Bill Murray

Actor Bill Murray is a comedy icon best known for his popular 'Saturday Night Live' characters and movie classics such as 'Meatballs,' 'Caddyshack' and 'Ghostbusters.' He was nominated for an Oscar for his seriocomic role in 'Lost in Translation.'

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Who Is Bill Murray?

Actor and comedian Bill Murray was born William J. Murray on September 21, 1950, in Wilmette, Illinois. The fifth of nine children, Murray was a self-proclaimed troublemaker, whether it was getting kicked out of Little League or being arrested at age 20 for attempting to smuggle close to nine pounds of marijuana through Chicago's O'Hare Airport. In an attempt to find direction in his life, he joined his older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, in the cast of Chicago's Second City improvisational comedy troupe.

'Saturday Night Live'

Murray eventually relocated to New York City, where he took his comedic talents on air in the radio show National Lampoon Hour (1973-74) alongside Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi . In 1975, both Murray brothers were in an off-Broadway spin-off of the radio show when Bill was spotted by sportscaster Howard Cosell, who recruited him for the cast of his ABC variety program Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell (1975-76). On NBC, a program also named Saturday Night Live (1975- ) was creating a much bigger sensation. A year later, producer Lorne Michaels tapped Murray to replace Chevy Chase , who had moved on to pursue a film career.

It was on the set of Saturday Night Live that Murray created the sleazy, insincere comedic character that became his calling card for many films to come. He also earned an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for his work on the show.

'Meatballs'

It didn't take long for Murray to move from the small screen to the big screen, and his first major film role was in the 1979 box office hit Meatballs . This was followed by the biographical flop Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), in which Murray starred as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson .

'Caddyshack,' 'Stripes, 'Tootsie,' 'Ghostbusters'

Murray redeemed himself later that year by going back to his comedic roots with the cult classic Caddyshack . He continued with a string of successes in film, including the Army farce Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982) and Ghostbusters (1984), the latter of which co-starred Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The comedy was one of the decade's biggest hits, earning almost $300 million worldwide and spawning a sequel, a cartoon series, action figures and even a chart-topping theme song.

'The Razor's Edge,' 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Murray's next move caught loyal fans off guard. He starred in and co-wrote an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel The Razor's Edge in 1984, which had been a lifelong dream. The hairpin turn from farce to literary drama proved too sharp, and the film was a failure. Murray spent the next several years away from Hollywood, only making a cameo appearance in the 1986 musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors .

'Scrooged,' 'Groundhog Day'

Murray finally made his comeback in 1988 with Scrooged , a darkly comedic version of Charles Dickens 's A Christmas Carol . While it performed moderately well, it was not the smash many predicted—nor was 1989's Ghostbusters II . But Scrooged went on to become a holiday classic, and it runs seemingly around the clock at Christmastime. In 1991, Murray starred in What About Bob? , which was an unqualified hit, and followed with the equally acclaimed Groundhog Day in 1993 and Ed Wood in 1994.

In 1998, Murray played what many believed to be one of his finest roles in Wes Anderson's Rushmore . As a business tycoon competing with an eccentric 15-year-old for the affections of a first grade teacher, Murray won best supporting actor from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. The film's success helped put him back at the forefront, and Murray was added to Anderson's stable of go-to actors. He drew further exposure that year from his appearance as a sleazy lawyer in the controversial Wild Things .

'The Royal Tenenbaums,' Oscar Nomination for 'Lost in Translation'

In 1999, Murray appeared in Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock , and the following year he played the affably dense Bosley in the Charlie's Angels remake. The actor again gained critical praise for his performance in Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), but it was his role as aging movie star Bob Harris in Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation (2003), opposite Scarlett Johannson , that led to some of the strongest reviews of his career and his first Academy Award nomination.

'The Life Aquatic,' 'The Darjeeling Limited'

In 2004, Murray voiced Garfield in Fox's live-action adaptation of the comic-strip feline and teamed up yet again with director Anderson for the offbeat comedy The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou . Murray then made a cameo in the Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited (2007), following with starring turns in the comedy Get Smart (2008) and the children's adventure film City of Ember (2008). In 2009, continuing his work in the realm of dramas, he starred in Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control .

