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The cast of Ghostbusters : Where are they now?
This scrappy supernatural crowd-pleaser boasted an all-star cast of comedians way back in 1984. Here's what the actors have been up to in between all those reboot cameos.
No, the highest-grossing film of 1984 wasn't Gremlins , Karate Kid , or Purple Rain . It wasn't even the year's most hotly anticipated sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom . Rather, the scrappy supernatural comedy Ghostbusters from Stripes director Ivan Reitman came out on top, bringing a horde of sketch comedy veterans ( Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , Rick Moranis ) right along with it.
Speaking to EW for the film's 30th anniversary oral history , Reitman, who died in 2022 at age 75 , reflected proudly on the production of the Ghostbusters . "It was one of those lucky experiences where everything just turned out to be right, and the mixture of actors turned out to be really magical together."
Now, after 1989's sequel, 2016's women-led reboot , and 2021's less-than-satisfactory Afterlife revival (plus another on the way), EW is following up with the actors of the original sci-fi blockbuster. Here's what the Ghostbusters cast has been up to between all of those cameo appearances.
Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venckman)
Bill Murray began his storied career with Second City and the National Lampoon Radio Hour before making himself known to national audiences on Saturday Night Live . Film roles in Meatballs (1979, Caddyshack (1980), and Stripes (1981) cemented his cinematic credentials, but it was Ghostbusters that blew the actor (and the film itself) into the box-office stratosphere.
"Basically we were fortunate to have the greatest comic leading man of our generation come on and see the appeal of it and carry the ball right down and win the game for us," costar and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd told EW . "There would've been no success without Murray. We don't do these things alone, but I credit 50 percent of the success of that whole adventure to him, and we'll never see the likes of it again."
In the immediate aftermath of Ghostbusters , Murray took a dramatic turn with 1984's The Razor's Edge (which he also wrote), and made his musical debut in Little Shop of Horrors (1986) opposite Rick Moranis. After co-directing 1990's Quick Change , he gave a seminal performance in Ghostbuster scribe Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day (1993). He later breathed new life into his career with a key supporting role in Wes Anderson 's second feature, Rushmore (1998). The actor has since appeared in every subsequent Anderson film (including as the title character in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ), with the exception of the director's most recent work, the pleasant if frenetic sci-fi comedy Asteroid City (2023) .
Murray continued to work with some of the most compelling directors of the 21st century, receiving an Oscar nomination for his textured turn in Sofia Coppola 's Lost in Translation (2003) and headlining Jim Jarmusch 's Broken Flowers (2005). The actor made a round of creative reunions with roles in Jarmusch's inert The Dead Don't Die (2019), Coppola's On the Rocks (2020), and Anderson's byzantine The French Dispatch (2021).
Murray has long held a reputation for being hard to work with, which culminated in 2022 when production halted on the film set of Being Mortal following allegations against him for inappropriate conduct . Many actors, including Geena Davis and Seth Green , have since come forward with stories of alleged misconduct by Murray. Regardless of the negative press, his career has trotted onward with a Marvel debut in 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and plans to join the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel.
Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett)
Sigourney Weaver got her start onstage at Yale before making her screen debut through a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Annie Hall (1977). Just two years later, she would headline one of the most influential sci-fi and horror films of all time: Ridley Scott 's Alien . Weaver returned as her iconic character Ellen Ripley for three sequels and even scored a Best Actress Oscar nomination for James Cameron's 1986 follow-up, Aliens . Then, she surprised everyone with a pivot toward comedy by playing Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters .
"Comedy actually was what I felt I did best, but after Alien , no one could imagine that I could be funny," Weaver told EW . "I'd been offered an Andy Kaufman project about two robots that fall in love, and I was so excited to work with him. But my agent convinced me that the script just wasn't good enough, so I had sort of tearfully let that go. So with Ghostbusters — which was brilliant and so funny and so full of heart — I was really determined."
And her determination paid off. Now regarded as one of cinema's most talented and versatile actors, Weaver has worked across genres (and budgets) over the last three decades and accumulated accolades from all corners of the industry. She played a back-stabbing boss in Working Girl (1988), a chilly (pardon the pun) suburban housewife in The Ice Storm (1997), an actor on an intergalactic mission in Galaxy Quest (1999), and half of a mother-daughter con artist team in the dark comedy Heartbreakers (2001), among many other films.
Then came her turn as Dr. Grace Augustine in 2009's Avatar , adding yet another seminal sci-fi franchise to her jam-packed resume. She remarkably returned to the 2022 sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water , as the teenage daughter of her past character, Dr. Augustine, who has been adopted into the Na'vi community. Alongside the cast of young actors playing other alien youths, Weaver trained in parkour, holding her breath, and underwater sign language so that she could accurately perform the film's extensive demands during shooting.
In 2023, Weaver was the best part of Paul Schrader 's low-stakes revenge drama Master Gardener , locating a wit and spice within the role that eludes the rest of the material. She has two further Avatar sequels on the horizon (in 2025 and 2029, respectively), as well as Scott Derrickson 's upcoming action-romance for Apple TV+, The Gorge .
Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz)
Dan Aykroyd made a name for himself on Saturday Night Live as one of the original writers and performers. Prior to crafting the idea for Ghostbusters , he had worked with Steven Spielberg in 1941 (1979) and starred alongside longtime collaborator John Belushi in The Blues Brothers (1980), which he also wrote based on the pair's iconic SNL characters. The group was a genuine musical act as well, with real tours and albums. He continued his hot streak as a sought-after comedian, notably sparring with Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (1983) before writing and starring in Ghostbusters — but he couldn't have pulled it off on his own.
"Without Ivan [Reitman] and Harold [Ramis], [the script] would've had no shape," Aykroyd told EW . "Ivan did a good job of taking my whole throughline, as Harold encouraged us to do, and keep it alive: the industrial-hazard aspect of cleaning these spirits up and making sure that they don't bother us here in this dimension. That was the throughline: This is a tough job. That's why they smoke cigarettes — not because I'm promoting smoking. These guys were under stress, and I wanted to show the stress of being ghost cleaners, what it really would be like."
After many more comedy ventures, Aykroyd flexed his dramatic chops as Boolie Werthan in 1989's Driving Miss Daisy , earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He then made his directorial debut in 1991's Nothing But Trouble (a wonderfully demented horror-comedy), but things began to falter with critical failures like Coneheads (1993) and other high-profile misses (see: Celtic Pride , My Fellow Americans , the what-were-they-thinking spectacle of Blues Brothers 2000 ). Granted, Aykroyd still had a few hits during the '90s: Tommy Boy is solid, Grosse Pointe Blank is a classic that perhaps features his performance, and who among us had dry eyes during My Girl ?
Aykroyd continued acting in the new millennium with a string of roles that accentuated his natural, present energy and often left him standing out from his costars. He appeared as a military captain in the bombastic romance Pearl Harbor (2001), as the father to Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002), and in the Terence Davies adaptation of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth (2000). In a more predictable role, Aykroyd played a political official in Reitman's Evolution (2001), a spiritual successor to Ghostbusters that is a good deal of fun on its own.
In the last decade, Aykroyd has acted in Steven Soderbergh 's Liberace picture Behind the Candelabra (2013), in the Melissa McCarthy vehicle Tammy (2014), and in the James Brown biopic Get on Up (2014) starring Chadwick Boseman . He will return for the Afterlife sequel, as well.
Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler)
Like his costar Rick Moranis, the late Harold Ramis got his start in the early days of Second City Television ( SCTV ). For a time, Ramis was replaced in the cast by John Belushi before he found a niche as Belushi's sidekick. This began his historically fruitful and eventually rocky relationship with Bill Murray , as the two comedians were recruited by Belushi to work for the National Lampoon Radio Hour .
Ramis wrote the screenplays for the films Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981), which were both huge early vehicles for Murray's silver screen clout. The pair also collaborated in 1980 with Ramis' directorial debut, the seminal snobs vs. slobs comedy Caddyshack . He then directed (the Murray-free) National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). While Ramis enjoyed previous acting roles in some of his directing and writing ventures, his turn in Ghostbusters as Big Brain Dr. Egon Spengler remains his most culturally iconic. And, of course, he penned an incredible script with costar Dan Aykroyd.
But Ramis' best output is hands-down Groundhog Day (1993), the greatest time-loop comedy of all time. It's a terrific film that still holds up, but it led to a catastrophic falling out between Murray and Ramis that was only patched just before Ramis died in 2014 at age 69.
After Groundhog Day , Ramis directed a string of modest comedies, some of which ( Multiplicity , Analyze This, The Ice Harvest ) were better, or at least more interesting, than others ( Analyze That , Year One , that woeful remake of Bedazzled , which no amount of nostalgia nor retrospect will render whole).
Ramis enjoyed a few film roles in his later years, including a supporting part in As Good as It Gets (1997), an amusing cameo in Orange County (2002), and playing Seth Rogen 's dad in Knocked Up (2007), which is still the best of those Judd Apatow lad-with-a-bong comedies. Even so, he'll always be best remembered for his stunning contributions to comedy across decades.
"With his sly, Cheshire cat grin and twinkling, half-mast eyes hidden behind owlish glasses, Harold Ramis always gave the impression of a guy who was guarding the punchline to the world's funniest joke," wrote EW's critic in a tribute following the star's death . "After all, if anyone had the merry-prankster genius to conceive it, polish it into a jeweler-precise gem, and deliver it with crack comic timing, it was Ramis."
Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)
Ernie Hudson had previously worked with director Ivan Reitman on 1983's Spacehunter before netting the role of Winston, a sort of everyman who gets swept up fighting the supernatural in Ghostbusters .
"I get a lot of — not just Black kids — but a lot of minority kids who will come up to me and go, 'Oh, we're so thankful because it was the first big blockbuster movie and there was a black character and he didn't embarrass us,'" Hudson told EW in 2019 . "Just having him be there and be one of the guys, that meant a lot to them … I get that a lot."
After returning for the sequel and starring in the 1989 sci-fi horror film Leviathan , the actor worked steadily throughout the '90s with turns in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The Crow (1994), Airheads (1994), The Basketball Diaries (1995), and Congo (1995). Yet it was after starring as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz (1997–2003) that Hudson's career really began to soar.
Since then, he's enjoyed extended arcs on series like Desperate Housewives , The Family Business , Grace and Frankie , and more. Hudson has also stacked up over 50 feature film roles, including 2023's genial sports comedy Champions and the recent Ghostbusters reboots. He'll also be returning for the upcoming Afterlife sequel.
Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)
After netting a Golden Globe nomination for her film debut in 1978's Corvette Summer (opposite Mark Hamill ), Annie Potts joined the cast of Ghostbusters , played the ultimate Cool Girl record store clerk in Pretty in Pink (1986), and essayed her most iconic role as barbed single-mother Mary Jo Shively on Designing Women (1986–1993). She remained active in television with an Emmy-nominated role in the CBS sitcom Love & War (1993–1995) and earned a SAG nod for her turn in Lifetime's Any Day Now (1998–2002).
Even though she's acted in her fair share of comedic roles before and since Ghostbusters , the film's singular off-beat style and improvised delivery make it stand out to Potts decades later. "It was a very unique property and I think everybody saw that," she told EW . "Even with Bill and Ivan's success, it was like, 'What is this? A comedy? Sci-fi?' It was almost unclassifiable. I'd never seen anything like it. I thought, this is just going to be totally awesome or totally awful."
Aside from appearances in every subsequent Ghostbusters picture to date (including as a separate character in Paul Feig's 2016 reboot), Potts has kept busy while voicing Bo Peep in the Toy Story movies (excluding the third film) and playing the grandmother in Young Sheldon . Though she currently has no upcoming projects, we hope she'll come back for the Afterlife sequel — and be given more to do than her somewhat regressive cameo in the 2021 installment.
Rick Moranis (Louis Tully)
Before he played Louis Tully, Rick Moranis was already a celebrated disc jockey and television personality in Canada. As one of the (several) breakout stars of SCTV , he and costar Dave Thomas became widely known as their respective on-screen personas, Bob and Doug McKenzie. A year before Ghostbusters hit theaters, Moranis made his film debut in Strange Brew , a feature-length McKenzie brothers adventure. His other notable acting credits include Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Spaceballs (1987) and Parenthood (1989).
Outside of Ghostbusters and its immediate sequel, Moranis is famous for his turn in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) as family-man inventor Wayne Szalinksi, whose gadgets often bear tragic repercussions for his loved ones (the nature of which you can guess based on the title). It was followed by two franchise films: the appallingly titled Honey, I Blew up the Kid (1992) and the comparatively tame-sounding Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997).
In 1997, Moranis announced that he was taking a hiatus from the industry to raise his two children after his wife, Ann Belsky, died of cancer. In the meantime, he took on a few voice-acting gigs in projects like Brother Bear (2003). Fans were nevertheless disappointed to learn that he wouldn't return for a cameo in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot along with other original cast members. "I wish them well," Moranis told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 . "I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?"
After sporadic guest spots in film and television during the early aughts, Moranis appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds for a 2020 Mint Mobile advert. The same year, he announced that he would be reprising his role as Wayne for a new Honey film, tentatively titled Shrunk with Josh Gad. As of 2022, the project is still in development.
William Atherton (Walter Peck)
Perhaps best known for his role as the morally debauched television reporter Richard Thornburg in Die Hard (1988), William Atherton began his career with appearances in '70s titles such as The Day of the Locust (1975) and The Sugarland Express (1974), the latter of which was Steven Spielberg's debut theatrical feature.
After appearing as supercilious EPA company man Walter Peck in Ghostbusters , Atherton completed his trilogy of goofy comedies with Real Genius (1985) and Bio-Dome (1996). Recently, the actor had small parts in movies like the Tom Cruise epic The Last Samurai (2003) and the distasteful "psychological thriller" (read: torture porn of the lowest sort) The Girl Next Door (2007).
He will return as Walter Peck in the forthcoming sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
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'Ghostbusters' and 'Ghostbusters II' Cast: Where Are They Now?
Written by actors Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, the first two Ghostbusters flicks became such a hit with moviegoers that the franchise spawned an animation series, video games and recent reboots. The latest iteration, Ghostbusters: Afterlife , is considered a continuation of the 80s franchise.
