Bill Murray

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William James "Bill" Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor and comedian. He first gained national exposure on Saturday Night Live, and went on to star in a number of critically and commercially successful comedic films including Caddyshack (1980), Ghostbusters (1984), and Groundhog Day (1993). Murray gained additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation (2003), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and a series of films directed by Wes Anderson, including Rushmore (1998), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).


Early years

Murray was born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, the son of Lucille (née Collins), a mail room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman.[1][2] Murray's father died in 1967 from complications from diabetes when Bill was just 17 years old.[3][4] Murray, along with his siblings, grew up in an Irish Catholic family.[5] Three of his siblings are actors: John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray. His sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican Sister in Michigan, traveling around the country portraying St. Catherine of Siena.[6]

The family did not have much money, and Lucille Murray pressured her children to work.[7] As a youth, Murray read children's biographies of American heroes like Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok and Davy Crockett.[8] He attended St. Joseph's grade school and Loyola Academy. During his teenage years, he worked as a caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit High School.[8][9] The 1960s were tough on Murray and his family. One of his sisters had polio and his mother had several miscarriages.[8] During his teen years he was the lead singer of a rock band called the Dutch Masters and took part in high school and community theater. Murray also conducted the George Mason University pep band, Green Machine, during the Charleston Classic.[8]

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