William James 'Bill' Murray, born the fifth of nine children to his parents, was raised in a Roman Catholic Irish-American family. We wish the American actor/comedian/writer a very happy birthday as he turns 66 today. As a teenager, he was the lead singer of a rock band called the Dutch Masters and also took part in theater. During this time he also worked as a golf caddy to fund his high school education. He began as a comedian in Chicago, followed by New York City.
What makes him one of Hollywood's greatest entertainers is the fact that not only is he a comedian but also a top-notch actor, with numerous awesome roles under his belt. Not all are outright comedy – in fact some of his best performances include Groundhog Day, Lost In Translation and Ghostbusters. Not to forget, he has turned down multiple big roles. Known as 'The Murricane' for his notorious mood swings, he is an all-round entertaining guy. From accidentally breaking Robert De Niro's nose, to jamming with Eric Clapton and even singing a duet with Clint Eastwood, we bring to you, on his 66th birthday, six amusing things he's done so far.
Known for crashing various events (bachelor parties, weddings, sporting events, and even Elvis Presley’s funeral) he has never had any 'issues' getting in anywhere, since most people would happily welcome him over. He is best known for showing up at random house parties, drinking some vodka, then even doing the dishes before leaving. Now that is as humble as a party-crashing star can get.
Bill, along with some rappers, walked into a bar and started bartending with a twist – regardless of what customers ordered, Bill would only serve them shots of tequila. He made it a bar where getting wasted was the only option.
High on confidence
On his 20th birthday, he was apprehended at Chicago O'Hare Airport for smuggling four kgs of cannabis. How was he caught? The comedian joked to the passenger next to him that he was smuggling. He was convicted and sentenced to probation. Bill learned the hard way that there are a few jokes that mustn't be cracked.
Not too fond of agents, he doesn't have one himself and instead has an automated phone line where one can call to pitch an idea over voicemail and if he fancies it, he'll revert. Sounded like a good idea, until Robert Downey Jr. wanted Bill to consider a role in Iron Man, but just couldn't reach out to him.
On vacation, he was hounded for autographs. After signing all of them, he soon got worn out so he decided to lay a condition for this one woman in a fur coat. He would sign only if he could hurl her in the pool, with her coat on. She agreed, and he commenced.
Curious Case of the Fry
At Wendy's, Bill walked up to a customer, plucked a fry off their tray, ate it, looked them in the eyes and said “Nobody's going to believe you,” and walked away. Legend!