“Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for ninety seconds at a time.”
Born in 1950 in Chicago, Bill Murray relocated to New York City where he first took his comedic talents on air in the radio show National Lampoon Hour (1973-1974), alongside Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. He then join the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1976 in which he began crafting the comedic persona that became his calling card for many films to come. In his more recent career, the actor took on more seriocomic roles in many of director Wes Anderson's movies, as well as Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003), which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
For his work on the show Saturday Night Live, Bill Murray earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing. It didn't take long for him to move from the small screen to the big screen, and his first major film role was in the 1979 box office hit Meatballs. He went back to his comedic roots with the cult classic Caddyshack. He continued with a string of successes on films, such as in the army farce Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982) and Ghostbusters (1984), which became one of the decade's biggest hits, earning almost $300 million worldwide and spawning a sequel, a cartoon series, action figures and even a chart-topping theme song. His next move caught loyal fans off guard. He starred in and co-wrote an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham’s novel The Razor's Edge in 1984, followed by a cameo appearance in the 1986 musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors. The actor finally made his comeback in 1988 with Scrooged, a darkly comedic version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, followed by Ghostbusters II, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day and Ed Wood. In 1998, Murray played what many believed to be one of his finest roles in Wes Anderson's Rushmore, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. After Tim Robbins's Cradle Will Rock and Charlie's Angels remake, he gained in 2001 critical praise for his roles in Anderson's two feature films The Royal Tenenbaums and the offbeat comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2003). The same year, Murray received an Academy Award nomination for his starring role in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. For his next performances, the actor made a cameo in the Anderson’s film The Darjeeling Limited (2007), followed by Get Smart and the children's adventure film City of Ember (2008). In 2009, continuing his work in the realm of dramas, he starred in Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control. More recently, He earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), for his reunion with Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2013), as well as The Monuments Men (2014) with George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman. He was also nominated for a Lead Actor Golden Globe for his role in the comedy St. Vincent (2014), co-starring Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. In 2015, Murray is seen in the comedy Rock the Kasbah (presented Out of Competition in the 2015 Marrakech Film Festival) portraying a music manager who starts to handle the career of an Afghani teen.
1978 Loose Shoes Ira Miller
1991 WHAT ABOUT BOB? (Quoi de neuf, Bob ?) Frank Oz
1994 Ed Wood Tim Burton
1999 CRADLE WILL ROCK (Broadway 39e rue) Tim Robbins
2000 CHARLIE’S ANGELS (Charlie et ses drôles de dames) McG
* also screenwriter
1990 QUICK CHANGE **/***
** also producer
*** also actor