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Bill Murray: 10 reasons why we love the 'Hyde Park on Hudson' star

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Bill Murray might be one of moviedom's greatest ever comic actors, but off-screen he's renowned for his phenomenal coolness and eccentricity. The stories are legendary: gatecrashing karaoke parties, larking about with David Letterman, Coen Brothers confusion... there really is nobody quite like Bill Murray.

To mark the release of his new movie Hyde Park on Hudson, Digital Spy has pulled together 10 amazing Bill Murray stories to show just why we love him so much...

He sings the Ghostbusters theme while strolling through New York...
Bill may not be too keen to come back for Ghostbusters 3, but he had a ball revisiting Peter Venkman for the Ghostbusters video game. Watch him recall making a fool of himself while strolling through Manhattan to lay down his voice track below...



He once gatecrashed a stranger's karaoke party...
Bill apparently bought everyone drinks and sang Elvis Presley's 'Marie's the Name'.

Bill Murray gatecrashes a karaoke party


He signed up for Garfield because he thought it was written by one of the Coen Brothers...
But it wasn't that Joel Coen, it was Joel Cohen of Cheaper by the Dozen infamy...

"I looked at the script, and it said, 'So-and-so and Joel Coen'. And I thought, 'Christ, well, I love those Coens!'" Bill told GQ. "I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, 'Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the f**k was Coen thinking?' And then they explained it to me: it wasn't written by that Joel Coen."

Bill Murray, Irish Open Pro-Am 2012 at Royal Portrush Golf Club

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Garfield artwork

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He knows how to entertain on talk shows...
Bill has sparked up a great rapport with David Letterman, and his Late Show appearances are guaranteed comedy gold. To date his hijinks have included diving into a makeshift swimming pool, appearing with a hologram of himself, riding a mechanical bull and staging a fake kidnapping.

Bill Murray diving into a makeshift pool while filming a segment outside The Ed Sullivan Theater for the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

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Bill Murray appears on the David Letterman show with a hologram of himself

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He refused an autograph with a fan and made this with him instead...
Bill Murray - extra loveable in slow motion!



If you want Bill Murray in your movie, you need to leave a message on his answering machine...
Bill doesn't have an agent, instead he takes work offers through a special 1-800 number. Got a movie idea? Give it a call and keep your fingers crossed that he'll ring back! Sofia Coppola reportedly spent a fortune on phone calls before securing his services for Lost in Translation.

"I'm not trying to be coy. It's just practical for me," Bill said. "When the phone started ringing too many times, I had to take it back to what I can handle."

Telephone answer machine

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He gatecrashed a house party in Scotland and started washing the dishes...
"Nobody could believe it when I arrived at the party with Bill Murray," said Lykke Stavnef, the Norwegian blonde who extended the invite to Bill. "We met him in the bar and he made some jokes. He was just like the character in Lost in Translation."

'Lost In Translation' still: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson


He delivered the first pitch of the season at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs...
What a way to start the 2012 season!



He likes to play 'Guess Who?' with strangers..."
One legendary Bill Murray tale claims that he will often sneak up behind people, cover their eyes and say: "Guess who?" When they turn around, Bill simply says "No one will ever believe you!" and walks off.

The great man himself says of the rumours: "I've heard about that from a lot of people. A lot of people. I don't know what to say. There's probably a really appropriate thing to say. Something exactly and just perfectly right. But by God, it sounds crazy, doesn't it? Just so crazy and unlikely and unusual?"

Bill Murray

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He calls Kelly Lynch's husband every time he sees her sex scene in Road House
Bill appeared in 2000's Charlie's Angels with Lynch, and also worked with her husband Mitch Glazer on the festive classic Scrooged.

Lynch explained all in an interview with The AV Club: "Every time Road House is on and he or one of his idiot brothers are watching TV - and they're always watching TV - one of them calls my husband and says, 'Kelly's having sex with Patrick Swayze right now. They're doing it. He's throwing her against the rocks'. What? Oh, my God. Mitch was just walking out the door to the set, and he said that Bill once called him from Russia."

Here's the steamy scene in question...



Hyde Park on Hudson opens in UK cinemas tomorrow (February 1).

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