Bill Murray

Actor / Comedian

Born: 21 September 1950
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois
Best known as: Comic star of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day
Ironically insincere and yet somehow soft-hearted, Bill Murray is the best-known star to emerge from the cast of TV's Saturday Night Live. On SNL from 1977-80 he created the cheesy lounge crooner, Nick, and other lovably smarmy characters. He then starred in two of the top-grossing comedies of the 1980s: playing a woolly-headed groundskeeper in Caddyshack (1980, co-written by Douglas Kenney) and a slick-talking investigator in Ghostbusters (1984, with fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd). Murray's comedy hits in the 1990s included Groundhog Day (1993, with Punxsutawney Phil) and the Amish bowling story Kingpin (1996, with Randy Quaid). He also took more serious roles, playing a mobster in Mad Dog and Glory (1993, with Robert DeNiro) and an eccentric businessman in Wes Anderson's Rushmore (1998). He was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role as a jet-lagged movie star in Tokyo in Sofia Coppola's film Lost in Translation (2003). Murray is an avid golfer and a particular fan favorite at the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Extra credit: Murray's brother Brian Doyle-Murray is also an actor and writer, and was one of the co-writers of Caddyshack.

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