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Comedy – Bill Murray – Stand-Up / Movies / SNL Skits / Variety TV Shows / Writer / Talk Shows / Radio – L E’s Stories Special – “A Comedic Genius Has Ascended To Iconic Status in American Popular Culture Thanks To His Eccentric Style of Comedy” – Part 1

The Life and Times of Actor / Comedian Bill Murray - Part 1

Bill Murray has been a star player in the chapters of life of the entity known as ImaSportsPhile…..as literally hundreds of hours of recorded Bill Murray footage rests in the thousands of hours of content in our 12,000 video library here at ImaSportsPhile…..which was recorded at Madison Square Garden, The Sports Place, at 302 E. 6th Street in downtown Austin, Texas from 1975 to 1987…..so, doing a post on Bill Murray will bring a huge smile to our faces as we post a video history of the life and times of the iconic acting and comedic genius of Bill Murray…..who played before sold-out crowds at The Garden throughout the mid-seventies through the mid-eighties…..while establishing himself as the master of dead-pan humor…..tor then and all time.  Bill Muray had a God given talent to make folks laugh…..which he maintained throughout all that he did….but more than that incredible talent….he was also given the talent to act incredibly well on many stages both dramatic and comedic.  The level of talent that Bill Murray possesses is evidenced well in the following post….as we hope you enjoy it as much as we will have had in posting it. 

Comedy & Talk Shows – Bill Murray – Late Night With David Letterman – 1984 – A Don Giller Production Special – “Guest Bill Murray Talks About His Upcoming “Ghostbuster” Movie – Featuring the Scene Where He Gets The Girl (Sigourney Weaver)                                                                                                                                   


William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor and comedian…..who is known for his deadpan delivery in roles ranging from studio comedies to independent dramas…..as he has frequently collaborated with directors Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, and Jim Jarmusch…..while earning numerous accolades including a BAFTA Award, two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award….as well as two Independent Spirit Awards…..plus, a nomination for an Academy Award.  In 2016, Murray was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.                                                      




Comedy & Movies – Bill Murray – Documentary – 2022 – A Retro Renaissance Production Special – “Bill Murray:  His Secret Life From Childhood to Hollywood”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             



Murray rose to fame on The National Lampoon Radio Hour from 1973 –1974 before becoming a national presence on Saturday Night Live from 1977 to 1980…..where he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series…..and not to mention the huge fame that he built being a member of SNL’s Not Ready For Prime Time Players comedy troupe.  He then established his stardom acting in a string of successful comedy films such as Meatballs in 1979…..Caddyshack in 1980….. Stripes in 1981….. Ghostbusters in 1984…..Ghostbusters II in 1989…..What About Bob? in 1991…..and Groundhog Day (1993). He also took on supporting roles in Tootsie in 1982    …..Little Shop of Horrors in 1986…..Ed Wood in 1994…..Kingpin in 1996….. and Osmosis Jones in 2001.  His only directorial credit is Quick Change in 1990…..which he co-directed with Howard Franklin.





Comedy & Radio – National Lampoon Radio Hour – 1974 – A CBC News: The National Production Special – “A National Lampoon: Saturday Night Live and SCTV Stars Rehearsal” – Featuring John Belushi & Bryan Doyle Murray & Harold Ramis & Gilda Radner & Bill Murray




Comedy & Radio – National Lampoon Radio Hour – 1975 – A stevemurdock1958 Production Special – “Mister Roberts Neighborhood Special Interview” – Performed by National Lampoon’s Christopher Guest and Bill Murray




He started his long term collaboration with director Wes Anderson in 1998 with Rushmore…..which earned an Independent Spirit Award…..as he would continue to appear in many of his films including The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001…..The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in 2004…..Fantastic Mr. Fox  in 2009…..Moonrise Kingdom in 2012…..The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014….. Isle of Dogs in 2018)…..and The French Dispatch in 2021.  He also starred in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation in 2003…..which earned him a Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards…..as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.  Other notable roles include roles in Broken Flowers in 2005….. Get Low in 2009…..Hyde Park on Hudson in 2012…..St. Vincent in 2014…..and On the Rocks in 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         




Movies & Comedy – Bill Murray Special – A communiTV Production Special – “Bill Murray’s Tom 10 Movies Highlights”                                                                                                                                                                                               



For his television role in HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge in 2014, he earned his 2nd Primetime Emmy Award. He is also known for voicing Garfield in the family comedy film Garfield: The Movie in 2004…..and its sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties in 2006…..as well as his role as Baloo the Bear in the live action adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book in 2016)…..then he reprised his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife in 2021…..and appeared as Lord Krylar in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in 2023.





