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Bill Murray plays President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the new historical romance “Hyde Park



Published: Tue, December 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Bill Murray plays President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the new historical romance “Hyde Park on Hudson,” which is now in a limited number of theaters. That makes it a good time to look at the actor-comedian’s best film performances.

v “Caddyshack” (1980): Murray was at the height of his “Saturday Night Live” cult stardom when he gave his enduring portrayal of oddball golf course greens- keeper Carl Spackler in this all-time-great raunchy ’80s comedy.

v “Stripes” (1981): Murray is at his subversively charming best here in an early starring role as John Winger, a loser who decides to join the Army to be all he can be.

v “Rushmore” (1998): The beginning of a shift in Murray’s screen presence toward melancholy, introspective characters. The humor is still there, but it comes from a different place: one of loss, regret and self-destruction.

v “Lost in Translation” (2003): Murray earned an Oscar nomination for best actor for his portrayal of Bob Harris, an aging American actor who has schlepped to Tokyo to shoot a whiskey commercial.

v “Broken Flowers” (2005): Murray stars as a middle-aged lothario on a half-hearted quest to visit old lovers in hopes of finding the teenage son he never knew he had.

“Raising hope” (8 p.m., fox): On “Raising Hope,” an apocalyptic prophecy has Virginia (Martha Plimpton) convinced that the world will end on Dec. 21, so she turns to extreme couponing to stock up on supplies. Meanwhile, Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) tries to knock a few more items off her bucket list.

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