Bill Murray (born 21.9.1950) is an American actor who rose to fame after his appearances on Saturday Night Live and went on to win Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards.
Childhood: Bill Murray was born to Lucille and Edward J. Murray, in Wilmette, Illinois. His mother was a mail room clerk and his father was a lumber salesman. One of nine children, Bill also has three brothers who also act John, Joel and Brian)
Murray worked as a caddy to pay for his Roman Catholic High School fees and in his teenage years he sang in a band called the Dutch Masters. He dropped out of Regis University in Denver, Colorado when he was caught in possession of marijuana.
Early Career: Murray started out with Second City Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe. In 1975, John Belushi recruited him for The National Lampoon Radio Hour. He then got the much-coveted role of cast member on Saturday Night Live with Howard Cossell.
Bill's first starring film role was in Meatballs, in 1979, followed by his portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson in Where the Buffalo Roam. He went on to star in a number of box office successes such as Caddyshack, Stripes and Tootsie.
Mainstream Success: Murray starred in Ghostbusters as part of a deal with Columbia Pictures, to gain finance for a film that he had written, an adaptation of The Razor's Edge. Ghostbusters was the highest grossing film of 1984. The Razor's Edge failed to make an impact on the box office at all.
After a four-year hiatus, Murray starred in the Ghostbusters sequel, Ghostbusters II and Scrooged. These were followed by the equally successful What About Bob? and Groundhog Day.
There was a dip in critical acclaim in Murray's career, yet he saw a return to form in Wes Anderson's Rushmore, for which he won a number of awards. This sparked a newly revitalised career as a dramatic - rather than a comic - actor. He went on to perform a number of serious roles, in Wild Things, Hamlet and Cradle Will Rock.
He went on to perform alongside Ben Stiller in The Royal Tenenbaums and 2003's Lost In Translation (in which he starred alongside Scarlett Johansson) won him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Murray's third film with Wes Anderson came with 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and continuing his stream of quirky independent-style films, his role in Broken Flowers, a Jim Jarmusch film, was another critical success.
In 2005, he took an acting hiatus, but returned to major roles in 2008 with the movie 'City of Ember'. The following year he had a significant cameo in the comedy zombie flick 'Zombieland' which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.
2009 also saw him portray the voice of Mr. Badger in the animated children's film 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role as Franklin D. Roosevelt in 2012 film 'Hyde Park on Hudson', and in 2014 appeared in war movie 'The Monuments Men' alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon.
Personal Life: In 1981, Bill Murray married Margaret Kelly on Las Vegas' Super Bowl. They then had a second ceremony in church for their families. Before they divorced in 1994, they had two sons. Homer was born in 1982 and Luke was born in 1985.
Murray went on to marry Jennifer Butler in 1997. They have had four sons together: Jackson William (b.1993), Caleb James (b. 1995), Cooper Jones (b.1997) and Lincoln Darius (b. 2001). In May 2008, Butler filed for divorce, stating that the cause for divorce was alcohol addiction (on Murray's part) and spousal abuse. The divorce was finalised in June 2008.
Murray is a golf enthusiast, sometimes taking part in celebrity tournaments.
Bill Murray is well-known as a sociable and fun-loving kind of person and has been the subject of many unusual, fan related moments in recent years. Examples include attending student parties, singing karaoke in New York and taking up bar-tending for a night at the Shangri-La bar in Austin where he was hanging out with rappers Wu-Tang Clan.
'Groundhog Day' will premiere in London before heading to Broadway.
A new stage musical of the classic comedy film Groundhog Day will have its world premiere at the Old Vic in London next year. The show will be directed by the Vic's new artistic director Matthew Warchus, who takes over the role from Kevin Spacey.
Bill Murray starred in Groundhog Day, a classic of its genre
Other plays set for Warchus's inaugural season include Ibsen's The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes, and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, with Timothy Spall.
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Would it be too much to ask to have Bill Murray play the lead?
Groundhog Day, the classic 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray, is heading to Broadway in spring 2017 for a new musical from the creators of Matilda. Composer-lyricist Tim Michin, director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling and set and costume designer Rob Howell will collaborate on the show with writer Danny Rubin - the co-writer of the movie.
Groundhog Day was a huge hit for Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
The movie, also written by Harold Ramis, starred Bill Murray as a cocky weatherman who gets caught in a time loop that forces him to relive Groundhog Day again, again and again. It's considered a classic of its genre.
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After Will Ferrell's ‘Tonight Show’ appearance as Little Debbie, has a new trend of actors wearing dresses on late night tv been born?
Bill Murray sure knows how to make an entrance! The 64 year old comedian rode in on horseback to Thursday night's edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ from the South by Southwest Festival, while also turning heads in a cowboy hat, boots and a rather fetching red dress.
Bill Murray appeared on Thursday night's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' from the SXSW festival.
"What a cute outfit, well you look very pretty, very beautiful," Kimmel told Murray. To which the actor quipped, “This is just for tonight because it's special," adding that he’s "usually in jeans and a t-shirt.”
Things have been tough for Brian (Bradley Cooper). Having been fired from the US Air Force for his cockiness, he lost his girlfriend Tracy (Rachel McAdams) by a chain of events he doesn't fully understand himself. But when he is recalled back into service by a boss that has a soft spot for him, Brian discovers that his life has to get an awful lot more complicated before it can get simpler. Tasked with overseeing the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii, Brian is put in charge of training Allison (Emma Stone) to be both a good pilot, and a valuable member of the air force. But as he begins to reconnect with Tracy, Allison begins to fall for him, leading to Brian having to truly figure out once and for all, just what it is that he wants.
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Bill Murray and Wes Anderson - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards which were held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015
Wes Anderson and Bill Murray - Celebrities attend 67th Annual DGA Awards - Press Room at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, DGA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015
While preparing to film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', director Wes Anderson and company scouted for locations, finding an abandoned shopping centre which they converted into the lobby of the hotel. The exterior of the hotel was primarily shot through the use of miniatures, as were certain action sequences from the film. The minute detail was continued into the creation of costumes for the extras, as each one was supposedly created to have their own entire backstory. Furthermore, the setting for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. This, too, was created in detail, with various passports, newspapers and small businesses that were designed with a tremendous amount of detail.
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