Sep. 21st, 1950
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
Bill Murray's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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).
- He was considered for the role of Detective John Kimble in _Kindergarten Cop (1990)_ (qv). The part eventually went to 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv).
- Was considered for the role of Willy Wonka in _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)_ (qv).
- 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.
- 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.
- Has appeared with both 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv) in _Tootsie (1982)_ (qv) and Dustin's brother 'Todd Hoffman (II)' (qv) in _Meatballs (1979)_ (qv).
- Voiced Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in an early Fantastic Four radio show.
- An early promotional reel for _"The Real Ghost Busters" (1986)_ (qv) featured a different character design for the animated version of Murray's character Peter Venkman, a design that bore more of a resemblance to Murray himself as opposed to the final character design, which gave Venkman a slimmer, sleeker, more chiseled "pretty boy" look.
- Father, with 'Mickey Kelley' (qv), of sons 'Homer Murray' (qv) (b. 1982) and 'Luke Murray' (qv) (b. 1985).