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Bill Murray in Hamlet

Bill Murray (1950 -)

Film Deaths[]

  • Loose Shoes (Coming Attractions; Quackers) (1980) [Lefty Schwartz]: Executed off-screen in the electric chair in a black & white parody of 1930s prison movies; we see Bill being asked to hold a pot roast by the warden Lewis Arquette, followed by a shot of the cooked roast. (Played for comic effect)
  • Scrooged (1988) [Frank Cross]: Dies off-screen shortly before the start of the future scene, when the Ghost of Christmas Future brings him to witness his own funeral and cremation. This vision of the future is later prevented when Bill changes his ways.
  • Groundhog Day (1993) [Phil Connors]: Dies a number of times while caught in a time-loop. Bill first kills himself and Scooter by driving his truck off a cliff, where it explodes on impact. He then electrocutes himself in a bathtub, by dropping a plugged in toaster into the water. Bill then steps in front of a van, allowing himself to be run over. Finally Bill jumps off a clock tower. Bill's corpse is also seen in a morgue, where he is shown to Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott, who identify his body. Each "death" is immediately followed by him waking up again that same morning, and Bill is alive by the film's conclusion.
  • Osmosis Jones (2001) [Frank]: Is briefly clinically dead when he goes into cardiac arrest and flatlines; he is revived when Osmosis Jones (voiced by Chris Rock) returns Bill's missing hypothalamus chromosome.
  • City of Ember (2008) [Mayor Cole]: Eaten off-screen by a giant mole, when Bill tries to hide in his bunker and discovers that the mole has gotten in; the scene ends with Bill screaming as the mole attacks him.
  • Zombieland (2009) [Bill Murray]: Shot in the chest by Jesse Eisenberg when Bill pretends to be a zombie and "attacks" Jesse and Abigail Breslin as a practical joke. He seemingly dies once, taking a long final breath, before doing it a second time, while Jesse, Abigail, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson all stay by his side. The group later throws his corpse off the roof, where it is eaten by zombies. (Played for comic effect).
  • Ghostbusters (2016) [Martin Heiss]: Presumably killed when a ghost dragon emerges from a trap that Kristen Wiig opens (to prove that it is in fact real) and throws him out of a window. (In the tie-in book, Ghosts of Our Past: Both Figuratively and Literally, the character survives to write an apolgetic foreword, but since the film itself leaves his fate ambiguous, we'll leave this here.)
  • The French Dispatch (2021) [Arthur Howitzer Jr.]: Dies off-screen of a heart attack. His body is seen at the end of the film.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) [Krylar]: Eaten alive by a giant squid, after Michael Douglas uses a device to increase the squid's size, after Bill had previously eaten another of the small squids. He is last seen being thrown around by the squid's tentacles, before being swallowed.
  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024) [Peter Venkman]: Rapidly freezes to death, along with everyone else in the firehouse, when Ian Whyte uses his powers to prevent the Ghostbusters from obstructing his path. He is later brought back to life when Kumail Nanjiani uses his pyrokinetic powers to thaw them out.

Television Deaths[]

  • Saturday Night Live (Mar. 11, 1978) [Bill Murray]: In a sketch set in the future, he dies (off-screen) under unspecified circumstances some time before the sketch begins; his death is mentioned when John Belushi reminisces about his dead cast-mates while visiting the cemetery.
  • Saturday Night Live (Mar. 21, 1987) [Dad]: In the "Mikey can't shoot" sketch, he is shot in the gut by Dana Carvey after he tries to push Victoria Jackson around. Before dying, Bill tells Dana how proud he is of him for shooting him. (Played for comic effect.)
  • Parks and Recreation: Two Funerals (2015) [Mayor Walter Gunderson]: Dies (off-screen) of unspecified causes. His body is shown lying in an open casket as Adam Scott presides over his wake in the city council chambers. (Played for comic effct).


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