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).
- Performed the vocals for the song "The Best Thing" in the 'John Waters (I)' (qv) film _Polyester (1981)_ (qv).
- 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).
- Attended Regis College in Denver. He dropped out his sophomore year.
- Father, with 'Jennifer Butler (I)' (qv), of sons Jackson (b. 1993), Cal (b. 1995) and Cooper (b. 1996) and Lincoln (b. 2001).
- His performance as Phil Connors in _Groundhog Day (1993)_ (qv) is ranked #48 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Is portrayed by 'Mather Zickel' (qv) in _Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002) (TV)_ (qv).
- He is part of The Goldklang Group that includes 'Van Schley' (qv), baseball marketing guru 'Mike Veeck' (qv), and _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) comedian 'Jimmy Fallon' (qv). The group owns minor league baseball teams the St. Paul Saints and the Brockton Rox of the Northern League, the Charleston RiverDogs, the Fort Myers Miracle, the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Evansville Otters and they run the Portland Beavers.