Bill Murray Age, Net Worth, Military History, Musical Talents and Acting Career

by : Tim Horner on : 01 Oct 2018 01:07
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William James “Bill” Murray is a 68-year-old American comedian, actor and writer. He came to prominence on Saturday Night Live, later starring in comedies including Caddyshack (1980) and Ghostbusters (1984).

He received critical acclaim for his role in Lost in Translation (2003), winning a Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Actor, and has appeared in all but one of Wes Anderson’s films.


What does Bill Murray whisper in Lost in Translation?

Director Sofia Coppola maintains Bill Murray’s last line in Lost in Translation was unscripted and no one knows what he said, including her. In 2007, Entertainment Weekly claimed that they had deciphered it using digital processing: ‘I have to be leaving, but I won’t let that come between us, okay?’ Coppola explained to Little White Lies in 2018: ‘Luckily I did it without a studio so we were able to just make it how I wanted. That thing Bill whispers to Scarlett was never intended to be anything. I was going to figure out later what to say and add it in and then we never did. It was between them. Just acknowledging that week meant something to both of them and it affects them going back to their lives. People always ask me what’s said. I always like Bill’s answer: that it’s between lovers – so I’ll leave it at that.’

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Who is Bill Murray married to?

Murray married Margaret Kelly during the filming of Stripes on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas. They later remarried with their families attending in Chicago. The couple divorced in 1996 following Murray’s affair with Jennifer Butler, whom he married in 1997. Butler filed for divorce, accusing Murray of domestic violence, infidelity and addictions to alcohol, sex and marijuana. The divorce was finalised in June 2008. He is currently unmarried and reported to be dating Crystle Stewart.

Was Bill Murray on SNL?

Yes, Murray was on Saturday Night Live. His series of early performances earned him his first Emmy Award. He first appeared on the show in 1975, and has been somewhat of a regular over the years. Murray was on SNL once again in January 2018.


Does Bill Murray smoke cigarettes?

Murray is a regular smoker of cigarettes. He is also widely known to smoke pot. He was arrested at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in 1970 while waiting in line to board a plane. Murray told the person standing next to him that he was carrying two bombs in his luggage. A ticket clerk heard Murray’s remark and sent for Federal agents. Instead of finding two bombs they found 10 pounds of marijuana in his luggage. Murray pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis in Cook County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation.

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Was Bill Murray in the military?


No, Murray wasn’t in the military. However, he has played roles as serving in the Army in Stripes, and a Vietnam veteran in St. Vincent.

Does Bill Murray play the piano?

Bill Murray did learn to play the piano and was actually playing it in Groundhog Day. Director Harold Ramis used a double for close-ups on hands, but Murray was competent enough for other shots.

How long did Bill Murray spend in Groundhog Day?


Many have tried to estimate how long Phil, played by Murray, supposedly remains trapped in the loop, with a wide range in estimated values. Ramis, who was a Buddhist, observed during filming that according to Buddhist doctrine it takes 10,000 years for a soul to evolve to its next level. In the DVD commentary Ramis estimated a real-time duration of 10 years. Later, Ramis told a reporter, ‘I think the 10-year estimate is too short. It takes at least 10 years to get good at anything, and allotting for the downtime and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years.’

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How many kids does Bill Murray have?

Bill Murray has six children, all boys. Murray and Margaret Kelly have two sons, Homer and Luke. Jennifer Butler and Murray have four sons: Caleb, Jackson, Cooper and Lincoln.

How rich is Bill Murray?

Murray’s film career has pushed his net worth to $140million as of April 2017, according to TheRichest.com website.

How tall is Bill Murray?

Bill Murray is 1.88 metres tall, or 6’2”.

Is Bill Murray an alcoholic?

Murray’s second wife, Jennifer Butler, accused Murray of being an alcoholic, among other things, when she filed for divorce in 2008. Whether he is an alcoholic is uncertain, but the man clearly enjoys a drink. In 2015 Murray appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, talking about professional drinkers and their tricks to keep on partying. He said to Kimmel, ‘If you can drink a glass of water with every drink you drink, you become much more interesting later on in the evening.’

In 2014 Murray told Dazed Digital, ‘The way I like to drink champagne is I like to make what we call a Montana Cooler, where you buy a case of champagne and you take all the bottles out, and you take all the cardboard out, and you put a garbage bag inside of it, then you put all the bottles back in and then you cover it with ice, and then you wrap it up and you close it.’ He went on to say, ‘The problem people have with champagne is they drink it and they crash with it, because the sugar content is so high and you get really dehydrated. But if you can get the ice in it, you can drink it supremely cold and at the same time you’re getting the melting ice, so it’s like a hydration level, and you can stay at this great level for a whole weekend.’

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Which Wes Anderson movies is Bill Murray in?

Bill Murray has starred in all Wes Anderson movies except his debut Bottle Rocket. He played Herman Blume in Rushmore (1998), Raleigh St. Clair in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), the titular Steve Zissou in 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, a businessman in The Darjeeling Limited (2007), the voice of Clive Badger in The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Mr. Bishop in Moonrise Kingdom (2012), M. Ivan in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and the voice of Boss in 2018’s Isle of Dogs.

Is Bill Murray Canadian?

No, Murray was born in Evanston, Illinois, United States.

Did Bill Murray once bartend at South by Southwest Festival?

Yes, in 2010 Bill was wandering around the east side of Austin when he was drawn towards Shangri-La, a dive bar that had been open for a year. Read about his approach to bartending here.

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Tim Horner

Tim Horner is a senior sub-editor at UNILAD and not just because he was born in the 1980s. He graduated from University College Falmouth with a BA Journalism degree when the internet still consisted of Ceefax and Teletext and telephones were connected to the land.

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Entertainment Weekly and 2 others
  1. Entertainment Weekly

    Revealing the 'Lost in Translation' whisper

  2. Little White Lies

    “I never expected people to connect with it so much” – Sofia Coppola on Lost in Translation at 15

  3. Dazed Digital

    Popping bubbly with Bill Murray