Sep. 21st, 1950
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
Weekend Update Anchor
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).
- With _The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)_ (qv) and _Broken Flowers (2005)_ (qv), Murray did two films back-to-back in which he plays a long-childless man who discovers that someone who may be his grown son has been searching for him.
- His home is in upstate New York, although he is more frequently working elsewhere during the year.
- 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) wrote the lead role of Bob Harris in _Lost in Translation (2003)_ (qv), with Murray specifically in mind. She did not know the actor and even enlisted the help of her famous father, 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv), to track down the sometimes quite elusive Murray. Once he finally read the script, though, he agreed to do it on the spot. Murray and 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) are now good friends.
- He has rubbed some collaborators the wrong way because he has a tendency to re-write and improvise his way through scripts until many of his scenes barely resembles the original versions. Most collaborators ultimately find, though, it's to the improvement of the films.
- Was considered for the role of Eddie Valiant in _Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)_ (qv). The part eventually went to 'Bob Hoskins (I)' (qv).
- Has said that "Oklahoma!" is his favorite musical.
- 'Dan Aykroyd' (qv) nicknamed him "The Murricane" for his notorious mood swings.
- Was considered for the role of Han Solo in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).