Midwestern Actor – Bill Murray

Courtesy of ESPN

As we are a website that promotes itself as the voice of the Midwest, we periodically like to feature actors who have somehow become successful even though they came from middle America.

Today, we feature Bill Murray.  Born in Wilmette, Illinois (suburb of Chicago).  For full bio go here.

A lot of people remember Bill from his SNL days.  Like a lot of comedians from the Midwest, Bill actually started his career in 1974 at Second City Chicago.  From there he moved to New York and teamed up with another actor you may remember, John Belushi.  They worked on various projects leading up to him becoming a cast member on SNL in 1976.  This was only SNL’s second season (interesting SNL fact, early on he dated co-star Gilda Radner).

His film career is nothing short of amazing.  Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation, and many many more.  As far as awards go, he has only won one Golden Globe for his performance in Lost In Translation, which is a shame, because he is pretty much a comedy legend.

I challenge you to think of an actor for whom you can quote more of his/her lines.  Groundhog Day has to be one of my favorite movies of all time.  It’s one that if it’s on, I can’t help but watch.  “I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters.  That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over, and over, and over…”

So let’s get to it.  Here are some of my favorite Bill Murray clips.





Groundhog Day