Happy Birthday Bill Murray: Celebrating the Comedy Icon’s Films We Still Can’t Stop Watching

by Taylor Cunningham
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Today is Bill Murray’s 71st birthday. And Outsider wanted to take a moment to recognize the bonified comedic legend for decades worth of movies that we can’t stop watching.

Bill Murray has been killing us with his biting sarcasm and hilarious one-liners since 1975. And we’ve enjoyed his company both on-screen and off. The charming comedian has made a name for himself by being an elusive French fry stealer. And he’s given countless couples stories of a lifetime because he has a habit of jumping into random photoshoots.

But his time on the big screen has given us cult classic comedies that never get old. In 1980, Bill Murray won our hearts as he chased a gopher, his arch-enemy, around the golf course in Caddyshack. His role in the film solidified his career, and he joined the ranks of other 70s comics like Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield, who also starred in the movie.

Then in 1984, he jumped in the Statue of Liberty and saved New York City from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters. The dry wit of Dr. Peter Venkman came back for a sequel in 1989. And a third installment, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, is currently in the works with original ghost hunters, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson.

In 1993, we watched Bill Murray over and over again when he played a cynical weatherman who kept waking up on February 2nd. The film proved that Murray was more than just a comedian. His sweet portrayal of a changed man showed that he had serious acting chops.

And finally, in 1996, he played alongside Woody Harrelson in Kingpin. And just like Ghostbusters, the film is still so popular that it’s getting a sequel

Of course, the Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning genius has a much broader career, but we can’t gush forever. Happy Birthday, Billy Murray. Thanks for all the laughs.

Bill Murray Says He Signed up For ‘Ghost Busters II’ under ‘False Pretenses’

Bill Murray claims that he signed on for the famous Ghost Busters sequel under false pretenses. When director Ivan Reitman presented the idea to Murray, he said the film would be about a heartwarming reunion, not mass chaos.

While being honored by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Murray recalled the day he and his castmates met to discuss making a sequel.

“I don’t know if ( Reitman) set it up, but they got us all back together in a room. And really, we hadn’t been together in a room since the (first) movie came out and it was just really, really fun to be together,” Murray remembered. “We were really funny together. Those are some really wonderful, really funny guys and girls. Sigourney [Weaver] and Annie Potts are some really spectacular women and funny as hell. They got us all together and they pitched a story idea that was really great. I thought, ‘Holy cow, we could make that work.’”

But when he showed up for the first day of filming, the script wasn’t the same.

“It ended up not being the story they wrote,” Murray said. “They got us in the sequel under false pretenses. Harold (Ramis) had this great idea. But by the time we got to shooting it, I showed up on set and went, ‘What the hell is this? What is this thing? But we were already shooting it, so we had to figure out how to make it work.”

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