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Also Known As: William James Murray Died:
Born: September 21, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wilmette, Illinois, USA Profession: comedian, actor, director, producer, screenwriter, worked in a pizza parlor, caddy

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A droll, iconoclastic comedic actor who enjoyed existing outside of Hollywood while thriving in it, Bill Murray carved a unique career that moved successfully from slapstick comedy to subtly complex seriocomic roles that earned him several awards and untold critical praise. After a stint in Chicago's famed comedy troupe, The Second City, Murray took over the space left behind by Chevy Chase on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), where he made his bones as an unpredictable, but ultimately beloved performer. Murray used his success on "SNL" to make a string of successful slapstick comedies, starting with the sophomoric "Meatballs" (1979), which put him on the map, and the iconic "Caddyshack" (1980), which turned him into a certifiable movie star. With his next film, "Stripes" (1982), Murray became synonymous with huge box office, which was confirmed by the gigantic success of his only bona fide blockbuster, "Ghostbusters" (1984). Though he attempted dramatic roles at the peak of his comedy streak - namely "The Razor's Edge" (1984) - Murray found difficulty breaking the confines of his comedic beginnings. It was only when he made gradual progressions - "Scrooged" (1988), "Groundhog Day" (1993),...

A droll, iconoclastic comedic actor who enjoyed existing outside of Hollywood while thriving in it, Bill Murray carved a unique career that moved successfully from slapstick comedy to subtly complex seriocomic roles that earned him several awards and untold critical praise. After a stint in Chicago's famed comedy troupe, The Second City, Murray took over the space left behind by Chevy Chase on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), where he made his bones as an unpredictable, but ultimately beloved performer. Murray used his success on "SNL" to make a string of successful slapstick comedies, starting with the sophomoric "Meatballs" (1979), which put him on the map, and the iconic "Caddyshack" (1980), which turned him into a certifiable movie star. With his next film, "Stripes" (1982), Murray became synonymous with huge box office, which was confirmed by the gigantic success of his only bona fide blockbuster, "Ghostbusters" (1984). Though he attempted dramatic roles at the peak of his comedy streak - namely "The Razor's Edge" (1984) - Murray found difficulty breaking the confines of his comedic beginnings. It was only when he made gradual progressions - "Scrooged" (1988), "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Rushmore" (1998), and his Oscar-nominated performance in "Lost in Translation" (2003) - that Murray earned well-deserved respect for his deft ability to blend sharp comedy with emotionally complex characters. Thanks to a trifecta of likability, durability and versatility, Murray cemented his stature as something of a national treasure in American pop culture over the course of a career that steadfastly refused to follow Hollywood convention.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Quick Change (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Isle of Dogs (2018)
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 Jungle Book, The (2016)
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 Ghostbusters (2016)
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 Aloha (2015)
6.
 Rock the Kasbah (2015)
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 St. Vincent (2014)
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Milestones close milestones

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Left college to join improv troupe Second City in Chicago, IL
1975:
Made feature acting debut in "Jungle Burger"
1980:
Portrayed famed writer Hunter S. Thompson in "Where the Buffalo Roam"
1986:
Played small comic role as the masochistic dental patient (first made famous by Jack Nicholson in original Roger Corman film) in Frank OZ directed musical "Little Shop of Horrors"
1988:
Took first starring role in more than four years, "Scrooged"
1989:
Re-teamed with Reitman, Ramis, Aykroyd, and others for sequel "Ghostbusters II"
1990:
Landed first credit as producer, "Quick Change"; also starred in and co-directed with Howard Franklin
1991:
Re-teamed with Frank Oz as a patient who drove his therapist (Richard Dreyfuss) crazy by following him on vacation in "What About Bob?"
1994:
Portrayed aspiring transsexual Bunny Breckinridge in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood"
1994:
Executive produced "Confessions of a Hit Man"
1996:
Teamed with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird in live-action and animated film "Space Jam"
1996:
Appeared opposite an elephant in "Larger Than Life"
1998:
Starred as a low-life lawyer in "Wild Things"
1999:
Portrayed a ventriloquist in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock"
2001:
Starred in live-action sequences of "Osmosis Jones"
2002:
Appeared on stage opposite Sigourney Weaver in off-off-Broadway play "The Guys"
2004:
Cast in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes," a collection of stories that all have coffee and cigarettes in common
2004:
Voiced Garfield in live action film "Garfield" based on popular comic strip
2005:
Co-starred with an ensemble of actresses in Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"
2006:
Returned to voice Garfield in sequel "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties"
2008:
Starred in screen adaptaion of "City of Ember"
2009:
Voiced Mr. Fox's (George Clooney) lawyer and advisor in Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
2009:
Starred opposite Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek in indie dramedy "Get Low"
2012:
Portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson"
2012:
Cast opposite Charlie Sheen in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," directed by Roman Coppola
2014:
Appeared in George Clooney's "The Monuments Men"
2014:
Had a cameo role in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
2015:
Had a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's "Aloha"
2015:
Starred in Barry Levinson's "Rock the Kasbah"
2016:
Had a cameo in Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot
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Education

