Actor Bill Murray was in Aiken last fall and made a stop at The Willcox.
Murray didn’t stay the night but took a tour of the hotel and spent some time in the Roosevelt suite. Though it wasn’t clear at the time, it was later determined that Murray was interested in the suite and the hotel’s history because of his role in the new film, “Hyde Park on Hudson” in which he plays 32nd U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The room is named after the president who spent some time at the hotel. Roosevelt would enter through the rear of the hotel from a railcar that pulled up right behind the building.
Murray has been acting since the early 1970s and continues to star in a variety of movies. He is known for being part of the original “Saturday Night Live” cast, as well as acting in a long list of films including “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day.”
Willcox owners Shannon and Geoff Ellis said Murray was a very nice individual and it was a pleasure meeting him.