William "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He was born in September 21, 1950 in Wilmette, Illinois and first gained national exposure on Saturday Night Live after Chevy Chase left in the middle of season two and Lorne Michaels hired Murray as Chase's replacement. Though he is now considered one of the best cast member's SNL has ever had, Murray was not that well-liked by fans who were used to seeing Chevy Chase. When Chevy Chase came back to host on the show's third season, he and Murray got into a vicious fight backstage. When Chase came back to host during the show's fifth season, the two did a monologue together showing that all was forgiven. Among his most popular characters on the show was singing Lounge Lizard Nick Winters with his most famous sketch the one where he sings the Star Wars theme with added lyrics: Star Wars...nothing but Star Wars...
He gained additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and a series of films directed by Wes Anderson, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented and unique comedic actors of his generation.
This actor contains examples of:
- Adam Westing: In Space Jam and Zombieland
- Cassandra Truth: There's a lot of stories of Bill doing random things to people he meets, casually telling them afterwards that nobody will ever believe them when they tell their friends / loved ones about it. The closest response to being asked about these stories falls under the realm of Suspiciously Specific Denial.
- Deadpan Snarker: All his movies but most notable are Caddyshack and Groundhog Day
- Comedy Central even named him number one in their special "Mouthing Off: The Fifty-One Greatest Smart-Asses Of All Time"