Bill Murray Biography (1950-)

Full name, William James Murray; born September 21, 1950, in Evanston (some sources cite Wilmette), IL; son of Edward J. (in lumber sales) and Lucille (amail room clerk) Murray; brother of Brian Doyle-Murray (an actor), John Murray (an actor), and Joel Murray (an actor and comedy writer); married Margaret"Mickey" Kelly, January 24, 1980 (divorced, 1994); married Jennifer Butler, July 4, 1997; children: (first marriage) Homer, Luke; (second marriage) Jackson, Caleb, Cooper. Addresses: Agent: Jessica Tuchinsky, Creative Artists Agency Inc., 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, comedian, writer, director, producer
Birth Details
September 21, 1950
Evanston, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice, Jungle Burger (also known as Shame of the Jungle, Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle, La honte de la jungle, and Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle), SND Valista Films, 1975
  • (Uncredited) Man in bar, Next Stop, Greenwich Village, 1976
  • Tripper Harrison, Meatballs (also known as Summer Camp), Paramount, 1977
  • The Dogs, 1978
  • A Bird for All Seasons, 1979
  • First Love, 1979
  • Man on the street, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, 1979
  • Carl Spackler, Caddyshack, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Lefty Schwartz, Loose Shoes (also known as Coming Attractions and Quackers), Atlantic Releasing, 1980
  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Where the Buffalo Roam, Universal, 1980
  • John Winger, Stripes, Columbia, 1981
  • Jeff, Tootsie (also known as Would I Lie to You?), Columbia, 1982
  • Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984
  • Ted Breughel, Nothing Lasts Forever, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Larry Darrell, The Razor's Edge, Columbia, 1984
  • Arthur Denton, Little Shop of Horrors, Warner Bros., 1986
  • Frank Xavier Cross, Scrooged, Paramount, 1988
  • (Uncredited) She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988
  • Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989
  • Grimm, Quick Change, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Bob "Bobby" Wiley, What about Bob?, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Shepherd, Maniac Warriors, North American Pictures, 1992
  • Phil Connors, Groundhog Day, Columbia, 1993
  • Frank Milo, Mad Dog and Glory, Universal, 1993
  • "4 x 4" driver, Knights, 1993
  • John "Bunny" Breckenridge, Ed Wood, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Ernie McCracken, Kingpin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Jack Corcoran, Larger than Life (also known as Large as Life and Nickel and Dime), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Himself, Space Jam, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Wallace "Wally" Ritchie, The Man Who Knew Too Little (also known as Agent Null Null Nix and Watch That Man), Warner Bros., 1997
  • Maurice Melnick, With Friends Like These (also known as Mom's on the Roof), Miramax, 1999
  • Herman J. Blume, Rushmore, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Kenneth Bowden, Wild Things (also known as Sex Crimes), Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • Jack Vardell, Scout's Honor, 1999
  • Tommy Crickshaw, Cradle Will Rock, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters 1999, 1999
  • Polonius, Hamlet, Miramax, 2000
  • Himself, Michael Jordan to the Max, Giant Screen Sports, 2000
  • John Bosley (J. D. Range), Charlie's Angels (also known as 3 Engel fuer Charlie), Columbia, 2000
  • Frank, Osmosis Jones, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Raleigh St. Clair, The Royal Tenenbaums, Buena Vista, 2001
  • Ezri Stovall, Speaking of Sex, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Lounge singer, Ocean's Eleven, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Performer of theme song, "The Best Thing (Love Song)," Polyester,New Line Cinema, 1981
  • (With Robert Greenhut) Producer and (with Howard Franklin) director, Quick Change, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Executive producer, Confessions of a Hit Man, Hemdale, 1994
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, ABC, 1976
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live 80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1977-1980
  • Miniseries
  • Bill, The Sweet Spot, Comedy Central, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live 80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1981
  • Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1982
  • "The Days of the Week/Street Beef," SCTV Network 90, 1982
  • Mr. McNulty, "No Substitutions," Square Pegs, CBS, 1983
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live 80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1987
