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Bill Murray

Lowest Rated:   3% Passion Play (2011)
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Birthplace:   Wilmette, Illinois
Of the many performers to leap into films from the springboard of the television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, Bill Murray has been among the most successful and unpredictable, forging an idiosyncratic career allowing him to stretch from low-brow slapstick farce to intelligent adult drama. Born in Wilmette, IL, on September 21, 1950, Murray was an incorrigible child, kicked out of both the Boy Scouts and Little League. At the age of 20, he was also arrested for attempting to smuggle close to nine pounds of marijuana through nearby O'Hare Airport. In an attempt to find direction in his life, he joined his older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, in the cast of Chicago's Second City improvisational comedy troupe. He later relocated to New York City, joining radio's National Lampoon Hour. Both Murray siblings were also in a 1975 off-Broadway spin-off, also dubbed The National Lampoon Hour; there Murray was spotted by sportscaster Howard Cosell, who recruited him for the cast of his ABC variety program, titled Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell. On the NBC network, a program also named Saturday Night Live was creating a much bigger sensation; when, after one season, the show's breakout star Chevy Chase exited to pursue a film career, producer Lorne Michaels tapped Murray as his replacement. Murray too became a celebrity, developing a fabulously insincere and sleazy comic persona which was put to good use in his first major film, the 1979 hit Meatballs. He next starred as the famed gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson in the film biography Where the Buffalo Roam, a major disaster. However, 1980's Caddyshack was a masterpiece of slob comedy, with Murray memorable as a maniacal rangeboy hunting the gopher that is slowly destroying his golf course. The film launched him to the ranks of major stardom; the follow-up, the armed services farce Stripes, was an even bigger blockbuster, earning over 40 million dollars at the box office. Murray next appeared, unbilled, in 1982's Tootsie before starring with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in 1984's Ghostbusters. The supernatural comedy was one of the decade's biggest hits, earning over 130 million dollars and spawning a cartoon series, action figures, and even a chart-topping theme song (performed by Ray Parker Jr.). Murray now ranked among the world's most popular actors, and he next fulfilled a long-standing dream by starring in and co-writing an adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel The Razor's Edge. Few fans knew what to make of his abrupt turn from broad farce to literary drama, however, and as a result the film flopped. Murray spent the next several years in self-imposed exile, making only a cameo appearance in the 1986 musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors. After much deliberation, he finally selected his comeback vehicle -- 1988's Scrooged, a black comic retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. While it performed moderately well, it was not the smash many predicted. Nor was 1989's Ghostbusters II, which grossed less than half of the first picture. The 1990 crime comedy Quick Change, which Murray co-directed with Howard Franklin, was also a disappointment, but 1991's What About Bob? was an unqualified hit. In 1993, Murray earned his strongest notices to date for Groundhog Day, a sublime comedy directed by longtime conspirator Ramis. Beginning with 1994's acclaimed Ed Wood, in which he appeared as a transsexual, Murray's career choices grew increasingly eccentric; in 1996 alone, he starred in the little-seen Larger Than Life as a motivational speaker, co-starred as a bowling champion in Kingpin, and appeared as himself in the family film Space Jam. In 1998, Murray took on a similarly eccentric role in Wes Anderson's Rushmore. Playing a business tycoon competing with an equally eccentric 15-year-old (Jason Schwartzman) for the affections of a first grade teacher (Olivia Williams), Murray did some of his best work in years and won t

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Isle of Dogs
  • Actor
2018
73% Ghostbusters
  • Martin Heiss
2016
95% The Jungle Book
  • Baloo
2016
78% A Very Murray Christmas
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2015
9% Rock the Kasbah
  • Richie Lanz
2015
19% Aloha
  • Carson Welch
2015
29% Dumb and Dumber To
  • Ice Pick
2014
78% St. Vincent
  • Vincent
2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • M. Ivan
2014
30% The Monuments Men
  • Richard Campbell
2014
15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
  • Saul
2013
37% Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
2012
94% Moonrise Kingdom
  • Mr. Bishop
2012
3% Passion Play
  • Happy Shannon
2011
85% Get Low
  • Frank Quinn
2010
No Score Yet Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
  • Actor
2010
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Badger
2009
90% Zombieland
  • Himself
2009
42% The Limits of Control
  • American
2009
53% City of Ember
  • Mayor Cole
2008
51% Get Smart
  • Agent 13
2008
69% The Darjeeling Limited
  • The Businessman
2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
  • Actor
2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
  • Garfield
2006
No Score Yet Famous - America's Finest Comedians
  • Actor
2006
25% The Lost City
  • The Writer
2005
88% Broken Flowers
  • Don Johnston
2005
No Score Yet Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live
  • Actor
2005
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Steve Zissou
2004
15% Garfield - The Movie
  • Garfield
2004
65% Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Bill
2004
74% This Old Cub
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live 25 (SNL25: 25 Years of Laughs)
  • Actor
2004
95% Lost In Translation
  • Bob Harris
2003
No Score Yet Speaking of Sex
  • Ezri Stovall
2003
80% The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Raleigh St. Clair
2002
55% Osmosis Jones
  • Frank Detorri
2001
68% Charlie's Angels
  • Bosley
2000
56% Hamlet
  • Polonius
2000
67% Michael Jordan to the Max
  • Actor
2000
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Tommy Crickshaw
1999
89% Rushmore
  • Mr. Herman Blume
1998
50% With Friends Like These
  • Maurice Melnick
1998
64% Wild Things
  • Ken Bowden
1998
41% The Man Who Knew Too Little
  • Wallace Ritchie
1997
37% Space Jam
  • Himself
1996
11% Larger Than Life
  • Jack Corcoran
1996
50% Kingpin
  • Ernie McCracken
1996
No Score Yet Stories From My Childhood #2
  • Actor
1995
92% Ed Wood
  • Bunny Breckinridge
1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of the Coneheads
  • Actor
1994
78% Mad Dog and Glory
  • Frank Milo
1993
96% Groundhog Day
  • Phil Connors
1993
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Presidential Bash
  • Actor
1992
83% What About Bob?
  • Bob Wiley
1991
80% Quick Change
  • Director
  • Grimm
  • Producer
1990
51% Ghostbusters 2
  • Dr. Peter Venkman
1989
68% Scrooged
  • Frank Cross
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
90% Little Shop of Horrors
  • Arthur Denton
1986
53% The Razor's Edge
  • Larry Darrell
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever
  • Ted
1984
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
  • Dr. Peter Venkman
1984
89% Tootsie
  • Jeff
1982
86% Stripes
  • John
1981
76% Caddyshack
  • Carl Spackler
  • Screenwriter
1980
17% Where the Buffalo Roam
  • Hunter S. Thompson
1980
No Score Yet Loose Shoes
  • Lefty
1980
38% The Main Event
  • Mantilla's Cornerman
1979
75% Meatballs
  • Tripper
1979
90% All You Need Is Cash
  • Bill Murray the K.
1978
40% Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle (Shame of the Jungle) (Jungle Burger)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Best of Saturday Night Live: The 70s
  • Actor
No Score Yet Star Shorts
  • Actor
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of Gilda Radner
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
72% Alpha House
2013-2014
  • Senator Vernon Smits
No Score Yet Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
2013-2016
  • Appearing
96% Olive Kitteridge
2014
  • Jack Kennison
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Alpha House #DEL
2013-2014
  • Vernon Smits
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
63% Vice Principals
2016
  • Principal Welles
92% Angie Tribeca
2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • Performer

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