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Taylor Thompson-Fuller
American actor Bill Murray says it's fun to make random appearances

Today's Birthday, September 21: Bill Murray, American Actor (1950 - )

One of Bill Murray's best known franchises, Ghostbusters, is set to hit the silver screen next year, over 35 years after its debut in 1984.

The actor is rumoured to be reprising his role as Peter, the roguish ghost fighter who falls in love with Dana (Sigourney Weaver).

He's also been spotted dining with billionaire investment banker Warren Buffett at a low-key restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska.

It's not known why the two were together, but they greeted onlookers and according to the Omaha World Herald, one lucky customer even got a hug.

It's just another day for Murray, who consistently appears at seemingly random events around the United States and the rest of the world.

In 2010 he tended the bar at Austin's South By Southwest festival, according to Vice. The bartender who asked him to pour beers as a joke quipped: "I found myself bartending with a Ghostbuster."

Murray told The Guardian in 2018 his random appearances aren't for show, they're for fun.

"If there's life happening and you run from it, you're not doing the world a favour. You have to engage," he said.

William James Murray was raised in north Chicago and has eight siblings.

Four of the eight are actors, with his brothers John, Joel and Brian having their own successes in the industry.

But none of his siblings have seen the same level of success as Bill, who made his mark in the late 1970's when he took on his first starring role in Meatballs.

The 1980's was Murray's decade, with the actor starring in hit movies Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2.

Despite the commercial success of most of his films, Murray's early career wasn't marked by awards or even nominations.

Those would come in the back half of his career, especially when he started to work with his now long-time collaborator Wes Anderson.

In 2003 he would star alongside Scarlett Johannson in Lost In Translation, which netted him too many awards and nominations to count and is now one of his most loved films.

Murray is also known for his temperamental behaviour; he had a 21-year-long feud with American actor and director Harold Ramis, but they made up just before Ramis' death in 2014.