Bill Murray is an American comedian and actor who has a net worth of $140 million. This is a long way from the impoverished upbringing that he had in Chicago, where he was one of nine children. His mother was a mail room clerk and his father was a lumber salesman. He attended Regis University in Colorado but dropped out before returning to Chicago. It was after this that he started working with The Second City improvisational troupe, after being invited by his brother Brian. This is what led him to pursue a career as an actor.
The majority of his fortune comes from his acting career which has spanned several decades. He moved to New York in 1974 to further this career and this was a move that paid off when he got a part on Saturday Night Live. He stayed with the show for three seasons before moving on to roles in movies. The deadpan style of humor that he has made him a great comic and this was something that he was able to take into his movie roles.
Net Worth $140 Million
Name William James Murray
Born Evanston, Illinois
Birth Date September 21, 1950
Source of Wealth Actor, Writer, Filmmaker
Country United States
He really rose to prominence when he starred in Ghostbusters which was one of the biggest films of the 1980s. His appearance as Peter Venkman is possibly one of his best known movie roles. He also had a guest role in the Ghostbusters reboot which came out in 2016. His biggest critical success came with the 2003 movie Lost In Translation. He won the Golden Globe and the Bafta for Best Actor for this role and was widely expected to win the Oscar as well. However, this was the one award that he missed out on as it was awarded to Sean Penn for Mystic River instead.
Bill Murray has a reputation for being notoriously difficult to get hold of and this has led to him missing out on some roles. He does not have an agent or manager and any requests to work with him have to be left on a voicemail that he does not check that often. If he thinks that the project sounds interesting then he will call you back and let you know where you can send the script. It has been rumored that he has missed out on roles in major films such as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Little Miss Sunshine. If he had taken roles in these movies then it could be argued that his net worth may have been even higher.
More recently he has had guest roles in a number of TV shows. Before this the only TV work he had really done was Saturday Night Live. He has made several appearances on this show since his regular stint in the 1970s. He has also guest starred in a number of other high profile shows such as Olive Ketteridge and Parks and Recreation. Details of his salary for these appearances have not been made public but they would have certainly added to his overall net worth.
Away from his acting work, he had also made investments in baseball teams that play in the minor leagues. While these may have not bought in huge sums of money, it has let him stay in touch with a sport that he loves. He is currently the owner of four different teams and has made investments in several more. This investment benefits the league as a whole and so Bill Murray has earned the appreciation of more teams than just the ones he has invested in. In 2012 he was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame to show their gratitude for the investment that he has made.
He co-owns two restaurants with his brother that also provide him with an income. These restaurants are both called Murray Bros. Caddy Shack and are situated in different locations. Caddy Shack is the name of one of the first movies that he starred in. The first restaurant opened in 2001 at the World Golf Village in Florida. In 2018, they opened a second restaurant inside the Crowne Plaza Rosemont Hotel near O'Hare Airport. The restaurants are both golf themed and family friendly and they are not the exclusive, expensive restaurants that are sometimes associated with celebrity owners.
Written by Garrett Parker
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