Want to know what your beloved Ghostbusters cast has been doing since they saved New York City from paranormal destruction? Read on:
Bill Murray (Peter Venkman)
Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz)
If Peter Venkman is the lazy Ghostbuster, then character Ray Stantz is the team member with the most heart. Stantz's enthusiasm for studying and understanding ghosts is unparalleled, and if you know a thing or two about Dan Aykroyd, then you'd know Stantz's fascination with the paranormal isn't too far off from the actor's own personal interests. Post Ghostbusters, Aykroyd has starred in memorable films like Dragnet (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Coneheads (1993) and Christmas with the Kranks (2004), among many others. Aykroyd returned as Ray Stantz in Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler)
Who created the Containment Unit and the Proton Pack? That would be Dr. Egon Spengler, the "brain" of the Ghostbusters (and if anyone was honest, the "hair" of the Ghostbusters, too). When Egon got tech crazy, Ray was the only one who managed to understand his nerd language... well, that's not entirely true. Actor Harold Ramis, who played Egon did, too, since he co-wrote both Ghostbuster films with Aykroyd. Ramis wasn't only a film writer, but he also directed some box office hit comedies such as National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993) — for which he won a BAFTA award — and Analyze This (1999). Sadly, Ramis died from an autoimmune disease in 2014. The 2016 female reboot of Ghostbusters was dedicated to him.
Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)
As the fourth member of the team, Winston Zeddemore was considered the "common man" of the Ghostbusters. Actor Ernie Hudson embodied the sensible, reliable and ethical Zeddemore who joined the Ghostbusters because he wanted a steady gig. Hudson's future beyond the supernatural has been impressive. He starred as Warden Leo Glynn on Oz starting in the late 90s and on the big screen he appeared in Leviathan (1989), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Miss Congeniality (2000) and had a cameo in the all-female cast of Ghostbusters (2016). Hudson busted more ghosts in Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett)
As Dana Barrett, Sigourney Weaver played a single cellist who happened to be living in the Upper West Side apartment that became the portal for the evil shape-shifting apocalyptic ghost Gozer the Gozerian. She was also the target of Venkman's flirtation. Fast forward to Ghostbusters II , and Weaver ended up being a single divorcé with an eight-month-old baby boy back in trouble with evil spirits. Weaver's damsel-in-distress role was a refreshing one, considering audiences knew her as the mega ass-kicker in the Alien franchise. Post Ghostbusters , Weaver went on to appear in Galaxy Quest (1999), WALL-E (2008) and Avatar (2009), among other films. She also appeared in Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
Rick Moranis (Louis Tully)
Who knew ghosts were bullies? They sure picked on nerdy accountant Louis Tully, played by Rick Moranis, when they decided to possess him in the first Ghostbusters . In the sequel, Moranis played Tully again, only this time, he was a newly licensed lawyer who represented the Ghostbusters when they went to trial. He also ended up becoming the fifth Ghostbuster. Moranis had a full-fledged Hollywood career in the 80s to mid-90s with notable projects like Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Spaceballs (1987), the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise (1989 - 1997), Parenthood (1989) and Flintstones (1994). In 1997, Moranis stepped away from acting to take care of his kids after his wife died of cancer. He made a return to acting in the early 2000s, being very selective about his roles.
Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)
As the bored receptionist of the Firehouse, Janine Melnitz only found joy when a call came in to catch a ghost... and also when she was hitting on Egon. With her oversized glasses, squeaky voice and sass, Annie Potts fit the role of Janine perfectly and moved on to being a sitcom star on Designing Women . Potts also has done voiceover work for the Toy Story franchise and appeared in Young Sheldon . Potts played Janine once again in Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
William Atherton (Walter Peck)
Serving as one of the ancillary antagonists in Ghostbusters , William Atherton played EPA inspector Walter Peck who gave the Ghostbusters a headache with his determination to assess their Containment Unit (aka Storage Facility) for possible hazardous waste. Needless to say, Peck and Venkman butted heads big time. With an affinity to play annoying really well, Atherton was also memorable for his role as the irresponsible reporter Richard Thornburg in the first and second Die Hard flicks (1988, 1990).
Peter MacNicol (Janosz Poha)
If he wasn't crushing on Dana Barrett, museum restoration department head Janosz Poha was busy getting incensed by Venkman and being possessed by evil tyrant sorcerer Vigo the Carpathian. Embracing both comedy and evil so well, Peter MacNicol performed a similar good guy-bad guy role as a camp owner in Addams Family Values (1993). Among his other notable credits, MacNicol starred in Ally McBeal as lawyer John Cage (and won an Emmy). He also had roles in Chicago Hope , 24 , Grey's Anatomy , Veep and Numb3rs .
Kurt Fuller (Jack Hardemeyer)
Leave it to Kurt Fuller to play weasel Jack Hardemeyer, the mayor's assistant, in Ghostbusters II . Thanks to Jack's testimony during the Ghostbusters' trial, the team was thrown into a psychiatric ward, which would ultimately lead to Jack's professional doom. Post sequel, Fuller added more solid credits to his name in both television and film, such as Psych , Wayne's World (1992), Scary Movie (2000), The Good Wife , Parenthood and Rosewood .
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The cast of ghostbusters: where are they now.
Excited for the upcoming "Ghostbusters" film? Read up on where the original cast is today. Spoiler: you'll be seeing some of them very soon.
For just over thirty years, moviegoers have known exactly who they’re gonna call when they're something strange in their neighborhood. Ghostbusters was a 1984 hit that followed a threesome of "parapsychologists" who decided to open up a ghost hunting and removal company in the heart of New York City. The original film sparked a sequel allowing the leading actors to reprise their original roles, and now fans are anticipating a continuation of the series to be released July 15 of this year , which will feature an all-star, female comedian cast.
But all the new installment hype aside, where is the original cast today? From Ivan Reitman all the way up the A-list to Bill Murray – we’ve got them all. So sit back, relax and read up on where the cast of the original Ghostbusters film is today.
10. Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett)
A single woman living in an apartment on her own, Dana Barrett is just fine on her own until strange goings-on begin taking over her home. She is forced to call the only person she believes can help her – a flirtatious parapsychologist and his team of ghost-hunting colleagues.
Sigourney Weaver, iconic for her role as Ripley in the Alien franchise, appeared in both Ghostbusters films and will also appear in the new film hitting theaters later this year. Following the success of the original film, Weaver found herself landing upon yet another giant movie: Avatar (2009), which has sparked three sequels of its own, projected for release in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively – all of which Weaver is slated to appear in, though there are no details, yet.
Her latest major role came in last year's Chappie.
9. Ivan Reitman (Director, Producer and voice of Zuul/Slimer)
There is no Reitman, only Zuul. Kind of. Though uncredited for his voice work in the film, director/producer Ivan Reitman put a voice to the lovable green glob and the evil entity known to all as Zuul, two characters that would become iconic in the film industry and become fan favorites.
Reitman has since directed Ghostbusters II (1989), No Strings Attached (2011) and Draft Day (2014), just to name a few, but it’s the production teams he’s been behind that have really earned him a name for himself. His name is on some large films, including I Love You, Man (2009), Up In The Air (the 2009 Socar nominee that was directed by his son, Jason Reitman), the newest Ghostbusters film as well as the upcoming Baywatch film set to release next year.
8. Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler)
The brains behind the Ghostbusters operation, Egon is a master of electronics. He developed the containment system used to store the ghosts the team capture,s as well as the infamous proton packs that the team uses to grab the ghosts. He looks at everything like a scientist, driven by a quest for knowledge.
Harold Ramis was a writer, actor, director and producer with quite the track record. He acted in films such as Knocked Up (2007) and Year One (a 2009 film he also directed), but was a behind-the-scenes force in films such as Groundhog Day (1993), Caddyshack (1980) and Animal House (1978). And for fans of The Office (2006-2010), Ramis directed four episodes. He even had a hand in writing the upcoming Ghostbusters characters. Unfortunately, his life ended much too soon. On February 24, 2014 at 69 years old, Ramis succumbed to an autoimmune disease.
7. Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)
Janine Melnitz is a cynical, sassy receptionist for the Ghostbusters organization, and plays a love interest in the first film for Dr. Egon Spengler. She’s a humorous character that wears large, black rimmed circular glasses and has short, red hair. One of the most notable qualities of the character is her nasally voice.
Annie Potts is an American actress who has appeared in films such as Pretty in Pink (1986) and in the Toy Story films as the voice of Bo Peep. She is also slated for voice work in the upcoming Toy Story 4 film set to release in 2018. She will appear in a 9/11 drama this year titled Two for One , and will also appear in the new Ghostbusters film this summer.
6. Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman)
Dr. Peter Venkman has doctorate degrees in psychology and parapsychology, although refers to any paranormal-like activity as “implied science.” He spends most of his time and research flirting with female subjects, and doesn’t take anything too seriously. That is, until he has a real-life ghost encounter. After that, he joins in his colleague’s enthusiasm for all things paranormal, leading the investigation when his love interests’ house appears to be displaying paranormal activity.
Bill Murray is everyone’s favorite funny man, and he’s still making audiences laugh today. Since the success of Ghostbusters , Murray has appeared in films such as St. Vincent (2014), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Aloha (2015) and Rock the Kasbah (2015). He also appeared as himself in Zombieland (2009). Now 65-years-old, Murray will voice Baloo in the much anticipated, live action version of Disney’s The Jungle Book this year, and he is also slated to appear in the new Ghostbusters film.
5. Rick Moranis (Louis Tully)
Louis Tully is the short, geeky, socially awkward neighbor of Dana Barrett who continually attempts to invite her over, each time to no avail. Unfortunately for Tully, he ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time, dragging him into the paranormal activity that Dana has been experiencing and landing him at Ghostbusters headquarters.
Rick Moranis is best known for his role as Wayne Szalinski in Disney’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), though he’s also appeared in The Flintstones (1994), the Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs (1987) and did voice work in another Disney film, Brother Bear (2003). The now 62-year-old actor doesn’t consider himself to be retired, although his last feature film was released in 2003. After his wife died of cancer in 1991, he put his children before the camera, a decision he’s confident in. Unfortunately for fans, this also means he will not be appearing in the new Ghostbusters film.
4. David Margulies (Mayor Lenny)
Though only a small part in the film, the Mayor of New York in Ghostbusters is a satirical representation of politicians. He bails the Ghostbuster team out of jail in order to save the city from the ghosts that a firehouse explosion released upon it. How was he able to make such a difficult decision? Peter Venkman’s argument that he would get re-elected if the team were able to do their job and stop the threat.
The Mayor in the film is played by American actor David Margulies. Margulies also appeared in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and All Good Things (2010) and he also appeared on the TV show, The Sopranos (2000-2007) as Neil Mink. Margulies will appear in a film titled License Plates set to release this year and was in the midst of filming TV movie, Madoff (also set to release this year) when tragedy struck. He died on January 11, 2016 at 78-years-old.
3. Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore)
Due to increased paranormal activity, the Ghostbusters needed more help and put out a wanted ad. They received one applicant and hired him on the spot. Winston Zeddmore is the only Ghostbuster member that didn’t found the company, though he’s valuable to the team in his dedication and willingness to “believe anything” so long as he’s receiving a steady paycheck.
Ernie Hudson is still acting today, in both film and TV. The now 70-year-old actor has appeared on television shows such as Modern Family , Bones , Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and has acted in films such as Miss Congeniality (2000) and You’re Not You (2014). He is also set to appear in the new Ghostbusters film.
2. William Atherton (Walter Peck)
Walter Peck is one of the film’s antagonists as an inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency that is attempting to shut down the Ghostbusters’ operation. He’s responsible for their arrest in the first film. Unfortunately for him, Peter Venkman is a smooth-talking guy, and after one meeting with the Mayor, he earns the Ghostbusters their freedom and gets Peck fired at the same time.
William Atherton is still acting today, having just released a film this year titled Lowlifes. He has appeared on television shows such as Lost , Castle and Workaholics and is best known for his film roles in Die Hard (1988) and The Last Samurai (2003).
1. Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz)
The last Ghostbuster, Dr. Raymond Stantz (loving known by his colleagues as Ray) is passionate about his work. He often has a child-like enthusiasm when it comes to paranormal activity and is responsible for helping develop the Ghostbusters technology. He’s also the cause of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man massacre that overtakes New York.
Dan Aykroyd is a writer, director, actor and producer. He directed 1991’s Nothing But Trouble , wrote films such as The Blues Brothers (1980) and is working as an executive producer on the upcoming Ghostbusters film. He has also acted in such hits as The Campaign (2012), 50 First Dates (2004), Pearl Harbor (2001), and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). There have been countless others as well, and fans can expect to see him acting in the upcoming Ghostbusters film as well.
When not acting, Aykroyd keep busy promoting Crystal Head Vodka , which he founded in 2008.
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'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire': Sony moves premiere date up to March 22
Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will open March 22. This is one week earlier than previously announced, and includes IMAX and large format theaters.
Frozen Empire reunites the cast of Ghostbusters: Afterlife including Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Celeste O'Connor and Logan Kim. Original Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts also return.
The new sequel also adds Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani to the cast. Nanjiani told UPI that the comedy is also genuinely scary .
A teaser trailer shows that New York freezes over in July. That makes it a job for the Ghostbusters.
Frozen Empire was originally scheduled for release in December. Sony moved it to March of this year during the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists strikes.
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' is here! Original 'Ghostbusters' stars — Where are they now?
Who you gonna call?! "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" arrives in theaters on Nov. 19, 2021. In honor of the supernatural comedy's big debut, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars of the original "Ghostbusters" — which opened in theaters in 1984 and spawned a 1989 sequel, a 2016 all-female reboot, two animated series, countless video games and more — to see how they've changed over the years.
Keep reading to catch up with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and the rest of the team…
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Bill Murray brought Peter Venkman to life in "Ghostbusters." The parapsychologist and cynical New Yorker is often regarded as one of the iconic comedian's greatest roles. Venkman even earned a spot on Empire Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
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Bill Murray was already a legend in the comedy world by the time "Ghostbusters" debuted. He stuck around for the 1989 sequel, "Ghostbusters II," and continued his streak of hit flicks with films like "What About Bob?" in 1991 and "Groundhog Day" in 1993. His success in film transitioned into the 21st century with hits like "Lost in Translation" in 2003, which earned him a Golden Globe for best actor and an Oscar nomination. Films like 2012's "Moonrise Kingdom" and 2014's "Grand Budapest Hotel" solidified his status as both a mainstream and indie darling. He also gave audiences a treat when he popped up in the "Ghostbusters" reboot in 2016. He's been married twice — first to Margaret Kelley from 1981 to 1996. He got together with costumer designer Jennifer Butler while he was still married and they soon tied the knot but divorced in 2008. Bill has two children with Margaret (sons Homer and Luke) and four children with Jennifer (sons Caleb, Jackson, Cooper and Lincoln). Bill returns to the role of Peter Venkman in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."
