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Old 12-22-2007, 05:26 AM
DutchPhil DutchPhil is offline
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Default Re: Jesuit-Trained Movers and Shakers


William James "Bill" Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning American comedian and actor.

He first gained national exposure on Saturday Night Live, following that with roles in films such as Stripes, Groundhog Day, Space Jam, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Rushmore. He has gained acclaim[attribution needed] for recent dramatic roles, in films such as Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums.

Education : Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois
Regis College in Denver, Colorado

Bill is the fifth of nine children born to Edward and Lucille Murray. He worked as caddies, which paid his tuition to Loyola Academy, an all-boy's Jesuit school. He played sports and did some acting while in that school. He enrolled at Regis College in Denver to study pre-med, but dropped out after being arrested for marijuana possession. He then joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live in the show's second season, and shortly thereafter won an Emmy Award as one of the show's writers.

The President’s Reception, featuring remarks by Father Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., and a special honorary degree presentation to Murray, who withdrew before he graduated with the Class of 1972, kicked off an evening of crowd-pleasing Friday evening activities. After welcoming alumni back to their campus, Father Sheeran touched on a number of topics, including the status of various facilities, the Jesuit Mission Endowment and his future role toward ensuring the Jesuit Catholic future of Regis University.

“Now I get to do something I’ve looked forward to for a long time,” Father Sheeran said. “Just after Ghostbusters and Caddyshack and around the time of Groundhog Day, I read an interview with Bill Murray. The reporter got him to reflect on how his humor was more and more a vehicle that introduced the viewer to thinking about the deeper questions of meaning in life. Bill commented that he’d had a Jesuit high school education at Loyola Academy near Chicago and had started with the Jesuits at Regis in 1968. He hadn’t finished the Regis degree, but he had picked up a vantage point, a philosophical turn of mind that
was his Jesuit heritage.”

“Bill’s comments have helped me enjoy his films and get glimmers at least of the man behind the mask that every comic wears,” he continued. “I kid sometimes that the real motto of all Jesuit schools is, ‘We warp you right.’ Bill’s films and his good works have illustrated the depth of his values and his vision. And his return to Regis every five years for the reunion of his Class of 1972 has made a statement about his loyalty to his friends and his roots. So the Board of Trustees would like to make Bill’s status as an alumnus a bit more official by presenting him with the degree, Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa.” As he stepped to the podium and thanked Father Sheeran, it was obvious Murray was thrilled. “I met the nicest and finest people here,” Murray said about his days at Regis. “It’s a wonderful place.” (See Page 14 for a feature on Bill Murray.)

Murray achieves official alumnus status

When Bill Murray accepted his honorary degree from Father Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., during Alumni Weekend, the man who claims to be a person of few words left the audience in stitches. Commenting that he would show it off proudly and remarking about his fantastic experiences while at Regis College during the late ’60s, the Hollywood funnyman best known for his appearances in Caddy Shack, Ghostbusters and Lost in Translation, had mixed emotions about finally getting his diploma.

“I have a big smile on my face and I feel really good inside,” he says. “I was not expecting this to happen. I know someone has spoken about it but I thought it was just talk. I was surprised it happened at the reunion because I was just going to sit here and hang out with my friends.” Murray did confess that he seriously has considered going back to school and even mentioned how a friend told him about online classes. He
joked to the audience that his decision to return to classes was “not a matter of intelligence but a matter of application.”

As for his plans to return now that he has a doctor of humanities, honoris causa, and as Father Sheeran put it, “your status as alumnus is official,” he says he is still unsure.

Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois
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