William James Murray, American actor and comedian, was born in Wilmette, Illinois ion September 21, 1950. He worked his way through school as a golf caddy and attended Loyola Academy. Here he played around dropped out, and enrolled at Regis College in Denver to study pre-med. He was arrested for marijuana possession and dropped out of school. He joined national Lampoon Radio Hour with Dan Akyroyd, Gilda Radner and John Beluhi. He joined Saturday Night Live in 1975 and his career took off.
Murray is known for his deadpan expression and his portrayal of depressed characters. He also plays loud, rude and mean anti-heroes. He does have a soft ad mellow voice and is great at playing bitter cynics who suffer humiliation and failure.
His best known films include Caddyshack (1980), Ghostbusters (2), and Groundhog Day (1993), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and Broken Flowers in 2005.
Murray is owner of the Riverdogs, a minor league baseball team in Charleston, SC and also was owner of the Trappers in Salt Lake City.
Murray holds the distinction of being the very first guest on the The Late Show with David Letterman in 1982. His nickname is The Murriane for his mood swings and his trademark pockmarked face was due to acne problems as a teenager. Murray married Mickey Kelley in 1981, had two children and then divorced. He married Jennifer Butler in 1997; they have four children and divorced in 2008.