63 years old
1950- born on September 21, 1950 in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago
1974- moved to New York City and was recruited by John Belushi to work on The National Lampoon Radio Hour
1977- joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and developed his comedy on the show for the next three seasons
1979- first major film role in Meatballs
1980- had supporting role on Caddyshack
1981- starred in Stripes
1984- played Peter Venkman for first time in megahit Ghostbusters, nominated for Golden Globe
1988- starred in holiday comedy film Scrooged
1989- played Peter Venkman for second time in Ghostbusters II
1990- starred in Quick Change
1991- starred in What About Bob?
1993- starred in Groundhog Day
1996- had supporting comedy role in Kingpin
1996- starred as himself alongside basketball great Michael Jordan in Spacejam
1998- nominated for numerous awards for Rushmore
2003- won and was nominated for numerous awards for Lost in Translation, including his only Academy Award nomination
2004- voiced the Sunday morning comic legend Garfield for first time in Garfield: the Movie
2005- starred in Broken Flowers
2006- voiced Garfield once again in Garfield: a Tale of Two Kitties
2012- played FDR in biopic Hyde Park on Hudson
Murray is one of nine children and three of his brothers, Joel, John, and Brian-Doyle Murray are also actors. They have a sister Nancy who is a nun. Bill was a fan of character biographies as a child and became an avid reader.
Murray is an avid golfer and is often on the celebrity gold circuit. His semi-autobiography is both about his life as an actor and comedian but also about his love of the game of golf. It is entitled Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf. Many of his films expound upon his love of golf. During 2011, Murray teamed with pro golfer D. A. Points to win a Pro-Am championship.