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Sigourney Weaver starred as cellist Dana Barrett, who happens to come across a TV advertisement for the Ghostbusters just as she's dealing with paranormal activity in her apartment building.
Sigourney Weaver was already a household name when she starred in "Ghostbusters" thanks to her work in "Alien." After "Ghostbusters," she starred in two of her most memorable movies to date: 1988's "Gorillas in the Mist" and "Working Girl." (She won Golden Globe Awards and scored Oscar nominations for both.) She went on to star in several more installments in the "Alien" franchise and also appeared in another major sci-fi film: "Avatar." (She's set to appear in the long-awaited sequels.) Sigourney has been married to stage director Jim Simpson since 1984. They share daughter Charlotte, who was born in 1990. She returns to the role of Dana Barrett in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."
Dan Aykroyd starred as Ray Stantz — an expert in paranormal history and metallurgy who's considered "the heart" of the team — in "Ghostbusters." He also co-wrote the script with co-star Harold Ramis!
Dan Aykroyd went on to star in a wide range of films — from "Coneheads," which he wrote, and "Tommy Boy" to "My Girl" and "Driving Miss Daisy," for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. In recent years, he's starred in dramas like "Behind The Candelabra" and "Get on Up," though he also had a cameo in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot. He's been married to actress Donna Dixon since 1983. They share three daughters: Danielle, Stella and Belle. He returns to the role of Ray Stantz in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."
Harold Ramis, who co-wrote "Ghostbusters" with Dan Aykroyd, starred as Egon Spengler, the brains of the operation who takes a liking to the group's secretary, Janine.
After "Ghostbusters," Harold Ramis wrote and directed "Groundhog Day," "Analyze This," "Bedazzled" and "Year One." (He made his final on-screen appearance in the 2009 comedy, in which Michael Cera and Jack Black starred.) He also acted in films like "As Good As It Gets," "The Last Kiss" and "Knocked Up." In 2014, Harold passed away of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69. He'd been married twice over the years — first to artist Anne Plotkin (with whom he shared daughter Violet) and then to Erica Mann (with whom he shared sons Julian and Daniel). He also fathered a child — daughter Mollie, who was born in 1985 while he was still married to Anne — with "Clueless" director Amy Heckerling, who was also married to someone else at the time.
Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore becomes the fourth member of the Ghostbusters after he sees a help-wanted ad posted by the team. Unlike the rest of the group, however, he's not particularly versed in the paranormal. Instead, he sees the gig as a steady paycheck.
After "Ghostbusters," Ernie Hudson starred in "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle," "The Crow," "The Basketball Diaries," "Congo," "Miss Congeniality" and more hit films. He also had memorable stints on "Desperate Housewives," "Law & Order," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Modern Family." Most notably, though, he starred on "Oz" from 1997 to 2003. In recent years, Ernie has appeared on "Grace and Frankie," "L.A.'s Finest" and "The Family Business." He also made a cameo in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot, is set to star on the upcoming third season of "City on a Hill" and returns to the role of Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." Ernie's been married twice — first to Jeannie Moore (with whom he shares sons Ernie Hudson Jr. and Rahaman Hudson) and then to Linda Kingsberg, whom he wed in 1985. They share sons Andrew and Ross.
Rick Moranis portrayed Dana's neighbor Louis Tully, a nerdy accountant who's ultimately possessed by a demon.
Rick Moranis went on to star in "Little Shop of Horrors," "Spaceballs," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Parenthood," "The Flintstones" and "Little Giants." Tragically, his wife, costume designer Ann Belsky, whom he married in 1986, passed away in 1991, leaving behind their two children, Rachel and Mitchell. Rick put his career on hold to focus on raising his kids. He's really only appeared on camera once since 1997's "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves!" — on a 2018 episode of "The Goldbergs."
Annie Potts portrayed Janine, the Ghostbusters' trusty secretary who keeps tabs on their clients and catches the eye of Egon Spengler.
Annie Potts went on to star on "Designing Women," "Love & War," for which she earned an Emmy nomination, "Any Day Now," "Joan of Arcadia," "GCB" and more hit TV shows. She also starred in "Pretty in Pink," voiced Bo Peep in the "Toy Story" franchise, made a cameo in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot and had stints on "Chicago Med" and "The Fosters." Since 2017, she's starred as Meemaw on "Young Sheldon." Annie has been married to her fourth husband, James Hayman, since 1990. They share sons James and Harry. She has an older son, Clay, from her third marriage. She returns to the role of Janine in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife - The Entire Cast (So Far)
From the return of bill murray's dr. peter venkman to new characters like paul rudd's dr. gooberson, here is the entire cast of ghostbusters: afterlife (so far)..
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to arrive in theaters on November 11, 2021, and looks to continue the story of the franchise as it picks up years later after the events of 1989's Ghostbusters 2. While there will be new characters in the film, it will also see the return of much of the original cast.
Set in the small town of Summerville, Ghostbusters: Afterlife tells the story of Carrie Coon's Callie, a single mom who left Chicago with her two children after hearing of her long-estranged father's passing — a father she never even knew. When the three settle in, they find out they are now connected to a team of paranormal investigators named the Ghostbusters and that their father/grandfather may have been one of its key members.
In celebration of the film's second official trailer , which you can see below, we've compiled a comprehensive rundown of who's appearing in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Be sure to keep coming back as we'll be regularly updating this article as we learn more about the cast of characters who ain't afraid of no ghosts.
Bill Murray is officially returning as Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and we get the briefest of teases of his character in the latest trailer. Murray is one of the original cast members of 1984's Ghostbusters and he is joined by many of his old co-stars in this new film. Murray has known Ghostbusters: Afterlife's director Jason Reitman since he was a child and praised the script of this latest entry.
“The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting,” Murray said. “It’s gonna work.”
Murray also shared how uncomfortable it actually is to be a real-life Ghostbuster, as the equipment is much heavier than you'd think.
"When you put that gear on, it’s so uncomfortable. It’s so heavy, just to stand there with that weight on your back, tilting your spine,” Murray said while reportedly rolling his eyes. “And we wore them for a long time.”
Dan Aykroyd, Dr. Raymond Stantz himself, is also returning for Ghostbusters: Afterlife , and much like Bill Murray, really loved the film's new script.
"Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation," Aykroyd said. "It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and character."
Aykroyd also shared that the film is going to be a bit scary, a bit thought-provoking, and a bit heartfelt. Furthermore, he promises that Ghostbusters: Afterlife will "recognize" the late Harold Ramis — the actor who played Dr. Egon Spengler — in "some way."
Ernie Hudson will be returning as Dr. Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. He was the fourth member of the Ghostbusters team, joining after he saw a job advertisement in the wanted ads. He is one of the most spiritual and religious of the Ghostbusters and is an expert in Egyptian history.
