Sep. 21st, 1950
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
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).
- Has become the unofficial patron saint of the forums of the Football Manager website, home to one of the biggest selling PC games of all time.
- Was considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear in _Toy Story (1995)_ (qv).
- Was a guest on the very first episode of _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv).
- Was considered for the role of Han Solo in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).
- Shares two characters with the late 'Lorenzo Music' (qv). He played Peter Venkman in the film _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv), while Lorenzo played Venkman in the animated series, _"The Real Ghost Busters" (1986)_ (qv). Lorenzo was also the voice of Garfield in numerous cartoons, while Bill provides Garfield's voice in _Garfield (2004)_ (qv).
- Captivated by the story of _"Press Your Luck" (1983)_ (qv) contestant 'Michael Larson (III)' (qv) who memorized the sequence of the game show's big board and racked up over $110,000 in winnings, Murray commissioned a screenplay for a biopic about Larson. Several studios expressed an interest but didn't follow through. The Game Show Network's 2003 TV documentary _Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (2003) (TV)_ (qv) told the same story with interviews, dramatic recreations and archival video, and may have diminished interest in the film even more.
- Doesn't have a publicist.