- NAME: Bill Murray
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Radio Personality
- BIRTH DATE: September 21, 1950 (Age: 63)
- Did You Know?: Bill Murray got his start in comedy after following his brother to join Chicago's Second City improv troupe.
- EDUCATION: George Mason University, Regis University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wilmette, Illinois
- Full Name: William J. Murray
- AKA: Bill Murray
- AKA: William Murray
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Comedian and actor Bill Murray is best known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and in the classic comedies Caddy Shack and Stripes. More recently, he was cast as FDR in the film Hyde Park on Hudson.
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But in 1991, he starred in What About Bob?, which was an unqualified hit, followed by the equally acclaimed Groundhog Day in 1993 and Ed Wood in 1994.
In 1998, Murray played what many believed to be one of his finest roles in Wes Anderson's Rushmore. As a business tycoon competing with an eccentric 15-year-old for the affections of a first grade teacher, Murray won Best Supporting Actor from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. The film's success helped put the actor back in the forefront, and he drew further exposure that year from his appearance as a sleazy lawyer in the controversial Wild Things.
In 1999, he appeared in Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock and in 2000 he played the affably dense Bosley in the Charlie's Angels remake. In 2001, he once again gained critical praise for his role in The Royal Tenenbaums. In 2003, Murray signed on to voice Garfield in Fox's live-action adaptation of the comic-strip feline. He also reteamed with Tenenbaums director Wes Anderson for the offbeat comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). The same year, Murray received an Academy Award nomination for his starring role in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), and starring in Broken Flowers in 2005.
For his next performance, Murray made a cameo in the Wes Anderson film, The Darjeeling Limited (2007). The next year he starred in the comedy film Get Smart and the children's adventure film, City of Ember (2008). In 2009, he starred in the Jim Jarmusch film, The Limits of Control.
More recently, Murray has earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012). The film follows Roosevelt's relationship with his distant cousin and confidante Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney). He also reunited with Wes Anderson for a role in Moonrise Kingdom that same year. Murray has also landed in Anderson's next film The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) with Johnny Depp and Jude Law. He also co-starred with George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman in The Monuments Men (2014).
Murray was married to Margaret "Mickey" Kelley from 1981 to 1994. They have two sons, Homer and Luke. In 1997, he married Jennifer Butler with whom he has four sons: Jackson, Cal, Cooper and Lincoln. They divorced in 2008.
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