Movie Clips & Actors – HBO Mini Series – Starring Frances McDormand + Richard Jenkins + Bill Murray – 2014 – An HBO UK Production Special – “Olive Kitteridge” – Scene Where Olive Kitteridge (McDormand) Meets Jack Hennison (Murray) While Out Walking




Movie Clips & Actors – From “Garfield: The Movie”- Starring Breckin Meyer (Jon) + Jennifer Love Hewitt (Liz) + Bill Murray (Garfield) – 2004 – An MovieclipsProduction Special – “Cat and Mouse Scene with Garfield and Jon”




Movie Clips & Actors – From “Garfield: Tail of Two Kitties”- Starring Breckin Meyer (Jon) + Jennifer Love Hewitt (Liz) + Bill Murray (Garfield) 2006 An Entertainment Access Production Special – “Lasagna Dance Scene with Garfield and Friends”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




Movies & Comedy – Special Interview – 2023 – “Bill Murray Talks About How He Regrets Doing The Garfield Movies”                                                                                                                                                                        




Music & Movie Clips – From Disney Movie The Jumble Book – Starring Bill Murray (Baloo the Bear) + Kermit Ruffins (Mogli) – Scene Where Baloo Teaches Mogli About Singing With “The Bear Necessities”                        




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Starring Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkmin) + Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett) – 2021 – “Scene Where Dana Tests Dr. Venkmin Like He Tested His Students With Electroshock Questioning”                                                                                                                                      




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie Ant-Man & the Wasp Quantumania – Starring Paul Rudd + Evangeline Lilly + Michael Douglas + Michelle Pfeiffer + Kathryn Newton + Bill Murray (Lord Krylar) – 2023 – “Lord Krylar Entry Into The Bar For Meeting With The Tribunal”




Murray was inducted into the Irish-American Hall of Fame, along with fellow actor, Martin Sheen, in 2017.  In 2015, he was also inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame.





Comedy – Bill Murray – Special Film – 2020 – A Rev. Ralph Production Special – “The Sarcastic Humor of Bill Murray”




Murray was born on September 21, 1950, in Evanston, Illinois, to Lucille Murray (née Collins; 1921–1988), a mail-room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II (1921–1967), a lumber salesman. He was raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago…..where he and his eight siblings grew up in an Irish Catholic family…..when his paternal grandfather was from  County Cork…..while his maternal ancestors were from County Galway. Three of his sibling, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, are also actors…..whereas, a sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan….. who has traveled the United States in two one-woman programs, portraying Catherine of Siena and Dorothy Stang.  His brother Ed Murray died in 2020. Their father died in 1967 at the age of 46 from complications of diabetes when Bill was 17.   As a youth, Murray read children’s biographies of American heroes like Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok, and Davy Crockett.  He attended St. Joseph’s grade school and Loyola Academy. During his teen years, he worked as a golf caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit high school…..and was the lead singer of a rock band called the Dutch Masters …..as well as taking part in high school and community theater.  One of his sisters had polio and his mother suffered several miscarriages.  After graduating from Loyola Academy, Murray attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado, taking pre-medical courses, but quickly dropped out and returned to Illinois.  Decades later, in 2007, Regis awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.  On September 21, 1970, his 20th birthday, the police arrested Murray at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for trying to smuggle 10 lb (4.5 kg) of cannabis…..which he had allegedly intended to sell.  It was discovered after Murray joked to the passenger next to him that he had packed a bomb in his luggage. Murray was convicted and sentenced to probation…..but like all things Bill Murray, reality just seems to slide off of him like grease on a teflon coating…..even after acts of profound dumbness, like commenting he was carrying a bomb on a flight he was trying to smuggle 10 lbs. of pot.  





