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 Jungle Book has scored a second week at the top of the U.S. box office.
Jon Favreau's ambitious retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic story landed an impressive second weekend take of $60.8 million (£42.2 million) to keep the Snow White & the Huntsman prequel from debuting at number one.
The live-action remake of Disney's 1967 animated movie, which features the voices of Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and Idris Elba, has now made $191.5 million (£133 million) in 10 days, becoming the fourth highest-earning movie of the year.
The Huntsman: Winter's War got off to a chilly start at the U.S. box office with a disappointing $20.1 million (£14 million) debut weekend. The film comes in second, ahead of Barbershop: The Next Cut, Zootopia and Melissa MCCarthy's latest comedy The Boss.
Adele has an unlikely superfan in Ghostbusters star Bill Murray.
The actor reveals he was turned onto the soulful Brit by his sons, and now he can't get enough of her.
"I became a fan when I was driving my sons to school," he told Esquire magazine. "I had Adele on, and I look in the rear view mirror and all three of my sons are in the back singing.
"I'm thinking, 'What the hell touched these guys?' So I started singing it myself after I dropped them off."
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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.
Continue reading: 'The Jungle Book' Takes A Massive $103 Million At US Box Office
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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Ben Kingsley warmed to the "military" side of his The Jungle Book panther character.
The English actor voices big cat Bagheera in the live-adaptation version of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, made famous on the big screen by Disney in 1967. Unlike co-stars Bill Murray and Christopher Walken, who voice Baloo and King Louie respectively, Ben's character doesn't sing, but the star thinks it suits Bagheera's sensible manner.
"I think I hum along, towards the end, with the famous song," he told Collider of the track I Wanna Be Like You. "But, Bagheera is military. I don’t think he’s given to humming or singing. I see him as General Bagheera.
"Knowing that Kipling was born in India, I based my Bagheera on the kind of British officer who would be stationed in India, at the time of the Empire, who would have a lot of people under his command. He probably loves his men under his command, but he’s a tough love coach. That military side of him, I really warmed to."
Continue reading: Ben Kingsley: 'Bagheera Is A General In The Jungle Book'
Filmmaker Jon Favreau bombarded Bill Murray with letters, phone calls and artwork before the acting veteran agreed to sign on for The Jungle Book.
Jon was convinced the Ghostbusters star was the perfect choice to voice Baloo the bear in his new adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling story, so the director did everything he could to track the famously elusive 65-year-old down.
He finally heard back from Bill and now the Iron Man director is elated he got the chance to work with his comedy hero.
"He's not easy (to get a hold of)," Jon smiled on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. "It's not like you call an agent or a publicist. He runs his own business. You get a hold of him, he reaches out to you, he kinda moves around quite a bit."
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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).
Continue reading: 'The Jungle Book' Has Set The Bar For Cinematic Beauty This Year
Bill Murray displayed his love of verse by reading a selection of his favourite poems to U.S. late night host Jimmy Kimmel.
The eccentric actor, who is a supporter of the New York Poets House literary centre, recently took up an invitation from America's Oprah magazine's books editor Leigh Harber to publish a selection of his favourite poems in the publication.
Typically Bill, who is famous among Hollywood stars for not relying on the services of an agent, only responded to her just before the magazine's deadline day.
Bill told Jimmy how he had phoned a surprised Leigh and arranged to meet with her at his house to talk poetry, telling Jimmy, "She was there in like a half an hour and we did this thing in like an hour...I read the poems and she was a really sweet lady."
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Director Jon Favreau used cutting edge technology to animate characters in his upcoming film The Jungle Book.
Based on Rudyard Kipling's collective works and the Walt Disney 1967 animated film, the updated fantasy adventure film tells the tale of a boy raised by wolves and other jungle animals.
Describing his processes, Jon reveals that he enlisted FX experts and used the technology developed for James Cameron's groundbreaking box-office hit Avatar to create the characters.
Continue reading: New Jungle Book 'Looks Different From Anything Else'
The director of the new Ghostbusters film has confirmed reports suggesting Bill Murray will be part of the film.
After years spent dismissing all reports of a return to the franchise, Murray was spotted on the set of the new all-female Ghostbusters last year (15), and now Paul Feig has revealed that the funnyman will make a cameo appearance in the forthcoming reboot.
His original castmates Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd will also return for small roles in the reboot, which stars Murray's St. Vincent co-star Melissa MCCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate MCKinnon, and Kristen Wiig.
Feig tells Yahoo, "Bill worked with Melissa in St. Vincent... and Kristen knows him really well. One of the reasons he did it, I think he liked the role we wrote for him. But he also just likes these actors, and just wanted to be a part of it. And he didn't want to give any stamp of disapproval by not coming on board."
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Date of birth
21st September, 1950
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