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Wikipedia Summary for Bill Murray

William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. Known for his deadpan delivery, he first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award, and later starred in comedy films—including Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), What About Bob? (1991), Groundhog Day (1993), Kingpin (1996), The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) and Osmosis Jones (2001). His only directorial credit is Quick Change (1990), which he co-directed with Howard Franklin.

Murray later starred in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), which earned him a Golden Globe and a British Academy Film Award, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He has also frequently collaborated with directors Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch. He received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore (1998), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), St. Vincent (2014), and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014), for which he later won his second Primetime Emmy Award. Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016. Murray is also known for voicing Garfield in the family comedy film Garfield: The Movie (2004) and its sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) as well as Baloo in the live action adaptation of Disney's The Jungle Book (2016).

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I feel like I'm a better person when I'm quieter.

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They say an elephant never forgets. What they don't tell you is, you never forget an elephant.

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It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it'd damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.

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Keep seeing the glass half-full and it will dawn upon you that it's probably your turn to buy.

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I find it quite ironic that the most dangerous thing about weed is getting caught with it.

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I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure.

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I've never made any horrible, horrible movies. If you don't ruin your reputation, you can always get work.

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When I work, my first relationship with people is professional.

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I don't want to have a relationship with someone if I'm not going to work with them.

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I always like to say to people who want to be rich and famous, try being rich first. See if that doesn't cover most of it.

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I feel like I'm a better person when I'm quieter.

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Disneyland. The world's biggest people trap, built by a mouse.

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You don't have to have all this film stock, you can work faster, and you don't need a giant crew. It's great.

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If I run into someone on the street, that's one thing. But answering mail for a living? I like a job where you can play and act kind of goofy and have some fun.

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I act like a jerk sometimes.

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Melancholy is kind of sweet sometimes, I think. It's not a negative thing. It's not a mean thing. It's just something that happens in life, like autumn.

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I'm just an obnoxious guy who can make it appear charming, that's what they pay me to do.

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I'm just a potato that won't quit. I'm a potato with some legs. Some have eyes, I've got legs.

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I'm not an ungenerous person; I don't resent it. It's just sort of a head-scratcher.

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The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything.

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I realized the more fun I had, the more relaxed I was working, the better I worked.

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If you have a good script, that's what gets you involved. It's harder to write a good screenplay than to find something.

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Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear, and when I do, it's usually something unusual.

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I try to be available for life to happen to me.

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Golf was my first glimpse of comedy. I was a caddy when I was a kid. I was on the golf course rather than being in lessons, but I can play better now than I could then.

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Just beat my record for most consecutive days without dying.

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My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they're misunderstood. I don't think people realize how kind New York people are.

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We're Americans! Do you know what that means? It means our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.

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One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.

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My iPhone has 2 million times the storage of the 1969 Apollo 11 computer. They went to the moon. I throw birds at pig houses.

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My back hurts. My legs ache. I'm only four!

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People say I'm difficult and sometimes that's a badge of honour.

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It's much harder to play beloved than to play a rotten guy. Rotten guy is a piece of cake. So playing a beloved person really sets a high bar for your behavior and your acting and what you project.

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I think there's only so many people that can take care of themselves, and can take care of other people. And the rest of the people … they're useful in terms of compost for the whole planet, you know.

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This really should be kept secret, but you can learn a lot by watching the making-of DVDs. Every actor should do it. You figure out what you're dealing with.

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To people who want to be rich and famous, I'd say, Get rich first and see if that doesn't cover it.

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I've killed myself so many times, I don't even exist anymore.

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Well it's hard to be yourself, it's the hardest job there is.

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You're supposed to have one hand up and one hand down. As you're trying to going up, you're trying to pull someone up at the same time.

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I've retired a couple of times. It's great, because you can just say, 'Oh, I'm sorry. I'm retired.'

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Drinking again? Go to hell. All I ever do is make some movies that made a lot of money now leave me alone, I want to have some fun.

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Life is a game, and it's much more fun if you play it as your own game, so stay light and loose and relaxed.

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I'm not an alcoholic, I only drink two times a year. When it's my birthday, and when it's not my birthday.

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Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you've met and you're like, 'Yep, I like this one,' and you just do stuff with them.

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Half of the people in this room are more dressed up than on any other day in the year, and the other half are more dressed down.

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Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it.

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There aren't many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that's a 24 hour job right there.

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I think if you can take care of yourself, and then maybe try to take care of someone else, that's sort of how you're supposed to live.

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Grab this day by the neck and kiss it.

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That's the reason I'm not the one that's dead because the attraction of the fast life is very powerful.

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You know how funerals are not for the dead, they're for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they're for the uncommitted.

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I don't have to take this abuse from you -- I have hundreds of people waiting in line to abuse me!

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The only way we'll ever know what it's like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That's where home is.

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People only talk about what a joyous experience it is, but there is terror: Your life, as you know it, is over. It's over the day that child is born. It's over, and something completely new starts.

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I don't really read the reviews, but I remember one a long time ago I read that said that I had a face like a potato.

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I met a woman who photographed celebrity dogs for a book, and she told me that Ralph Lauren's dog is named Rugby. I said, Yeah, but his real name is Stickball.

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One of my gripes about movies is that people take them so seriously, and the moneymaking aspects are so brutal.

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Alcohol is really just the liquid version of Photoshop.

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I smell varmint poontang. And the only good varmint poontang is dead varmint poontang, I think.

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There are a lot of actors that are more talented than me at Second City who quit it before they even got to a paying status. Weird luck. I had no other option.

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I came out of the old Second City in Chicago. Chicago actors are more hard-nosed. They're tough on themselves and their fellow actors. They're self-demanding.

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Sometimes I snore, like when I get really tired.

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The only good thing about fame that I've gotten is I've gotten out of a couple of speeding tickets. I've gotten into a restaurant when I didn't have a suit and tie on. That's really about it.

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I didn't get into this position by being like a stiff sitting on the set in a folding chair. I did it by walking around on the streets and stirring things up.

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I know how to be sour. I know that taste.

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We still have to put some cherry syrup on it, and then we can eat it.

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