Sep. 21st, 1950
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
Senator Vernon Smits
Bill is the fifth of nine children born to Edward and Lucille Murray. He and most of his siblings worked as caddies, which paid his tuition to Loyola Academy, a Jesuit school. He played sports and did some acting while in that school, but in his words, mostly "screwed off." He enrolled at Regis College in Denver to study pre-med but dropped out after being arrested for marijuana possession. He then joined the National Lampoon Radio Hour with fellow members Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi. However, while those three became the original members of "Saturday Night Live" (1975), he joined "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell" (1975), which premiered that same year. After that show failed, he later got the opportunity to join "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
- Accidentally broke 'Robert De Niro' (qv)'s nose during the filming of _Mad Dog and Glory (1993)_ (qv).
- Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois.
- Related through marriage to guitar player, lyricist and singer Chris Luxem.
- Was a frequent collaborator with 'Harold Ramis' (qv) throughout the 1980s, but their working relationship ended during the filming of _Groundhog Day (1993)_ (qv) due to differing views on what the film should be: Ramis claims that Murray wanted the film to be more philosophical, while Ramis himself simply meant for it to be a comedy. Ramis also cites that Murray's personal problems at the time (namely the ending of his first marriage) had a negative effect on his work ethic, causing him to be uncharacteristically harsh during filming, as another reason for the end of their working relationship.
- Captivated by the story of _"Press Your Luck" (1983)_ (qv) contestant 'Michael Larson (III)' (qv) who memorized the sequence of the game show's big board and racked up over $110,000 in winnings, Murray commissioned a screenplay for a biopic about Larson. Several studios expressed an interest but didn't follow through. The Game Show Network's 2003 TV documentary _Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (2003) (TV)_ (qv) told the same story with interviews, dramatic recreations and archival video, and may have diminished interest in the film even more.
- Murray is a huge fan of Chicago pro sports teams, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.
- Co-owner, with brothers Brian, Joel and John, of the Murray Brothers Caddyshack restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida (actually, in St. Augustine, Florida, inside the World Golf Village complex).
- Father, with 'Jennifer Butler (I)' (qv), of sons Jackson (b. 1993), Cal (b. 1995) and Cooper (b. 1996) and Lincoln (b. 2001).