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.
The film never made it to production but it would have been the end of Murray’s character Peter Venkman, as requested by the actor himself.
Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters movie has revealed that if a third film had of been made it would have featured Bill Murray’s character Peter Venkman dying. Murray wasn't keen on revisiting the franchise after the 1989 sequel, so the only way of getting him to return was to ensure his character would be killed off.
Bill Murray was killed off in the unmade third Ghostbusters movie.
Speaking to Vulture Reitman revealed the plot of the unmade film: “Bill and Sigourney's kid, Oscar, is a postgrad student, and weird things start to happen. Bill Murray dies in the first scene, because he always said, ‘I won't do it unless I die.’”
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It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with a then-original mix of comedy and supernatural action. Intriguingly, this new film is neither a sequel nor a remake; it's a reboot of the franchise, which loosely adapts the original 1984 premise to all-new characters. Thankfully, the screenplay is smart and funny, and the cast is flat-out hilarious.
It opens as university professor Erin (Kristen Wiig) sees her hopes for tenure evaporate when a book she wrote years ago with her childhood pal Abby (Melissa McCarthy) resurfaces, affirming their belief in ghosts. So Erin seeks out Abby, and discovers that she's still researching the supernatural, now with the sharp-witted gadget maker Jillian (Kate McKinnon). With spirit sightings on the rise in New York, the three decide to launch a ghost-busting business, joined by city expert Patty (Leslie Jones) and bimbo receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). But the apparitions popping up around the city are getting increasingly malevolent, and it's clear that an apocalypse is brewing.
The basic plot is lifted from the original movie, which is referenced in virtually every scene. Most of this is rather distracting, because a more original storyline would have been a lot more involving and the in-jokes will be lost on younger audiences. But it's fun to see the original cast members turn up here and there in random cameos.
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The actor will make an appearance in the new movie.
If you're still unsure as to what to think about the upcoming 'Ghostbusters' re-boot starring Melissa McCarthy and others in the originally male lead roles, let the cast of the original movie help you. They seem to be pretty excited about the feminine twist to their beloved franchise.
Bill Murray gives Ghostbusters his seal of approval
The cast of the original 1984 film (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts) joined the cast of the new addition to the franchise (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) on an episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night (June 8th 2016) for 'Ghostbusters Day' - aka, the 32nd anniversary of when the film first hit theaters.
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Ghostbusters is a new film for 2016 and is based on the 1984 film of the same name and is directed by Paul Feig. The film features four women on their quest to save New York City when various ghosts take over and exercise control over the humans.
Two authors Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates write a novel about the existence of ghosts and the revelation that they believe they do exist. However this novel is not taken seriously and when it becomes apparent that Gilbert wrote this book, she becomes the centre of a joke in her professional career as a teacher at Columbia University, even her students don't take her seriously.
This film quickly becomes the tell - tale narrative of who's laughing now, when Gilbert teams up with Yates and two other women to fight the ghosts that have decided to inhabit the city. A mission is deployed and the quartet set out to save the world from the evil ghost Rowan, providing the audience with lots of laughs along the way.
The Jon Favreau directed remake has topped the US box office in it’s opening weekend, scoring one of the biggest April openings ever
The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau has roared to the top of the US box office this weekend, taking a massive $103m. The film managed one of the biggest ever April debuts in US box office history as well as giving Disney its best opening for a live-action remake since Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in 2010.
The Jungle Book has topped the US box office.
The film stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli and features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson. It's earned glowing reviews from audiences and critics, including a very impressive 94% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
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Using remarkably photorealistic animation, this remake of the 1967 Disney classic is warm and enjoyable, with a few moments of suspense for the kids in the audience. Loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's stories, it's a lively tale packed with memorable characters. But it feels relentlessly tamed for a family audience.
Stranded in the jungle as a baby, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) was rescued by the panther Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) and raised by a pair of wolves (Lupita Nyong'o and Giancarlo Esposito). But the presence of a human in the jungle is unacceptable to tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who was injured by a man and now wants Mowgli's blood. While fleeing to the human world, Mowgli has a fateful encounter with the seductive python Kaa (Scarlett Johansson). He's rescued by the bear Baloo (Bill Murray), with whom he has a series of adventures, including being kidnapped by a gang of monkeys led by King Louie (Christopher Walken). But Shere Khan is still searching for him, and Mowgli can't hide forever.
Filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man) keeps the story skimming along the surface, avoiding the darker themes woven into the premise. So instead of exploring the meaning of humanity or mankind's relationship with nature, the film is a breezy adventure romp with the usual action movie beats and some surprisingly nasty violence. And it looks utterly amazing, especially since the credits note that it was filmed completely in downtown Los Angeles.
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Critics weigh in on the Disney re-make.
'The Jungle Book' has returned in one of the most visually stunning epics of the year. Directed by Jon Favreau, this new re-make of the Rudyard Kipling tale and its 60s Disney take-off follows the adventures of Mowgli and his jungle friends with live action and crisp CGI design. It was never going to fail visually, but how has this resurfaced story really affected critics?
The Jungle Book is a sensational spectacle
Predictably, the jaw-dropping CGI animals has left little to criticize. Indiewire branded it 'a lavish technological spectacle' that 'pushes the capabilities of computer-generated imagery' and the Hollywood Reporter called it 'exceptionally beautiful to behold and bolstered by a stellar vocal cast', referring to such voice artists as Scarlett Johansson (Kaa the snake), Christopher Walken (King Louie the ape), Bill Murray (Baloo the bear), Idris Elba (Shere Khan the tiger) and Ben Kingsley (Bagheera the panther).
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Erin Gilbert is a brilliant quantum physicist and holds a high ranking lecturing position at Columbia University, that is until a past novel she's written comes to light. The novel was written by Erin and her friend Abby and claims that ghosts are real. When strange occurrences start to happen in Manhattan, Erin and Abby are reunited in a bid to put a stop to the ghostly apparitions.
They set up a small business to help being who are being haunted by the ghosts, the old friends are joined by Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineering mastermind who's just as geeky as the other two girls, the team then recruit Patty Tolan, a lady whose knowledge of New York and its underground is almost unrivalled.
Together the four women for The Ghostbusters.
But Bill Murray’s ‘Rock The Kasbah’ tops the list compiled by Forbes.
A-listers including Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper and George Clooney all had one unfortunate thing in common this year. All three stars have films included in 2015’s list of biggest box office flops. The list, compiled by Forbes, takes into account the films' worldwide gross against their estimated production costs.
Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai has made the list of 2015’s biggest flops.
Topping the list is comedy Rock the Kasbah, starring Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel. The film only took $2.87m at the box-office but cost an estimated $15m to make, giving it only a 19.13% return on its budget.
Bill Murray Returns for AMA Round 2
This week, the notoriously reclusive Bill Murray spoke out in an "ask me anything" session for his new movie Rock the Kasbah, in which he plays a has-been music manager who discovers a talented teenaged girl in Afghanistan and signs her up for the local X Factor-style talent show Afghan Star.
But of course the fans wanted to know what the best and worst things were about being Bill Murray. "They're one in the same," he replied. "You wish you could walk down the street and look at things and watch things uninterrupted. The shock of being recognised brings you out of this place where you're just trying to take it in. It's an obligation and you're reminded you have to show up. It's a coin with two sides. As much as I don't like the one side, the other side is what might save me."
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Date of birth
21st September, 1950
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