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Bill Murray on acting, Canadians and comedy

The Story

Bill Murray's reputation as a comedian was built on his work as a member of the Chicago Second City troupe, and then his time with the U.S. television show Saturday Night Live. Now he is gaining a reputation as a film actor, beginning with the Canadian movie Meatballs, followed by hits like Caddyshack. In this 1981 interview, Murray talks to CBC television host Bob McLean about how working improv with Second City helped him move into acting in films. He also describes working with Canadian comedians, and with director Ivan Reitman and fellow comedic actor Harold Ramis on his latest film, Stripes.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: McLean at Large
Host: Bob McLean
Guest: Bill Murray
Broadcast Date: Sept. 30, 1981
Duration: 4:44

Did You know?

• Bill Murray was born Sept. 21, 1950, in Wilmette, Illinois. He began his comedy career in the Chicago branch of Second City, moving eventually into a regular role on Saturday Night Live. His first major role was in the 1979 comedy Meatballs, which was directed by Ivan Reitman.

Stripes, which was released in 1981, was directed by Reitman, and Harold Ramis wrote and acted in the film. John Candy, Joe Flaherty, and Dave Thomas, who were also Second City alumni, had roles in the film.

• Murray has won a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 2003 film Lost in Translation.




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