Regis University: Denver , Colorado -
Sorbonne: -
Loyola Academy: Wilmette , Illinois - 1968

Notes

He has received the Jack Benny Award for Excellence in Entertainment from UCLA.

A great baseball fan, particularly of the Chicago Cubs, Murray is co-owner of the minor league St. Paul (Minnesota) Saints. One upcoming project is a film version of Bill Veeck's "Veeck as in Wreck", in which he would play the legendary baseball owner who once sent a midget to the plate in the big leagues.

"My esteemed agent at the time, Mr. Mike Ovitz... said, 'You know, you and a 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."--Bill Murray on deciding to do "Larger than Life" to USA TODAY, October 30, 1996.

"I took 'Rushmore' because the writing was so precise. Anybody that writes it that way knows exactly what they want to show. A lot of 'Rushmore' is about the struggle to retain civility and kindness in the face of extraordinary pain. And I've felt a lot of that in my life. Movies don't usually show the failure of relationships; they want to give the audience a final, happy resolution. In 'Rushmore', I play a guy who's aware that his life is not working, but he's still holding on, hoping something will happen and that's what's most interesting. In life, you never have to completely quit. There's some futile paddling toward some shore of relief, and that's what gets people through. Only the really lucky get a tailwind that takes them to shore. So many get the headwind that they fight and, then, tip over and drown."---Bill Murray to THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, January 31, 1999.

"... the truth is, anybody that becomes famous becomes an ass for a year and a half. You gotta give them a year and a half, two years. They are getting so much smoke blown, and their whole world gets so turned upside down, their own responses become distorted. I give everybody a year or two to pull it together."---Bill Murray quoted to Rolling Stone, September 9, 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Margaret Murray. Born c. 1950; high school sweethearts; married on January 24, 1980; separated c. 1993; divorced.
wife:
Jennifer Murray. Born c. 1965.

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father:
Edward J Murray. Lumber salesman. Died in 1967 of complications from diabetes at age 46.
mother:
Lucille Murray. Mailroom clerk. Worked in a hospital-supply company; died in 1988.
brother:
Brian Doyle-Murray. Actor, writer. Born on October 31, 1945.
sister:
Sister Nacy Murray. Nun. Older.
brother:
Edward Murray.
brother:
Andy Murray.
brother:
John Murray II. Actor. Acted in "Scrooged" (1988).
brother:
Joel Murray. Actor, comedy writer. Born on April 17, 1963; acted with brothers Bill, Brian and John in "Scrooged".
son:
Homer Murray. Born c. 1982; mother, Margaret Murray.
son:
Luke Murray. Born c. 1985 in Paris, France; mother, Margaret Murray.
son:
Jackson Murray. Born c. 1993; mother, Jennifer Murray.
son:
Caleb Murray. Born c. 1995; mother, Jennifer Murray.
son:
Cooper Murray. Born c. 1996; mother, Jennifer Murray.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"A Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf" Doubleday

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