For over 20 years, the term Groundhog Day has been referenced by two activities: watching Punxsutawney Phil pop out of his hole in the ground to let us know how long winter will last, and watching Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. Both viewings have become a holiday tradition, although the movie seems to receive a broader range of telecasting. Look at AMC. The cable television station plays the movie 4 times on a loop!
One of the oddest things about the movie Groundhog Day is that the movie feels like it’s at least a day long, if not 40 years long, when it’s really only 102 minutes. This isn’t a bad thing. This is just a testament to how a great movie can suck you into its world.
But after repeating the same scenes with minor variations over and over again, what happened to the cast of Groundhog Day? Did they repeat their success over and over in a not-so torturous loop, or did they get on with their lives? Or did they repeat their success over and over in a not-so torturous loop, or did they get on with their lives? Better yet, did they repeat their success over and over in a not-so torturous loop, or did they get on with their lives?
These are the questions we will answer, as Groundhog Day celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Character: Phil Connors
It’s hard to believe this needs to be covered, but if you don’t know Bill Murray’s highlight reel, you probably don’t know what a movie is. It’s possible that you were marooned on a tropical island for almost 40 years. Upon returning just a few minutes ago, the first thing you decided to do, of course, was get on the internet and read The Inept Owl. Lucky you, because we will give you a glimpse of where Bill Murray is now.
After replacing Chevy Chase in the 2nd season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Bill Murray took film-acting by storm, creating featured roles out of cameos in cult films such as Meatballs and Caddyshack to blockbusters like Ghostbusters, Scrooged, and Kingpin.
What did Bill do after that? Push further. Bill Murray has been circling the art film circuit, bringing a more thoughtful humor to movies like Ed Wood, Wild Things, Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers, and just about all of Wes Anderson’s films (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, etc). He even had a role playing himself playing a zombie in Zombieland.
There are dangers when models enter Hollywood. Some may have written off Andie MacDowell after she starred opposite Christopher Lambert’s Tarzan as Jane Porter, but not everyone. She grabbed a starring role in the critically acclaimed Sex, Lies, and Videotapeand didn’t take her top off for the camera once. Things got sketchy when she was featured in Hudson Hawk, but Groundhog Day quickly followed, along with Four Weddings and a Funeral.
After that, MacDowell was relegated to female dramas whose home is now Lifetime. It has been said that this usually happens after starring with Michael Keaton in a comedy like Multiplicity.
In case you were wondering, yes, Chris Elliott still has it. After starring in various sketches on Late Night with David Letterman, bringing those sketches to life with Get A Life, and making everyone run for the hills with CabinBoy, Elliott began his rise back to infamy by being pleasured by his movie wife while watching sports in There’s Something About Mary, voicing the evil Dogbert in comic strip turned animated show Dilbert, and now making the rounds at Adult Swim.
Character: Ned Ryerson
Ned…Ryerson…is a real actor? BING!
Stephen Tobolosky may seem like a character actor, but he is far from it. For every Spaceballs role he has had, there is a Basic Instinct role. For every role he had in slapstick comedy like Mr. Magoohe has a role in a thriller like Memento.
Unfortunately, it is hard to imagine Tobolosky as anyone except Ned Ryerson these days, as he played the part of an FBI agent in FX’s Justifiedin a way that was less dirty lawman in bed with the mob and more, “Ned Ryerson Joins the FBI.” To be fair, I thought it was hilariously campy, but I doubt that was the angle Tobolosky was going for. Maybe he’ll find himself a role in The Walking Dead as a loud, obnoxious zombie.
Character: Buster Green
Better known for his early work in Saturday Night Live, Caddyshack, Chris Elliott’s Get A Life, and Bill Murray’s father in Scrooged, Brian Doyle-Murray is now best known doing voice-over work for The Flying Dutchman in Nikelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Hey, whatever pays the bills.
Not all comedians from Canada do as well as Rick Moranis and the entire crew of The Kids in the Hall. Rick Ducommun is the evidence of this.
After being a guard in Spaceballs and a city worker in Die Hard, Ducommun seemed poised for greatness when he starred alongside Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs. Alas, it was not to be, as Rick went on to gain a hilarious bit part in Groundhog Day and was last seen with Pauley Shore in Pauley Shore Is Dead.
Character: Old Man/Pops
Unfortunately, “Pops” didn’t make much noise in Hollywood except when he played the town bum of Punxsutawney in Groundhog Day, but he had a bit part in John Candy’s Only the Lonely. He retired from the film business shortly after in order to live it up until passing away in 1998.
Poor Harold Ramis. To this day, he is known throughout the world as Eon from Ghostbusters. He’s written and directed with the best of comedy writers, with films such as Analyze This, Ghostbusters, Back to School, Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack… he’s like the David Wain (MTV’s The State) of the 80s, forever behind the scenes with a bit part here and there.
Sadly, Harold Ramis left us in February of 2014. And not on Groundhog Day.