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Bill Murray [10]


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Born:September 21, 1950 (69)
Filmography Rating:7.31 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.04 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.30 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80.15%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Ghostbusters [1984](34) => Dr. Peter Venkman
Little Shop of Horrors [1986](36) => Arthur Denton
Ghostbusters 2 [1989](39) => Dr. Peter Venkman
What About Bob? [1991](41) => Bob 'Bobby' Wiley
Groundhog Day [1993](43) => Phil
The Man Who Knew Too Little [1997](47) => Wallace Ritchie
Get Smart [2008](58) => Agent 13
Parks and Recreation: Season 7 [2015](65) => Walter Gunderson (uncredited)
Ghostbusters [2016](66) => Martin Heiss
The Jungle Book [2016](66) => Baloo (voice)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Batman [1989]
  • Alec Baldwin, Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Pierce Brosnan and Tom Selleck were considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
    The Flintstones [1994]
  • Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were considered for the role of Fred Flintstone but they were all deemed too skinny, and a fat suit was deemed too inappropriate.
    Ghostbusters [1984]
  • The bum that Bill Murray played in a deleted scene looks and acts just like his character on Caddyshack (and also sports a golfing cap).
    Ghostbusters 2 [1989]
  • Bill Murray told [Entertainment Weekly] he was very disappointed with the way the film turned out. He commented "it was a whole lot of slime, and not much of us."
    Groundhog Day [1993]
  • When Phil and Rita are throwing cards into the hat, Phil advises Rita to "be the hat". This is an ad-libbed reference by Bill Murray to Caddyshack (also directed by Harold Ramis and starring Murray), in which Chevy Chase's character advises the main character to "be the ball" while tutoring him on golf.
  • According to director Harold Ramis, most of the times when he tried to explain a scene to Bill Murray, Murray would interrupt and ask, "Just tell me - good Phil or bad Phil?"
  • Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting.
  • The interiors of Bill Murray's room at the bed and breakfast were filmed in an empty warehouse in Cary, Illinois. The only times the crew entered the actual house at all were to turn on lamps for the proper lighting effects needed for the exterior shots. In contrast, the scenes at the piano teacher's home were indeed filmed inside the actual house, right in the front room as it appears in the film.
  • Not filmed in Punxsutawney, but actually in Woodstock, Illinois (just 45 miles from Bill Murray's hometown of Wilmette). There is a small plaque that reads "Bill Murray stepped here" on the curb where Murray continually steps into a puddle.
  • Bill Murray and Harold Ramis have both been honorary grand marshals for the Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsatawney, PA.
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005]
  • Bill Murray was also considered for the part of Zaphod Beeblebrox, along with Will Ferrell and Robert Downey Jr., but after Sam Rockwell's audition, director Garth Jennings immediately chose him.
    homestarrunner.com everything else Vol. 2 [2006]
  • In {Halloween Fairstival}, the [Homestar Runner] characters are dressed in the following costumes for Halloween: Homestar Runner is Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) from Caddyshack, Strong Bad is Cesar Romero as the Joker from Batman: The Movie, Pom Pom is The Big Boy of his namesake's restaurant chain, The Cheat is Sigmund (voiced by Billy Barty) from [Sigmund and the Sea Monsters], Marzipan is Willie Nelson, Strong Sad is David Bowie, Strong Mad is [?] Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons, Bubs is one of the Three Most Important People In the World from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Coach Z is [?] Tupac Shakur, The King of Town is the Mayor of Halloweentown from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Poopsmith is Lion-O from [Thundercats], and Homsar is Kumar from Bottle Rocket.
    Little Shop of Horrors [1986]
  • It supposedly took Steve Martin six weeks to film all his scenes while Bill Murray ad-libbed his lines.
    The Santa Clause [1994]
  • The role of Scott Calvin/Santa Clause was written with Bill Murray in mind
    Splash [1984]
  • Before Tom Hanks accepted the role of Allen Bauer, it had already been turned down by John Travolta, Bill Murray and Dudley Moore.