Since Ghostbusters, Hudson has appeared in such films and shows at Oz as Warden Leo Glynn, L.C. Duncan in The Family Business, and Albrecht in The Crow.
Sigourney Weaver, who played Dana Barrett in the first two Ghostbusters films, will be reprising her role in Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Director Jason Reitman confirmed this was the next chapter in the original franchise and not a reboot, which paves the way for us to revisit some of our favorite characters years later.
While we don't know much about where her character is in this new movie, she did confirm that "it's going to be crazy working with the guys again!"
Weaver, who played Ripley in the Alien franchise prior to Ghostbusters, has had a prolific career since the original films and has starred as Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar, Gwen DeMarco in Galaxy Quest, and much more. She also won Golden Globes for her work in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl.
Annie Potts' Janine Melnitz is another original Ghostbusters character who will be making a new appearance in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, giving a touchstone for fans of the '80s film while bringing the franchise to the modern day.
Potts continued her acting career following the original films and can currently be seen as Connie 'Meemaw' Tucker in Young Sheldon. She also lent her voice to the Toy Story films as Bo Peep and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in Corvette Summer.
Carrie Coon will be playing a brand new character named Callie in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and is the single mother of Finn Wolfhard's Trevor and Mckenna Grace's Phoebe. She inherits a farm from a father she didn't know, who we now know is the late Dr. Egon Spengler.
Carrie Coon began her career in theater and was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She then had her breakout roles in film in Gone Girl and on TV in the Leftovers as Nora Durst and as Gloria Burgle in Fargo's third season. She also played Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War.
Speaking of Marvel, Ant-Man's Paul Rudd is also part of Ghostbusters: Afterlife's cast as a teacher named Mr. Grooberson. Director Jason Reitman said he's been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since his short film Gulp opened for Wet Hot American Summer at Sundance 2001.
While Rudd has starred in the MCU as Ant-Man, he's also been the star of such other films as Clueless, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and much more.
Mckenna Grace's Phoebe is the daughter of Carrie Coon's Callie and is the granddaughter of Dr. Egon Spengler. Grace has been acting since the age of six, and has already had roles in Captain Marvel as the younger version of the titular character, the younger version of Sabrina Spellman in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and earned a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Esther Keyes in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.
Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard is set to play Trevor in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and is the son of Carrie Coon's Callie and brother of Mckenna Grace's Phoebe. Wolfhard is no stranger to playing characters in terrifying situations, as he also played Richie Tozier in both It and It Chapter Two.
Logan Kim is playing the role of Podcast in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and he is considered to be "the truest believer in the film and the heart of the movie." He is also a classmate of Mckenna Grace's Phoebe.
Logan Kim is a relatively new actor, and his only other credits on IMDB are for The Grandson in Home Movie: The Princess Bride.
Celeste O'Connor is playing Lucky, a classmate of Finn Wolfhard's character Trevor. She appears to be an employee of Spinners Roller Hop, as revealed by an image from the film.
O'Connor played Nyla Chones in Freaky, Paloma in Selah and the Spades, Teen Abbie in Irreplaceable You, and Amy in Wetlands.
Oliver Cooper is playing Elton in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. While we don't know much about his character, there are those who believes he bears a striking resemblance to Harold Ramis and his character Dr. Egon Spengler.
Oliver Cooper starred as Costa in 2012's Project X and made appearances on such TV series as Californication, Red Oaks, Valley of the Boom, and The Coop.
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Sheriff Domingo in Ghostbusters: Afterlife is played by Bokeem Woodbine. Besides his name revealing that he is a sheriff, we don't know much about his character.
We do know that Woodbine played Mike Milligan in Fargo's fourth season, Uncle Earl in Queen & Slim, Herman Schultz/Shocker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and that he will be playing a character named Soren-066 in the upcoming Halo series.
Marlon Kizadi is playing a character by the name of Thickneck in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Kizadi has made guest appearances as Malcolm on Riverdale, as Omar in Child's Play, and as Taylor in Chained.
Tracy Letts, who is the husband of Carrie Coon, is playing Jack in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The Lady Bird actor and playwright actually secured the role when director Jason Reitman was looking for someone to fill in a smaller role for the film.
"My wife Carrie is in... the new 'Ghostbusters' movie coming out in the summer, and we were there in Calgary while she was shooting it, and a role became available, and so I was able to jump in and play a small part in it myself," he said.
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Will Now Premiere One Week Earlier
Now debuting march 22..
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will now debut in theaters on March 22, a week earlier than its previously announced March 29 release date.
Frozen Empire was originally announced for December 2023 , then pushed back to March 2024 last July. Interestingly, that March 29 release date would've overlapped with another highly anticipated Sony movie, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. However, that trilogy-ender was delayed indefinitely during the writers' and actors' strikes over the summer.
Frozen Empire is a continuation of the original Ghostbusters story and a direct sequel to 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife , which starred Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler - the daughter of original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler - and her children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace). The sequel brings the story back to NYC and the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse.
Here's the official plot synopsis from Sony:
In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.
Coon, Wolfhard, and Grace return for Frozen Empire alongside Paul Rudd and original Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Bill Murray. New to the cast are Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife writers Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman have penned the script for Frozen Empire, with Kenan taking his turn at the helm.
For more on the year ahead in film, check out IGN's list of the biggest movies coming in 2024 .
Jordan covers games, shows, and movies as a freelance writer for IGN.
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‘Ghostbusters’ Cast: Where Are They Now? Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and More
When something’s lurking in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? The original Ghostbusters film not only catapulted its stars to comedic acclaim , but it also spawned multiple sequels and reboots .
After writer Dan Aykroyd read a parapsychology journal article, he came up with a movie story line about trapping ghosts .
“I thought, I’ll devise a system to trap ghosts … and marry it to the old ghost [films] of the 1930s,” the Canada native recalled to Vanity Fair in June 2014. “Virtually every comedy team did a ghost movie — Abbott and Costello, Bob Hope. I was a big fan of [them].”
The Saturday Night Live alum then enlisted Ivan Reitman as director, along with Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis to round out the trio of hunters.
The 1984 film followed three parapsychologists who were forced out of their university due to lack of funding. They subsequently set up a unique ghost removal service in Manhattan to make ends meet.
“I wanted the film to be my New York movie ,” Reitman told Vanity Fair in June 2014, which Aykroyd agreed upon, calling it “the greatest city in the world, an architectural masterpiece [and] energy central for human behavior.”
Three decades later, the cast — including Aykroyd, Murray, Sigourney Weaver , Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts — joined forces once again for Entertainment Weekly ’s annual reunion issue in 2014 .
“I knew it was gonna be a huge movie,” Murray said at the cover shoot in November 2014. “At that point, we were still watching Yankee Doodle Dandy on TV, so I thought we had a shot. … We had that car. And in the uniforms, with the car, even the cops thought we were above them somehow [as they drove around] running red lights, [going the] wrong way on a one-way street.”
Several years later, Paul Feig rebooted the film’s premise with an all-female crew of supernatural sleuths, including Melissa McCarthy , Leslie Jones , Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon .
