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Bill Murray’s Brother, Ed Murray, Inspiration Behind Caddyshack, Dies at 76

by Charles Craighill
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On Monday, Bill Murray’s apparel brand, William Murray Golf, announced the death of Ed Murray, Bill’s brother. Ed died at 76 years old.

Ed Murray inspired the lead character in the 1980 golf masterpiece film, Caddyshack and introduced the Murray family to golf through his caddying. Golf is now a key part of their life, from Caddyshack to Bill’s new golf apparel company, William Murray Golf. All of the Murray brothers are also avid golfers.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the legend Ed Murray,” the post reads. “Named after the family patriarch, it was Ed who introduced the Murray family to this wonderful game of golf– by way of caddying.” All six Murray brothers are members of the Caddie Hall of Fame, also.

“It was an honor for all of us to get to know Ed and to spend time with him over the past half-decade,” he also added. “His loss is a hole that will never be filled. Thank you for always being so gracious, Ed. Our hearts are with his lovely family. Rest in paradise, to a true family man and a gentle, sweet soul. May we honor your memory from this day forward.”

Ed Murray Caddying Carrer

Ed Murray began his long caddying career at Indian Hills Country Club at age ten. “They dong make ’em like that anymore,” William Murray Golf’s post reads. It was through this that the Murray family was introduced to golf. In 1963 Ed received the Evans Scholarship while attending Northwestern. This scholarship is awarded to caddies. Ed’s story of receiving the Evans Scholarship became the inspiration to Danny Noonan’s character in Caddyshack.

“I love it, more than anything!” Ed told the Santa Maria Sun in 2015 about his love for golf. “I’ve been playing since I was 8 years old. You learn about a person on a golf course; you learn about their competitiveness, their integrity, their disposition.”

[H/T People Magazine]