Bill Murray initiated his career in acting with comic roles but later moved on to do dramatic roles. He is a golf believer – he worked as a caddy in his determinative years, and it was here that he flourished a keen love for the game. He is also a baseball enthusiast.
As a young man, he initiated on the wrong note, getting arrested for custody of cannabis. He took his life in the right direction when he and his brothers set out to act in the comedy ‘The Second City’. This was followed by roles in ‘Saturday Night Live’.
His first prosperous movie was ‘Meatball”. It was followed by the cult classic ‘Caddyshack’ and box-office hits such as ‘Stripes’, and ‘Tootsie’. His most popular movie was ‘Ghostbusters’. He did dramatic roles in ‘Wild Things’, ‘Cradle Will Rock’, ‘Hamlet’, and in 2001 critically applauded the movie ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’. He provided the voice for cartoon characters such as Garfield and Mr. Badger in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’.
He has no agents or supervisors and no retinue following him around. He is involved in providing affordable housing to low-income seniors through Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.), to which he has made a generous donation.
|Birth Name||William James Murray|
|Nick Name||Bill, The Murricane|
|Age||(as in 2020) 70 years|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||White|
|Birth Place||Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, United States|
|Date of Birth||21 September 1950|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County, California, United States
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Palisades, Rockland County, New York, United States
Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
|Home Town||Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, United States|
|Mother's Name||Lucille Mary (Collins) (Mail-Room Clerk) (Died in 1988)|
|Father's Name||Edward Joseph Murray II of Clan Murray (Lumber Salesman) (Died in 1967 from complications of diabetes)|
|Brother||John Murray of Clan Murray (Younger Brother) (Actor, Writer, Producer)|
Joel Murray of Clan Murray (Younger Brother) (Actor)
Brian Doyle-Murray of Clan Murray (Older Brother) (Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter)
Edward Murray III of Clan Murray (Older Brother) (Stockbroker)
Andy Murray of Clan Murray (Brother)
|Sister||1. Nancy Murray|
2. Peggy Murray
3. Laura Murray
|Affairs/Girlfriends||1. Linda Ronstadt|
2. Margaret Murray (1981-1996)
3. Joan Lunden (1990-1995)
4. Jennifer Butler (1991-2008)
5. Crystle Stewart (2008)
6. Jenny Lewis (2015)
Marital Status, Wife and Children
|Wife/Spouse||1. Jennifer Butler|
2. Margaret Kelly
|Marriage Date||4 July 1997 (Jennifer Butler)|
25 January 1981 (Margaret Kelly)
|School||St. Joseph’s Grade School|
Loyola Academy which is a co-educational Jesuit college preparatory high school located in Wilmette, Illinois
|College/University||Regis University located in Denver, Colorado.|
|Educational Qualification||Doctor of Humanities degree|
|Profession||Actor, Voiceover Artist, Comedian, Singer, Writer, Producer, Director, Editor|
|Brands Endorsed||Bill Murray has appeared in several TV commercials such as the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am commercial.|
|Career Manager||1. Ziffren|
3. Law Firm
4. Los Angeles
6. United States
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in Feet/Inches- 6'1"|
in Centimeters- 185.5cm
in Meters- 1.85m
|Weight (Approx.)||in Kilogram- 75 kg or in Pounds- 165.5 lbs|
|Chest Size||42 Inches|
|Hips Size||40 Inches|
|Waist Size||32 Inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||White|
|Dress Size||Not Known|
|Shoe Size||Not Known|
|Favourite Movies||Lost in Translation|
|Favourite Sports Teams||Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Bulls|
William James “Bill” Murray was born to Lucille Collins, a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. Murray had eight siblings. He attended St. Joseph grade school and Loyola Academy. In order to fund his education at the Jesuit high school, he worked as a golf caddy in his teens.
As a teen, he was the singer of a band called the Dutch Masters and performed in high school and community theatre. He attended Regis University, Denver but dropped out and returned to Illinois. In 1970, he was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for trying to smuggle cannabis. He was convicted and sentenced to probation.
Murray was married to Margaret “Mickey” Kelley from 1981 to 1994. They have two sons, Homer and Luke. In 1997, he married Jennifer Butler, with whom he has four sons: Jackson, Cal, Cooper, and Lincoln. They divorced in 2008.
In 2016, Murray enjoyed one of the biggest honors of his career as the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Outside of acting, Murray has been involved in the restaurant business with his siblings. The Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2001, and in 2018 the crew introduced a second location at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.
