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).
- 'Dan Aykroyd' (qv) nicknamed him "The Murricane" for his notorious mood swings.
- His performance as Phil Connors in _Groundhog Day (1993)_ (qv) is ranked #48 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Was considered for the role of Han Solo in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Murray and 'Dan Aykroyd' (qv) reprised their _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv) characters to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film and wanted to meet them.
- Father, with 'Mickey Kelley' (qv), of sons 'Homer Murray' (qv) (b. 1982) and 'Luke Murray' (qv) (b. 1985).
- Attended Regis College in Denver. He dropped out his sophomore year.