Here’s a look at the life of actor, writer and director Bill Murray.
Birth Date: September 21, 1950
Birth place: Evanston, Illinois
Birth Name: William James Murray
Father: Edward Murray, lumber salesman
Mother: Lucille (Collins) Murray, mailroom worker
Marriages: Jennifer Butler (1997-2008, divorced); Margaret Kelly (1981-1996, divorced)
Children: with Jennifer Butler: Lincoln, Cooper, Jackson and Caleb; with Margaret Kelly: Luke and Homer
Education: Attended Regis University
Nominated for one Academy Award.
Nominated for four Primetime Emmy awards and won two.
A prolific party crasher, Murray has randomly turned up at gatherings around the globe, dancing, pouring tequila, delivering inspiring speeches and washing dishes. In 2014, Murray photo-bombed a South Carolina couple posing for an engagement portrait.
Murray co-owns several minor league baseball teams. During the summer of 2014, he surprised fans by working a day as ticket taker at a Minnesota ballpark, the home of one of his teams, the St. Paul Saints.
Agreed to a voice role as the title cat in “Garfield” because he mistakenly believed the script was written by one of the Coen brothers.
Murray doesn’t have a publicist or an agent. Instead, filmmakers are invited to call his 1-800 number and pitch their projects via voicemail.
January 15, 1977 - Makes his debut on “Saturday Night Live,” taking Chevy Chase’s place in the cast. During his three-year tenure on the show, his recurring characters include a lounge singer and a whining teenage nerd (alongside Gilda Radner).
September 11, 1977 - Wins a Primetime Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy-variety or music series for “Saturday Night Live.”
1979 - Stars in “Meatballs” as a slacker camp counselor who inspires a group of misfit kids to defeat their preppy competitors in an end-of-summer tournament.
1980 - “Caddyshack,” features Murray as a gopher-chasing groundskeeper.
1982 - Plays a supporting role in “Tootsie,” portraying the main character’s dry-witted roommate.
1984 - In “Ghostbusters,” Murray stars as a wisecracking scientist who zaps evil spirits in New York skyscrapers. The same year, he makes his dramatic debut in “The Razor’s Edge,” an adaptation of a 1944 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. The two films are linked. Murray agreed to play a leading role in “Ghostbusters” after the studio greenlit “The Razor’s Edge,” a passion project for the actor. He co-wrote the screenplay in addition to starring in the movie.
1990 - Co-directs and stars in the caper “Quick Change,” about a hapless group of bank robbers trying to flee New York.
1993 - “Groundhog Day” reunites Murray with Harold Ramis, his “Ghostbusters” costar as well as the director of “Caddyshack.” The comedy centers on a weatherman who finds enlightenment as he relives the same day repeatedly in a time warp.
1994 - Makes a cameo appearance in “Ed Wood,” a biopic that chronicles the making of a famed sci-fi flop, “Plan 9 from Outer Space.”
1998 - Portrays a melancholy millionaire who feuds with a precocious teen in “Rushmore.” Murray works for scale, plus a cut of the profits. Director Wes Anderson estimates that the actor’s salary was $9,000.
2003 - In “Lost in Translation,” Murray plays an aging movie star who befriends a lonely young woman at a Tokyo hotel. He gets an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role but loses to Sean Penn (“Mystic River”).
2009 - Makes a memorable cameo appearance in the apocalyptic comedy “Zombieland,” portraying himself.
2012 - Plays President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the biopic, “Hyde Park on Hudson.”
September 20, 2015 - Wins a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance in the HBO literary adaptation, “Olive Kitteridge.”
December 4, 2015 - Netflix releases “A Very Murray Christmas,” a musical holiday special directed by Sofia Coppola that features tuneful appearances by Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney and Amy Poehler.
2016 - Guest stars on the TBS cop comedy, “Angie Tribeca,” playing a flirtatious supermarket clerk.
June 4, 2017 - “New Worlds,” a musical stage show, with Murray and German cellist Jan Vogler premieres in Germany.
January 13, 2018 - Appears as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in a sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”
April 18, 2022 - Murray’s new film, “Being Mortal” is suspended after a complaint is made against him for unspecified “inappropriate behavior.” According to an interview he gave CNBC, Murray says, “I did something I thought was funny, and it wasn’t taken that way.”