Bill Murray, Siblings, Brother, Wife, Children, Net Worth, Is He Dead?

Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian and writer. He first gained recognition performing on Saturday Night Live with a string of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award. He was born on September 21, 1950 in Evanston, Illinois as William James Murray. Her father, Edward Joseph Murray II, was a lumber seller and her mother, Lucille, a mail seller.


Murray was raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, alongside his eight siblings. Their father died in 1967 aged 46 from diabetes when Bill was 17.

He attended St. Joseph’s school and Loyola Academy. As a teenager, he worked as a golf caddy to fund his studies at Jesuit High School, while being the lead singer of a rock band called the Dutch Masters. He also participated in high school and community theater. After high school, Murray attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where he took medical courses. He then dropped out and moved back to Illinois.

At age 20, Murray was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for attempting to smuggle 10 kilograms (4.5 kg) of cannabis, which he allegedly intended to sell. The drugs were discovered when Murray joked that the passenger next to him was smuggling. Murray was convicted and sentenced to probation.

Bill Murray’s Siblings – Brothers

As mentioned earlier, Bill Murray has eight siblings, three of his brothers John Murray, Joel Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray are also actors. One of his sisters, Nancy, is a Dominican nun from Michigan.

Bill and his brothers are pretty close, in 2016 the 67-year-old Oscar nominee and his five brothers opened another franchise of their Murray Bros. franchise, Caddyshack restaurants, in their native Illinois. They had launched the first of its kind in 2001 near the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida.

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All thanks to his brother Brian, Murray began studying improv comedy The Second City in Chicago, under Del Close. In 1974, he moved to New York and was featured by John Belushi on Radio Lampoon’s L’Heure Nationale ( comedy radio show). After the comedy radio show, his first television role was Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell where he featured as a cast member of the ABC variety show. This was followed by his first film role which came in 1979 when he starred in Meatballs. His other movie roles were in Caddyshack, Stripes Tootsie Ghostbusters, Scrooged, among many others.

Murray won a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his role in Lost in Translation. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe for his roles in Ghostbusters , Rushmore , Hyde Park on Hudson , Saint Vincent. He then won his second Primetime Emmy Award for his role in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge. He also won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.

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Bill Murray’s wife and children

Bill had been married and divorced twice. His first attempted marriage to Margaret Kelly fell apart over a supposed affair with Jennifer Butler. The marriage lasted almost 11 years (1985-1996) and they had two sons together.

His affair with Butler turned out not to be a mere rumor, as some had assumed at the time, as he tied the knot with her just a year after his split from his ex-wife. The couple were married from 1997 to 2008 when Butler filed for divorce over allegations of sex addiction, drugs, adultery and domestic violence.

Butler claimed the Lost in Translation star punched her in the face sometime in 2007 – she was also lucky not to have been killed by him. It was also alleged that her adulterous lifestyle, drug and alcohol addiction had deteriorated so badly that Jennifer had to move with her sons to South Carolina two years before their official divorce.

In total, Bill has six children – all sons – from his two failed marriages. His first marriage had two sons – Homer and Luke, while his second with Jennifer Butler had four sons – Caleb, Jackson, Cooper and Lincoln.

What is Bill’s net worth?

His involvement in the comedy, television and film industry has earned him a whopping net worth of $140 million.

His roles in films – What about Bob? and Groundhog Day earned him $8 million and $10 million respectively. His income from joint investments with his brothers also contributed to his net worth.

Is Bill Murray dead or alive?

Like many actors and celebrities, Bill fell victim to the death hoax. But he is very much alive and still active.

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