Bill Murray's 10 Most Memorable Film Roles

8:00 AM 10/24/2015

by THR Staff

From 'Ghostbusters' to 'Groundhog Day,' THR highlights a few of the actor's best-known onscreen performances.

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Bill Murray
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Bill Murray plays a washed-up music manager in his latest film Rock the Kasbah, but before then, he was commanding troops in 1981's Stripes and fighting ghosts in 1984's Ghostbusters.

  • Caddyshack

    1980

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    Murray starred opposite Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Michael O'Keefe in the sports comedy about the wild antics that take place at an up-scale gold club. In the film, Murray played a greenskeeper tasked with capturing a gopher intruding on the golf course.

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  • Stripes

    1981

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    The Ivan Reitman-directed film featured Murray in the role of a cab driver who, aimless after losing his job and getting dumbed by his girlfriend, decides to join the U.S. army.

  • Ghostbusters

    1984

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    The actor played the role of Dr. Peter Venkman, one of three eccentric parapsychologists who set up a ghost-exterminating business in New York City, in the comedy which also starred Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis. Murray is set to make an appearance in Paul Feig's upcoming reboot of the 1984 film, featuring an all-female cast. The latest installment will hit theaters July 22, 2016.

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  • Scrooged

    1988

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    In Scrooged, a modern film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Murray played a cynical television executive who lacks in holiday spirit. While preparing to put on a live Christmas network production, his character is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and realizes he needs to change.

  • What About Bob?

    1991

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    Murray co-starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the Frank Oz-directed comedy about the complicated relationship between an egotistical psychiatrist and his most dependent patient.

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  • Groundhog Day

    1993

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    The fantasy film saw Murray in the role of a weatherman who, while on assignment covering an annual Groundhog Day event in Pennsylvania, finds himself trapped in time and living the same day over and over again.

  • Rushmore

    1998

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    The actor played a wealthy industrialist caught in a love triangle with a teenage student and an elementary school teacher in director Wes Anderson’s 1998 dramedy. Murray received a Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in the film.

  • Lost in Translation

    2003

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    The Sofia Coppola-directed drama starred Murray as a movie star who forms an unlikely bond with a young college graduate (Scarlett Johansson) when the two meet in in Tokyo. Lost in Translation garnered four total Oscar nominations (including best picture and best actor) and won for best original screenplay.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    2010

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    The 1960s-set film followed two young lovers who cause a search party in a New England town when they run away from home and into the wilderness together. Murray played the role of the young runaway’s father opposite co-stars such as Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.

  • St. Vincent

    2014

    Murray starred as a stubborn Vietnam War veteran who forms an odd friendship with his young neighbor when he agrees to a babysitting gig in the 2014 comedy. Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts co-starred in the film.

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