Sep. 21st, 1950
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Top Ten List Presenter: #1
Himself - At the Oscars
Senator Vernon Smits
Himself - Guest
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).
- 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.
- Was a guest on the very first episode of _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv).
- Has said that "Oklahoma!" is his favorite musical.
- Has no agent, no business manager, no lawyer, or favorite hair and make-up artist. He travels without an entourage.
- Was bitten by the groundhog twice on the _Groundhog Day (1993)_ (qv) set in 1992.
- (2005) Announced that after his next three productions, he will be taking a break from acting to relax. He cites the productions of _The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)_ (qv) and _Broken Flowers (2005)_ (qv) as having exhausted him.
- Siblings include 'Brian Doyle-Murray' (qv), Nancy, Edward, Andy, 'John Murray (II)' (qv), 'Joel Murray' (qv), Peggy, and Laura.
- Set to become part-owner of his third minor league baseball team, the new Brockton Rox, in Mass., with friend 'Van Schley' (qv).