    íThree Amigos! [1986]
  • Steven Spielberg considered directing the film but chose to do E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial instead. He has said in interviews his choices for the roles of the Three Amigos were Steve Martin for Lucky Day, Bill Murray for Dusty Bottoms and Robin Williams for Ned Nederlander.
    Toy Story [1995]
  • Bill Murray was considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear.
    Forrest Gump [1994]
  • According to writer Winston Groom, John Goodman was the perfect Forrest Gump in his mind. Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake. David Alan Grier, [?] Ice Cube and Dave Chappelle turned down the role of Bubba. Chappelle thought the movie would bomb, and has since admitted to deeply regretting not taking the role. Terry Gilliam and Barry Sonnenfeld turned down the chance to direct the film.
    The Man Who Knew Too Little [1997]
  • In the final beach scene, when the agents tell the "waiter" to bring in the poisoned coconuts, they call him by the name "Venkman", the name of Bill Murray's character from the [Ghostbusters] franchise.
  • In the hotel after the interrogation, Boris walks out of the room to call Dr. Kropotkin and says: "Uri, get the rubber sheets... and watch that man," (pointing to Bill Murray's character). Watch That Man is the title of the novel on which the movie is based.
    Kindergarten Cop [1990]
  • Bill Murray and Patrick Swayze were originally offered the role of John Kimble. Danny DeVito was also considered, but was not given the part due to his height.
    Over the Hedge [2006]
  • The makers originally wanted Bill Murray and Harold Ramis to voice RJ and Verne, respectively.
    Parks and Recreation: Season 7 [2015]
  • Amy Poehler once said that she would want Bill Murray to play mayor Gunderson if we ever got to see the character. The one and only episode in which he appears is {Two Funerals} where he is played by ... drumrollllllllll ... Bill Murray.
    Ghostbusters [2016]
  • Bill Murray's character Martin Heiss does not apparently die in the movie. In the movie tie-in book, "Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal", Heiss writes a foreword and states that the Ghostbusters are not frauds and had he believed them, he wouldn't have suffered large medical bills as a result of being knocked out of the window by a ghost.
  • The studio had long wanted to make Ghostbusters 3 for many years. When Dan Aykroyd was asked many times about the third film, his answer was always yes on condition that if all the principle Ghostbusters cast members including Ivan Reitman who directed the first two films return. The only main problem according to the main players was Bill Murray himself who shows lack of interest in reprising the role of Peter Venkman. However, the cast did reprise their roles in the 2009 video game, which is unofficially considered the third film that takes place two years after the events of Ghostbusters II. According to Reitman, when he met Murray in 2011, Murray already had shown loss of interest when the subject was brought up although there was no script at that time. The passing of Harold Ramis in early 2014 was the final straw that two weeks after that Reitman announced that he didn't want to direct it, resulting in Ghostbusters 3 being canned.
  • Original cast members - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver and even Harold Ramis all have cameos in the movie. Early on in the movie version of Ramis can be seen in the form of a bronze bust in the hallway outside Kristen Wiig's office. Aykroyd confirmed a cameo appearance on his Facebook and Twitter pages, although the post was later deleted. Hudson and Weaver's cameos were confirmed by director Paul Feig on Twitter, after the first two cameos leaked to the press. Rick Moranis, who has long since retired from acting, was also offered a chance to cameo, but declined.
    The Jungle Book [2016]
  • The cast includes three Oscar winners: Sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, and Christopher Walken; and one Oscar nominee: Bill Murray.
    Jojo Rabbit [2019]
  • Sam Rockwell said that in addition to having a dialogue coach to learn the accent, he watched classical and veteran actors like Marlon Brando, Ralph Fiennes, and [?] Oskar Werner portray World War II-era Germans, and then decided that ultimately his character would be more like Bill Murray or Walter Matthau with a German accent.
    Quotes From/About Bill Murray
    Bill MurrayKeep seeing the glass half-full and it will dawn upon you that it's probably your turn to buy.