All hail Bill Murray! You have to be bananas to not think he’s one of the best, most hilarious, most original actors out there. From the early days of Saturday Night Live when he was doing impressions of everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Tony Orlando, to cult classics like Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, the guy knows how to get a laugh. These days he’s got his indie street cred as a sort of muse for filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola, so he has a whole new audience. Beyond comedy, the guy can play serious quite well, too (e.g. playing FDR in a period drama, which he did in 2012 in Hyde Park on the Hudson).
But, Murray isn’t just a great actor and comedian. He’s got a reputation as an oddball and eccentric dude. He doesn’t let people just ring him up on his cell phone (not even Sofia Coppola). He has them call a 1-800 number and leave a message—then maybe he’ll call back. There’s also a whole website called BillMurrayStory.com that has peoples’ weird and strange encounters with the guy. Who wouldn’t love to bump into the man?
So here are our picks for the Top 5 best Bill Murray roles. Feel free to disagree if you want—there are a lot more than five.