Sep. 21st, 1950
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
Bill is the fifth of nine children born to Edward and Lucille Murray. He and most of his siblings worked as caddies, which paid his tuition to Loyola Academy, a Jesuit school. He played sports and did some acting while in that school, but in his words, mostly "screwed off." He enrolled at Regis College in Denver to study pre-med but dropped out after being arrested for marijuana possession. He then joined the National Lampoon Radio Hour with fellow members Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi. However, while those three became the original members of "Saturday Night Live" (1975), he joined "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell" (1975), which premiered that same year. After that show failed, he later got the opportunity to join "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
- 'Dan Aykroyd' (qv) nicknamed him "The Murricane" for his notorious mood swings.
- He has rubbed some collaborators the wrong way because he has a tendency to re-write and improvise his way through scripts until many of his scenes barely resembles the original versions. Most collaborators ultimately find, though, it's to the improvement of the films.
- His pockmarked face is due to acne problems he experienced as a teenager.
- Attended Regis College in Denver. He dropped out his sophomore year.
- Has no agent, no business manager, no lawyer, or favorite hair and make-up artist. He travels without an entourage.
- Siblings include 'Brian Doyle-Murray' (qv), Nancy, Edward, Andy, 'John Murray (II)' (qv), 'Joel Murray' (qv), Peggy, and Laura.
- Has appeared with both 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv) in _Tootsie (1982)_ (qv) and Dustin's brother 'Todd Hoffman (II)' (qv) in _Meatballs (1979)_ (qv).
- In 2001, he starred with 'Sigourney Weaver' (qv) in an Off-Off-Broadway play called "The Guys," in which he played a fire captain who lost eight of his men on 9/11. In the movie version, Murray's role was played by 'Anthony LaPaglia' (qv).