William James "Bill" Murray was born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois on September 21, 1950 in a northern suburb of Chicago, the son of Lucille, a mail room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman.
Bill Murray's father died in 1967 from complications from diabetes when Bill was just 17 years old.
Bill Murray, along with his siblings, grew up in an Irish Catholic family. Three of his siblings became actors: John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray and his sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, traveling around the country portraying St. Catherine of Siena.
Why is Bill Murray famous?
Bill Murray is an American actor and comedian and he first gained national exposure on “Saturday Night Live”, and went on to star in a number o
f critically and commercially successful comedic films including “Caddyshack” in 1980, “Ghostbusters” in 1984, and “Groundhog Day” in1993.
Bill Murray gained additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in “Lost in Translation” in 2003, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and a series of films directed by Wes Anderson, including “Rushmore” in 1998, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” in 2004 and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in 2009.
Why do we like Bill Murray?
Bill Murray was very low contact with the Hollywood scene he does not have an agent or manager and reportedly only fields offers for scripts and roles using a personal telephone number with a voice mailbox that he checks infrequently.
This practice has the downside of sometimes preventing him from taking parts that he had auditioned for and was interested in, such as that of Sulley in “Monsters, Inc.”, Bernard Berkman in “The Squid and the Whale”, Frank Ginsburg in “Little Miss Sunshine” and Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. He also regretted so much losing the chance to play Eddie Valiant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” when he heard that he was considered for the role, which he says he was definitely interested in.
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