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).
- Murray is one of only three American actors that were nominated for an Oscar for a movie that is set on the territory of Japan. The other two are Marlon Brando and Red Buttons for _Sayonara (1957)_ (qv).
- Was bitten by the groundhog twice on the _Groundhog Day (1993)_ (qv) set in 1992.
- Has appeared with both 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv) in _Tootsie (1982)_ (qv) and Dustin's brother 'Todd Hoffman (II)' (qv) in _Meatballs (1979)_ (qv).
- Murray is a huge fan of Chicago pro sports teams, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.
- Married his first wife, 'Mickey Kelley' (qv) in Las Vegas on Super Bowl Sunday of 1981. They had a second ceremony at a church on March 25, 1981.
- Father, with 'Jennifer Butler (I)' (qv), of sons Jackson (b. 1993), Cal (b. 1995) and Cooper (b. 1996) and Lincoln (b. 2001).
- (October 1997) Ranked #82 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- 1997 Recipient of the Sons of the Desert Annual Comedy Performer Award on April 19th, 1997.