Ah, Bill Murray — he's a national treasure. Beloved for his comedic roles in classic films such as "Ghostbusters," "Scrooged" and "Groundhog Day," respected for his dramatic turns in films like "Lost in Translation" and “Get Low," he's one of the country's most adored actors. He's also a cool and quirky dude known for his propensity to crash parties, sing karaoke with strangers and navigate the Hollywood landscape without an agent or manager. He's a celebrity unlike any other, and America loves him for it.
Bill Murray's career spans decades and includes radio, TV shows, movies and many a memorable talk show appearance. This makes for what feels like a never-ending supply of trivia questions about everything from his most famous roles to his wildest off-screen antics. How well do you think you know this living legend? Can you name all of his classic movie characters? Did you see the video of him crashing a stranger's bachelor party? Only real diehard Bill Murray fan will know the answers to the questions in this quiz, and we're dying to know if that's you. Are you ready to test your knowledge of this one-of-a-kind actor's life and times? Put on your mental proton pack and bust out the correct answers to all of the questions below!
Bill Murray was the first guest on which of the following talk shows?
During his famous first appearance in 1982, Murray performed a hilarious rendition of the Olivia Newton-John hit "Physical." Eleven years later, Murray was Letterman's first guest once again when the talk show moved another network. He was also the last guest on the show in 2015 when Letterman retired.
What was the name of the character Bill Murray played in "Ghostbusters"?
The character Peter Venkman was originally written for John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose before the script was finished. The character was retooled after Belushi's death, and the part was given to Bill Murray.
How many siblings does Bill Murray have?
Bill Murray is one of nine children, three of whom are also actors. In fact, you may recognize Brian Doyle-Murray, an actor and writer who has appeared alongside his younger brother in a number of films, including "Scrooged," "Groundhog's Day" and "Caddyshack."
During what season did Bill Murray join the cast of "Saturday Night Live"?
Bill Murray was brought onboard the "Saturday Night Live" bandwagon in 1977 during the show's second season after Chevy Chase left to concentrate on his movie career. Chase and Murray later appeared together in the classic 1980 comedy "Caddyshack."
Which of the following SNL characters is Bill Murray famous for playing?
Bill Murray debuted this iconic character, who sang cheesy renditions of popular songs, in 1977. The character is perhaps best known for the skit in which he sang his own schmaltzy version of the "Star Wars" theme song.
How many times has Bill Murray been nominated for an Oscar?
Bill Murray was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for his role as Bob Harris in "Lost in Translation." While he lost to Sean Penn, who won for "Mystic River," Murray did receive a Golden Globe award for his performance.
In "Groundhog Day," what song does Phil Connors hear on his radio alarm when he wakes up each morning?
Released in 1993, "Groundhog Day" was co-written and directed by Harold Ramis, Murray's long-time friend and co-star in "Ghostbusters." Ramis also directed Murray in the 1980 hit "Caddyshack."
Bill Murray provided the voice for which famous feline?
Murray voiced the computer-animated character of Garfield in two films: "Garfield: The Movie" in 2004 and "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties" in 2006. The actor has famously said that he only took the role because he thought Joel Coen wrote the movie of the Coen brothers. (He was mistaken — the screenwriter's name was actually Joel Cohen.)
Which of the following restaurants does Bill Murray co-own?
Owned by Murray and his five brothers, this golf-themed restaurant first opened in St. Augustine, Florida in 2001. A second location was opened in 2017 Rosemont, Illinois, just a few miles from Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport.
Which of the following presidents has Bill Murray portrayed on the big screen?
Bill Murray played FDR in the 2012 film "Hyde Park on Hudson," which also starred Laura Linney and Olivia Colman. The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy.
What was the name of Bill Murray's 2015 Christmas special?
Murray's musical comedy special, "A Very Murray Christmas," was released by Netflix and directed by Sofia Coppola (who also directed Murray in "Lost in Translation"). It featured a score of celebrity guests, including Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock and George Clooney.
With what comedy troupe did Bill Murray get his start?
Inspired by his older brother Brian, Murray joined The Second City in Chicago and graduated to the improv group's main stage in 1973. A year later, he moved to New York City and appeared on "The National Lampoon Radio Hour."
Bill Murray played himself in which of the following films?
Released in 2009, "Zombieland" features Murray as a fictionalized version of himself fighting to survive during the zombie apocalypse. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone.
"Zombieland" isn't the only zombie movie Bill Murray has appeared in. What's the name of the other?
The 2019 zombie comedy "The Dead Don't Die" was directed by Jim Jarmusch, who also directed Murray in two other the films: "Broken Flowers," a 2005 comedy-drama, and the 2003 movie "Coffee and Cigarettes."
Who co-starred with Bill Murray in the 1991 comedy "What About Bob?"
Both Murray and Dreyfuss have admitted that they did not get along during the filming of "What About Bob?" In a 1993 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murray noted: "But it worked for the movie. I mean, I drove him nuts, and he encouraged me to drive him nuts."