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live 80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1993
  • Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1993
  • Voice of Geppeto, "Pinocchio and the Golden Key," Stories from My Childhood (also known as Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories from My Childhood), PBS, 1997
  • Guest, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, CBS, 1997
  • Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1997
  • Guest, The Daily Show, 1997
  • Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997
  • Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1998
  • Specials
  • Bill Murray the K, All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles), NBC, 1978
  • Things We Did Last Summer, NBC, 1978
  • Bill Murray Live from the Second City, 1980
  • The Rodney Dangerfield Show, ABC, 1980
  • Steve Martin's Best Show Ever, NBC, 1981
  • The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me, ABC, 1982
  • Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary, CBS, 1986
  • Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters, Fox, 1989
  • Late Night with David Letterman Eighth Anniversary Special, NBC, 1990
  • Walter Cronkite, Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash, NBC, 1992
  • Late Night with David Letterman: 10th Anniversary, NBC, 1992
  • The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1993
  • Gilda Radner: In Her Own Words, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes 4, Fox, 1996
  • John Belushi: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin, NBC, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (also known as Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special), NBC, 1999
  • The Story Behind: Caddyshack, NBC, 2001
  • Also appeared in Second City--25 Years in Revue.
  • Pilots
  • The TV TV Show, NBC, 1977
  • Twilight Theatre, NBC, 1982
  • Television Work
  • Theme song performer, Things We Did Last Summer (special), NBC, 1978
  • Executive producer, Bill Murray Live from the Second City (special), 1980
  • Creative producer, The Sweet Spot (miniseries), Comedy Central, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • The National Lampoon Show, New Palladium Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Nick, The Guys, Flea Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Appeared as Luther Billis, South Pacific, off-Broadway production.
  • Radio Appearances
  • National Lampoon Radio Hour, 1975
  • Voices of Johnny Storm and the Human Torch, Marvel Comics's FantasticFour, 1975
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • The Best of John Belushi, 1985
  • The Best of Dan Aykroyd, 1986
  • The Best of Gilda Radner, 1989
  • Host of Spanish game show, Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies, NBC Studios, 1998
  • Ghostbusters' SFX Team Featurette, 1999
  • The Making of "Charlie's Angels," Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000
  • Also appeared in the music videos "Hot, Hot, Hot" by Buster Poindexter and as Peter Venkman, "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With John Byrum) The Razor's Edge (based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham), Columbia, 1984
  • Stage
  • The National Lampoon Show, New Palladium Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Television Episodes
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live 80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1977-1980
  • Television Writing
  • Other
  • The TV TV Show (pilot), NBC, 1977
  • Bill Murray Live from the Second City (special), 1980
  • Radio Series
  • National Lampoon Radio Hour, 1975
  • Writing
  • Other
  • (With George Peper) A Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf, Doubleday(New York City), 1999

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Murray, Bill, and George Peper, A Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf, Doubleday (New York City), 1999
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Biography, September, 1999, pp. 16-17
    • Empire, October, 1997, p. 200
    • Entertainment Weekly, March 19, 1993, pp. 20-26; January 10, 1997,p. 66; November 21, 1997, p. 99
    • Film Comment, November/December, 1993, pp. 5-8
    • Interview, February, 1999, p. 50
    • Newsweek, November 11, 1996, p. 78
    • New York Times Magazine, November 20, 1988, pp. 39, 52-54, 94, 106; January 31, 1999
    • Parade, February 21, 1999, pp. 4-6
    • Premiere, August, 1990, pp. 57-64
    • Sport, October, 1997, pp. 86-89
    • Sports Illustrated, June 10, 2002, p. 25
    • TV Guide, March 30, 2002, pp. 20-23
    • USA Today, October 30, 1996
    • Variety, September 14, 1998, pp. 33-35

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