Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of college to join Chicago's improv troupe Second City, where his brother Brian Doyle-Murray was already a member.
  • Joined Saturday Night Live in its third season.
  • Studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris while on hiatus from Hollywood in the 1980s.
  • His sister, Nancy, is a Dominican nun.
  • Has owned and co-owned several minor league baseball teams.
  • A huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, he had a satellite installed to watch their 2003 playoff run while he was on location in Italy.
  • Teamed up with director Wes Anderson on the films Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
  • Was convinced by pal Woody Harrelson to make a memorable cameo as himself in Zombieland (2009).

Awards

  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2003, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Homer Murray — Son
  • Joel Murray — Brother
  • Brian Doyle-Murray — Brother
  • John Murray — Brother
  • Cooper Jones Murray — Son
  • Edward J. Murray — Father
  • Gilda Radner — Ex-significant Other
  • Caleb James Murray — Son
  • Lucille Murray — Mother
  • Andy Murray — Brother
  • Lincoln Darius Murray — Son
  • Luke Murray — Son
  • Edward Murray — Brother
  • Jackson William Murray — Son
  • Jennifer Butler — Ex-wife
  • Margaret 'Mickey' Kelly — Ex-wife
  • Nancy Murray — Sister

College

  • Attended Regis University, Denver, CO

Details

  • Birth Name: William James Murray
  • Birth Place: Wilmette, IL
  • Birthday: September 21, 1950, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor, Writer
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