In the can-do '80s, the smart-ass emerged as the ultimate form of rebel. And
Bill Murray was the ultimate smart-ass -- the most sarcastic deflator of
authority who ever lived. His characters weren't strong or ambitious; they
understood that all they had to do to ... morebest their stuffed-shirt rivals was not to
care about the fight. In Murray comedies, the funniest man always won -- and you
know who that was. He may have seemed clownish to some, but Murray was one of
the Reagan era's biggest stars because his persona was radical.