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.
Bill Murray Thinks Autographs Are Boring, Films Slowmo Walk
Like most celebrities, Bill Murray isn't a fan of being bothered for his autograph. Unlike most celebrities, it's because he finds it too impersonal.
One day, Bill Murray is doing a shoot for a guy, and that guy's friend asks him for an autograph. Instead of just writing his name on a piece of paper, Bill gives them something better. He films a slow motion walk down the hall with all the guys à la Wes Anderson.
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.
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 and was known for doing a lot of disgusting things– and for making everyone laugh doing them.
So, after Ghostbusters, 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. It's about a disillusioned World War I vet, Larry Darrell, who travels the globe to find the meaning of life. Murray says he only really did Ghostbusters so that Columbia Pictures would allow him to make this picture.
He did, and it was met with some critical acclaim, but an overall box office failure–except 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 off-screen. Just remember: If you ever run into Bill Murray, treat him like a friend–and he’s likely to do the same to you.
Bill Murray Crashes a White House Press Conference to Rep the Cubs
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.
Bill Murray Crashes Engagement Photo Shoot
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.