10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bill Murray
Bill Murray has become a true icon in Hollywood thanks to his lengthy and very memorable career in the industry. His penchant for comedy both on and off screen has turned Murray into one of the most beloved actors out there, but his desire to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, and out of the spotlight has made him quite elusive to fans. As it turns out, there is a lot more to the actor than the funny men he portrays on the big screen. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Bill Murray.
10. The Murray Way
With 83 acting credits to his name and numerous iconic roles, it is safe to say Bill Murray isn’t hurting for work, yet he doesn’t make it easy for producers and directors to contact him. Murray is about as anti-Hollywood as it gets for an A-list actor as he doesn’t use an agent and he doesn’t even have a manager! It has also been reported that Murray doesn’t ever answer his phone! Instead he fields calls for roles and scripts using a “1-800” number which goes directly to voicemail and he checks it whenever he sees fit. In true Bill Murray fashion, the actor is in no way fazed by the perceivable inconvenience his inaccessibility causes some people. “It’s not that hard. If you have a good script that’s what gets you involved. People say they can’t find me. Well, if you can write a good script, that’s a lot harder than finding someone. I don’t worry about it; it’s not my problem.”
9. Getting Started
When he was young, Murray didn’t have much direction; however, that changed when his brother Brian got him a gig with Chicago’s Second City. Murray ended up joining an improv comedy troupe and studied under Del Close. In 1974, he made the move to New York City where John Belushi quickly took notice of him and recruited Murray to be a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. Only one year later, an Off-Broadway version of the Lampoon show led to Murray’s first role as a member of Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. After Cosell’s show fell through, Murray joined NBC’s Saturday Night Live in its second season, and his prominence grew.