true stories The Greatest (Real) Bill Murray Stories Ever Told  

Kristin Wong
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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 Surprise Bartends at Shangri-La at SXSW


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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 bar Shangri-La and insists on bartending, only serving patrons shots of tequila. No matter what they ordered, he pours them a lot of tequila.

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

Bill Murray Bartending at SXSW 2010 from Erica Hoerl on Vimeo.

Throughout the rest of the week, Murray is spotted at various parties, including one Redditor's ("one who frequents the popular website, reddit.com") friend's house party:

Believable?

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


Bill Murray Pairs Up with Blon... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest (Real) Bill Murray Stories Ever Told
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... kind of like in Lost in Translation.

The Story:

One evening after a golf tournament in St. Andrews, Bill Murray decides to go out and explore the city.

He's out for drinks with fellow golfers when he meets young a beautiful blonde Nordic woman named Lykke Stavnef, who is there with her friend Marie Bergene –and who, naturally, invites him to a party.

Bill Murray says yes.

When they show up, no one can believe that 22-year-old Stavnef has brought him to a house party. She's concerned that there are not enough clean dishes there, so Bill Murray actually decides to start washing dishes. Everyone is amused when he cleans some dishes so that people can drink, but even more charmed when he happily accepts drinking vodka out of a coffee mug.

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

Believable?

Well, it was reported by telegraph.co.uk, which has a slight problem with credibility... However, there were also over a dozen eye witnesses. This is not only believable, but it is absolutely awesome how humble, nice, and cool Bill Murray 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 Crashes Engagement Photo Shoot


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In May, 2014, wedding photographer Raheel Gauba was out on a photo shoot with Erik Rogers and Ashley Donald, when suddenly the expressions on their faces went from candid to pure shock. Gauba told The Post and Courier: "I thought who the heck is bothering them? I turn around and it's Bill Murray with his shirt up, belly out, tapping his belly and trying to make them laugh." 

Gauba invited Murray over to pose with the young couple for a few shots, to which he obliged, and then took off. 
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Bill Murray Reads Poetry to Construction Workers Building NY's Poet House


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The Story:

During construction of the Poet's House, a library in Manhattan, Bill Murray stops by to read poems to the construction workers who are 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.

Believable?

Indisputably true.
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