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).
- 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.
- 1997 Recipient of the Sons of the Desert Annual Comedy Performer Award on April 19th, 1997.
- His role in _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv) was originally intended for fellow SNL star 'John Belushi' (qv).
- His home is in upstate New York, although he is more frequently working elsewhere during the year.
- 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.
- Co-owner, with brothers Brian, Joel and John, of the Murray Brothers Caddyshack restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida (actually, in St. Augustine, Florida, inside the World Golf Village complex).
- Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the 1989 _Batman (1989)_ (qv) film when it was set to be identical to the 1960s TV Series before 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) came along.
- 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) wrote the lead role of Bob Harris in _Lost in Translation (2003)_ (qv), with Murray specifically in mind. She did not know the actor and even enlisted the help of her famous father, 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv), to track down the sometimes quite elusive Murray. Once he finally read the script, though, he agreed to do it on the spot. Murray and 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) are now good friends.