|Bill Murray Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||September 21, 1950|
Bill Murray is an American actor, voiceover artist, comedian, singer, writer, producer, director, and editor who is a very well-known face in Hollywood and has been cast in a number of movies and shows which have all added to his popularity. Bill Murray appeared as Bob Harris in the romantic comedy-drama film, Lost in Translation (2003), starring opposite Scarlett Johansson, which later won him a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. He has also been cast in a number of other films and shows which include the likes of Meatballs, Ghostbusters, Nothing Lasts Forever, Where the Buffalo Roam, The Razor’s Edge, Little Shop of Horrors, Scrooged, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Mad Dog and Glory, Ed Wood, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Broken Flowers, The Darjeeling Limited, Zombieland, Get Low, Moonrise Kingdom, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent, The Jungle Book, and Zombieland: Double Tap. Bill Murray has worked extensively with directors such as Harold Ramis, Sofia Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Wes Anderson, and Jim Jarmusch. He is also known for his low-key lifestyle as he does not have an agent or a manager and travels without an entourage. Moreover, he has been someone who is difficult to reach out as Bill Murray can only be contacted via a personal telephone number with a voice mailbox which he checks infrequently. Due to this practice, he has missed out on several movie roles because the right people were not able to contact him. However, Bill Murray has almost no regrets about the habit and has still marveled in a lot of his Hollywood performances to be counted as one of the best actors in show business who is also one of the only 3 American actors who have been nominated for an Oscar for a movie that was set in the territory of Japan until June 2019.
William James Murray
Bill, The Murricane
Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Bill Murray has residences in –
- Los Angeles, California, United States
- Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County, California, United States
- Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States
- Charleston, South Carolina, United States
- Palisades, Rockland County, New York, United States
- Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Bill Murray went to St. Joseph’s Grade School and also attended Loyola Academy which is a co-educational Jesuit college preparatory high school located in Wilmette, Illinois.
Later, he got enrolled to study pre-med at Regis University located in Denver, Colorado. However, he soon dropped out. The university later awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
Actor, Voiceover Artist, Comedian, Singer, Writer, Producer, Director, Editor
- Father – Edward Joseph Murray II of Clan Murray (Lumber Salesman) (Died in 1967 from complications of diabetes)
- Mother – Lucille Mary (Collins) (Mail-Room Clerk) (Died in 1988)
- Siblings – John Murray of Clan Murray (Younger Brother) (Actor, Writer, Producer), Joel Murray of Clan Murray (Younger Brother) (Actor), Brian Doyle-Murray of Clan Murray (Older Brother) (Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter), Nancy Murray (Older Sister) (Adrian Dominican Nun in Michigan, Traveled the United States in a one-woman program while portraying St. Catherine of Siena), Edward Murray III of Clan Murray (Older Brother) (Stockbroker) (Died in 2020), Peggy Murray (Sister), Andy Murray of Clan Murray (Brother), Laura Murray (Sister)
- Others – Edward Joseph Murray (Paternal Grandfather), Andrew William Murray (Paternal Great Grandfather), William /Holden Murray (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Mary (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), Catherine /Katherine Holden (Paternal Great Grandmother), James /Patrick E. Holden (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Margaret Kane (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), Margaret Mary Hogan (Paternal Grandmother), Martin Joseph Hogan II (Paternal Great Grandfather), Martin Joseph Hogan (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Margaret Wall (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), Mary Burns (Paternal Great Grandmother), Timothy Burns (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Bridget Hughes (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), John Baptist Collins (Maternal Grandfather), John Joachim Collins (Maternal Great Grandfather), Martin Collins (Maternal Great Great Grandfather), Bridget Brenan (Maternal Great Great Grandmother), Elizabeth Lawler (Maternal Great Grandmother), John Lawler (Maternal Great Great Grandfather), Catherine Donohue (Maternal Great Great Grandmother), Mary Agnes Doyle (Maternal Grandmother), Thomas Doyle (Maternal Great Grandfather), Elizabeth (Maternal Great Grandmother), Christina Stauffer (Sister-In-Law) (Brian Doyle-Murray’s Wife), Eliza Coyle (Sister-In-Law), (Joel Murray’s Wife), Hank (Nephew), Gus (Nephew), Louie (Nephew), Annie (Niece)
Bill Murray is represented by Ziffren, Brittenham, Law Firm, Los Angeles, California, United States.
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Bill Murray has dated –
- Linda Ronstadt – It was rumored that Bill Murray and popular singer, Linda Ronstadt, were an item in the past.
- Margaret Murray (1981-1996) – Bill Murray got married to Margaret Murray (née Kelly) on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 25, 1981. They again got married in Chicago, Illinois for the sake of their families. The following year, Margaret Murray gave birth to their first child, a son named Homer Murray of Clan Murray. A few years later, the couple was again blessed with a child, their 2nd son named Luke Murray of Clan Murray, in 1985. Luke has served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Louisville. However, after being married for around 15 years, Bill Murray and Margaret Murray decided to head separate ways as Bill’s love-life with Jennifer Butler started progressing. The couple finally got divorced in 1996.
