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 Pairs Up with Blonde Girl in Foreign Country... Goes to Party

    ... kind of like in Lost in Translation.

    The Story:

    Instead of calling it an early night in St. Andrews after the bars were winding down and the golf tournament he was there for had ended, Bill Murray decided to go out and explore the city.

    He'd been out to drinks with fellow golfers when he met a beautiful blonde Nordic woman named Lykke Stavnef, who was there with her friend Marie Bergene who, naturally, invited him to a party.

    Bill Murray said yes.

    When they showed up, the 22 year old Lykke Stavnef says that nobody could believe that she had brought him to a house party. She was concerned that there were not enough clean dishes there, so Bill Murray actually decided to start washing dishes. Everyone was amused when he cleaned some dishes so that people could drink, but even more charmed when he happily accepted drinking vodka out of a coffee mug.

    Before he left, he finished cleaning the feet-high dishes pile left by the college students, then went back to his hotel.


    Well, it was reported by, so it's a reputable news source. There were also over a dozen eye witnesses. This is not only believable, but it is absolutely awesome how humble, nice and awesome he was.

    New Rule: if you meet Bill Murray somewhere and he seems relaxed and in a good mood, and it's late enough, invite him to a party.


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    Bill Murray Gets Drunk and Drives a Golf Cart

    The Story:

    Bill Murray was caught driving down the streets of Stockholm, Sweden on his way back from a fancy nightclub less than a mile away from his hotel, where there happened to be a golf cart on display for a few days. Murray and other VIPs from the gold tournament they were there for were stopped on the short drive back to the hotel because they were on a golf cart and, according to authorities who have been doing their jobs there for over 40 years, this is the first time they'd ever seen anything like this.

    After he was stopped, Bill Murray cited American law and refused to take a breath test. He later let a police office plead guilty for him in court if it ever came up, but most likely, he'll just get a few fines.

    Now, the great part of this story isn't that he wow'ed a hotel manager, or even that he drove drunk (because who wants to glorify that?) The great part of this story is that Bill Murray illustrated the fact that he's the type of guy who will see something he wants, know he can afford any of the consequences of his actions financially and just goes ahead and takes it. He can pretty much do anything he wants, he knows it and he's having an absolutely amazing time with it.

    When police accost him to take a breath test, he refuses, but later admits to them that he was, indeed, driving under the influence.


    Watch the video and hear it straight from the source. Apparently, the golf cart belonged to the hotel at which Murray was a guest and had been parked outside during his stay.


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    BONUS: Bill Murray Throws Bottle, Gives an Offensive Eulogy

    Since the story about Bill Murray throwing a bottle that accidentally broke a guy's nose isn't remarkable enough (see the video below, where the victim doesn't only forgive him, but laughs with him -- Bill Murray gets a full minute of laughs from a crowd that just saw him split a guy's nose open, Bill Murray is just that awesome) here's a heartwarming story to wrap up this whole thing.

    The Story:

    Bill Murray was really great friends with comedy great and Saturday Night Live star John Belushi (Animal House) at the time of Belushi’s demise due to accidental drug overdose. The man lived in excess, was known for doing a lot of disgusting things and for making everyone laugh doing them.

    So, after Ghostbusters, when Bill Murray got the go ahead to make his pet project (a film called The Razor’s Edge based on W. Somerset Maugham’s 1944 novel about a disillusioned World War I vet, Larry Darrell, who travels the globe to find the meaning of life.) He only really did Ghostbusters so that Columbia Pictures would allow him to do this.

    He did and it was met with some critical acclaim, but overall box office failure, but included one gem of a scene where a character is eulogized. Given that this film was made a little after John Belushi’s death, Bill Murray decided to use the eulogy in his film, which he co-wrote, to say goodbye to his dear friend John:

    "He was a slob. Did you ever see him eat? Starving children could fill their bellies on the food that ended up on his beard and clothes. Dogs would gather to watch him eat. I never understood gluttony, but I hated it…I hated that about you. He enjoyed disgusting people being disgusting that thrill of offending people and making them uncomfortable. He was despicable. He will not be missed."

    Murray then explained why he eulogized Belushi in such a fashion, "It comes from this old Persian thing where if somebody dies you tell horrible stories about him. That’s what I did when John died… What it does is remind you not to get sentimental. You say, ‘That guy was a rat,’ and I’m a rat too, and I’d better do something about it rather than weep my life away."


    True. Check the source, as well as this is a well-known story told about Bill and why that scene exists.

    Bill Murray is one of the greatest actors of our time and rarely do we get someone who is not only that great onscreen, but just as amazing offscreen. Just goes to show you, if you ever meet Bill Murray treat him like a friend - and he’s likely to do the same to you.

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