Bill Murray Net Worth
Bill Murray has a net worth of $180 million.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2019||$180 million|
|Previous Year's Net Worth (2018)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Actor, Voiceover Artist, Comedian, Singer, Writer, Producer, Director, Editor|
He starred as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack, which earned $40 million worldwide. The movie focuses on the happenings at an exclusive golf club with a new member and a destructive gopher. He is also part of Ghostbusters, which earned approximately $653 million. His American buddy military comedy film Stripes in 1981 was also a hit ending with a total gross of $85 million.
Bill Murray Movies And TV Shows
- It didn’t take long for Murray to move from the small screen to the big screen, and his first major film role was in the 1979 box office hit Meatballs. This was followed by the biographical flop Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), in which Murray starred as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
- Murray redeemed himself later that year by going back to his comedic roots with the cult classic Caddyshack. He continued with a string of successes in film, including the Army farce Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), and Ghostbusters (1984), the latter of which co-starred Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
- The comedy was one of the decade’s biggest hits, earning almost $300 million worldwide and spawning a sequel, a cartoon series, action figures, and even a chart-topping theme song.
- Murray’s next move caught loyal fans off guard. He starred in and co-wrote an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel The Razor’s Edge in 1984, which had been a lifelong dream.
- The hairpin turn from farce to literary drama proved too sharp, and the film was a failure. Murray spent the next several years away from Hollywood, only making a cameo appearance in the 1986 musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.
- Murray finally made his comeback in 1988 with Scrooged, a darkly comedic version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. While it performed moderately well, it was not the smash many predicted—nor was 1989’s Ghostbusters II.
- But Scrooged went on to become a holiday classic, and it runs seemingly around the clock at Christmastime. In 1991, Murray starred in What About Bob?, which was an unqualified hit, and followed with the equally acclaimed Groundhog Day in 1993 and Ed Wood in 1994.
- In 1998, Murray played what many believed to be one of his finest roles in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore. As a business tycoon competing with an eccentric 15-year-old for the affections of a first-grade teacher, Murray won the best supporting actor from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.
- The film’s success helped put him back at the forefront, and Murray was added to Anderson’s stable of go-to actors. He drew further exposure that year from his appearance as a sleazy lawyer in the controversial Wild Things.
- In 1999, Murray appeared in Tim Robbins’ Cradle Will Rock, and the following year he played the affably dense Bosley in Charlie’s Angels remake. The actor again gained critical praise for his performance in Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), but it was his role as aging movie star Bob Harris in Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation (2003), opposite Scarlett Johannson, that led to some of the strongest reviews of his career and his first Academy Award nomination.
- In 2004, Murray voiced Garfield in Fox’s live-action adaptation of the comic-strip feline and teamed up yet again with director Anderson for the offbeat comedy The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
- Murray then made a cameo in the Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited (2007), following with starring turns in the comedy Get Smart (2008) and the children’s adventure film City of Ember (2008). In 2009, continuing his work in the realm of dramas, he starred in Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control.
- Murray earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), about Roosevelt’s relationship with his distant cousin and confidante Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney). He then reunited with Anderson for the Moonrise Kingdom that same year and for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), which featured Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes among the ensemble cast.
- Also in 2014, Murray appeared in The Monuments Men, with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and John Goodman, and earned a lead actor Golden Globe nomination for his role in the comedy St. Vincent, co-starring Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts.
- That same year he starred as Jack Kennison in the acclaimed HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, for which he earned his second Emmy Award. In 2015, Murray was seen in the comedy Rock the Kasbah portraying a music manager who starts to handle the career of an Afghani teen.
- In 2016, Murray provided voice work for The Jungle Book and appeared in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, as supernatural skeptic Martin Heiss.
