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Bill Murray Biography

Birth Name:
William James Murray
Birth Place:
Wilmette, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor, writer

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
  • Frequently appears in films by director Wes Anderson, beginning with Rushmore (1998)
  • Was convinced by pal Woody Harrelson to make a memorable cameo as himself in Zombieland (2009)
  • Famously does not have an agent or manager

Awards

  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: winner
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor in a Comedy: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2004Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2003Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 1999Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: winner
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1998National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1998New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1998Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1980Genie Awards-Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: nominated

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