The ultimate Bill Murray career video retrospective
We here at the Death and Taxes believe that you are what you like. Movies, music, video games, books… we are ultimately, in some senses, the media that we consume. Bill Murray is an actor who defines the side in all of us who is super chill, unflappable, sardonic, sick of it all, and cool. Bill Murray is such a chill bro that we’ve decided to spend hours – hours! – collecting our favorite Bill Murray moments from the internet.
As an up-and-comer on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the late 1970s, one of Bill Murray’s most memorable performances was as Nick The Lounge Singer singing the theme from “Star Wars.”
In 1982, Murray recorded a series of rants against technology for a TV show.
Here’s Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson singing “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” in 1980′s “Where The Buffalo Roam.” So there’s that!
“Caddyshack” was perhaps Murray’s first breakout role, and gave us this epic monologue about the Dalai Lama.
After “Caddyshack,” Bill Murray did “Stripes,” a bawdy comedy set in the army boot camp. Here’s the unforgettable “doo wah diddy” scene.
It was around that time that Murray also appeared as Dustin Hoffman’s playwright roommate in the movie “Tootsie.” Check out one of his more famous drunken rants here:
After “Ghostbusters,” Murray decided to take some time off and studied at the Sorbonne in France for a year before returning to America to make his first (and possibly last) dramatic movie, “The Razor’s Edge,” which underperformed at the box office.
For a number of years, Bill was unable to capitalize on his early successes. While he might not have been as big a star as he had been during the ’80s, the early ’90s saw him turn in some of his more subtly brilliant works, such as “What About Bob?” Are these hand-shucked?
In the mid ’90s Bill Murray turned in an amazing and almost entirely ad-libbed performance in “The Man Who Knew Too Little.” It’s a sparkling performance in a hugely under-watched film. Take a look at this scene.
Murray enjoyed somewhat of a career revival after appearing in Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore.” Here’s the famous diving scene:
He followed that up by portraying a psychologist in another Wes Anderson movie. the generational favorite “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
In “Lost In Translation,” Bill Murray plays a character named Bob Harris who turns out to be not unlike Murray himself. Harris ends up in Japan on a publicity trip. Here’s a scene of Bill Murray as Bill Harris on a Japanese game show.
Murray experienced somewhat of a renaissance as an excellent comedian in the 2000s, and took many great roles from such luminaries as Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch. He did, however, also play the voice of Garfield in the much maligned “Garfield” movies.
It seems, though, that Bill Murray is entirely in on the joke of how bad the “Garfield” movies were as seen in this cameo from “Zombieland.”