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Bill Murray turns 57, but it just doesn't matter!



Meatballs_2 There are several rules in the Stuck in the 80s kingdom: Always turn up the radio when Men At Work in playing. You must roll your eyes and make the "gag me" gesture every time a celebrity story appears about Tom Cruise. And you must stop everything you're doing and plop yourself on the couch when a Bill Murray movie comes on TV.

Our favorite 80s god, Murray runs 57 years old today. (He doesn't look a day over 65 though, so he's got that going for him. Which is nice.) But unlike many of his 80s peers, Murray has a career that has steadily climbed since the late 70s and his start on Saturday Night Live.

Some of my favorite non-80s highlights:

Meatballs_bill_murray_xl Meatballs (1979): It's on cable nonstop these days. Watch it again and relive Hollywood comedies during a gentler, more peaceful era. "Even if every man woman and child joined hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn't matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they've got all the money! It just doesn't matter!"

Groundhogday Groundhog Day (1993): Am I wrong here or is this is best movie ever? Seriously. "This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather."

Kingpin Kingpin (1996): Possibly the most vile comedy ever conceived. Which is why I love it to death. "Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst."

Wildthings Wild Things (1998): Who says Murray can't shine in a bit part? "Did you enjoy being a guest of the state?"

Rushmore Rushmore (1998): The beginning of the current era of Murray -- less slapstick, more dry material. But even more funny. "Here's my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything but they can't buy backbone. Don't let them forget it."

Translation Lost in Translation (2003): How many times must this be said ... he should have won the Oscar. "For relaxing times, make it Suntory time."

Is Bill Murray's best work in the 80s or beyond? Now that have his best non-80s work to consider, it's time for the ultimate list befitting a man of his prestige.

I give you ... TOP 15 BILL MURRAY LINES OF THE 80s:

15. "Suck in the guts, guys, we're the Ghostbusters." (Ghostbusters 2, 1989)

14. "It's easy to be a holy man on top of a mountain." (The Razor's Edge, 1984)

13. "I think I need a root canal. I definitely need a long, slow root canal." (Little Shop of Horrors, 1986)

12. "We've been going about this all wrong, this Mr. Stay Puft's okay, he's a sailor, he's in New York, we get this guy laid we won't have any trouble." (Ghostbusters, 1984)

11. "We're all very different people. We're not Watusi, we're not Spartans, we're Americans. With a capital "A", huh? And you know what that means? Do you? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world." (Stripes, 1981)

10. "Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key." (Caddyshack, 1980)

9. "He slimed me." (Ghostbusters, 1984)

8. "In my case, you know, I hate to advocate drugs or liquor, violence, insanity to anyone. But in my case it's worked." (Where The Buffalo Roam, 1980)

7. "So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice." (Caddyshack, 1980)

6. "The bitch hit me with a toaster." (Scrooged, 1988)

5. "This chick is toast." (Ghostbusters, 1984)

4. "You've got a program featuring America's favorite old fart. Reading a book in front of a fireplace. Now, I have to kill all of you." (Scrooged, 1988)

3. "You slut." (Tootsie, 1982)

2. "Chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear and when I do it's usually something unusual." (Stripes, 1981)

1. "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!" (Caddyshack, 1980)

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