Date of birth: September 21, 1950
"That's who I am," says this native of Wilmette, Illinois, "I'm
the guy who just can't get out of bed."
The fifth of nine children, Murphy left behind the Jesuit Priest-run Regis
College in Denver after only one year and started supporting himself at odd
jobs. But an audition for Chicago's Second City comedy troupe bore fruit on his
second try and he became a member of the company. Later he teamed up with John
Belushi, Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd in The National Lampoon Radio
Show which indirectly led to his being hired as part of the cast, along with
others mentioned above, for the television comedy sketch series, Saturday Night Live.
Usually playing a disheveled character in his feature films who seems to not be
altogether there, Murray says, "It would be too embarrassing to tell you a
typical day in my life. I couldn't tell you that I scrub my teeth every day. I
mean, I probably do, but I couldn't swear to it."
As for the success that has come his way, he says, "No one is raised by
their parents to be prepared for what happens when you become famous."
"But you have to assume there's some reason for doing this job, to keep
doing it. Most people do it by accident: they have no intention, they weren't
trained for it, it just happened. So all of a sudden, here you are: you're
successful at it and now what the hell do you do?"
In 2004, Bill Murray grew even more successful when he won a Golden Globe award and earned his first Oscar nomination ever for his outstanding performance as an American actor in Japan who meets a much younger woman in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003). Since then he's appeared on the big screen in films such as the comedy Get Smart (2008) with Steve Carell, Get Low (2010) with Robert Duvall, Moonrise Kingdom (2012) with Bruce Willis and Edward Norton and Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) alongside Laura Linney and Olivia Williams.
Murray has two children with his first wife, Mickey Kelley, and four children with second wife, Jennifer Butler, who filed for divorce from Murray in 2008.
Hyde Park on Hudson
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (voice)
The Limits of Control
City of Ember
The Darjeeling Limited
Garfield's A Tale of Two Kitties (2006) (voice)
The Lost City
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Garfield: The Movie (2004) (voice)
Coffee and Cigarettes
Lost in Translation
The Royal Tenenbaums
Speaking of Sex
Veeck As In Wreck (2000)
Michael Jordan to the Max
Scout's Honor (1999)
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
With Friends Like These... (1998)
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
Space Jam (1996) (uncredited)
Larger Than Life (1996)
Ed Wood (1994)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
What About Bob? (1991)
Quick Change (1990) [Also Director and Producer]
Ghostbusters II (1989)
She's Having a Baby (1988) (uncredited)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
The Razor's Edge (1984) [Also Writer]
Loose Shoes (1980)
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)