Bill Murray


William James Murray (born September 21, 1950), is an American actor, comedian and writer. Known for his deadpan delivery, he first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live (alongside Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Lorraine Newman, and Gilda Radner), a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award.

He would go on to star in comedy films including Ivan Reitman‘s Meatballs (1979), Harold Ramis‘s Caddyshack (1980), with Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Michael O’Keefe; Reitman’s Stripes (1981), with Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy; Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie (1982), with Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, George Gaynes, Geena Davis, Doris Belack; and Reitman’s Ghostbusters (1984), with Aykroyd, Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts; along with the sequels Ghostbusters II (1989), and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), with Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, and directed by Reitman’s son Jason.

Other roles include a memorable cameo in Frank Oz‘s adaptation of the musical Little Shop of Horrors (1986), with Moranis, Ellen Greene, and Steve Martin; Richard Donner‘s Scrooged (1988), with Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard and Alfre Woodard; Oz’s What About Bob? (1991), with Richard Dreyfus snd Julie Hagerty; Ramis’s Groundhog Day (1993), with Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot, Stephen Tobolowsky, and and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray (they’ve appeared in several movies together). Mad Dog and Glory (1993), with Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman; and Tim Burton‘s Ed Wood (1994), with Johnny Depp and Martin Landu.

He also co-directed and starred Quick Change (1990), with Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Phil Hartman, Victor Argo, and Kurtwood Smith. More dramatic roles include The Razor’s Edge (1984), which he also co-wrote; Wild Things (1998), with Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, and Denise Richards; Tim Robbins’s Cradle Will Rock (1999), with Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Carey Elwes, Susan Sarandon, and John Turturro; Michael Almereyda’s modern adaptation of Hamlet (2000), with Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora, and Sam Shepard; Aaron Schneider’s Get Low (2009), with Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek; and The Monuments Men (2014), with George Clooney (who also directed), Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, and John Goodman.

For his performance Sofia Coppola‘s Lost in Translation (2003), with Scarlett Johansson, Murray earned a Golden Globe and a British Academy Film Award, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also frequently collaborates with directors Wes Anderson (since Rushmore, he’s appeared in most of his feature films) and Jim Jarmusch (appearing in 4 so far). He received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore (1998), with Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Brian Cox, and Seymour Cassel; Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), with Laura Linney and Olivia Colman; St. Vincent (2014), with Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Martell, and Chris O’Dowd; and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014), with Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, for which he later won his second Primetime Emmy Award. Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976) – directed by Paul Mazursky – uncredited
  • The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978) – directed by Eric Idle & Gary Weis – TV movie
  • Meatballs (1979) – directed by Ivan Reitman
  • Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video (1979) – directed Michael O’Donoghue
  • Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle (1979) – directed by Picha & Boris Szulzinger – aka Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle – English dub – originally released in 1975 – France/Belgium
  • Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) – directed by Art Linson
  • Caddyshack (1980) – directed by Harold Ramis
  • Loose Shoes (1980) – directed by Ira Miller – aka Coming Attractions or Quackers
  • Stripes (1981) – directed by Ivan Reitman
  • Tootsie (1982) – directed by Sydney Pollack
  • Ghostbusters (1984)** – directed by Ivan Reitman
  • Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) – directed by Tom Schiller
  • B.C. Rock (1984) – directed by Picha – aka Le Chaînon manquant – uncredited voice (English dub) – originally released in 1980 – France/Belgium
  • The Razor’s Edge (1984) – directed by John Byrum – also co-writer
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986) – directed by Frank Oz
  • She’s Having a Baby (1988) – directed by John Hughes – uncredited cameo
  • Scrooged (1988) – directed by Richard Donner
  • Ghostbusters II (1989) – directed by Ivan Reitman
  • Quick Change (1990) – co-directed with Howard Franklin – also producer
  • What About Bob? (1991) – directed by Frank Oz
  • Groundhog Day (1993)** – directed by Harold Ramis
  • Mad Dog and Glory (1993) – directed by John McNaughton
  • Ed Wood (1994) – directed by Tim Burton
  • Kingpin (1996) – directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly
  • Larger than Life (1996)* – directed by Howard Franklin
  • Space Jam (1996)* – directed by Joe Pytka
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) – directed by Jon Amiel
  • Wild Things (1998) – directed by John McNaughton
  • With Friends Like These… (1998) – directed by Philip Frank Messina
  • Rushmore (1998) – directed by Wes Anderson
  • Cradle Will Rock (1999) – directed by Tim Robbins
  • Charlie’s Angels (2000) – directed by McG
  • Hamlet (2000) – directed by Michael Almereyda
  • Osmosis Jones (2001)* – directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly (live action) and Piet Kroon & Tom Sito (animated)
  • Speaking of Sex (2001) – directed by John McNaughton
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – directed by Wes Anderson
  • Lost in Translation (2003) – directed by Sofia Coppola
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) – directed by Jim Jarmusch – anthology
  • Garfield: The Movie (2004) – directed by Peter Hewitt
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) – directed by Wes Anderson
  • Broken Flowers (2005) – directed by Jim Jarmusch
  • The Lost City (2005) – directed by Andy García
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) – directed by Tim Hill
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007) – directed by Wes Anderson – cameo
  • Get Smart (2008)* – directed by Peter Segal
  • City of Ember (2008) – directed by Gil Kenan
  • The Limits of Control (2009) – directed by Jim Jarmusch
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)* – directed by Wes Anderson
  • Zombieland (2009)* – directed by Ruben Fleischer – cameo
  • Get Low (2010) – directed by Aaron Schneider
  • Passion Play (2011) – directed by Mitch Glazer
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)* – directed by Wes Anderson
  • Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) – directed by Roger Michell