Bill Murray is, obviously, a legend of screens big and small. From his star making turn on Saturday Night Live to a host of films across almost four decades the man has made himself known as a force to be reckoned with in comedy and drama. Many of his films are classics that people just can't get enough of. Meatballs, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, What About Bob?, Rushmore, Lost in Translation...the list goes on and on.
Of course, in recent years Bill Murray has become almost as well known for something else that was totally unexpected: making random appearances in people's lives when they're least expecting it. While Murray still acts (he's popped up on Parks and Recreation, Vice Principals and in the Ghostbusters reboot in the past few years), he seems to be devoting an unusual amount of time to making the lives of regular old people a bit brighter. From crashing engagement photo sessions to offering words of wisdom to a random groom-to-be, Murray seems to be a fan of using his fame to give folks something cool and hilarious to talk about.
Here, we've complied the 21 most hilarious Bill Murray encounters that people have detailed for all the internet to behold.
In 2014, the owner of the Los Angeles, CA ice cream shop CVT Softserve thought he might have a shot at meeting the actor when he held an ice cream social at his place that he actually titled "Bill Murray Ice Cream Social" in the hopes that the one and only Bill Murray would hear about it and show up. Well, it worked. The owner, Joe, heard that Murray was filming nearby and figured it was worth a shot to invite the whole cast and crew to his social, and ended up getting a couple of pretty cool pictures for his Instagram feed.
In one of the earliest tales of Bill Murray dallying with the regular folk, a 2006 story from Lykke Stavnef, a Norwegian student who was studying in Scotland, details the time she got the actor to go to a house party with her. Apparently, Murray was in St. Andrews, Scotland to participate in a celebrity golf tournament, and decided to take off on his own after hours to see the city. He ran into Stavnef and her friend, Marie Bergene, at a local bar and when she invited him to attend a party with them, he accepted.
Once they got there, Stavnef laments that there may not be enough clean dishes for everyone at the party, and, you guessed it, Murray decides to just wash the dishes. And then, shortly after finishing what's described as "piled high" dishes, he leaves.
During the Toronto Film Festival in 2014, we got a rare occurrence of Murray talking about one of his random interactions. During a Q&A for the festival's Bill Murray Day, the actor took to the stage and when talking about his notable off-screen behavior discussed something that happened the night before when he got into a cab in Oakland, CA. While talking to the driver, he mentioned that he played the saxophone but never really got a good chance to practice since he drove 14 hours a day. So, as one does, Murray told his driver that he'd drive so the man could work on his sax mojo.
As Murray drove, his taxi driver played. They stopped for BBQ on the way to Sausalito and the man ended up playing, according to Murray "in what some would call a sketchy, weird place in Oakland at 2:15 in the morning," which he also said "made for a beautiful night!"