Murray made his debut as a dramatic actor in which of the following films?
Bill Murray co-wrote "The Razor's Edge," which was based on the 1944 novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. Though it came out after "Ghostbusters," it was actually filmed before the hit comedy.
What was the name of Bill Murray's character in the movie "Rushmore"?
Murray won a number of awards for his 1998 portrayal of the wealthy Herman Blume, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.
What year was Bill Murray born?
Bill Murray was born on September 21, 1950, in Evanston, Illinois. He grew up in the Northern Chicago suburb of Wilmette and took part in high school and community theater performances when he was a teen.
Bill Murray owns a baseball team — what's it called?
The Charleston RiverDogs are a Class A team in the South Atlantic League, which means they're a minor league team. According to the team's web site, Bill Murray's official title is "Director of Fun." Murray was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame in 2012.
At the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Air & Water Show in 2008, what did Bill Murray do?
Bill Murray enjoyed a tandem skydive with the help of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed the Golden Knights. After making the jump to support the USO Illinois, a group that helps wounded war veterans, Murray landed safe and sound on North Avenue Beach, to onlookers' delight.
What was the name of the goofy groundskeeper Bill Murray played in "Caddyshack"?
"Caddyshack" was co-written by Murray's brother, Brian Doyle-Murray. Reportedly, Bill Murray improvised most of his scenes — the role of Carl Spackler was initially a very small one, but the filmmakers were so happy with what Murray was doing that they kept bringing him back to set to film more scenes.
Which of the following films did Bill Murray co-direct?
Murray co-directed this 1990 comedy with screenwriter and producer Howard Franklin. Also starring Geena Davis, Randy Quaid and Jason Robards, it follows the antics of a bank-robbing escape gone wrong.
Bill Murray wrote a book in 1999. What was it called?
Written with author George Peper, "Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf" details Murray's love for and experience with the sport, from his early days as a caddy to his experiences on the Pro-Am golf circuit.
What prestigious prize was awarded to Bill Murray in 2016?
The two-hour special honoring Bill Murray at the Kennedy Center was broadcast on PBS. Famous friends who paid tribute to the honoree included Jane Curtain, Ivan Reitman, Sigourney Weaver and David Letterman. Murray was the 19th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize, which has also been awarded to Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tina Fey.
What was Bill Murray arrested for when he was 20 years old?
In 1970, Bill Murray was arrested at Chicago O'Hare International Airport for trying to smuggle 10 pounds of weed onto a plane. He was charged with possession of marijuana and given five years of probation.
In which movie did Bill Murray have his first starring role?
Released in 1979, "Meatballs" was a Canadian comedy directed by Ivan Reitman. The movie was about a group of counselors-in-training at a summer camp, and it spawned three sequels, though neither Murray nor Reitman were involved in them.
What's the name of the whiskey Bill Murray's character is in Japan to promote in "Lost in Translation"?
Released in 2003, "Lost in Translation" was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Bill Murray and Best Director for Sofia Coppola. It was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, which Coppola won.
How many Wes Anderson movies has Bill Murray been in?
Murray has appeared in "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "The Darjeeling Limited," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Isle of Dogs."
Bill Murray's brother Joel appeared on which of the following TV shows?
The youngest of the nine Murray siblings, Joel Murray played copywriter Freddy Rumsen on "Mad Men." He's also appeared in scores of movies and TV shows, including "Shameless," "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory."
Bill Murray reportedly broke Robert De Niro's nose during the filming of which film?
Don't worry, it was an accident! Playing against type, Billy Murray starred as a mob boss in the 1993 film. He accidentally injured De Niro when he got a bit overzealous during a fight scene.
In the movie "Kingpin," how many strikes in a row does Bill Murray's character get?
According to on-set reports, Bill Murray actually bowled those three consecutive strikes while filming this scene — the reaction of everyone watching is genuine astonishment and excitement.
Bill Murray made a cameo in the 1986 film "Little Shop of Horrors." Who did he play?
Murray took a four-year break from acting in 1984, after the lackluster response to his film "The Razor's Edge." The only job he took until 1988's "Scrooged" was this small part as Arthur Denton, the chatty, pain-loving dental patient.
Bill Murray played guitar onstage with which legendary musician?
In 2007, Murray hosted the Crossroads Music Festival at the Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. At the beginning of the show, he introduced Clapton and played a version of the Van Morrison song "Gloria" with him.
How many times has Bill Murray appeared on "Saturday Night Live" as a host?
Murray first hosted "SNL" in 1981, a year after he left the show as a featured player. He hosted again eight months later in December of 1981, then took a break and came back in 1987, 1993 and 1999.
What character did Bill Murray voice in "Fantastic Mr. Fox"?
This stop-motion animated comedy, which came out in 2009, was based on the children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. Other notable actors who voiced characters in the film included Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman and Willem Dafoe.
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