American actor and comedian.

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Bill Murray rose to fame on The National Lampoon Radio Hour before becoming a national presence on Saturday Night Live from 1977 to 1980, where he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

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Bill Murray has frequently collaborated with directors Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, John McNaughton and the Farrelly brothers.

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Bill Murray received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore, Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), St Vincent (2014) and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014), for which he later won his second Primetime Emmy Award.

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Bill Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.

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Bill Murray was raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago.

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Bill Murray attended St Joseph's grade school and Loyola Academy.

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Bill Murray officially joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live for the show's second season, following the departure of Chevy Chase.

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Bill Murray landed his first starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979.

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Bill Murray followed this with a portrayal of Hunter S Thompson in 1980's Where the Buffalo Roam.

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11.

Bill Murray was the first guest on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman on February 1, 1982.

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Bill Murray appeared as Letterman's final guest when the host retired on May 20, 2015.

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13.

Bill Murray began work on a film adaptation of the novel The Razor's Edge.

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The film, which Bill Murray co-wrote, was his first starring role in a drama film.

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Bill Murray later agreed with Columbia Pictures to star in Ghostbusters—in a role originally written for John Belushi—to get financing for The Razor's Edge.

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Frustrated over the failure of The Razor's Edge, Bill Murray stepped away from acting for four years to study philosophy and history at Sorbonne University, frequent the Cinematheque in Paris, and to spend time with his family in their Hudson River Valley home.

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17.

Bill Murray returned to films with Scrooged in 1988 and Ghostbusters II in 1989.

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In 1990, Bill Murray made his first and only attempt at directing when he co-directed Quick Change with producer Howard Franklin.

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19.

Hal Hinson, film critic for The Washington Post praised Bill Murray's performance, writing in his film review that, "Bill Murray is a breed unto himself, a sort of gonzo minimalist.

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Bill Murray received praise among critics with Lisa Schwarzbaum from Entertainment Weekly writing, "Murray turns in a thrillingly knowing, unforced performance — an award-worthy high point in a career that continues".

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21.

Bill Murray decided to take a turn towards more dramatic roles and experienced a resurgence in his career, taking on roles in Wild Things, Cradle Will Rock, Hamlet, and The Royal Tenenbaums.

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22.

Bill Murray was considered a favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, but Sean Penn ultimately won the award for his performance in Mystic River.

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23.

Bill Murray later said that he only took the role because he was under the mistaken impression that the screenplay, co-written by Joel Cohen, was the work of Joel Coen.

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That same year, Bill Murray announced that he was taking a hiatus from acting as he had not had the time to relax since his new breakthrough in the late 1990s.

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25.

Bill Murray did return to the big screen for brief cameos in Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited and in Get Smart as Agent 13, the agent in the tree.

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In 2009, Bill Murray starred in the independent film Get Low alongside Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek.

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Also in 2009, Bill Murray had a memorable cameo role as himself in the zombie comedy Zombieland starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Bill Murray provided the voice for the character Mr Badger in another Wes Anderson movie the 2009 animated film Fantastic Mr Fox.

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29.

In 2012, Murray starred in Roger Michell's historical comedy Hyde Park on Hudson, where he played Franklin D Roosevelt opposite Laura Linney who played Roosevelt's cousin Margaret Suckley and Olivia Williams who portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Bill Murray received praise from critics with Roger Ebert writing, "Bill Murray, who has a wider range than we sometimes realize, finds the human core of this FDR and presents it tenderly.

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Since 2010, Bill Murray has has appeared in multiple films with Wes Anderson including the coming of age comedy Moonrise Kingdom which starred Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton.

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In 2014, Bill Murray starred in George Clooney's World War II ensemble drama, The Monuments Men, starring Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin, and Bob Balaban.

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Later that year, Bill Murray starred in St Vincent alongside Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts receiving a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance.

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34.

In 2018, Bill Murray portrayed Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live alongside Fred Armisen as Michael Wolff.

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In 2019, Bill Murray was part of the ensemble cast of the zombie-comedy The Dead Don't Die directed by Jim Jarmusch.

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36.

On February 2, 2020, a commercial starring Bill Murray aired during the Super Bowl referencing his role in the film Groundhog Day as Phil, with him stealing the groundhog and driving him to various places in the orange Jeep Gladiator.

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37.

Bill Murray reunited with Sofia Coppola for the comedy-drama On the Rocks opposite Rashida Jones.

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Bill Murray received some critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture.

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39.

Bill Murray appeared in a small role in The French Dispatch reuniting him with Wes Anderson for the 9th time.

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40.

Bill Murray reprised his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife directed by Jason Reitman.

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In October 2021, Bill Murray joined the cast of the upcoming superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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42.

Bill Murray is a partner with his brothers in Bill Murray Bros.

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43.

Bill Murray resides in Charleston, South Carolina and he is a very active community member.

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Bill Murray is a part-owner of the St Paul Saints, a Minor League Baseball team of the International League and the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

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Bill Murray owns part of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Hudson Valley Renegades, and the Brockton Rox.

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Bill Murray has invested in a number of other minor league teams in the past, including the Utica Blue Sox, the Fort Myers Miracle, the Salt Lake Sting, the Catskill Cougars, and the Salt Lake City Trappers.

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47.

Bill Murray's popularity has been such that he holds an iconic status in American popular culture.

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48.

In 2022, Bill Murray recited poetry and sang with the cellist Jan Vogler, in a recorded production of New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization, which was released in cinemas.

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49.

Bill Murray stated in a 1984 interview: "I'm definitely a religious person, but it doesn't have much to do with Catholicism anymore.

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50.

In 2007, Bill Murray was pulled over by Swedish police on suspicion of driving a golf cart under the influence of alcohol.

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Bill Murray has homes in Los Angeles; Rancho Santa Fe, California; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; and Palisades, New York.

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52.

Between 2008 and 2013, Bill Murray maintained a residence in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.

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53.

Bill Murray donated $1, 000 to former Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey's successful election to the United States Senate in 1988.

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Bill Murray is a fan of several Chicago professional sports teams, especially the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Bulls.

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Bill Murray is an avid Quinnipiac University basketball fan, where his son served as head of basketball operations, and he is a regular fixture at home games.

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Bill Murray is a fixture at home games of those teams when in his native Chicago.

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In 2006, Bill Murray became the sixth recipient of Baseball Reliquary's annual Hilda Award, established in 2001 "to recognize distinguished service to the game by a fan".

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Bill Murray sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during a 2016 World Series game at Wrigley Field.

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Bill Murray performed a tandem jump with the U S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.

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60.

Bill Murray was the MC for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival on July 28, 2007, where he dressed in various guises of Clapton as he appeared through the years.

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Bill Murray has been known for his mood swings, leading Dan Aykroyd to refer to him as "The Murricane".

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Bill Murray has said of his reputation: "I remember a friend said to me a while back: 'You have a reputation.

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63.

Bill Murray later said of the incident, "It was an Oedipal thing, a rupture.

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Bill Murray has said in interviews that he and film director Richard Donner did not get along well while filming Scrooged, stating that they would disagree with each other.

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65.

Ziskin confirmed in 2003, "Bill Murray threatened to throw me across the parking lot and then broke my sunglasses and threw them across the parking lot.

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Bill Murray had a falling out with film director and longtime collaborator Harold Ramis during the production of Groundhog Day.

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Bill Murray eventually reconciled with Ramis just before Ramis' death in February 2014.

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68.

Bill Murray's eventually stopped for the day and started again the next morning.

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