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Bill Murray

  • American actor
  • Born September 21, 1950

William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award, and later starred in comedy films—including Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Scrooged (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989), What About Bob? (1991), and Groundhog Day (1993). He also co-directed Quick Change (1990). Murray garnered additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation (2003), which earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and for frequently collaborating with director Wes Anderson.


While I have felt lonely many times in my life, the oddest feeling of all was after my mother, Lucille, died. My father had already died, but I always had some attachment to our big family while she was alive. It seems strange to say now that I felt so lonely, yet I did.




Here's the thing, you just have to drive a lot faster, and if you don't get there, we're both fired.




And I don't like to work. I only like working when I'm working.




I'm a nut, but not just a nut.




In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there.




When you see grown men near to tears because they've missed hitting a little white ball into a hole from three feet, it makes you laugh.




We're born alone. We do need each other. It's lonely to really effectively live your life, and anyone you can get help from or give help to; that's part of your obligation.




I went to Second City, where you learned to make the other actor look good so you looked good and National Lampoon, where you had to create everything out of nothing, and SNL, where you couldn't make any mistakes, and you learned what collaboration was.




When the phone started ringing too many times, I had to take it back to what I can handle. I take my chances on a job or a person as opposed to a situation. I don't like to have a situation placed over my head.




No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life.




Golf was my first glimpse of comedy. I was a caddy when I was a kid. I was on the golf course rather than being in lessons, but I can play better now than I could then.




I think midlife crisis is just a point where people's careers have reached some plateau and they have to reflect on their personal relationships.




There's only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That's when you want to be noticed, because it's very easy to get forgotten in an ER.




I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job.




Somewhere there's a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.




I've never made any horrible, horrible movies. If you don't ruin your reputation, you can always get work.




Don't think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you'll never do a thing.




The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.




Parties are only bad when a fight breaks out, when men fight over women or vice versa. Someone takes a fall, an ambulance comes, and the police arrive. If you can avoid those things, pretty much all behaviour is acceptable.




I don't want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar.




One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.




Sometimes I snore, like when I get really tired.




Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for ninety seconds at a time.




I go home and stay there. I wash and scrub up each day, and that's it. One month I actually grew a moustache, just so I could say that I'd done something.




When I work, my first relationship with people is professional.




The studios don't seem to foster good writing. They're not so interested in that, but they're more interested in what worked most recently. They're definitely very serious about making money, and that's not a wrong thing, but you don't have to make money the same way all the time.




There are people who drove me crazy, but they got the job done. And when I see that person again, I nod my head. Respect.




I throw a Christmas party at my house. It's not really a Christmas party, because I don't want to call it a Christmas party. But let's just say I put a lot of Christmas trees around the house, so it smells good.




People only talk about what a joyous experience it is, but there is terror: Your life, as you know it, is over. It's over the day that child is born. It's over, and something completely new starts.




All of us kids ended up 'doing Mom.' There are four of us who've tried show business. Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun, who does liturgical dance.




One of my gripes about movies is that people take them so seriously, and the moneymaking aspects are so brutal.




Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the time away, and any trouble you get into through being well known. It's not for the acting, that's for sure.




But I can only take so much TV, because there is so much advice. I find people will preach about virtually anything - your diet, how to live your life, how to improve your golf. The lot. I have always had a thing against the Mister Know-It-Alls.




Awards are meaningless to me, and I have nothing but disdain for anyone who actively campaigns to get one.




I think all phases of one's career are serious if you take it seriously no matter if you are doing high profile dramatic pieces or not.




People say I'm difficult and sometimes that's a badge of honour.



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