He was born William James Murray but became Bill Murray after his association with Saturday Night Live. His first television role was as a cast member of the ABC variety show Saturday Night Live for which he won an Emmy Award as well. He was rated the number one comedian in the show “Mouthing Off” & ranked number 82 in the list of Top 100 Movie Stars of all Time by Empire Magazine.
Murray landed his first starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979. In the early 1980s, he starred in a string of box-office hits including Caddyshack, Stripes, and Tootsie. Murray worked on a film adaptation of the novel The Razor’s Edge as well which he co-wrote and starred. The film was released after a delay but proved to be a box office flop.
Bill’s most successful movie was Ghost Busters which became the highest grossing film of 1984. He played the memorable role of Peter Venkman and was idealized by the youngsters because of his stunning performance. The movie was followed by its sequel Ghost Busters II after 5 years.
In the year 2003, he gained considerable acclaim for the movie Lost in Translation, and went on to earn a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Independent Spirit Award, as well as Best Actor awards from a number of film critic organizations.
Murray is a golfer who is crazy about the sport and often plays in celebrity tournaments.
Murray’s comedic roles and witty comments have made him popular among the masses. The funny depiction in movies coupled with humorous remarks has created a huge fan following for him. Just take a look at his top 10 movies;
- Ghost Busters
- Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- Groundhog Day
- What about Bob?
- Lost in Translation