Bill Murray was born in 1950 and grew up in Wilmette, a village just outside Chicago. After giving up his medical studies, he dedicated himself to his second passion, acting. Having gathered experience on the radio show The National Lampoon Radio Hour, he became a fixture among the authors and performers of the legendary TV show Saturday Night Live, for which he won an Emmy Award. Growing popularity brought his first film roles. He worked closely with the director Ivan Reitman, whose 1984 comedy Ghostbusters propelled him into the first rank of Hollywood actors. This was followed by movies such as Tootsie, Ghostbusters II and Groundhog Day. After a brief period of stagnation in the mid- 1990s, he managed a comeback in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore in 1999, which brought him seven awards. Starting with the role of the aging actor in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar, he has increasingly established himself as a character actor.