No matter what he does it seems like people will always love Bill Murray. Maybe it’s because most Americans have seen him on screen for our entire lives, or because not only does he bust ghosts but he’s also one heck of a whiskey salesman. Hell, even negative Bill Murray stories somehow reinforce the idea that he’s larger than life. And you don’t have to do much digging to find stories of Bill Murray being a jerk. For every story about him being an on-set general, there are stories of his childish spats with co-stars and directors.
Some of these bad Bill Murray stories are truly indefensible. They aren’t just times Bill Murray was rude to some innocent bystander, they’re recollections of all the ways that he hurt his family and friends while appearing onscreen as a loveable grump. We’re all complicated people, and having your private life spilled out into the world can only work to exacerbate the stresses of your day-to-day life.
Have you had any alleged run ins with America’s favorite drunk uncle? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments, even though we probably won’t believe you.
Billy Murray Allegedly Punched His Ex-Wife in the Face
In November 2007, that loveable scamp Bill Murray allegedly punched his then wife, Jennifer Murray, in the face. Jennifer Murray claimed that she had suffered abuse from the actor since they married in 1997, and that this attack came after she had moved into a separate South Carolina home with the couple’s four children. She doesn't say whether or not Murray assaulted her in front of their children, but either way this kind of behavior is unforgivable. The couple divorced shortly after this incident.
Where's Bill? Driving Drunk in Sweden Say the Cops
Chalk this up to another one of those classic Murray antics that are kind of awful! In August of 2007, Murray was in Sweden for a charity golf competition and he let his drinking and oversized ego get the best of him. Swedish police pulled Murray over in Stockholm after he was seen drunkenly driving his golf cart through the city's downtown area after the tournament. He wasn't charged with anything, which seems about right for someone with his star power. It's kind of a funny story, but there's nothing worse than a celebrity abusing their power to get away with something that a normal person would be instantly jailed for.
Bill Murray Allegedly Can't Stop Smoking Weed
We know all you baby Snoop Doggs out there think that this just makes Murray cooler, but it can be exhausting and frustrating to be around anyone who uses something as a crutch, be it marijuana, alcohol, sex, or even disc golf (especially disc golf). In Jennifer Murray's divorce complaint against Bill she noted that he had an "addiction to marijuana and alcohol" which may have fed into his other demons. It must have been awful for Jennifer Murray to watch her husband go to work and be a dramatic and comedic powerhouse before coming home to get stoned out of his mind.
That Time He Got Into a Fist Fight with Chevy Chase
Actors are the worst. And that goes doubly for comedic actors. In the early days of Saturday Night Live, Bill Murray replaced Chevy Chase as the resident tall smarmy guy and an instant rift formed between the two. When Chase returned to host the show in February, 1978 the two actors got into what Murray himself describes as a "Hollywood fight," but what should really be called "two over-privileged cavemen fighting over their territory." The fight became something of a comedy legend that made Chase a villain, and Murray a hero, but in reality no one looks good in this story.