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).
- Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois.
- Attended Regis College in Denver. He dropped out his sophomore year.
- Was a guest on the very first episode of _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv).
- Murray is a huge fan of Chicago pro sports teams, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.
- Is portrayed by 'Mather Zickel' (qv) in _Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002) (TV)_ (qv).
- His performance as Carl Spackler in _Caddyshack (1980)_ (qv) is ranked #18 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Voiced Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in an early Fantastic Four radio show.
- His role in _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv) was originally intended for fellow SNL star 'John Belushi' (qv).