BILL MURRAY (1950 - )
Murray first came to prominence in 1976 as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Since his role in Meatballs in 1979, Murray has starred in some of the quirkiest movies of the past thirty-five years. The 80s gave us classics like Caddyshack, Stripes and Ghostbusters. In the 90s, films like Groundhog Day, Kingpin and Rushmore showed us that while many of his SNL alumni contemporaries’ careers were waning, our man was still relevant. Continuing in the 2000s with The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Murray shows no signs of slowing down.
FILM ::: ACTOR :::
Now, does Bill Murray only choose quirky films or is it his performances that make them so? The answer of course is both – right down to the way he chooses his roles. He doesn’t have an agent. Directors must call his automated phone line (which he rarely listens to) and give a pitch in hopes he finds it on time and is interested.
Then there are his random public appearances, where he may jump behind a bar to serve drinks (shots of tequila), crash your Karaoke party or steal food from your plate and quietly whisper, “No one will believe you.” There is even a website billmurraystory.com full of stories of people’s encounters with him.
Bill Murray is not just a legendary actor - he’s a legendary human bringing as much joy to people he meets in life as he does on screen. If all the world is indeed a stage; then the world is his playground.