Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American comedian, actor and a writer. Murray has been in front of cameras for five decades, beginning with the second season of Saturday Night Live (replacing the vacancy that Chevy Chase created). Some of his biggest movies are Ghostbusters (1984), Groundhog Day (1993), Meatballs (1979), Lost in Translation (2003) and Space Jam (1996).
Murray was born in Evanston, Illinois. His zodiac sign is Virgo. His full birth name is William James Murray.
Does Bill Murray believe in a higher power? He does appear to be a Catholic, but one with strong feelings about the role of organized religion.
For example, in early 2016 Murray went on the record as saying, “Religion is the worst enemy of mankind. People can believe whatever they choose to believe, but it does not belong in politics. It imprisons your mind. Religion creates hate, racism, bigotry and keeps you from your true potential in life. No single war in the history of humanity has killed as many people as religion has.” (1)
He went on to add: “I imagine I probably won’t be too popular with the Christian vote in this country, but I’m fine with that.”
Murray was raised Irish Catholic, and one of his sisters is a nun. He also knows much about Catholicism and has opinions on sainthood and the roles of various Popes throughout the ages. (2)
Our closest guess to pinning down Bill Murray is as a Libertarian. He’s been critical — and supportive — of both Republican and Democrat politicians and policies. For example, he’s parodied Steve Bannon on SNL, and he’s also supported Trump’s tax breaks for high income earners. (3)
Perhaps this quote is the best one out there to sum up Bill Murray’s political philosophy:
“You know, I wish you could hold all of Congress prisoner and they’d get Stockholm syndrome and have to go along with their captors. And their captors would be people who were real true American citizens.” (4)
While he’s known as a funny guy to his fans, Bill has a reputation of being difficult with many of the people that he has worked with. His Ghostbusters co-star Dan Ackroyd calls Murray the “Murricane” (5), while Harold Ramis (who directed Bill in Groundhog Day) had a falling out with his star that lasted until shortly before Ramis’ passing in 2014.
There were also rumors that his Charlie’s Angels co-star Lucy Liu threw punches at him when making the movie. What Bill Murray has confirmed is that he didn’t get along with the movie’s director, McG. “Look, I will dismiss you completely if you are unprofessional and working with me…When our relationship is professional, and you’re not getting that done, forget it,” Murray said in the aftermath of the event. (6)
Throughout his life Bill has been married twice and has six children.
Bill’s first wedding union was with Margaret Kelly in 1981. They were parents to two boys, Homer (born 1982) and Luke (born 1985).
In the mid 1990s Murray had an affair with Jennifer Butler. The fallout from this affair ruined Murray’s marriage with his first wife, ending in a divorce in 1996.
One year later Bill married Jennifer. They had four children together: Caleb (1993), Jackson (1995), Cooper (1997) and Lincoln (2001).
After twelve years of marriage, Jennifer Butler filed for divorce from her husband in 2008. She accused Murray of domestic violence, infidelity and alcohol and drug addiction.
In 2015 there were rumors that Bill was seeing singer Jenny Lewis, who is 26 years younger than the actor. (7)
Bill has eight brothers and sisters. Three of his brothers are actors: John, Joel and Brian (who uses the last name Doyle-Murray).
1: Empire News
2: The Guardian
7: Us Magazine
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