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General Information

Name:  Bill Murray  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1950 in Evanston, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Bill was born in Wilmette and began his career at Chicago's Second City. He attended Loyola Academy.

Biographical and Professional Information

Murray has been an Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Caddy. Bill is the fifth of nine children born to Edward and Lucille Murray. He and most of his siblings worked as caddies, which paid his tuition to Loyola Academy, a Jesuit school. He played sports and did some acting while in that school, but in his words, mostly "screwed off." He enrolled at Regis College in Denver to study pre-med but dropped out after being arrested for marijuana possession. He then joined the National Lampoon Radio Hour with fellow members Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi. However, while those three became the original members of "Saturday Night Live" (1975), he joined "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell" (1975), which premiered that same year. After that show failed, he later got the opportunity to join "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

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