It’s an overused expression, but Bill Murray really is a living legend. Stories of the one-time buster of ghosts walking into restaurants, stealing a chip from a stranger’s plate and whispering “No-one will ever believe you” – read this GQ interview for more details on that front – have become urban legend, and the internet is overflowing with nigh-on unbelievable Murray moments (and some top-notch tributes, too). Here we collate his best bits in one handy place so that next time Peter Venkman interrupts your foosball game by offering you hotdogs, you’ll know what to expect…
1) Though Bill may refuse to be a part of the ongoing will-they-won’t-they-probably-not-if-we’re-honest neverending news story that is Ghostbusters 3, that didn’t stop him from rocking up to the Scream Awards 2010 in Peter Venkman’s work gear. Accepting the awards for Best Horror and Best Cameo for Zombieland, he manages to both take the mick out of Mickey Rourke and honour his great late friend John Candy – all in his Ghostbusters uniform.
2) If you were in possession of a licensed television in the early 2000s, you probably remember British comedy gambling gameshow Banzai. One of the best bits of the show – alongside Lady One Question – was Mr. Shake Hands Man, a smiley-faced prankster who did his level best to shake the hand of a celebrity until either they walked away or someone’s wrists exploded from sheer awkwardness. Needless to say, Bill lasted a helluva long time.
3) Poets House is a poetry library and literary centre in New York. It was based in SoHo until 2009, when it moved to a new building in Battery Park – and it was during this move that Bill took it upon himself to recite Billy Collins’ ‘Another Reason Why I Don't Keep A Gun In The House’ (amongst many other poems) in front of both cameras and bored construction workers. Note: Bill looks good in a hard hat.
4) In 2008, Bill Murray jumped out of a plane to kick off the 50th Chicago Air And Water Show. A word of warning, however: he genuinely looks a bit scared beforehand. Murray being scared just doesn’t seem right, somehow.
5) Though perhaps we'd prefer Bill Murray to show us around his own house - take a bow, George Clooney, you got there first - this Murricane-hosted tour of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom set is still a wonderful sight to see. Noteable if only because he explains how you can make some of his "loud trousers" at home.
6) Don't ask Bill Murray for an autograph - ask Bill Murray for a slow-motion walk down a corridor...
Posted by Mr Gittes on Tuesday March 12, 2013, 18:47
I honestly don't know how I missed out on that one. I am a fool! It's in there now, and it's all thanks to you, so, um, thank you.
Posted by Ali Plumb on Friday March 8, 2013, 17:28
The best one.
You missed out my favourite Bill Murray fan interaction story. One time a bunch of fans bumped into him and asked for a photograph. He refused, instead recording a Wes Anderson-esque slow-mo walk video with them.
Half of the fun of this is just seeing the guys trying to be serious instead of unbelievable gleeful. More
Posted by MartinHeron on Friday March 8, 2013, 14:05
Sporting Bears fan
Bill is a great fan of the Chicago Bears. There is a superb clip of him (one of several) on the sidelines as Soldier Field Chicago during the Super Bowl years 1985, where Bill absolutely cracks up talking about William "the Refrigerator" Perry.
Love him, can't get enough of him! More
Posted by danielthompson99 on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 13:51