19 TRUE STORIES ABOUT BILL MURRAY THAT PROVE HE IS THE COOLEST PERSON EVER
Now that he's a superstar, Murray doesn't necessarily need an agent to go out and find roles for him, but it's still customary for A-listers to have one looking out for them. Murray, however, has his own 1-800 number where people can call and pitch him movie ideas on a voicemail.
HE RANDOMLY BARTENDS
In 2010 at South by Southwest, Murray got behind a bar and started serving people drinks. No matter what anyone ordered, he gave them tequila shots.
HE GOT LOST IN BALI, AND THEN PUT ON A SHOW
While visiting Bali, Murray decided to explore the country on a motorcycle, and wound up getting totally lost. He came upon a village and starting talking to the townspeople, who couldn't understand him since they didn't speak English. Murray started to perform for them by putting on hats and dancing around. Soon the whole village had come out to watch him perform.
HE WAS THE NICEST PARTY CRASHER
While in Scotland, Murray found his way to a student house that was throwing a party and decided to walk in. He drank some vodka with the partiers, then cleaned their dishes and left.
...AND STILL IS!
Crashing that party in Scotland wasn't the only time Murray has decided to just walk into a party. The famous comedian and actor still walks into random parties that he finds in New York, and gives fatherly advice to the people he finds there.
"NO ONE WILL EVER BELIEVE YOU"
One of Murray's most famous stories occurred at a Wendy's. An unsuspecting man was eating his meal at a table when Bill Murray came up to him, ate a fry from his tray, and said "No one will ever believe you" before leaving.
HE SUPPORTED A CAB DRIVER'S DREAMS
Once, when Murray was being driven in a cab, his driver complained about how he was never able to practice his saxophone because he drove for 14 hours a day. Murray switched spots with the driver and drove the cab while he sat in the back and practiced his sax.
HE MAKES BASEBALL DELAYS FUN
Murray is a part-owner of the RiverDogs, which is a minor league baseball team in Charleston, South Carolina. During a rain delay at a game that he attended, he turned the tarp covering the field into a giant slip 'n slide for himself and the players.
HE CAN BOWL WELL UNDER PRESSURE
The 1996 film "Kingpin" starring Bill Murray is all about bowling. In the end of the film, his character bowls three strikes in a row. Murray actually didn't need a stunt bowler or multiple chances to get those strikes — he bowled them one after the other on his own!
HE READS POETRY TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
During the construction of Poet's House in New York, Murray stopped by to get to know the construction crew working on the building. He then began to read them poetry by Lorine Niedecker and Emily Dickinson.
HE BREEZED THROUGH "CADDYSHACK" IN LESS THAN A WEEK, UNSCRIPTED
"Caddyshack" is one of Murray's most beloved and well-known films, but for all of the success that it has enjoyed, it really didn't take a lot of work for him to film. Murray filmed it in six days and improvised every line.
HE ACCIDENTALLY BROKE ROBERT DE NIRO'S NOSE
In 1993, Murray and De Niro worked together on the film "Mad Dogs and Glory." Murray played a mob boss and De Niro was a police officer. While filming a scene where the characters fight over Uma Thurman, Murray got a little too into character and wound up breaking De Niro's nose.
HE RANDOMLY SHOWED UP ON AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG
An annual NYU archaeological trip to the Mediterranean allows non-students to join the dig for a $10,000 donation. The program enticed several professionals, gallery owners, and authors to join the dig, but they probably weren't expecting a celebrity like Bill Murray! Well, in 2006, he decided to join in on the fun and dug for ancient artifacts alongside NYU students.
HE HIRED A DEAF PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Murray is famous for his bizarre and unpredictable decisions. While filming "Groundhog Day," the producers begged Murray to hire a personal assistant to improve his communication with the studio. For his part, Murray responded by hiring a deaf-mute who only spoke in American Sign Language as his assistant.
HE WAS ARRESTED IN STOCKHOLM FOR "DRUNK" DRIVING A GOLF CART
In 2007, Murray was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Stockholm when he was seen driving a golf cart back to his hotel. In actuality, Murray was sober, and was only using the golf cart because he had just come from a golf tournament and was dropping off fellow golfers at a 7-Eleven.
HE SURPRISED A BACHELOR PARTY WITH AN INSPIRING SPEECH
In 2014, Murray was dining with friends in a steakhouse in Charleston. A bachelor party happened to be going on at the same steakhouse, and Murray proceeded to give the group of guys some inspiring advice. "If you have someone that you think is the one... take that person and travel around the world... if when you come back to JFK, you're still in love with the person, get married at the airport."
HE WAS A PARTICULARLY TROUBLESOME CHILD
Murray has always been playing by his own rules, which often got him in trouble as a kid. He was kicked out of both Boy Scouts and Little League. At 20, he was arrested for attempting to smuggle almost nine pounds of marijuana through O'Hare Airport.
HE'S TURNED DOWN MAJOR ROLES THAT WERE WRITTEN FOR HIM
Murray is often sought after by filmmakers, some of whom even write roles specifically for him, but he doesn't always take them. Some of the major roles written for Murray that he turned down include Forrest Gump, Buzz Lightyear, and Steve Carell's role in "Little Miss Sunshine."
HE FUNDED WES ANDERSON'S HELICOPTER SINGLE-HANDEDLY
It's no secret that Murray is a fan of Wes Anderson's work, having appeared in the better half of his films. In one of Anderson's first movies, "Rushmore," the film ends with a helicopter landing on the stage of a high school auditorium. Disney wouldn't fund the chopper, which would cost $25,000, but Murray stepped up to pay for it, even though he was only making $9,000 from the film.