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).
- Doesn't have a publicist.
- His pockmarked face is due to acne problems he experienced as a teenager.
- Was considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear in _Toy Story (1995)_ (qv).
- The part of Boon in National Lampoon's _Animal House (1978)_ (qv) was originally written with him in mind, but due to a scheduling conflict, he had to turn it down.
- (October 1997) Ranked #82 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- His father Edward was a lumber salesman. He died in 1967.
- Father, with 'Mickey Kelley' (qv), of sons 'Homer Murray' (qv) (b. 1982) and 'Luke Murray' (qv) (b. 1985).
- '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.