In a Mayor Twist, Parks and Recreation Reveals Surprise Guest Star

NBC’s Parks and Recreation made one of the show’s long-held dreams come true, in its penultimate episode.

With the top-secret casting of Bill Murray as Mayor Walter Gunderson.

Just days after partaking in Saturday Night Live‘s live 40th anniversary special, the comedy icon popped up on Parks, albeit in a casket, for the funeral of the venerable (?) Pawnee politico.

Murray had long been the dream casting of many a Parks player, including cast members Amy Poehler and Chris Pratt, who each cast their vote for the actor at separate PaleyFest events.

The other twist here is that Parks showrunner Mike Schur said just this past November — albeit before filming on the final season had wrapped — that he didn’t expect to get around to casting the mayor, with Murray or anyone.

“I don’t think you’ll ever meet him,” Schur said. “There’s an episode that has Mayor Gunderson in its fabric, so there is some discussion of him. But I don’t think you’ll ever see him walk on camera and wave and say hi.”

True dat.

What did you think of Murray’s Tuesday Night Not-So-Alive cameo?

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12 Comments
  1. It seems the only way he would appear on this train wreck was if he could just lay there and not have to interact with any of the actors.

  2. Ben says:

    “In a mayor twist”… well played, Matt.

  3. rowan77 says:

    I love seeing Bill Murray in anything so this was a fun surprise – as was seeing Sam Elliot, but the real joy was in watching the other episode tonight. Watching The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show for half an hour was a real joy. Such a great episode!

  4. Belle says:

    Classic…it was a perfect “get” and as a long time fan I say kudos :) thx!