The 7 Greatest (Real) Bill Murray Stories Ever Told Anything

The 7 Greatest (Real) Bill Murray Stories Ever Told

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Bill Murray is a badass. Though now known for his roles in such classic films as Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, and Stripes, Murray first got his start as a castmember on SNL. Who could forget his classic Nick The Lounge Singer bit? Some of these Bill Murray stories are legend, and some may have indisputable proof - yet they are all amazing and sound exactly like the kind of awesome thing the most enigmatic celebrity (that we actually like) would do. From stories on the set to sightings in Karaoke clubs and even crashing random house parties, this is a list of the greatest (real) Bill Murray encounters of all time. 

For more amazing true Bill Murray facts, check out this list of roles Bill Murray almost played.
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    Bill Murray Does Karaoke with Complete Strangers

    The Story:

    A group of friends went out to have a few drinks at a local Karaoke bar called Karaoke One 7 in New York City. Mike, the guy who reported this story to authorities, noticed that there were a couple of women who had just walked in with a guy that looked just like Bill Murray... Because he WAS Bill Murray.

    After they did the good ol' "celebrity confirmation", they proceeded to invite Bill Murray into their Karaoke room.

    15 Minutes later Bill Murray knocks on their door.

    Bill Murray and the girl he was with, notably from Amsterdam who sang a bunch of French songs, bought everyone these weird green drinks made out of something called Chartreuse. After these Bill Murray himself sang an Elvis song with Mike and the group, of course, took a bunch of photos.


    The photos are pretty irrefutable, but the verdict is still vague. There have been a few discrepancies, first being exactly when this incident took place. It was also first reported that he showed up at Karaoke One with a group of women, then later corrected that it was one Dutch woman. The details aren't 100% clear; however, Murray is known for randomly crashing strangers' parties, so there's a good chance this one is true. And it is probably the realization of every Bill Murray fan's biggest dream.



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    Bill Murray Surprise Bartends at Shangri-La at SXSW

    The Story:

    The story begins when Bill Murray attends Austin's SXSW festival and hangs out with Wu-Tang clan.

    He shows up with them at the Shangri-La bar and insists on bartending, only serving patrons shots of tequila. No matter what they ordered he would pour them a lot of tequila.

    Everyone there was Tweeting, Facebooking and blogging about it and someone even took a video:

    Throughout the rest of the week, Murray was spotted at various parties, including one Redditor's (a Redditor is a person who frequents the popular website friend's house party:


    This story is widespread, and there's video to prove its accuracy. It also proves the extent of Murray's awesomeness. Who knows how many of the details and secondhand accounts are true, but the video is pretty indisputable.


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    Bill Murray Thinks Autographs Are Boring, Films Slowmo Walk

    The Story:

    Like most celebrities, Bill Murray isn't a fan of being bothered for their autographs. Unlike most celebrities, it's because he finds them too impersonal.

    Apparently Bill Murray was doing a shoot for a guy, and that guy's friend asked him for an autograph. Instead of just writing his name on a piece of paper, Bill gave them something better. He filmed a slow motion walk down the hall with all the guys ala Wes Anderson.



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    Bill Murray Accidentally Stars in Garfield

    The Story:

    Bill Murray sees the name "Joel Cohen" (THIS Joel Cohen) attached to the Garfield script, believing it's the famed director of Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink and No Country for Old Men -- Joel Coen... as in THIS Joel Coen (no H, you see.) Academy Award winning Joel Coen.

    According to Esquire magazine, Murray says "I looked at the script, and it said, 'So-and-so and Joel Coen.' And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They're funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I'd like to do that."

    Then he saw the movie. And only AFTER that did he realize that it wasn't Joel Coen, but Joel Cohen. No Fargo, No Country for Old Men or Big Lebowski, but Daddy Day Camp (The Sequel to Daddy Day Care), Evan Almighty and Cheaper By the Dozen Joel Cohen.

    "I kept saying, 'Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the f**k was Coen thinking?' And then they explained it to me: It wasn't written by that Joel Coen." 


    Although this might be the actor-celebrity version of sleeping with someone questionable and then claiming you were drunk, there's obviously no doubting the accuracy of the interview. It's just a shame that it took the movie being finished before Murray realized his mistake. But hey, every paycheck helps even someone like Bill Murray so why the hell not.


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    Bill Murray Reads Poetry to Construction Workers Building NY's Poet House

    The Story:

    While the Poet's House, a library, was being built in Manhattan, Bill Murray stopped by to read poems to the construction workers who were working on the building. In the middle of reading, he says, "It gets worse. If you want to take a sick day, do it now." Workers laugh and take photos with their cell phones.


    indisputably true."

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