Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Brian Doyle-Murray, three members of the cast of “Caddyshack”, present three distinctly different types of actors.
Brian Doyle-Murray is a character actor who plays Lou Loomis, the boss of the caddies in the film. He is a character actor because he is not immediately recognizable to moviegoers as a star and is known more for the roles he has played, than being known for himself (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). He is not a particularly noticeable character in “Caddyshack” but he is integral to the movie as he becomes the unofficial referee of the climatic golf match (Kenney & Ramis, 1980).
Rodney Dangerfield is a personality actor who plays Al Czervik, an obnoxious real estate developer and prospective owner of the golf club. This casting is important to the film in the sense that his role is really nothing more than an extended stand-up act. Although he plays an important role in the establishing of the golf match, his role in the film is comic relief (Kenney & Ramis, 1980). What makes him a personality actor is that Al Czervik is really just an enhanced version of Rodney Dangerfield the comedian. Rodney Dangerfield is not recognizable for the roles he has played, he is recognized as playing himself (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).
Bill Murray is a wild card actor. In “Caddyshack”, he has a very humorous role as Carl Spackler, a goofy greenskeeper who works at the club. Much like Dangerfield, he is comic relief in the movie but he also ends up directly contributing to the climatic scene of the movie, as his humorous attempt to kill a gopher is what causes the winning putt to fall (Kenney & Ramis, 1980).
Over the course of his career, he has developed into an extremely versatile actor. He has demonstrated the ability to play a wider type of characters and is no longer typecast as just a comic actor (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). He has tremendously evolved as an actor, as evidenced by his role in “Lost in Translastion”. Although he has remained true to his comedic roots, he has demonstrated the ability to extend into drama as well. Below are two movie scenes that show his growth as an actor. The first one is from “Caddyshack” and the second is from “Lost in Translastion”.
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Kenney, D. (Producer) & Ramis, H. (Director). (1980). Caddyshack [Motion Picture]. USA: Orion Pictures.
MiGustaTacoBell. (2009, Sep 4). Caddyshack Cinderella Story [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbQTXFJL8lo
thesoundofviolence. (2009, Oct 28). Lost In Translation, last scene [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgJ3WqCRuKg