March 03, 2014 Slideshows

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The Wes Anderson-Bill Murray Connection 

Bill Murray first appeared in a Wes Anderson picture in 1998's Rushmore and since then, he's had a role in every one of the Texan's movies. The Grand Budapest Hotel -- in theaters March 7 -- marks Murray's seventh appearance in an Anderson film. (Bottle Rocket, Anderson's first feature, is his only film not to feature Murray.) To commemorate the occasion, we have compiled images and descriptions of Murray's roles throughout the Anderson canon, from the brief cameos (The Darjeeling Limited) to the inspired leading performances (The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou). The slideshow presents the roles chronologically, which allows for some fun temporal tracking of Murray's facial hair. Words by Danny King.
"Rushmore (1998)

Murray's performance in Rushmore now looks like something of a transitional work for the actor, who would bring a similar melancholy to later independent fare like Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translat
In Rushmore, Murray's turn as wealthy industrialist Herman Bloom is filled with signature gestures: lighting two cigarettes at a time in a cramped elevator, getting drunk at a pool party to the tune of the Kinks' "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me
"The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Murray plays Raleigh St. Clair, a parody of the famous British neurologist Oliver Sacks. Read our <
Inspired by the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, Murray's character in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou dresses his team in an eye-catching wardrobe -- baby-blue suits and bright red caps -- that has since become one of the most iconic ite
"The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Credited as The Businessman, Murray's brief cameo here begins at the start of the film. Straining to catch an Indian train in the film's opening sequence, his progress is quickly trumped by Ad
"Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

In a decorated voice cast that includes the likes of Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and a host of Anderson regulars, Murray takes on the role of Badger, the lawyer who does his best to
In a 2009 interview about Fantastic Mr. Fox, Murray spoke of a desire to make Badger "a Wisconsin guy," saying that "you know, it's time for a Wisconsi
"Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

As Walt Bishop, the father of wayward lover Suzy (Kara Hayward), Murray's characteristically deadpan performance builds to a dramatic bedroom conversation between Walt and his wife (Frances McDorman
Outside the film, Murray, in Walt's garb, achieved Internet notoriety when he hosted an entertaining, "possibly drunk" thr
"The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

In her Voice review of The Grand Budapest Hotel from the Berlin Film Festival, Stephanie Zacharek grouped Murray together with Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, and a couple others
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"Rushmore (1998)

Murray's performance in Rushmore now looks like something of a transitional work for the actor, who would bring a similar melancholy to later independent fare like Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translat

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