How Rich Is Bill Murray as the Comedy Legend Turns 71?

The French Dispatch Photocall - 74th Cannes Film Festival, France - 13 Jul 2021

An American comedy icon who has been making people laugh with his deadpan delivery for more than 44 years, Bill Murray turned 71 today. The award-winning actor, comedian, writer and producer seems to balance doing a big project with participating in smaller, quirkier projects that he enjoys.

Net Worth Battle: Mark Cuban and ‘Shark Tank’ Cast vs. Michael Douglas and ‘Kominsky Method’ Costars
Celebrity: Jimmy Fallon’s Net Worth As He Turns 47

Having starred in such comedy staples as “Meatballs,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “Tootsie,”” Ghostbusters,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Scrooged,” “What About Bob?,” “Groundhog Day” and “Kingpin,” he has also lent his voice talents to “Garfield: The Movie,” “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” “The Fabulous Mr. Fox” and “Disney’s The Jungle Book.”

For his indelible mark in comedy, Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016. He has also showcased his dramatic chops in “Lost in Translation,” for which he received a Golden Globe award, and won the Emmy for his role in HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”

Murray is a frequent collaborator with director Wes Anderson and has worked with him on nine films to date, including “Rushmore,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “Isle of Dogs,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Darjeeling Limited” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.”

Make Your Money Work Better for You

Discover: Ellen DeGeneres’ Net Worth as Her Show Begins Its Final Season

With his impressive body of work, it is not surprising to learn Murray has amassed a fortune of $180 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. However, as he glides back and forth between hits and independent films, his per film salary varies. Murray was paid $9,000 for “Rushmore,” but took home around $2 million for “Groundhog Day.” “Ghostbusters” earned him $6 million. However, he got $48 million for his work in “The Jungle Book.”

He is considered to be a challenging performer to work with. He has had feuds with several actors and directors and only works on projects that interest him, but that still gives him a steady stream of offers.

Early Life and Career

Murray was one of eight children, born on September 21, 1950 in Evanston, IL. He always expressed an interest in acting. College wasn’t a great fit for him, though, so he started working with a small comedy troupe in Chicago. Soon after, while appearing in a show off-Broadway, he nabbed the attention of producers of “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell.” While that show didn’t make it, the new and improved “SNL” enjoyed the talents of Murray from 1977 to 1980.

Make Your Money Work Better for You

Fellow SNL Alum: How Rich Is Chris Rock?

While his early film projects did well, a film that he co-wrote titled “The Razor’s Edge” bombed at the box office and he fled to Paris to study philosophy and history at Sorbonne University and regroup with his family. Luckily, he had agreed to star in “Ghostbusters” in exchange for the funding for “The Razor’s Edge,” and this led him starring in the (then) highest grossing comedy ever.

Personal Life

Murray has been married two times. He first wed Margaret Kelly in 1981, whom he divorced in 1996. He was married to second wife Jennifer Butler from 1997 to 2008. Between his two marriages, Murray is the father of six sons.

Murray is known for his unusual interactions with fans and the general public. Some examples include photobombing unsuspecting people, applying for a job at PF Chang’s, reading poetry to NYC construction workers, crashing a bachelor party and joining a kickball game.

Real Estate and Other Endeavors

While Murray’s main residence is near Charleston, South Carolina, he owns multiple properties across the country including residences in Los Angeles, California, Rancho Santa Fe, California, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Palisades, New York. Only the $4.9 million New York property’s sale price has been made public.

Make Your Money Work Better for You

Find Out: How Rich Is Jason Sudeikis?

He is considered to be a big investor in many local businesses in South Carolina, including a fresh market café called Harold’s Cabin and Rutledge Cab Co., a retro dining establishment.

He is a huge sports fan with a love of all of the Chicago teams, but he is a regular investor in minor league baseball.

Comedy Counterpart: How Rich Is ‘SNL’ Star Kate McKinnon?
From Bill to Bill: How Rich Is Bill Maher?

Murray is slated to appear in the next Wes Anderson project, as well as “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” on Nov. 11, so it won’t be long until we see him on screen again, In the meantime, you will surely continue to catch him in the tabloids causing mischief in between projects.

More From GOBankingRates

Last updated: September 21, 2021

About the Author

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than 15 years of experience covering traditional and new media topics. She is currently a communications strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University — her alma mater where she earned a B.A. in film studies. Michelle’s primary topics of interest are arts & entertainment (TV, humor, theater and classic films are favorites), food and lifestyle. She also covers general news, business, beauty, gift guides and medical/health-related stories. Michelle also has a passion for conducting interviews with all sorts of interesting people. When not working or watching too much TV, she is a skilled home cook specializing in Puerto Rican and Southern cuisine, loves in-home entertaining and trivia/games nights, sipping Jack Daniels on the rocks and cheering for the San Francisco Giants.

Best Bank Accounts of May 2022

Untitled design (1)
Close popup The GBR Closer icon

Sending you timely financial stories that you can bank on.

Sign up for our daily newsletter for the latest financial news and trending topics.

Please enter an email.
Please enter a valid email address.
There was an unknown error. Please try again later.

For our full Privacy Policy, click here.