Comedy – Bill Murray – Special Film – 2022 – A Vanilla Skynet Production Special – “Bill Murray Stories: Farrelly Brothers Edition”




With an invitation from his older brother, Brian, Murray got his start at The Second City in Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe, studying under Del Close.  In 1974, he moved to New York City and was recruited by John Belushi as a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour.





Comedy – Bill Murray – Comedy Skit – A Second City Theater Production Special – “Live from Las Vegas Nevada…..Nick, the Singing Weatherman Reports the Only News You Need, the Weather Report!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



In 1975, an Off-Broadway version of a Lampoon show led to his 1st television role as a cast member of the ABC variety show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell…..then that same season, another variety show titled NBC’s Saturday Night premiered…..as Cosell’s show lasted just one season, and canceled in early 1976.  After working in Los Angeles with the “guerrilla video” commune TVTV on several projects, Murray rose to prominence in 1976…..and that is when he officially joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live for the show’s 2nd season, following the departure of Chevy Chase. Murray was with SNL for three seasons from 1977 to 1980.  A Rutland Weekend Television sketch Monty Python’s Eric Idle brought for his appearance on SNL developed into the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash with Murray (alongside other SNL cast members) appearing as “Bill Murray the K”, a send-up of New York radio host Murray the K, in a segment of the film that is a parody of the Maysles Brothers’s documentary The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit.  During the first few seasons of SNL, Murray was in a romantic relationship with fellow cast member Gilda Radner…..who like many of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players (Belushi, Aykroyd, Curtin, Morris) became legends of comedy as a result of their exposure from being a member of Saturday Night Live…..especially back in the early years of the show.





Comedy – Bill Murray – SNL Skit – 1977 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special – “Bill Murray: Apologizes For Not Being Funny on the Show as the Newest Member of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players Comedy Troupe”





Movie Clips & Comedy – Mockumentary Film – 1978 – “The Rutles” – Starring the Cast of Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin) Featuring the Scene With Disc Jockey Bill Murray The K Covering The Arrival of The Rutles in America                                                 




Comedy – SNL Skit – 1978 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special – “The Nerds: Nerd Prom Night” – Featuring Todd (Bill Murray) with His Dad (Buck Henry) Acting as Chauffeur and Chaperone, Picks Up Lisa (Gilda Radner) to Go to the High School Prom




Murray landed his 1st starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979…..which he followed with a portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson in 1980’s Where the Buffalo Roam.  In the early 1980s, he collaborated with writer-director Harold Ramis and starred in a string of box-office hits, including Caddyshack in 1980…..Stripes in 1981…..and Tootsie in 1982.  Murray was the 1st guest on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman on February 1, 1982…..as he later appeared on the 1st episode of the Late Show with David Letterman on August 30, 1993…..when the show moved to CBS.  On January 31, 2012 – 30 years after his 1st appearance with Letterman, Murray appeared again on his talk show…..plus, he appeared as Letterman’s final guest when the host retired on May 20, 2015.





Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie “Caddyshack” –  Starring Chevy Chase + Rodney Dangerfield + Ted Knight + Bill Murray – 1980 – A Movieclips Production Special – Scenes with “Carl Vs The Gopher:  Think Like A Gopher”                                                                                                                                                           




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie “Stripes” –  Starring John Candy + Harold Ramis + Bill Murray – 1981 – A Binge Society Production Special – Scenes with “Razzle Dazzle Marching Drill With Winger (Murray), Ziskey (Ramis) + Ox (John Candy et al”                                                                                                                 




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie “Tootsie” –  Starring Dustin Hoffman + Jessica Lange + Terry Garr + Bill Murray – 1982 – A palecaloProduction Special – Scenes with “Bill Murray Improvising His Lines and Rants”                                                                                                                                                                                      




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie Meatballs – Starring Harvey Aiken + Kate Lynch + Russ Banham + Bill Murray – 1979 – A cree Production Special – “Meatballs Scene of Bill Murray’s Great Motivational Speech – “It Just Doesn’t Matter”” – In Murray’s 1st Starring Role                                                                                  




Movies & Actors – Bill Murray – Official Movie Trailer for the Movie Where The Buffalo Roam – Starring Bill Murray (Hunter S. Thompson) + Peter Boyle (Lazlo the Attorney) + Rene Auberjonois (Harris) + Bruno Kirby (Marty Lewis)       




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie Where The Buffalo Roam – Starring Peter Boyle + Bruno Kirby + Rene Auberjonois + Bill Murray – 1980 – Bill Murray’s Ending Scene As Hunter S. Thompson Talking To His Richard Nixon doll…..“Because it never got weird enough for me!!”