“To be able to hand Ghostbusters over to these incredibly talented women felt perfect, and it was time,” Weaver said of passing the torch to a new generation of stars during a July 2016 interview with Harper’s Bazaar . “There is such wonderful chemistry between the four of them. That does remind me of the boys because they were old friends and they had worked together a lot too . That kind of comedic pairing is just gold. You just turn the camera on and let them go at it.”
Weaver and Aykroyd even made a quick cameo in the reboot , telling the outlet, “I think the fans are going to be pleased by how we pop up. It’s just a very sweet movie but also very funny and kind of crazy. I think that’s a big part of what films can do — take us to another world.”
By November 2021, the original stars returned for more in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel , which tells the story of a single mother who moves to a new town with her two kids. Soon after, they learn that they have a surprising connection to the OG Ghostbusters and discover the secret legacy that their grandfather left behind.
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“It was full joy, wall to wall,” Aykroyd told The Hollywood Reporter that November of his return to the beloved character. “What a privilege to be asked back to do that. It was creative satisfaction working again with Ernie, Bill and Sigourney . If it weren’t for Jason [Reitman] and Ivan [Reitman], I don’t know if we would have had the magnificent cast. To hang with brothers like that, family, it’s always fun — memories of good and maybe bad. Some [previous] friction came from how long we had to wear those proton packs and the level of complaint we issued.”
Scroll below to see what the cast has been up to since the original movie’s 1984 release:
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“I thought, I’ll devise a system to trap ghosts ... and marry it to the old ghost [films] of the 1930s,” the Canada native recalled to Vanity Fair in June 2014. “Virtually every comedy team did a ghost movie — Abbott and Costello, Bob Hope. I was a big fan of [them].”
"I knew it was gonna be a huge movie," Murray said at the cover shoot in November 2014. "At that point, we were still watching Yankee Doodle Dandy on TV, so I thought we had a shot. … We had that car. And in the uniforms, with the car, even the cops thought we were above them somehow [as they drove around] running red lights, [going the] wrong way on a one-way street."
“It was full joy, wall to wall,” Aykroyd told The Hollywood Reporter that November of his return to the beloved character. "What a privilege to be asked back to do that. It was creative satisfaction working again with Ernie, Bill and Sigourney . If it weren’t for Jason [Reitman] and Ivan [Reitman], I don’t know if we would have had the magnificent cast. To hang with brothers like that, family, it’s always fun — memories of good and maybe bad. Some [previous] friction came from how long we had to wear those proton packs and the level of complaint we issued.”
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Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman)
The Illinois native’s notable film credits also include Caddyshack, Little Shop of Horrors, Groundhog Day, Charlie’s Angels, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation, Zombieland, A Very Murray Christmas, The Jungle Book, Saturday Night Live and The French Dispatch . Murray was previously married to Margaret Kelly from 1981 to 1996 and to Jennifer Butler from 1997 to 2007. He shares sons Luke and Homer with Kelly, as well as sons Cooper, Cal, Lincoln and Jackson with Butler.
Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz)
The SNL veteran also appeared in The Blues Brothers, The Real Ghostbusters, The Coneheads, Spies Like Us, Driving Miss Daisy, My Girl, Tommy Boy, Pearl Harbor, Crossroads, 50 First Dates, Christmas with the Kranks and Hotel Paranormal .
He married Donna Dixon in 1983. In April 2022, the twosome announced they were separating . They share daughters Danielle (stage name Vera Sola), Belle and Stella.
Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett)
The Oscar nominee had notable roles in Alien, Working Girl, A Map of the World, Holes, The Girl in the Park, Wall-E, Avatar, You Again, Abduction, Political Animals, My Salinger Year and The Good House . Weaver wed Jim Simpson in 1984 before welcoming daughter Charlotte in 1990.
Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler)
The comedy writer also appeared in SCTV, Baby Boom, Ghostbusters II, Airheads, Love Affair, The Last Kiss, Knocked Up and Year One . Ramis was previously married to Anne Plotkin from 1967 to 1984 He later wed Erica Mann in 1989. He shared daughter Violet with Plotkin and sons Julian and Daniel with Mann. He also welcomed daughter Mollie during a brief relationship with director Amy Heckerling . Ramis died in February 2014 at the age of 69.
Rick Moranis (Louis Tully)
The Canada native’s film credits include The Wild Life, Head Office, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood, Gravedale High, The Flintstones, Brother Bear and The Goldbergs . Moranis wed his wife, Anne, in 1986 before her death in 1991. The pair shared two children.
Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)
The Pretty in Pink actress also starred in Corvette Summer, Goodtime Girls, Designing Women, Love & War, Dangerous Minds, Toy Story 2, As Good As You, The Fosters, Happy Anniversary and Young Sheldon . The Tennessee native was married three times — to Steven Schwartz from 1973 to 1978, Greg Antonacci from 1978 to 1979, B. Scott Senechal from 1981 to 1989 — before marrying James Hayman in 1990. She shares one child with Senechal and two with Hayman.
William Atherton (Walter Peck)
The Connecticut native’s acting credits include The Sugarland Express, The Hindenburg, Centennial, No Mercy, Die Hard, The Pelican Brief, Desperate Housewives, Life and Clinical . He has been married to Bobbi Goldin since 1980.
Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)
The Michigan native’s notable roles include Leadbelly, Highcliffe Manor, California Girls, The Last Precinct, Wild Palms, Sugar Hill, Paper Bullets, Miss Congeniality, Law & Order, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Transformers Prime, Grace and Frankie and L.A’s Finest . Hudson was previously married to Jeannie Moore , with whom he shares two sons. Following their 1976 split, he later married Linda Kingsberg and they welcomed two sons together.
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Based on Ivan Reitman’s 1984 classic Ghostbusters penned by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Frozen Empire is the fifth film in the series and follows up 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife , which grossed over $204 million worldwide. Afterlife told the story of single mother Callie Spengler (Coon) and her two children, who move to a small town and discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters team. As mysterious supernatural events unfold, the family unearths the legacy left behind by Callie’s estranged father, one of the original Ghostbusters.
In addition to Coon, returning cast members in the new film include Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts. Other actors aboard for the sequel include Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt.
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'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Will Haunt Theaters Earlier Than Expected
The 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' sequel will once again star Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and McKenna Grace.
The Big Picture
- The release date for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has been moved up by a week to March 22nd.
- This is the fifth film in the Ghostbusters series, with the original team returning to NYC and new paranormal investigators introduced.
- Gil Kenan directs this sequel, taking over from Jason Reitman, who now has a production role.
Good news for all those haunted by spooky spectres — your call will be answered one week earlier as the release date for the upcoming Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has been pushed up by a week, from March 29th to March 22nd. The fifth Ghostbusters film and the fourth in the main series sees the original team return to New York City with the next generation of paranormal investigators introduced in Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Gil Kenan takes over the directing duties from Jason Reitman on the sequel, with Kenan and Reitman sharing writing duties and Reitman moving to a production role.
The Ghostbusting line-up this time around includes Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson , Paul Rudd , Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace , Finn Wolfhard, Logan Kim, and Celeste O'Connor. New additions to the cast include Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani , while a prequel comic is also set to be released which will fill in the gaps between Afterlife and Frozen Empire.
