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The Greatest (Real) Bill Murray Stories Ever Told

Updated February 27, 2020 808 votes 341 voters 2.3m views10 items

Bill Murray is the ultimate honey badger. 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. Some of these Bill Murray stories are legendary, while 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 dropping in on 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 Holds An Impromptu White House Press Conference To Rep the Cubs

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    On October 21, 2016, Bill Murray took the stage in the White House briefing room to announce the Chicago Cubs will make it to the World Series in 2016. A life-long time Cubs fan, Murray wore a beautiful, understated Cubs pullover to drive his point home.

    "I feel very confident that Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we've got too many sticks," Murray said. Reporters, playing along, referred to the actor as Mr. President, and nodded along as he offered his analysis as to why it's more appropriate a team from Chicago play in the fall classic than a team from LA. 

    "We also have a little bit of autumn in Chicago. You don't get that in Los Angeles. Trees just die in Los Angeles. In Illinois, they flourish." Murray was at the White House to receive the Mark Twain Prize from President Obama and stopped by the briefing room moments after a press conference wrapped. 

    Believable?

    Well, it made it to a national network.

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    Bill Murray Accidentally Stars In 'Garfield'

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    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 GQ magazine, Murray explains the mix-up: "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 -  no, this one was Daddy Day Camp (the sequel to Daddy Day Care), Evan Almighty, and Cheaper By the Dozen Joel Cohen.

    Murray continued: "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." 

    Believable?

    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 faux pas. But hey, every paycheck helps - including the pay bump to the sequel. 

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