Great Job, Internet!: Read this: The unexpected, late-career beatification of Bill Murray

Bill Murray has been a public figure for about four decades now, first reaching millions of American living rooms through his appearances on Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s before branching out into movies in the 1980s with films such as Caddyshack, Meatballs, and Ghostbusters. And he’s been a fixture on the talk show circuit during that time, too, noted particularly for his calamitous appearances on David Letterman’s NBC and CBS chat fests. But Murray’s career has taken a strange, unforeseen left turn in the last ten years or so. No longer a mere comedian and actor to his acolytes, Murray is now the object of near-religious reverence and the central figure of what could be termed a pop culture religion. Why and how did this transformation happen? Steven Kurutz decided to investigate, and he has turned his findings into a New York Times piece entitled …

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