b. September 21, 1950
Bill Murray was one of nine children born to a lumber salesman in a Chicago suburb. He took pre-med courses Regis University in Denver, but dropped out (or was kicked out) after he was arrested on his 20th birthday at Chicago’s O’Hare airport for smuggling 9 lbs. of marijuana in his luggage. He soon joined the Second City Improv troop in Chicago, his springboard to Saturday Night Live and a film career.
Murray starred memorably in Meatballs, Stripes, and Tootsie, and convincingly played Hunter S. Thompson in Where The Buffalo Roam. He's loved by pot lovers as the gonzo, grass-growing groundskeeper in Caddyshack (left).
After John Belishi's death in 1982, Murray began work on a film adaptation Somerset Maugham's novel about a spiritual quest, The Razor's Edge, in which he starred. To get the green light, he agreed to appear in Ghostbusters, which became the top-grossing film of 1984.
Murray has received much critical acclaim for dramatic roles in Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums as well as comedies like Groundhog Day. An avid golfer, he co-wrote a book titled Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf and there's nothing more zen than his golf swing in Lost in Translation. You've got to wonder if his second marriage was like the one depicted in that film, because just as he earned his first Oscar nomination for it, his wife sued for divorce, alleging he was addicted to marijuana and alcohol.
In 2007, Regis University awarded Bill Murray an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
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