William James Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award. Murray later starred in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, which earned him a Golden Globe and a British Academy Film Award. He received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.
About Bill Murray in brief
William James Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award. Murray later starred in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, which earned him a Golden Globe and a British Academy Film Award, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016. Murray was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Lucille, a mail-room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. His father died in 1967 at the age of 46 from complications of diabetes when Bill was 17 years old. Murray’s paternal grandfather was from County Cork, while his maternal ancestors were from County Galway. Three of his siblings, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, are also actors. A sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan; she has traveled the U.S. in two one-woman programs, portraying Catherine of Siena and Dorothy Stang. His brother Ed Murray died in 2020. Murray and his eight siblings were raised in an Irish-Catholic family. During his teen years, he worked as a golf caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit high school. In 1974, he moved to New York City and was recruited by John Belushi as a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. In 1975, an Off-Broadway version of a Lampoon show led to his first television role as a cast member of the ABC variety show SaturdayNight Live with Howard Cosell.
In the early 1980s, he starred in a string of box-office hits, including Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, and The First U.N. Visit. He appeared as a send-up of New York radio host K-up in a parody of The Beatles’ The Beatles: The First Visit: The Maysles Brothers’s documentary The Beatles in New York. During the first few seasons of SNL, Murray was in a relationship with fellow cast member Gilda Radner. Murray landed his first starring role with Meatballs in 1979 with a portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson on NBC’s The Late Late Show. He followed this with a role with Hunter S Thompson in 1980’s Where Is The Buffalo Roam? Murray was the first guest star on NBC’s Late Night Late Show to appear in a romantic romantic comedy, Late Night Roam: The Roam. He also appeared in the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash with Murray appearing as a host of a radio show that is sent-up by Monty Python’s Eric Idle. He has appeared in several films, including Kingpin, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, and Kingpin. His only director credit is Quick Change, co-directed with Howard Franklin. Murray has also worked with directors Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch, and received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore, Hyde Park on Hudson, St. Vincent, and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.