- After joining longtime collaborator Anderson yet again, as the voice of one of the main canines in the stop-motion flick Isle of Dogs (2018), Murray appeared in a pair of 2019 zombie flicks, The Dead Don’t Die and Zombieland: Double Tap. Next up was a return to one of the fame-making roles of his early career with the scheduled July 2020 arrival of Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
|Next Stop, Greenwich Village|
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video
Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle
|1980||Where the Buffalo Roam|
Nothing Lasts Forever
The Razor's Edge
|Little Shop of Horrors|
|1988||She's Having a Baby|
|What About Bob?|
Mad Dog and Glory
Larger than Life
|The Man Who Knew Too Little|
With Friends Like These
|Cradle Will Rock|
Speaking of S*x
The Royal Tenenbaums
|2003||Lost in Translation|
Coffee and Cigarettes
|2004||Garfield: The Movie|
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Lost City
|Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties|
|The Darjeeling Limited|
City of Ember
|2009||The Limits of Control|
Fantastic Mr. Fox
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Hyde Park on Hudson
|2014||The Monuments Men|
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dumb and Dumber To
Rock the Kasbah
|2016||The Jungle Book|
|2018||Isle of Dogs|
|2019||The Dead Don't Die|
Zombieland: Double Tap
|2020||The French Dispatch|
|Yet To Be Released||On the Rocks|
TV Shows & Serials List
|1977–1980||Saturday Night Live|
|1978||All You Need Is Cash|
|1981–1999||Saturday Night Live|
|Second City Television|
|1999||Saturday Night Live|
|2015||Saturday Night Live|
Parks and Recreation
A Very Murray Christmas
|2017–2018||Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray's Extra Innings|
Saturday Night Live
Murray eventually relocated to New York City, where he took his comedic talents on the air in the radio show National Lampoon Hour (1973-74) alongside Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi. In 1975, both Murray brothers were in an off-Broadway spin-off of the radio show when Bill was spotted by sportscaster Howard Cosell, who recruited him for the cast of his ABC variety program Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell (1975-76).
On NBC, a program also named Saturday Night Live (1975- ) was creating a much bigger sensation. A year later, producer Lorne Michaels tapped Murray to replace Chevy Chase, who had moved on to pursue a film career. It was on the set of Saturday Night Live that Murray created the sleazy, insincere comedic character that became his calling card for many films to come. He also earned an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for his work on the show.
- Bill Murray grew up alongside his siblings in Wilmette, Cook County, Illinois, United States.
- While growing up, he used to read children’s biographies of American heroes such as Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok, and Davy Crockett.
- His father passed away while he was still in his teen years. That was also the time when Bill Murray used to work as a golf caddy to earn money to fund his educational pursuits.
- He has been interested in acting since his early years and used to participate in high school and community theater productions.
- Bill Murray was arrested by the police on his 20th birthday at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport because he was trying to smuggle 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of cannabis. Later, after the discovery of the drugs, he was convicted and sentenced to probation.
- He co-owns Murray Bros. Caddy Shack along with his brothers. It is a restaurant that opened at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida in 2011.
- He also partly owns the professional baseball team, St. Paul Saints.
- Interestingly enough, unlike others in the show business, Bill Murray does not have an agent or a manager and can be contacted via a personal telephone number with a voice mailbox. Despite his detachment, this practice has also cost him some roles in movies, such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Monsters, Inc., The Squid, and the Whale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Little Miss Sunshine, but he has not been very concerned about his inaccessibility and has said that “It’s not that hard.
- If you have a good script that’s what gets you involved. People say they can’t find me. Well, if you can write a good script, that’s a lot harder than finding someone. I don’t worry about it; it’s not my problem.”
- Bill Murray has also been cast in several shows such as Saturday Night Live, All You Need Is Cash, Alpha House, Olive Kitteridge, Parks and Recreation, Angie Tribeca, Vice Principals, and Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings.
- Some in the industry believe that he is a difficult person to work with and, hence, Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, and filmmaker, Dan Aykroyd, has referred to him as “The Murricane”. However, Bill Murray has defended himself saying that “…I only got that reputation from people I didn’t like working with or people who didn’t know how to work, or what work is. Jim, Wes, and Sofia, they know what it is to work, and they understand how you’re supposed to treat people.”
- He was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center in 2016.
- He has worked frequently with directors such as Harold Ramis, Sofia Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Wes Anderson, and Jim Jarmusch.
- In 1987, Bill Murray donated a large sum of money to help in the development and building of the Nathalie Salmon House, a home that has provided affordable housing for low-income seniors.
- He supported Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, a political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, during the 2000 presidential campaign.
- In August 2008, Bill Murray performed a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights at the 50th annual Chicago Air & Water Show.
- As per the reports by Den of Geek, Murray, and actress Sean Young did not get along very well during the filming of the buddy military comedy film, Stripes, and he also refused to work with her in the future.
- While filming the fantasy romantic comedy film, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice.