In the upcoming sequel, two generations of heroes will unite to face new villains, following the young team's battle against Gozer in the previous film . This new chapter will feature the next generation of Ghostbusters, including Phoebe, Trevor, and Callie Spengler, who continue Egon's legacy by defending the world against vibrant ghosts. Frozen Empire introduces the Death Chill, a mysterious fog that threatens to plunge New York City into a terrifying winter amidst summer. As the city grapples with the erratic weather, a menacing, horned figure emerges from the mist, challenging the Ghostbusters to avert further chaos in New York.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife , a sequel to the original Ghostbusters movies, takes place thirty years after Ghostbusters II . The plot centers around Callie Spengler and her family, who move to Oklahoma after inheriting a farm from her deceased father, Egon Spengler, portrayed by Harold Ramis .
How Much Has the 'Ghostbusters' Franchise Earned?
As of now, the Ghostbusters f ranchise has accumulated approximately $944.4 million at the box office. This figure includes earnings from the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, which earned $295.5 million, and its sequel, Ghostbusters II from 1989, which contributed $215.4 million. The 2016 female-led Ghostbusters reboot added $229.1 million to the franchise's earnings. More recently, Ghostbusters: Afterlife , released in 2021, contributed about $204.4 million to the overall box office total of the franchise. The franchise will cross the $1 billion mark with the release of Frozen Empires in theaters.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will hit theaters worldwide on March 22, 2024 Ghostbusters: Afterlife is streaming on Netflix in the U.S. Stay tuned to Collider for more details.
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Who you gonna call? On June 8, 1984, it was the Ghostbusters quartet if you were looking for a blockbuster movie. The iconic film — which starred actors Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson — made millions across the world fall in love with the team of four NYC ghost hunters who brought both fears and fantasies to life.
The movie has become such a classic that the date of its release is honored every year as #GhostbustersDay on Twitter. Fans of the film share their favorite scenes, quotes and moments from the legendary comedy, which is so timeless that new audiences today still love it.
Since the original film premiered, Ghostbusters had a sequel titled Ghostbusters II , which came out in 1989. While we’re at it, don’t forget the 2016 remake featuring an all-female cast — including Melissa McCarthy , Kristen Wiig , Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones . Sadly, that film didn’t receive a warm reception from either audiences or critics.
Fans of the original Ghostbusters squad are in for a real treat, as the original cast is teaming up for 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife . The film is being directed by Jason Reitman , who is the son of the original movie’s director Ivan Reitman. Bill’s love interest Sigourney Weaver is reprising her role as Dana Barrett, and wisecracking receptionist from the original film Annie Potts will be back as Janine Melnitz.
The plot to Ghostbusters: Afterlife is billed as “When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind,” according to imdb.com .
In addition to the original Ghostbusters cast — minus the late Harold Ramis — the new film will also star Carrie Coon as the mom, Callie, with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard as her son Trevor, and Mckenna Grace as her daughter Phoebe. Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits theaters on November 10, 2021.
Considering it’s been more than 30 years since the original Ghostbusters debut, let’s take a look at what the cast has been up to!
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After chasing ghosts as Dr. Peter Venkman, Bill, 70, busted expectations by starring in such diverse movies as Scrooged , What About Bob? , Groundhog Day , Ed Wood , Lost in Translation , Rushmore , St. Vincent and, now, The Dead Don’t Die . He also won an Emmy for HBO’s Olive Kitteridge and was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Though parapsychologist Ray Stantz loved the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Dan, 68, was a man who liked staying active — appearing in the ’89 sequel and flicks such as Spies Like Us, Driving Miss Daisy, My Girl, Chaplin, Tommy Boy and Yogi Bear . He also starred on TV’s Soul Man , hosted Psi Factor and founded the House of Blues and Crystal Head Vodka.
Harold Ramis (1944–2014)
While Egon Spengler had a penchant for collecting spores, molds and fungus, Harold found an affinity for directing movies such as Groundhog Day, Multiplicity and Analyze This . But he continued to act as well — appearing in Baby Boom, As Good As It Gets and Knocked Up before passing at 69 due to inflammatory vasculitis.
Following his time as Ghostbuster recruit Winston Zeddemore, Ernie, 75, had the tools and the talent to be recruited for a wide variety of roles. He’s been in movies such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Substitute and Miss Congeniality and on TV in Oz, Grace and Frankie and now L.A.’s Finest . He was also Uncle Bill in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.
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2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the original 'Ghostbusters' movie, which will be rebooted by an all-female cast under the directorship of Paul Feig in 2015.
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In 1984, audiences across America fell in love with a team of four New York City ghost hunters who brought children’s scientific fears and fantasies to life. Starring Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson , Ghostbusters has since seen a sequel and is now on the cusp of a third — this time starring an all-female cast that includes Melissa McCarthy , Kristen Wiig , Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon .
In light of the new cast, The Hollywood Reporter is looking back at the originals to find out what they’ve been up to since the first Ghostbusters came out more than 30 years ago.
Since his Ghostbusters debut, 64-year-old Murray has continued his acting career with a variation of film and television roles. In 1989, Murray returned to the Ghostbusters franchise as Dr. Peter Venkman for the first sequel. In ’93, the actor starred in Groundhog Day and went on to perform in the R-rated film Rushmore in ’98.
In 2003, Murray was featured in Lost in Translation and received a best actor Oscar nom for his performance.
More recently, Murray starred opposite George Clooney in The Monuments Men and was featured in the 2015 Oscar-nominated film The Grand Budapest Hotel . He also might be the most famous person on the Internet .
The mastermind behind the Ghostbusters franchise, Dan Aykroyd wrote the now-iconic film and was the genius responsible for the TV series and video games that followed.
The 62-year-old has appeared in a number of films since Ghostbusers , including Ghostbusters II in 1989. From 1986-1991, the actor appeared in The Real Ghostbusters TV program, Extreme Ghostbusters in 1997 and multiple Ghostbusters video games. In 2014, Aykyroyd appeared opposite Melissa McCarthy in the comedy Tammy .
Aykroyd is also the founder of and spokesperson for Crystal Head Vodka. He founded the award-winning vodka company in 2007.
Writer-director Harold Ramis , famous for his role as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters , tragically passed away in 2014. According to his family, Ramis passed away at his Chicago home due to complications stemming from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis . He was 69.
Ramis was a comedy titan. In addition to playing Egon , he wrote the original Ghostbusters script with co-star Aykroyd . They also wrote the sequel Ghostbusters II together. But Ramis’ contributions didn’t end there — he also wrote and directed more comedy staples like Caddyshack , Groundhog Day , National Lampoon’s Vacation , Club Paradise , Analyze This , Bedazzled , Analyze That and Year One .
Ramis ‘ additional directing credits include Stuart Saves His Family , Multiplicity and The Ice Harvest .
The Writers Guild of America is expected to honor Ramis posthumously with its lifetime achievement award, the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
The fourth member of the ghost-hunting crew has been involved in a number of television and film projects since Ghostbusters . The 69-year-old Hudson appeared on Desperate Housewives from 2006-2007, Las Vegas and Psych in 2007, and most recently on Rizzoi & Isles from 2011-2014.
From 2010-2013, Hudson appeared on the TV series Transformers Prime and was on Franklin and Bash from 2012-2014.
The actor recently wrapped production on two faith-focused films: Gallows Road and Heaven Sent .
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