Murray began work on a film adaptation of the novel The Razor’s Edge…..as the film, which Murray co-wrote, was his 1st starring role in a drama film.  He later agreed with Columbia Pictures to star in Ghostbusters in a role originally written for John Belushi, just to get financing for The Razor’s Edge. Ghostbusters became the highest-grossing film of 1984 and, at the time, the highest-grossing comedy ever…..whereas, The Razor’s Edge, which was filmed before Ghostbusters was released, was a box-office flop.





Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie “Ghostbusters” – Starring Bill Murray as Dr. Venkman – 1984 – A Movieclips Production Special – “Scene With Dr. Venkman’s ESP Tests and Shock Treatments”                                                




Movie & Actor – Bill Murray – Biography For the Movie “The Razor’s Edge” – Starring Bill Murray (Larry Darrell) + Theresa Russell (Sophie MscDonald) + Denholm Elliot (Elliot Templeton) + Catherine Hicks (Isabel Bradley) – 1984 – A Larry Darrell Production Special – “Biography Channel: The Razor’s Edge”




Movie – 1984 – “The Razor’s Edge” (Entire Movie) – Starring Bill Murray (Larry Darrell) + Theresa Russell (Sophie MscDonald) + Denholm Elliot (Elliot Templeton) + Catherine Hicks (Isabel Bradley)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Frustrated over the failure of The Razor’s Edge, Murray stepped away from acting for four years to study philosophy and history at Sorbonne University, frequent the Cinémathèque in Paris and to spend time with his family in their Hudson River Valley home.  During that time, his 2nd son, Luke, was born. With the exception of a cameo in the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors, he made no film appearances, but participated in public readings in Manhattan organized by playwright-director Timothy Mayer…..as well as in a stage production of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s a ManMurray returned to films with Scrooged in 1988 and Ghostbusters II in 1989. 





Movie Clips & Christmas Comedy – From the Movie Scrooged! – Starring Bill Murray (Xavier Cross) + Carol Kane (The Ghost of Christmas Past) – 1988 – A Paramount Movies Production Special – Scene of the Visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past – “The Truth Is Painful”                                                                                                




Movie Clips & Christmas Comedy – From the Movie Scrooged! – Starring Bill Murray (Xavier Cross) + Karen Allen (Claire Phillips) + John Forsythe (Lew Hayward) + John Glover (Brice Cummings) – 1988 – A bodkin2 Production Special – End Scene – “Put A Little Love In Your Heart”




In 1990, Murray made his 1st and only attempt at directing when he co-directed Quick Change with producer Howard Franklin…..then in 1991, he starred in the Frank Oz comedy film What About Bob? alongside Richard Dreyfuss…..as the film was a box office hit.  In 1993 he starred in the Harold Ramis fantasy comedy Groundhog Day…..which was an immense critical success…..when Hal Hinson, film critic for The Washington Post praised Murray’s performance, writing in his film review that, “Murray is a breed unto himself, a sort of gonzo minimalist. And he’s never been funnier as a comedian or more in control as an actor than he is here. It’s easily his best movie.”  That same year he starred in the comedy film, Mad Dog and Glory alongside Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman…..when critic Vincent Canby of The New Yorker wrote in his review, “The great satisfaction of Mad Dog and Glory is watching DeNiro and Murray play against type with such invigorating ease.”





Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “What About Bob?” – Starring Bill Murray (Bob Wiley) + Richard Dreyfuss (Dr. Leo Marvin) + Julie Hagerty (Fay Marvin) + Charlie Korsmo (Siggy Marvin) – 1991 – A TheGeoffMan Production Special – “What About Bob? Dinner Scene”                                                                              




Movies & Actors – Bill Murray + Richard Dreyfuss – Special Report – 2018 – A Nicki Swift Production Special – “The Real Reason Richard Dreyfuss Can’t Stand Bill Murray”                                                                            




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Groundhog Day” – Starring Bill Murray (Phil Connors) + Andie MacDowell (Rita) + Chris Elliott (Larry) + Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned Ryerson) – 1993 – A Geoff Krall Production Special – “‘Groundhog Day’ – “I’m a god”‘ Scene




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Groundhog Day” – Starring Bill Murray (Phil Connors) + Andie MacDowell (Rita) + Chris Elliott (Larry) + Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned Ryerson) – 1993 – A Movieclips Production Special – “‘Groundhog Day Again Scene” 




Movies & Actors – Official Trailer for the Movie “Mad Dog and Glory” – Starring Bill Murray (Frank Milo) + Uma Thurman (Glory) + Robert De Niro (Mad Dog Dobie) + Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned Ryerson) – 1993 – A Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers Production Special                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            



After the success of Groundhog Day, Murray appeared in a series of well-received supporting roles in films like Tim Burton’s Ed Wood in 1994…..and Peter Farrelly’s broad comedy film Kingpin in 1996…..which is also the year that he appeared as himself in the Looney Tunes live action comedy Space Jam with Michael Jordan…..however, his starring roles in Larger than Life and The Man Who Knew Too Little were not as successful with critics or audiences.  In 1998, he received much critical acclaim for Wes Anderson’s coming of age comedy film Rushmore opposite Jason Schwartzman and  Olivia Williams…..while receiving praise among critics with Lisa Schwarzbaum from Entertainment Weekly writing, “Murray turns in a thrillingly knowing, unforced performance — an award-worthy high point in a career that continues” For Murray’s performance he received the Best Supporting Actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (tying with Billy Bob Thornton).  Murray then took on more dramatic roles in Wild Things in 1998 and Cradle Will Rock in 1999.





Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Ed Wood” – Starring Bill Murray + Johnny Depp – 1994 – An
Production Special – “Bill Murray Compilations From Movie Ed Wood”




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Kingpin” – Starring Bill Murray + Johnny Depp – 1994 – An
Production Special – “Bill Murray In The Final Scene of Movie ‘Kingpin'”                                                            




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Space Jam” – Starring Bill Murray + Micheal Jordan + Bugs Bunny – 1996 – An Bruschkov Production Special – “Bill Murray’s I Don’t Play Defense”                                                   




Movies & Actors – Official Trailer for the Movie “Larger Than Life” – Starring Bill Murray (Jack Corcoran) + Tai the Elephant + Matthew McConaughey (Tip Tucker) + Janeane Garofalo (Mo)1996A Rotten Tomatoes Classic TrailersProduction Special – “Jack Inherits Tai the Elephant”                                                                                 




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “The Man Who Knew Too Little” – Starring Bill Murray (Wally) + Peter Gallagher (Jimmy) + Joane Whailey (Lori) + Alfred Molina (Boris)1997An ErdrickIRCProduction Special – “Run In With The Bobbies”                                                                                                                                    




Movies & Actors – Official Trailer for the Movie “Rushmore” – Starring Bill Murray (Mr. Herman J. Blume) + Jason Schwartzman (Max J. Fisher) + Olivia Williams (Miss Rosemary Cross) + Seymore Cassel (Bert Fisher)1998A Rotten Tomatoes Classic TrailersProduction Special – “A Father and Son Challenge”   




Movies & Actors – From for the Movie “Rushmore” – Starring Bill Murray (Mr. Herman J. Blume) + Jason Schwartzman (Max J. Fisher) + Olivia Williams (Miss Rosemary Cross) + Seymore Cassel (Bert Fisher)1998A Rotten Tomatoes Classic TrailersProduction Special – “Pool Scene from ‘Rushmore’ Movie'”                          




Murray decided to take a turn towards more dramatic roles and experienced a resurgence in his career…..when he portrayed Polonius in Michael Almereyda’s adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic play Hamlet  in 2000…..as the film starred Ethan Hawke in the title role…..as well as Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber and Sam Shepard.  The film received mixed reviews. The following year, Murray reunited with Wes Anderson in the family comedy-drama The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001…..which starred Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston…..when in the film, Murray plays Raleigh St. Clair, the meek and mild-mannered neurologist, writer, and husband of Margot Tenenbaum (Paltrow).





