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).
- 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).
- 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.
- He has rubbed some collaborators the wrong way because he has a tendency to re-write and improvise his way through scripts until many of his scenes barely resembles the original versions. Most collaborators ultimately find, though, it's to the improvement of the films.
- His pockmarked face is due to acne problems he experienced as a teenager.
- 1997 Recipient of the Sons of the Desert Annual Comedy Performer Award on April 19th, 1997.
- Set to become part-owner of his third minor league baseball team, the new Brockton Rox, in Mass., with friend 'Van Schley' (qv).