An A to Z of Bill Murray

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An A to Z of Bill Murray

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Bill Murray is a legend. He’s the type of guy that will steal chips off your plate in restaurants and will turn up to an archaeological dig in the Mediterranean just because he fancied it. We love a bit of Murray. Here is our A to Z on all things Murray.


A – Agent

Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent. He has an 800 number. You call the number and leave a voicemail with your movie pitch and Bill Murray might get back to you.

B – Buzz Lightyear

Murray was once offered the role of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear but declined.

C – Coffee and Cigarettes

Murray appears in the Jim Jarmusch film Coffee and Cigarettes alongside the RZA and the GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.

D – Dishwasher

In 2006 Bill Murray turned up to a student party in St Andrews, Scotland while he was on a golf trip. Apparently, he partied right into the small hours with some Scandinavian students and helped do the dishes before he left.

E – Eric Clapton

Both Clapton and Murray jammed “Gloria” on stage at the “Crossroads” guitar festival in 2007. It’s a good thing Murray is as funny as he is because his guitar playing is pretty awful.

F – Forrest Gump

Another role that Murray decided against. This time it was the role of Forrest Gump.

G – Groundhog Day

Bill Murray starred in the film Groundhog Day in 1993.

G – Groundhog Day

Bill Murray starred in the film Groundhog Day in 1993.

See what we did there?

H – Hunter S Thompson

Gonzo Journalist Hunter S Thompson nearly drowned Murray by tying him to a chair and throwing him into a swimming pool. Bill Murray portrayed Thompson in the film “Where The Buffalo Roam. Murray and Thompson were really close friends and even invented a game called “Shotgun Golf” I’ll leave that one up to your imagination.

I  – Improve

Bill Murray is famous for it. When he made “Caddyshack” he read the script once then improvised the entire film.

J – Jungle Book

Bill Murray played “Baloo” in the Disney CGI revamp of the Jungle Book but did you know that Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle Murray also voiced “Baloo” in the 1998 movie “The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story”

K – Kingpin

If you haven’t seen this movie stop reading this list off and go watch it because here comes a spoiler. You have been warned.

At the end of Kingpin when Murray’s character Ern needed three strikes to win. Murray made actually bowled those three strikes in a row. Is there nothing this man can’t do!

L – Lost in Translation

When filming “Lost in Translation” during the scene where Murray’s character Bob Harris films the commercial Murray was never told what the director was saying to him in Japanese. Sofia Coppola did this to try and make the confusion in the scene seem real. Job done.

M – Marijuana

Bill Murray was arrested for trying to smuggle 10 pounds of Marijuana onto a plane. On his 20th birthday, Murray was travelling back home from University with the Mary Jane in his hand luggage. He made a joked with some of the fellow passengers that he had “two bombs” in his hand luggage. A flight attendant overheard this and alerted the authorities. He was searching when he was leaving the plane and the cops found the weed. He got 5 years probation.

N – Nose

Murray accidentally broke Robert De Niro’s nose during the filming of Mad Dog and Glory.

O – Once Upon a Time in the Shaolin

The Wu-Tang Clan made one and only one copy of their latest album, Once Upon A Time in the Shaolin. It sold for $2 Million. Part of the deal including a stipulation that the album could not be released for public consumption for 88 years and:

“The buying party also agrees that at any time during the stipulated 88 year period, the seller may legally plan and attempt to execute one (1) heist or caper to steal back Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which, if successful, would return all ownership rights to the seller. Said heist or caper can only be undertaken by currently active members of the Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray, with no legal repercussions.”

That’s 100{1f868ad61d518ae9682d7cb694d7a58513b252b90939cb47ec07b86b70828288} true.

P – Piano

In “Groundhog Day” when Murray plays Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme” he is actually playing the piano. Murray can’t read music but he learned most of the song by ear.

Q – Quotes

When Bill Murray was asked what it’s like to be Bill Murray he quoted:

“Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It’s kind of a shock. It’s kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light.”

R – Rushmore

Bill Murray was paid a day rate of  $9000 to appear in Rushmore. When Disney didn’t want to pay for the helicopter scene Murray wrote director, Wes Anderson a cheque for $25,000 to cover the helicopter rental. Anderson never cashed the cheque and has kept it as a memento.

S – Shelter from the Storm

St Vincent director Ted Melfi had originally planned to end the film with a huge “Hollywood” moment but thinking this was too forced he asked Murray” “What if you just went out to the backyard and sing a song?” He sang Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” when asked why he chose that songs he replied, “well, that’s one of my favourite songs of all time.”

T – Tequila

One year during SXSW Murray climbed behind a bar and started serving drinks. No matter what you asked from Murray would just pour you a tequila.

U – Umbrella Hat

Remember the Umbrella hat Murray wore during “Space Jam?” Well, he has started wearing it to golf tournaments.

V – Vice Principals

Murray made a cameo appearance in the very first episode of the HBO series Vice Principals.

W – What About Bob

When asked about the film “What About Bo” Murray said:

“It’s entertaining – everybody knows somebody like that Bob guy. [Richard Dreyfuss and I] didn’t get along on the movie particularly, but it worked for the movie. I mean, I drove him nuts, and he encouraged me to drive him nuts”.

X – Xavier University

Bill Murray’s son, Luke Murray is an assistant coach at Xavier University and regularly attends games.

Y – Yearbook

This yearbook photograph.

Z – Zombieland

The original celebrity cameo appearance in Zombieland was going to be Patrick Swayze but when he fell ill the production team wrote a list of names of people who could take his place. That included Joe Pesci, Mark Hamill and Jean Claude Van Damme. The team never thought the could get someone like Bill Murray until they asked Woody Harrelson if he could suggest someone. Harrelson the spent two days trying to convince Murray to do the project. In the original script, Murray was a zombie when they arrived at his mansion. It was Bill that suggested he was still alive and wore makeup to pretend he was dead.

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