Oscar Actors: Murray, Bill–Lost in Translation

Bill Murray began his career as a member of the National Lampoon Radio Hour, alongside Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi, and soon rose to prominence with them as one of the most popular members of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in Comedy in 1977.

He landed his first starring role in Meatballs, which marked the beginning of an ongoing collaboration with director Ivan Reitman and actor Harold Ramis. Murray went on to star in such audience favorites as Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II. 

Murray has a string of comedic hits, including Scrooged, Groundhog Day, What About Bob?, Mad Dog & Glory and Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. He also starred in critically acclaimed dramatic roles for director Wes Anderson, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited. In addition, Murray starred in Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers and The Limits Of Control. 

In 2003, when Murray starred in Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation, he won the Golden Globe, the Independent Spirit and BAFTA Best Actor Awards for his performance. In addition, he was honored with a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his portrayal as ‘Bob Harris,’ the lonely movie star stuck in Tokyo.