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).
- His father Edward was a lumber salesman. He died in 1967.
- He is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. During the Cubs playoff run in 2003, he was on location in Italy, but he had it written into his contract that he'd get a satellite feed of the playoffs.
- Was considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear in _Toy Story (1995)_ (qv).
- His role in _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv) was originally intended for fellow SNL star 'John Belushi' (qv).
- 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.
- His sister Nancy is a Dominican nun.
- Was considered and tested for the voice role of Sulley in _Monsters, Inc. (2001)_ (qv), but the director, 'Pete Docter' (qv), said that when the filmmakers decided to offer it to Murray, they were unable to make contact with him and took that to mean "no".