1. William James “Bill” Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer.
2. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, for which he earned his first Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs .
3. Murray garnered additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation , which earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
4. He also received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore , for which he later won his second Primetime Emmy Award.
5. He has collaborated more than once with such notable film directors as Sofia Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Frank Oz and the Farrelly brothers.
6. Murray was born on September 21, 1950 in Evanston, Illinois, and was raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago.
7. He is the son of Lucille , a mail room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. Three of his siblings, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, are also actors.
8. A sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan, who has traveled the United States in a one-woman program, portraying St. Catherine of Siena.
9. During his teen years, he worked as a golf caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit high school. 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.
10. After graduating, Murray attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado, taking pre-medical courses.
11. With an invitation from his older brother, Brian, Murray got his start at The Second City in Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe, studying under Del Close. as a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour.
12. After working in Los Angeles with the “guerrilla video” commune TVTV on several projects, Murray rose to prominence in 1976.
13. During the first few seasons of SNL, Murray was in a romantic relationship with fellow cast member Gilda Radner.
14. Murray landed his first starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979.
15. In the early 1980s, he starred in a string of box-office hits including Caddyshack, Stripes, and Tootsie.
16. He would later appear on the first episode of the Late Show with David Letterman in August 1993, when the show moved to CBS.
17. On January 31, 2012 – 30 years after his first appearance with Letterman – Murray appeared again on his talk show.
18. The film, which Murray also co-wrote, was his first starring role in a dramatic film.