“Groundhog Day”: how the leading roles in a romantic comedy have changed in 28 years

On September 21, Bill Murray turned 71 years old. “Groundhog Day” has become one of the most recognizable films in the actor’s long creative biography. The performance of the role of Phil, for which, by the way, he received $ 10 million, was highly appreciated by both critics and viewers. The tape was released in 1993, and for almost three decades, several generations of viewers have been reviewing it again and again. How did the lives of the leading actors in the film turn out and how do they look now?

Bill Murray

Phil Connors

Bill Murray was born into a family of 9 children. He and his three brothers (John, Joel, and Brian) became actors. But the student came out of him mediocre: he skipped lectures, led a dissolute life, and dabbled in illegal drugs. Murray was expelled for this behavior.

Bill Murray started his career as an actor by accident. In his native Chicago, for a long time, he was interrupted by various and inconsistent earnings, and soon members of the Second City comedy troupe noticed him.

Murray was helped to break into Hollywood by the super popular show in which he worked, Saturday Night Live. In the late 70s and early 80s, the actor starred in several TV shows and films with serials that were not very successful. They started talking about the artist after the release of the Tootsie tape, where he got a small role.

And two years later, Murray became already a famous actor, because the audience saw “Ghostbusters” (1984). True, the next film, Razor’s Edge, failed at the box office, and the artist took a break for several years, during which he studied French at the Sorbonne.

In 1988, The New Christmas Tale was released, where all four brothers-actors Murray played. A year later, the premiere of “Ghostbusters 2” took place, and the celebrity’s fees became seven figures.

In the 1990s, he starred a lot and, in addition to Groundhog Day, appeared in such high-rated films as Ed Wood, Space Jam, Wildness, and others.

At the beginning of the new millennium, “Charlie’s Angels” and “Lost in Translation” appeared on the screens ( he received the Golden Globe for his role in it ). Murray began to work as a voice actor (the cat Garfield from the famous cartoon of the same name speaks in his voice).

Murray’s most recent film, The Last Straw, was released in 2020. But the 71-year-old actor is not going to rest on his laurels and retire. Viewers in the coming years are waiting for at least 10 projects with the participation of the star.

Bill Murray has been married twice and has six adult sons.

In the summer of 2021, the actor shone on the red carpet of the International Cannes Film Festival. Outwardly, Bill noticeably passed and, according to some connoisseurs of cinema, looks older than his years. But Murray is not a supporter of radical cosmetology and plastic surgery and ages naturally.

Andie MacDowell

Rita Hanson

Andy got the role of Rita, watching the transformation of Phil during one looped day. As a result, the main character of the film changes so much that the girl cannot refuse when he confesses his sympathy to her.

In her youth, Andie MacDowell was a famous model. She starred in commercials and collaborated with Armani Perfume, Yves Saint Laurent, Vassarette, Mink International, Anne Klein, and other famous brands.

Andy’s film debut took place in 1984 in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. After she was offered several minor roles. But McDowell felt that she had no right to sign serious contracts until she graduated from acting classes. Therefore, she began to act actively only after completing her education.

For her role in the independent project Sex, Lies and Video (1989), the actress was awarded the Independent Spirit Award, and she was also nominated for the Golden Globe.

In the 1990s, McDowell starred in films with low ratings and critics were cool with her work. In 2001, the premiere of “Club of Losers” took place, where she got the role of a lady of “Balzac age”, in love with a young man. But the film did not go on wide release, film connoisseurs highly appreciated this work of an American woman.

Already a well-known artist, Andy returned to her roots – the modeling business, becoming the face of L’Oréal (advertising anti-wrinkle cream).

Over the past few years, she has played in several films, but their ratings at movie services are low. Three more films with her participation are being prepared for the premiere.

At last summer’s Cannes Film Festival, McDowell once again surprised fans. She appeared in public with a shock of lush gray hair that added to her ten years. Then the fans wondered why a beautiful woman deliberately ages herself. But Andy does not care about such reasoning, she is in no hurry to see a plastic surgeon and looks the way she likes herself.

Andie MacDowell has been married twice. Her marriage to Paul Qualley lasted 13 years. The ex-spouses have three children: Justin, Rainey, and Margaret (who became a famous actress). The second time Andie MacDowell walked down the aisle was in 2001 with businessman Rhett Hartzog. But three years later they divorced.

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