Bill Murray’s brother Ed, who inspired ‘Caddyshack,’ dies

November 25, 2020
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The eldest brother of Bill Murray has died.

The announcement of Ed Murray’s passing was made on the official Instagram account for the Hollywood actor’s apparel company, William Murray Golf, reported CNN.

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the legend Ed Murray,” read the caption.

"Named after the family patriarch, it was Ed who introduced the Murray family to this wonderful game of golf—by way of caddying at Indian Hills Country Club—at the age of 10, no less. (They don’t make ‘em like that anymore)," the message continued, before revealing the actor’s sibling was the inspiration for the hit film “Caddyshack.” "Ed was the recipient of the Evans Scholarship back in 1963, while attending Northwestern University—a scholarship awarded to golf caddies—a family storyline which served as inspiration for the Danny Noonan character in ‘Caddyshack’ when Brian Doyle-Murray co-wrote that iconic screenplay."

“Ed and all five Murray brothers are members of the Caddie Hall of Fame, as well—something all the boys take pride in, as this game helped shape their lives,” the statement added.

"It was an honor for all of us to get to know Ed and to spend time with him over the past half decade as we’ve built this brand with the Murray family—and his loss is a hole that will never be filled," the statement concluded. "Thank you for always being so gracious, Ed. Our hearts are with his lovely family. Rest in paradise, to a true family man and a gentle, sweet soul. May we honor your memory from this day forward."

“Caddyshack” was released in 1980 and starred Bill Murray as golf club groundskeeper Carl Spackler.

The character of Danny Noonan, which was inspired by Ed Murray, was played by Michael O’Keefe.

According to USA Today, Ed got a “special acknowledgement" in the film’s credits.

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