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How to Dress like Bill Murray


Bill Murray. Brilliant, versatile comedic actor. Laid back, affable, quirky, all around great guy. And a surprisingly sharp dresser, even on the golf course. We at OTAA are all about being a laid back class act, and who better to epitomise our style than Bill Murray himself? Here are some of his classiest outfits in his career to let you be inspired by.

Bill Murray's tenure in Saturday Night Live. His time in the NBC's variety show lasted for three seasons from 1977 to 1980


Ghostbusters (1984)

Murray plays the fun loving Peter Venkman in this film. Before he dons the famous uniform, he would appear in several tweed outfits in keeping with Venkman's previous profession as a failed scientist from Columbia University.

Venkman just before joining the Ghostbusters in meeting with the mayor's crisis meeting

In the sequel Ghostbusters II (1989) he would wear a more formal outfit during the Ghostbusters' courtroom scene.



Scrooged (1988)


In this modern iteration of Charles Dicken's classic tale of the Christmas Carol, Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical and selfish television executive who will see the error of his ways. Throughout most of the film, he would use one outfit

Groundhog day (1993)

Because this comedy film is about a disgruntled TV weatherman who relives a certain day over and over again covering an annual groundhog day event in a small nearby town, Murray's character Phill Connors will wear the same outfit throughout the film.

Mad Dog and Glory (1993)

What could be seen as a role reversal, Bill Murray plays a mob boss and is the film's antagonist while Robert de Niro plays a Chicago Police Department crime scene photographer and is the film's protagonist.

Ed Wood (1995)

Bill Murray plays a supporting role in this film as John "Bunny" Breckinridge, who is the drag queen friend of the titular Ed Wood. Since this film was taken in black and white, it is hard to determine colour but he would wear flamboyant clothes befitting of a drag queen, and he brilliantly acted appropriately so.


Rushmore (1998)

Bill Murray plays a disenfranchised industrialist Herman Blume who would befriend the protagonist Max Fischer played by Jason Schwartzman.

Blume during his speech in the chapel scene

Blume when he exacts revenge against Max

Wild Things (1998)

In this crime thriller, Murray played a cameo as the sleazy lawyer Kenneth Bowden who worked for Sam Lombardo played by Matt Dillon.

Charlie's Angels (2000)

Murray plays the role as John Bosley in this film based on the original series that ran from 1976 to 1981. He acts as affliate and often helps the angels out in their various investigations.


The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Here, Bill Murray takes the role as Raleigh St. Clair, the neurologist husband of one of the supporting characters Margot played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Again, Raleigh will wear a single outfit throughout the film to help audiences keep track of his character more easily.

As befitting a professor and doctor, he would wear a tan corduroy blazer with a purple turtleneck shirt, followed by sage green trousers

Lost in Translation (2003)

In one of his finest acting roles yet, Bill Murray portrays an aging, world weary actor Bob Harris who finds himself in Tokyo filming for a job he's tired of already.


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

In a modern, quirky interpretation of Moby Dick, this film stars Bill Murray as Steve Zissou who mimics the real life French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, and is after the Jaguar shark.

Here he wears a tuxedo with a decidedly working man's dressing shirt along with medals for his past accomplishment during a function

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Bill Murray played a prominent cameo in the beginning of this Wes Anderson film about the adventures of three sons looking for their mother in rural India

Get Low (2010)

In this film, Bill Murray plays a supporting role as Frank Quinn, the owner of a funeral parlour in a small town. He is only too happy to accommodate the request of protagonist Felix Bush when he asked for a funeral party for himself while he is still alive, since his business was flagging badly.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Bill Murray played a cameo as one of the members of the Society of the Crossed Keys, who will be key in exonerating the protagonist Monsieur Gustave H. played by Ralph Fiennes.

Notice that Bill Murray's character Monsieur Ivan wears a brown tailcoat tuxedo outfit as part of a uniform conveniently colour coded against other hotels's uniforms in the picture here


Bill Murray at the premiere of Grand Budapest Hotel 

Bill Murray at the Oscars

Bill Murray with Lady Gaga and David Letterman on his show The Late Night show with David Letterman

Bill Murray in a full tuxedo giving an impromptu jog in the middle of being interviewed by David Letterman to show he is ready for an upcoming marathon


 And there you have it, the various suits and sharpish outfits the understated comedic genius had sported over his long career. We at OTAA hope that you the reader would be inspired by the various dressing styles he had over his many roles, as it had influenced his own personal styling up til now. 




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