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. 

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Bill Murray Surprise Bartends at Shangri-La at SXSW


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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 Reads Poetry to Construction Workers Building NY's Poet House


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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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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 Crashes Bachelor Party


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The Story:

Over Memorial Day weekend 2014, a handful of guys from Boston College are in Charleston, SC, for a bachelor party when Bill Murray offers some words of wisdom to the groom.

A friend of the groom says: "At one point during dinner at a steakhouse, one guy goes to the bathroom downstairs and sees Bill Murray sitting with some people with a fishing vest on. We talked to the waiter to see if we could send him some drinks, to which Bill declined. One of my buddies then went down and asked if he'd come up and say a few words for EJ and got a 'No thanks.' My buddy comes back up dejected and tells us it's not going to happen. Two minutes later, Bill f*cking Murray walks into the room and gives this speech." 

Murray says to the group, "You know how they say funerals are for the dead, not for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they're for the unmarried." 

He then goes on to give sound advice to the rest of the group who hasn't gotten engaged yet. "If you have someone that you think is The One, take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And when you land at JFK, and you're still in love with that person... get married."

Then, Bill Murray hoists the groom up on his shoulders.

Believable?

You tell me. The video is right there.
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