Bill Murray is an American actor popular for many of his roles. He is well known for Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters. His film and TV career is well developed, starting in the mid-70s when Murray was only 26. Now Bill Murray is 63 years old, has appeared in nearly 60 different movies, and can be considered one of the most brilliant actors of our time.
Murray had a rocky childhood, losing his father to diabetes before he turned 20. His sister suffered from polio, and his mother battled depression following several miscarriages. On his 20th birthday Murray was arrested for smuggling 10 pounds of cannabis, for which he was convicted and sentenced to probation. Murray’s three brothers are also actors, two of whom worked on Caddyshack with him. Caddyshack was one of the actor’s earlier box office hits when it was released in 1980 and has grossed nearly $40 million since its release.
Popular movies, good box office performance, and good acting skills are not the only reason Bill Murray is one of the most brilliant actors of our time. His quirky personality and fan involvement are commendable. In January of this year Murray took to social media to communicate with his fans. By participating in Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything chat, Murray not only promoted one of his recent works, The Monuments Men, but also proved that he had a special relationship with his fans.
What separates Bill Murray from many other actors is his focus on his fans. Throughout his career Murray has done everything to avoid becoming yet another actor who goes through media and publicity people to become famous. He adores his fans just as much as they adore him. His charisma, humor, and mysteriousness are what makes him unique. His intelligence and wit make it seem like he truly cares for his fans. When he recently crashed a bachelor party Murray shared his wisdom with the young men. This is not the first time Murray appeared at an event by chance: in the past he has appeared at Halloween parties, karaoke clubs, poetry readings, and even kickball games.
Apart from his amazing relationship with his fans, Murray also boasts incredible talent. After the premiere of Hyde Park on Hudson, the film-makers and Murray were available to answer questions from the audience. In the film Murray plays the role of the U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who suffered from a paralytic disability. One of the scenes in the film shows Roosevelt swimming, his wizened legs dangling. When one audience member asked what special effects were used to make the legs look so horrid, Murray answered that no special effects were used and he was just acting.
While Murray avoids paparazzi and interviews, he goes out of his way to make sure he meets his fans. His acting career has proven that Bill Murray is a brilliant actor in our time, while his special relationship with the fans makes him widely popular among people of all ages.
Opinion by Ivelina Kunina