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).
- 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.
- Related through marriage to guitar player, lyricist and singer Chris Luxem.
- Was a frequent collaborator with 'Harold Ramis' (qv) throughout the 1980s, but their working relationship ended during the filming of _Groundhog Day (1993)_ (qv) due to differing views on what the film should be: Ramis claims that Murray wanted the film to be more philosophical, while Ramis himself simply meant for it to be a comedy. Ramis also cites that Murray's personal problems at the time (namely the ending of his first marriage) had a negative effect on his work ethic, causing him to be uncharacteristically harsh during filming, as another reason for the end of their working relationship.
- Turned down 'Steve Carell' (qv)'s role in _Little Miss Sunshine (2006)_ (qv), which became one of the few choices in his career that he regretted.
- His sister Nancy is a Dominican nun.
- Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois.
- His father Edward was a lumber salesman. He died in 1967.
- Doesn't have a publicist.