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).
- 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).
- Is a fan of the Illini men's basketball team.
- 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.
- Father, with 'Mickey Kelley' (qv), of sons 'Homer Murray' (qv) (b. 1982) and 'Luke Murray' (qv) (b. 1985).
- Was considered for the role of Eddie Valiant in _Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)_ (qv). The part eventually went to 'Bob Hoskins (I)' (qv).
- Was considered for the role of Willy Wonka in _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)_ (qv).
- Has said that "Oklahoma!" is his favorite musical.
- 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.