- Bill Murray was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 in the “Best Actor” category and a Screen Actors Guild Award in the “Male Actor in a Leading Role” category for his performance in the film, Lost in Translation. He co-starred in the film alongside Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi.
- During the filming of Mad Dog and Glory (1993), he accidentally broke Robert De Niro‘s nose.
- Bill Murray was ranked at number #82 in “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list designed by Empire (UK) magazine in their October 1997 issue.
- He was cast alongside his 3 brothers in the Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film, Scrooged (1988). For his role as Francis Xavier “Frank” Cross, he was also nominated for a Saturn Award in the “Best Actor” category.
- Initially, it was John Belushi who was considered for the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in the fantasy film, Ghostbusters (1984). The role finally went to Bill Murray.
- He topped the list on Comedy Central’s show ‘Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses’.
- As a producer, Bill Murray has worked on several projects such as Bill Murray Live from the Second City, The Sweet Spot, A Very Murray Christmas, and Extra Innings.
- He both produced as well as directed the comedy crime film, Quick Change (1990).
- Bill Murray has also served as a writer for various shows and movies which include Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, Super Bowl, TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards, The TVTV Show, Saturday Night Live, Bill Murray Life from the Second City, The Razor’s Edge, The Sweet Spot, A Very Murray Christmas, and Extra Innings.
- In 2013, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the “Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” category for his role as Franklin D. Roosevelt in the British historical comedy-drama film, Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).
- In the comedy film Airplane!, Bill Murray was considered for the role of Ted Stryker which later went to Robert Hays. Also, in the 1990 movie Kindergarten Cop, he was considered for the role of Detective John Kimble which later went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- He has often played depressed characters in movies such as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore.
- He enjoys playing golf and has been a part of many pro-am golf tournaments.
- Premiere Magazine has ranked Bill Murray’s performance as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (1993) at number #48 in the “100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006)” list and his performance as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack (1980) at number #18 in the “100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time” list.
- Along with Marlon Brando and Red Buttons, he is the only American actor who has been nominated for an Oscar for a movie that was set in the territory of Japan until June 2019.
- He was both the first as well as the last guest on the late-night talk show, Late Night with David Letterman.
- Bill Murray was friends with celebrity chef and restaurateur, Kerry Simon.
- In 2012, he was inducted to the South Atlantic minor league’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
- According to Bill Murray, there aren’t many disadvantages of being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. On the other hand, it requires a whole lot of effort to be famous as it is a 24-hour job.
- In 2015, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the “Cast in a Motion Picture” category for his role as M. Ivan in the comedy film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
- In 2019, Selena Gomez, the famous singer and actress and Murray’s co-star in The Dead Don’t Die (2019), humorously stated in an Instagram caption that said “By the way, Bill Murray and I are getting married.” This attracted a lot of eyeballs from their fans.
- Bill Murray does not have any verified social media account.
Did Bill Murray ever get married?
During the filming of Stripes, Murray married Margaret Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas on January 25, 1981. Following Murray’s affair with Jennifer Butler, the couple divorced in 1996. In 1997, he married Butler. Together, they have four sons: Caleb, Jackson, Cooper, and Lincoln.
Are Dan Aykroyd And Bill Murray Friends?
The Actor’s Return Comes 30 Years After He Appeared In The 1989 Film “Ghostbusters 2.” Murray Will Be In Good Company As His Ghostbusting Friends, Dan Aykroyd And Ernie Hudson Will Also Reprise Their Longtime Roles As Ray Stantz And Winston Zeddemore, Respectively.
Why Is Bill Murray Famous?
Actor Bill Murray Is A Comedy Icon Best Known For His Popular ‘Saturday Night Live’ Characters And Movie Classics Such As ‘meatballs,’ ‘Caddyshack’ And ‘ghostbusters. ‘ He Was Nominated For An Oscar For His Seriocomic Role In ‘Lost In Translation.
Who Is Bill Murray Dating?
Sources Confirm To E! News That The Rock The Kasbah Actor And The Rilo Kiley Singer Are Not Dating. “It’s Not True,” A Source Reveals.
Why Did Murray And Ramis Have A Falling Out?
Ramis Responded Saying He Had Watched Murray ‘turn On People For Virtually No Reason. ‘ The 20-year Feud Finally Came To An End After Murray Extended An Olive Branch To An Ailing Ramis. In 2010, The Comedy Star Was Suffering From Vasculitis, An Autoimmune Disease That Left Him Unable To Walk And Hardly Able To Speak.