The Wes Anderson-Bill Murray Connection

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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 Translation and Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers. Read our Rushmore movie review.

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.

Published on March 3, 2014

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