|William James Murray|
September 21, 1950|
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, golfer|
Bill Murray was born in a Irish Catholic family. He graduated from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He began his career , as a comedian in the same ranks as Dan Aykroyd, at "Second City Theatre". He eventually followed in Aykroyd's footsteps and joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1976, taking the place of Chevy Chase. Among his most remembered films are Caddyshack, Stripes, What about Bob?, Groundhog Day, and the two Ghostbusters movies.
Murray's film career has had a resurgence in recent years, beginning with the critically acclaimed Rushmore in 1998 and continuing with starring roles in Lost in Translation , The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Broken Flowers and Get Low. Although Murray now prefers to appear in independent or low-budget films, he did provide the voice for Garfield the Cat in 2004's Garfield: The Movie and it's 2006 sequel. Despite his refusal to appear in Dan Aykroyd's proposed Ghostbusters III, Murray will provide the voice of Dr. Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters video game, slated for release in June, 2009.
Aside from his frequent appearances in celebrity golf tournaments, Bill is a private person who shuns the spotlight and tries to stay out of the public eye. He doesn’t have a publicist, a lawyer, a personal makeup artist, or any of the other usual Hollywood entourage.
- “You are always away from home, as a film actor. Look at me now. You can be stuck in a hotel, several thousand miles away in a whole different time zone, and it is never glamorous. You can't sleep, you put on the television in the middle of the night when you can't understand a word, and you make phone calls back home which don't really give you the comfort they should. I know what it's like to be that stranger's voice calling in. It happens in acting and it happens in business.”