Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and author. He received his first recognition through his appearances on Saturday Night Live with a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award. He was born William James Murray on September 21, 1950, in Evanston, Illinois. His father Edward Joseph Murray II was a wood salesman and his mother Lucille was a postal clerk.
Murray grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, alongside his eight siblings. Her father died in 1967 at the age of 46 from complications of diabetes when Bill was 17.
He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Loyola Academy. As a teenager, he worked as a golf caddy to pay for his education at the Jesuit College while he was the lead singer of a rock band called Dutch Masters. He also participated in high school and community theatre. After high school, Murray attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where he took courses in medical preparation. He later dropped out of school and returned to Illinois.
At the age of 20, Murray was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for trying to smuggle 4.5 kg of cannabis, which he allegedly wanted to sell. The drugs were discovered when Murray joked to the passenger next to him that he was smuggling. Murray was convicted and given a suspended sentence.
Bill Murray’s Siblings – Brothers
As already mentioned, Bill Murray has eight siblings, three of his brothers, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, are also actors. One of his sisters Nancy is an Adrian Dominican in Michigan.
Bill and his brothers are quite close; in 2016, the 67-year-old Oscar nominee and his five brothers opened another franchise of their Murray Bros. The first of this kind opened in 2001 near Florida’s World Golf Hall of Fame.
All thanks to his brother Brian, Murray began acting studies at The Second City in Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe, with Del Close. Later, in 1974, he moved to New York City and was featured by John Belushi in the National Lampoon Radio Hour (comedy radio show). After the Comedy Radio Show, his first television role came in Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, where he cast in the ABC Variety Show. This was followed by his first role in a movie, which came in 1979 when he starred in Meatballs. His other film roles included Caddyshack, Stripes Tootsie Ghostbusters and Scrooged.
Murray won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award for best actor for his role in Lost in Translation. He also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore, Hyde Park on Hudson, St. Vincent. He later won his second Primetime Emmy Award for his role in the HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge. He also won the 2016 Mark Twain Award for American Humor.
Bill Murray’s Wife and Children
Bill was married and divorced twice. His first marriage attempt with Margaret Kelly failed because of an alleged affair with Jennifer Butler. The marriage lasted almost 11 years (1985-1996) and they had two sons together.
His affair with Butler did not turn out to be a mere rumor, as some suspected at the time, as he tied the knot with his former wife only a year after they separated. The couple was married from 1997 to 2008 when Butler filed for divorce on charges of sex addiction and drugs, adultery and domestic violence.
Butler claimed that the star of Lost in Translation hit her in the face sometime in 2007 – she added that she was lucky not to have been killed by him. It was also claimed that his adulterous lifestyle, drug, and alcohol addiction had become so bad that Jennifer had to move to South Carolina with her sons two years before they were officially divorced.
In total Bill has six children – all sons – from his two failed marriages. His first marriage produced two sons – Homer and Luke, while his second marriage to Jennifer Butler produced four sons – Caleb, Jackson, Cooper, and Lincoln.
What Is Bill’s Net Worth?
His involvement in the comedy, television and film industry has earned him a substantial net worth of $140 million.
His roles in the movies – What about Bob? and Groundhog Day earned him $8 and $10 million. His income from joint investments with his brothers also contributed to his net worth.
Is Bill Murray Dead Or Alive?
Like many actors and celebrities, Bill is a victim of the death stroke. But he is very much alive and still active.