- Joan Lunden (1990-1995) – Between the years 1990 and 1995, it was speculated that Bill Murray had an affair with the journalist, author, and television host, Joan Lunden. It lasted for around 5 years as they parted ways in 1995.
- Jennifer Butler (1991-2008) – Bill Murray started dating costume designer, Jennifer Butler, around the year 1991. She was also one of the reasons why his marriage with Margaret Murray fell apart, resulting in a divorce. Bill Murray got married to Jennifer Butler in 1997 and the couple was blessed with their 1st child, a son named Caleb James Murray of Clan Murray, on January 11, 1993. Their 2nd son, Jackson William Murray of Clan Murray, was born on October 6, 1995. Later, they welcomed their sons – Cooper Jones Murray of Clan Murray (b. January 27, 1997) and Lincoln Darius Murray of Clan Murray (b. May 30, 2001). However, after being together for a rather long period, Jennifer Butler filed for divorce on May 12, 2008. She accused Murray of domestic violence, infidelity, and addictions to s*x, marijuana, and alcohol. Soon after, their divorce was finalized on June 13, 2008.
- Crystle Stewart (2008) – It was rumored that Bill Murray had a fling with model Crystle Stewart in 2008.
- Jenny Lewis (2015) – In 2015, it was rumored that singer, songwriter, musician, and actress, Jenny Lewis, and Bill Murray had a short-termed affair.
Race / Ethnicity
Bill Murray is of Irish descent.
- Receding Hairline
- Deadpan expression
- Thin lips
- Soft voice
- Unbothered personality
- Pockmarked face
Bill Murray has appeared in several TV commercials such as the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am commercial.
Bill Murray was raised in a Roman Catholic household.
In 1984, he stated in an interview that “I’m definitely a religious person, but it doesn’t have much to do with Catholicism anymore. I don’t think about Catholicism as much.” Moreover, he has also said that he is “apparently a big fan of Jazz Age mystic George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, creator of a religious philosophy known as “The Fourth Way”.”
Best Known For
- Being Hollywood’s one of the very well-known actors as he has appeared in a variety of movies such as Meatballs, Where the Buffalo Roam, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Nothing Lasts Forever, Little Shop of Horrors, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, Quick Change, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Mad Dog and Glory, Ed Wood, Larger than Life, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Space Jam, Wild Things, Rushmore, Cradle Will Rock, Charlie’s Angels, Hamlet, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation, Garfield: The Movie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Broken Flowers, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, The Darjeeling Limited, The Limits of Control, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Zombieland, Get Low, Moonrise Kingdom, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent, Rock the Kasbah, Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book, The Dead Don’t Die, Zombieland: Double Tap, and The French Dispatch
- Winning several awards such as a Primetime Emmy Award in the “Writing for a Variety Series” category for Saturday Night Live in 1977, a Primetime Emmy Award in the “Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” category for Olive Kitteridge in 2015, and a Golden Globe Award in the “Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” category as well as a BAFTA Award in the “Best Actor in a Leading Role” category for his brilliant performance in Lost in Translation in 2004
As a Singer
Bill Murray served as the lead singer for a rock band named the Dutch Masters during his teens.
He has also given various performances in different shows as he performed Go Cubs Go, Holding Out for a Hero, The Economics of Christmas, Stairway to Heaven, and Theme from Hawai 5.O on Saturday Night Live, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds on Where the Buffalo Roam, and Can’t Find My Way Home and Smoke on the Water on Rock the Kasbah.
Bill Murray made his first theatrical film appearance as Nick Kessel in the comedy-drama film, Next Stop, Greenwich Village, in 1976. It starred the likes of Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Lois Smith, and Christopher Walken. However, Bill Murray wasn’t credited for his part.
In 1979, Bill Murray made his first credited theatrical film appearance as Tripper Harrison in the Canadian comedy film, Meatballs. He starred alongside Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham, Kristine DeBell, Sarah Torgov, and Chris Makepeace. Murray was also nominated for a Genie Award in the “Best Performance by a Foreign Actor” category.
As a voiceover artist, Bill Murray made his theatrical film debut by providing vocals to the character of the Reporter in the English version of the adult-oriented French /Belgian animated film, Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle, in 1979. He starred alongside Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., John Belushi, Christopher Guest, and his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray.
First TV Show
Bill Murray made his first TV show appearance as himself in the late-night family comedy show, Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, in 1975.
Bill Murray Favorite Things
- Movie In Which He Has Been Cast – Lost in Translation
- Musical – Oklahoma!
- Sports Teams – Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Bulls
Bill Murray Facts
- Bill Murray grew up alongside his siblings in Wilmette, Cook County, Illinois, United States.
- While growing up, he used to read children’s biographies of American heroes such as Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok, and Davy Crockett.
- His father passed away while he was still in his teen years. That was also the time when Bill Murray used to work as a golf caddy to earn money to fund his educational pursuits.
- He has been interested in acting since his early years and used to participate in high school and community theater productions.
