Bill Murray (Part 2)

12 Mar 2024

Bill Murray (Part 2)

Bill Murray took a turn towards more dramatic roles and experienced a resurgence in his career. In 2000, he portrayed Polonius in Michael Almereyda's adaptation of William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet." The following year, Murray reunited with Wes Anderson in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), a family comedy-drama.

In 2003, he starred in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" opposite Scarlett Johansson. The film explored themes of alienation and disconnection against the backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan. Murray's performance was highly praised, earning him accolades such as the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and the Independent Spirit Award. Although considered a favorite for the Academy Award for Best Actor, he did not win.
In the same year, Murray made a short cameo in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes." He continued to balance dramatic roles with comedic ones, appearing in films like "Charlie's Angels" and "Osmosis Jones." In 2004, he voiced Garfield in "Garfield: The Movie" and its sequel. He also collaborated with Wes Anderson for the third time in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Murray reunited with Jim Jarmusch for "Broken Flowers," where he played a man on a journey to find out who sent him a mysterious letter. The film received critical acclaim, with Roger Ebert praising Murray's ability to be fascinating while doing nothing.
Murray took a hiatus from acting in 2005 but made brief appearances in Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" and "Get Smart" in 2008. In 2009, he starred in the independent film "Get Low" and had a memorable cameo in the zombie comedy "Zombieland." Murray also provided the voice for Mr. Badger in Wes Anderson's animated film "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

Bill Murray starred in Roger Michell's historical comedy "Hyde Park on Hudson," portraying Franklin D. Roosevelt alongside Laura Linney and Olivia Williams. The film focuses on the 1939 visit at the Roosevelts' home Hyde Park of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Murray received praise for his performance and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Since 2010, Murray continued collaborating with Wes Anderson, appearing in the coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012), which premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The film was both a critical and box office success. In 2014, Murray made a brief comic turn in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," another collaboration with Wes Anderson, which became Anderson's most financially successful film.

In 2014, Murray starred in George Clooney's World War II ensemble drama, "The Monuments Men," and the coming-of-age film "St. Vincent," for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2015, he starred in "Rock the Kasbah." In 2016, Murray voiced Baloo in Disney's live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book," receiving praise for his performance.
Despite earlier speculation about returning to the Ghostbusters franchise, Murray appeared in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot and the 2021 film "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."

He returned to Saturday Night Live to portray Steve Bannon and was part of Wes Anderson's ensemble cast in the animated film "Isle of Dogs." He also reprised his role as himself in "Zombieland: Double Tap" (2018).
In 2019, Murray joined the ensemble cast of Jim Jarmusch's zombie-comedy "The Dead Don't Die," alongside Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, and Steve Buscemi. The film received mixed reviews, with praise for Murray's deadpan humor.

In 2020, Bill Murray starred in a commercial aired during the Super Bowl, referencing his role in "Groundhog Day." Later that year, he reunited with Sofia Coppola for the comedy-drama "On the Rocks" (2020), opposite Rashida Jones. The film received positive reviews, with critics praising Murray's performance. He earned nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Murray also appeared in a small role in Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch." The film was initially set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It ultimately premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and was released on October 22, 2021.
In 2021, Murray reprised his role as Peter Venkman in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," directed by Jason Reitman. The film was a critical and commercial success. In October 2021, he joined the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." In 2022, Murray appeared in the Peter Farrelly biographical war comedy-drama film "The Greatest Beer Run Ever," alongside Zac Efron and Russell Crowe. The film debuted at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and later premiered on Apple TV+.

  1. Murray Bros. Caddy Shack: Bill Murray is a partner with his brothers in Murray Bros. Caddy Shack, a restaurant with two locations. The first location opened in 2001 at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida. The second location opened in 2018, inside the Crowne Plaza Rosemont Hotel near the O'Hare International Airport.
  2. Baseball: In 1978, Murray had two at-bats for the Grays Harbor Loggers Minor League Baseball team, earning one hit and a lifetime batting average of .500. He founded and was part-owner of the St. Paul Saints, a Minor League Baseball team affiliated with the Minnesota Twins. Murray sold his interest in the Saints in 2023. He is also involved with other minor league teams such as the Charleston RiverDogs, Hudson Valley Renegades, and the Brockton Rox.
  3. Apparel Brand: On his birthday in 2016, Bill Murray, along with his brother Joel, launched an apparel brand called William Murray Golf.
  4. Music: In 2017, Murray recorded a studio album entitled "New Worlds," featuring singing and literary recitations with classical musicians. The album was released on vinyl, CD, and digitally through Verve Records. In 2022, he collaborated with cellist Jan Vogler for a recorded production of "New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization," which was released in cinemas.


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