Movies & Actors – Drama Film – 2000 – From the Movie “Hamlet” – Starring Ethan Hawke (Hamlet) + Kyle Maclachlan (Claudius) + Julia Styles (Ophelia) + Diane Venora (Gertrude) + Bill Murray (Polonius) – A Movieclips Production Special – “Polonius (Bill Murray) To Thine Own Self Be True Scene”                                               




Movies & Actors – Drama Film – 2001 – From the Movie “The Royal Tenenbaums” – Starring Gene Hackman (Royal Tenenbaum) + Anjelica Huston (Etheline Tenenbaum) + Ben Stiller (Chas Tenenbaum) + Gwyneth Paltrow (Margot Tenenbaum) + Bill Murray (Raliegh St. Clair) – A ChristiansVisuals Production Special – “Raliegh St. Clair (Bill Murray) Says Au Revoir To Margo Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow) Scene”                                 




In 2003, he starred in what would be his 1st collaboration with director Sofia Coppola in Lost in Translation opposite Scarlett Johansson…..when Murray plays an aging movie star on assignment in Tokyo to shoot a Suntory whiskey commercial…..while feeling isolated and alone, he meets an American woman, Charlotte (Johansson) with whom he sparks an unlikely friendship.  Coppola explores the themes of alienation and disconnection against a backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan.  The independent drama was an immense critical success and commercial success.  Critic Roger Ebert hailed Murray’s performance writing, “Bill Murray has never been better. He doesn’t play “Bill Murray” or any other conventional idea of a movie star, but invents Bob Harris from the inside out, as a man both happy and sad with his life – stuck, but resigned to being stuck.”  Murray earned numerous accolades including the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and the Independent Spirit Award…..as well as Best Actor awards from several film critic organizations.  He was considered a favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor….. but Sean Penn ultimately won the award for his performance in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River.  In an interview included on the Lost in Translation DVD, Murray states that it is his favorite film in which he has appeared.





 Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Lost In Translation” – Starring Bill Murray (Bob Harris) + Scarlett Johansson (Charlette) – 2003 – A Universal Pictures Production Special“Scarlett Johansson & Bill Murray’s Wild Night in Tokyo”




Movies & Actors – Official Trailer For the Movie “Lost In Translation” – Starring Bill Murray (Bob Harris) + Scarlett Johansson (Charlette) – 2003 – A Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers Production Special – “In a Movie So Calming, Thought Provoking, Absolutely Unique…..A Quiet Masterpiece.”




Also in 2003, he appeared in a short cameo for Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, in which he played himself “hiding out” in a local coffee shop. During this time Murray still appeared in comedic roles such as Charlie’s Angels and Osmosis Jones.  In 2004, he provided the voice of Garfield in  Garfield: The Movie…..and again in 2006 for Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. Murray later said that he only took the role because he was under the mistaken impression that the screenplay, co-written by Joel Cohen, was the work of Joel Coen.





Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Coffee & Cigarettes” – Starring Bill Murray + Tom Waits + RZA + GZA – 2003 – A BishopCocaCola Production Special – “GZA + RZA + Bill Murray’s Delirium Segment at the Cafe”                                                                                                                                                                                                   




Movies & Voice Actors – Official Trailer For the Movie “Garfield: The Movie” – Starring Bill Murray (Garfield) + Breckin Meyer + Jennifer Love Hewitt + Stephen Tobolowski – 2004 – A Sony Pictures Entertainment Production Special – “Bill Murray is the Voice of Garfield in His 1st Animated Role”                              




Movie Clips & Voice Actors – From the Movie “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties” – Starring Bill Murray (Garfield) + Breckin Meyer + Jennifer Love Hewitt + Stephen Tobolowski – 2006 – An Entertainment Access Production Special – “All Bill Murray as Garfield Movie Clips”