- Bill Murray was arrested by the police on his 20th birthday at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport because he was trying to smuggle 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of cannabis. Later, after the discovery of the drugs, he was convicted and sentenced to probation.
- He co-owns Murray Bros. Caddy Shack along with his brothers. It is a restaurant that opened at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida in 2011.
- He also partly owns the professional baseball team, St. Paul Saints.
- Interestingly enough, unlike others in the show business, Bill Murray does not have an agent or a manager and can be contacted via a personal telephone number with a voice mailbox. Despite his detachment, this practice has also cost him some roles in movies, such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Monsters, Inc., The Squid and the Whale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Little Miss Sunshine, but he has not been very concerned about his inaccessibility and has said that “It’s not that hard. If you have a good script that’s what gets you involved. People say they can’t find me. Well, if you can write a good script, that’s a lot harder than finding someone. I don’t worry about it; it’s not my problem.”
- Bill Murray has also been cast in several shows such as Saturday Night Live, All You Need Is Cash, Alpha House, Olive Kitteridge, Parks and Recreation, Angie Tribeca, Vice Principals, and Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings.
- Some in the industry believe that he is a difficult person to work with and, hence, Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, and filmmaker, Dan Aykroyd, has referred to him as “The Murricane”. However, Bill Murray has defended himself saying that “…I only got that reputation from people I didn’t like working with or people who didn’t know how to work, or what work is. Jim, Wes, and Sofia, they know what it is to work, and they understand how you’re supposed to treat people.”
- He was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center in 2016.
- He has worked frequently with directors such as Harold Ramis, Sofia Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Wes Anderson, and Jim Jarmusch.
- In 1987, Bill Murray donated a large sum of money to help in the development and building of the Nathalie Salmon House, a home that has provided affordable housing for low-income seniors.
- He supported Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, a political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, during the 2000 presidential campaign.
- In August 2008, Bill Murray performed a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights at the 50th annual Chicago Air & Water Show.
- As per the reports by Den of Geek, Murray and actress Sean Young did not get along very well during the filming of the buddy military comedy film, Stripes, and he also refused to work with her in future.
- While filming the fantasy romantic comedy film, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice.
- Bill Murray was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 in the “Best Actor” category and a Screen Actors Guild Award in the “Male Actor in a Leading Role” category for his performance in the film, Lost in Translation. He co-starred in the film alongside Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi.
- During the filming of Mad Dog and Glory (1993), he accidentally broke Robert De Niro‘s nose.
- Bill Murray was ranked at number #82 in “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list designed by Empire (UK) magazine in their October 1997 issue.
- He was cast alongside his 3 brothers in the Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film, Scrooged (1988). For his role as Francis Xavier “Frank” Cross, he was also nominated for a Saturn Award in the “Best Actor” category.
- Initially, it was John Belushi who was considered for the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in the fantasy film, Ghostbusters (1984). The role finally went to Bill Murray.
- He topped the list on Comedy Central’s show ‘Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses’.
- As a producer, Bill Murray has worked on several projects such as Bill Murray Live from the Second City, The Sweet Spot, A Very Murray Christmas, and Extra Innings.
- He both produced as well as directed the comedy crime film, Quick Change (1990).
- Bill Murray has also served as a writer for various shows and movies which include Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, Super Bowl, TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards, The TVTV Show, Saturday Night Live, Bill Murray Live from the Second City, The Razor’s Edge, The Sweet Spot, A Very Murray Christmas, and Extra Innings.
- In 2013, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the “Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” category for his role as Franklin D. Roosevelt in the British historical comedy-drama film, Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).
- In the comedy film Airplane!, Bill Murray was considered for the role of Ted Stryker which later went to Robert Hays. Also, in the 1990 movie Kindergarten Cop, he was considered for the role of Detective John Kimble which later went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- He has often played depressed characters in movies such as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore.
- He enjoys playing golf and has been a part of many pro-am golf tournaments.
- Premiere Magazine has ranked Bill Murray’s performance as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (1993) at number #48 in the “100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006)” list and his performance as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack (1980) at number #18 in the “100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time” list.
- Along with Marlon Brando and Red Buttons, he is the only American actor who has been nominated for an Oscar for a movie that was set in the territory of Japan until June 2019.
- He was both the first as well as the last guest on the late-night talk show, Late Night with David Letterman.
- Bill Murray was friends with celebrity chef and restaurateur, Kerry Simon.
- In 2012, he was inducted to the South Atlantic minor league’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
- According to Bill Murray, there aren’t many disadvantages of being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. On the other hand, it requires a whole lot of efforts to be famous as it is a 24-hour job.
- In 2015, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the “Cast in a Motion Picture” category for his role as M. Ivan in the comedy film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
- In 2019, Selena Gomez, the famous singer and actress and Murray’s co-star in The Dead Don’t Die (2019), humorously stated in an Instagram caption that said “…By the way Bill Murray and I are getting married.” This attracted a lot of eyeballs from their fans.
- His older brother, Ed Murray passed away in November 2020 at the age of 75. He was Bill’s inspiration behind the 1980 hit film, Caddyshack.
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