As talented as he is hilarious, Bill Murray is one of the most adored actors of all time. He rose to fame on SNL before landing roles in a number of brilliant comedies in the ’80s, and later in his career he established himself as a versatile award-winning actor who appears to get better with age. Although he is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Murray has proven that he is passionate about acting and will frequently appear in independent films. This makes him highly respected, and today we are celebrating his phenomenal career by taking a look at his greatest performances.
10. Scrooged (1988)
There are few people who can make being a sarcastic jerk as hilarious as Bill Murray, which is essentially his role for 90 odd minutes in Richard Donner’s 1988 Christmas comedy, Scrooged. It is a modernization of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and there is nobody better in show business to play Scrooge than Murray. In the adaptation, the character of Scrooge is Frank Cross, a very cynical TV programming executive who makes his team work over the holidays and does not hesitate to fire employees. Although very predictable and sugar-coated, it is a fine performance from Murray whose character learns the error of his ways via ghosts (but not from Ghostbusters), and delivers a sentimental and ever so cheesy monologue which makes for fine Christmas viewing. This is a prime example of Murray excelling in the role of comedy villain, a role he is very well suited to.