In 2004, he made his 3rd collaboration with Wes Anderson in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou…..as Murray plays the title character, based on Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer-filmmaker who is struggling to finish his latest underwater documentary…..and has to reconcile with his son played by Owen Wilson…..when the film also stars Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Goldblum and Michael Gambon…..as Anderson co-wrote the film alongside Noah Baumbach.  The film initially received mixed reviews, although praising Murray’s lead performance and was a box office bomb…..but in the decades since,  it has later developed a cult following.  The following year Murray reunited with director Jim Jarmusch making his 2nd collaboration in Broken Flowers in 2005…..which is a film that revolves around Don Johnston (Murray)….. who embarks on a journey to four women (played by Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, and Tilda Swinton), to find out who sent him a mysterious letter.  Critic Roger Ebert praised Murray declaring “No actor is better than Bill Murray at doing nothing at all, and being fascinating while not doing”.  That same year, Murray announced that he was taking a hiatus from acting as he had not had the time to relax since his new breakthrough in the late 1990’s.                                                                                                                                                                           




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” – Starring Bill Murray + Owen Wilson + Anjelica Huston + Cate Blanchett – 2004 – An xenosss Production Special – “Words Cannot Express How Beautiful This Scene Is……As The Music Sets The Tone, But It’s Bill Murray Who Makes You Weep.”                                                                                                                                                                                          




Movies & Actors – Official Trailer For the Movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” – Starring Bill Murray + Owen Wilson + Anjelica Huston + Cate Blanchett – 2004  – A Sony Pictures Entertainment Production Special – “Bill Murray Created A Cult Like Following Decades Later From This Movie”                                                 




Movies & Actors – Official Trailer For the Movie “Broken Flowers” – Starring Bill Murray + Jessica Lange + Sharon Stone + Julie Delpy2004  – A Movieclips Production Special – “In the Bill Murray Movie He Said He Enjoyed Making The Most “




He did return to the big screen for brief cameos in Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited and in Get Smart as Agent 13, the agent in the tree.  In 2008, he played an important role in the post-apocalyptic film City of Ember. In 2009, Murray starred in the independent film Get Low alongside Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek…..which was a film loosely based on a true story about a Tennessee hermit in the 1930’s…..who throws his own funeral party while still alive…..when  Murray and Duvall received critical praise…..and the film received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.  Also in 2009, Murray had a memorable cameo role as himself in the zombie comedy Zombieland starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg. Murray provided the voice for Mr. Badger in Wes Anderson’s 2009 animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox…..which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.





Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “The Darjeeling Limited” – Starring Owen Wilson + Adrien Brody + Jason Schwartzman + Bill Murray – 2007 – A stagnansi Production Special – “Bill Murray in the Opening Scene of the Movie”




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Get Smart” – Starring Steve Carell + Anne Hathaway + Dwayne Johnson + Bill Murray – 2007 – A Polanker Production Special – “Agent 13 (Bill Murray) Tree Scene With Maxwell Smart”                                                                                                                                                                            




Movies & Actors – Official Trailer For the Movie “City of Ember” – Starring Bill Murray + Tim Robbbins + Saoirse Ronan + Harry Treadway2008  – A MoviemanTrailers Production Special – “Bill Murray as the Mayor of the City of Ember”




Movies & Actors – Drama Mystery – Official Trailer For the Movie “Get Low” – Starring Bill Murray + Robert Duvall + Sissy Spacek + Lucas Black2008  – A BlackTree TV Production Special – Get Low with Bill Murray and Robert Duvall At First Meeting”




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Movie “Zombieland” – Starring Bill Murray + Woody Harrelson + Emma Stone + Jesse Eisenberg + Abigail Breslin – 2009 – A Movies Memories Production Special – “Zombieland-Bill Murray Kill Scene”




Movie Clips & Actors – From the Animated Movie “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” – Starring Bill Murray (Badger) + George Clooney (Mr Fox) + Meryl Streep (Mrs. Fox) + Jason Schwartzman (Ash) – 2009 – A Movieclips Production Special – “The Badger Advises Mr. Fox  Scene”   



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