THE GUARDIAN: Funny and sad, reclusive and ubiquitous, the star of Lost In Translation and the star of Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties. Bill Murray has spent most of his adult life being several things at once. But soon Bill Murray will turn 60 and, to mark this important milestone, the Guardian has uncovered 60 fascinating Bill Murray facts. So hHappy birthday, Bill Murray: just don’t expect another of these when you’re 70 …1 Bill Murray was born William James Murray on 21 September 1950, which isn’t really that interesting. These get better, promise.
2 Bill Murray had originally planned a career as a doctor, although he left university after being arrested for possession of marijuana. Truly, medicine’s loss was ruefully existential arthouse cinema’s gain.
3 Bill Murray is notoriously hard to pin down. If you want him to star in your film, you have to call his infrequently checked answering machine and wait for him to get back.
4 As a consequence of this, he has missed out on roles in films like Monsters Inc, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. MORE