Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He is best known for being a comedic legend for his unique acting style and deadpan delivery.
Bill Murray is an American actor and comedian with a net worth of $180 million as of 2021. A large share of his net worth comes from a successful film career.
|Net Worth||$180 Million|
|Source of Wealth||Acting, Comedy, Producing, Writing|
|Full Name||William James Murray|
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Producer, Writer|
|Education||Regis University, Paris University, Loyola Academy|
|Date of Birth||September 21, 1950|
|Marital Status||Divorced (Margaret Kelly:1981-1996, Jennifer Butler: 1997-2008)|
|Children||Luke Murray, Cooper Murray, Homer Murray, Lincoln Murray, Cal Murray, Jackson Murray|
How Did Bill Murray Acquire His Wealth?
While Bill Murray wasn’t born poor, he was indeed not born rich either, and all his wealth today is because of his hard work in his entire career. While his income isn’t public, his earliest paying job was with his brother at a comedy troupe.
Soon after, Bill worked at The National Lampoon Radio Hour before joining Saturday Night Live. The average income for a cast member at SNL back in 1997 was $150k, and it would be safe to assume that Bill earned the same.
He soon started getting movie roles, starting with Meatballs in 1979. A year later, he appeared in Where Buffalos Roam, and the film was a massive success. Murray played roles in several other popular films in the same decade, such as Tootsie and Stripes, before striking gold in Caddyshack.
Having worked as a golf caddy in real life in his youth, Bill played the role gracefully and earned an estimated $2.75 million for the film. In addition, he reportedly made $250k per week while working on the film, which was more than what he made in a year on SNL.
His next significant role was in Ghostbusters which earned him an estimated $6 million. Fans loved Murray as a Ghostbuster and gave a similar response for the success of Ghostbusters II, which also paid Bill an equivalent salary. He also earned a substantial sum for his dramatic role in Lost in Translation.
Another film that made him a similar amount was Garfield, while some live-action films like The Royal Tenenbaums paid him close to $2 million. Reportedly, he also made a fortune of $10 million from Groundhog Day and $8 million from What About Bob.
All of these earnings simply fall short when compared with what Murray made during his voice acting in Disney’s The Jungle Book.
His reported earnings from the film are $48 million. On the other end of the spectrum, he got paid only $9k for Rushmore.
Murray also owns a restaurant in Florida called Caddy Shack which adds another source of passive income apart from a few books containing his Biography.
How Did Bill Murray Get So Rich?
Bill Murray attained his massive net worth by working hard in several films during his acting career, including The Jungle Book, which earned him $48 million.
How Does Bill Murray Spend His Money?
Bill Murray isn’t the flashiest millionaire celebrity when it comes to showing off his wealth. As a result, there aren’t a lot of extravagant expenses under his name.
Murray owns a beautiful home in South Carolina which cost him $1.2 million. He also has two other houses in Palisades, which cost him $2.6 million and a staggering $4.9 million.
As for cars, Bill owns a vintage Maserati that costs close to $98k and an Alfa Romeo of $85k. These cars are fascinating as well as expensive.
Murray is also an extremely charitable man, and he has donated to various causes. One such example was when he presented a significant amount for building the Nathalie Salmon house for low-income seniors.
He also is the co-owner of the Murray Bros foundation that raised money for medical services, education, and other fundraising opportunities for communities across the US.
Bill has also supported Augie’s Quest, Small Steps Project, Casey Lee Ball Foundation, St. Vincent Healthcare, and Guardian Catholic School.
Bill Murray’s Early Life
William James Murray was born on September 21, 1950, in Illinois, USA. He grew up in Chicago with eight siblings in a large family. He lost his father very early, at the age of 17, and three of his siblings grew up to become famous actors.
Bill also got interested in acting during high school, where he performed in the school theatre. Unfortunately, soon after graduating from high school, Murray was convicted of possessing 10 pounds of marijuana at an airport. Fortunately for him, he got probation instead of being sent to jail.
Soon after, Bill’s brother invited him to perform in a comedy troupe in Chicago. After working with his brother for a while, Bill Murray was able to get an opportunity at The National Lampoon Radio Hour in New York, which earned him the fame needed to appear in an off-Broadway version of the show.
As Murray started getting fame through his comedy, he got the producers of Saturday Night Live at the time. This was his breakthrough, and he worked on the show from 1977 to 1980 before moving on to film roles.
Bill Murray’s Career Highlights and Awards
- Primetime Emmy in 1997 and 2015
- Academy Award (Nomination for Best Actor) in 2004
- BAFTA Award in 2004
- AARP Movies for Grownups Award in 2004
- American Comedy Award in 1999
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award in 2001
- Boston Society of Film Critics Award in 2003
- Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards in 2013 and 2015
- Chicago Film Critics Association Award in 2004
- CinEuphoria Award in 2016
- Critics Choice Television Award in 2015
- Detroit Film Critics Society Award in 2014
What was the last Bill Murray Movie?
Bill Murray’s latest movie, The French Dispatch, collaborated with Wes Anderson and was delayed due to the pandemic.
Bill Murray is an outstanding actor and comedian who rose to fame from his sheer talent. He has earned enormous wealth and fame by performing in phenomenal films. After accounting for all his income and assets, Bill Murray’s net worth is estimated at $180 million as of 2021.