'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Murray earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), about Roosevelt's relationship with his distant cousin and confidante Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney). He then reunited with Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom that same year and for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), which featured Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes among the ensemble cast.

'St. Vincent,' 'Olive Kitteridge'

Also in 2014, Murray appeared in The Monuments Men , with George Clooney , Matt Damon and John Goodman , and earned a lead actor Golden Globe nomination for his role in the comedy St. Vincent , co-starring Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. That same year he starred as Jack Kennison in the acclaimed HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge , for which he earned his second Emmy Award. In 2015, Murray was seen in the comedy Rock the Kasbah portraying a music manager who starts to handle the career of an Afghani teen.

'Ghostbusters' Reboot and Sequel

In 2016, Murray provided voice work for The Jungle Book and appeared in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters , as supernatural skeptic Martin Heiss. After joining longtime collaborator Anderson yet again, as the voice of one of the main canines in the stop-motion flick Isle of Dogs (2018), Murray appeared in a pair of 2019 zombie flicks, The Dead Don't Die and Zombieland: Double Tap . Next up was a return to one of the fame-making roles of his early career with the scheduled July 2020 arrival of Ghostbusters: Afterlife .

Personal Life

Murray was married to Margaret "Mickey" Kelley from 1981 to 1994. They have two sons, Homer and Luke. In 1997, he married Jennifer Butler, with whom he has four sons: Jackson, Cal, Cooper and Lincoln. They divorced in 2008.

In 2016, Murray enjoyed one of the biggest honors of his career as the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Outside of acting, Murray has been involved in the restaurant business with his siblings. The Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2001, and in 2018 the crew introduced a second location at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.

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Bill Murray is an American actor and comedian and the brother of Brian Doyle-Murray and Joel Murray .

  • 1 Ghostbusters Related Credits
  • 2.1 Other Works
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  • 3.2 Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia
  • 3.3 Ghosbtusters II Trivia
  • 3.4 Ghostbusters (2016) Trivia
  • 3.5 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia
  • 3.6 The Real Ghostbusters Trivia
  • 3.7 IDW Comics Trivia
  • 5.1 Overall
  • 5.2 Behind the Scenes

Ghostbusters Related Credits [ ]

  • - Portrayed First Bum ( Deleted Scene )
  • Ghostbusters II - Portrayed Dr. Peter Venkman
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Voiced Dr. Peter Venkman
  • Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) - Portrayed Dr. Martin Heiss
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Portrayed Dr. Peter Venkman

Bill first gained national exposure on the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live in the 1970s. Known for his great ability to ad-lib, his career eventually expanded in to film. Later, became one of the leading comedic stars of the 80's, landing starring roles in Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, etc. Interestingly, even played the voice of the titular Garfield in that character's 3D cinema "Garfield" movies. He has also gained acclaim over the years for his more dramatic roles, such as those in Rushmore, Lost in Translation, The Lost City, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Broken Flowers and The Royal Tenenbaums.

Other Works [ ]

The information in this section is gathered from IMDb and is meant to only be a brief list of highlights of their career.

  • Zombieland / Zombieland: Double Tap - Actor (2009 / 2019)
  • Groundhog Day - Actor (1993)
  • Quick Change - Director, Producer, Actor (1990)
  • The Razor's Edge - Actor, Screenplay Writer (1984)
  • Stripes - Actor (1981)
  • Caddyshack - Actor (1980)

Miscellaneous Trivia [ ]

  • At the Spike Scream Awards in 2010 (filmed on Oct. 16, 2010, aired on Oct. 19, 2010), Bill Murray appeared in full Ghostbusters gear to accept his award for Best Cameo in Zombieland (and Zombieland's win for Best Horror Movie). Murray coyly said during his acceptance speech, "I'm sorry, I don't mean anything by this. It was just all that was left that was clean." He was signing autographs right before he came out, which somehow resulted in a smudge of permanent marker getting on his cheek, which is what was seen on the show. Also in the show was a Sigourney Weaver tribute by James Cameron, which included Ghostbusters clips and references. Later, Murray and Weaver were seen together backstage. According to Ghostbusters Fans (Fan Site) , the flight suit was made by Sony for the promotion of Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2008, and the Proton Pack was made by fan Sean Bishop.

Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia [ ]

  • In some instances, the original trio of Ghostbusters was said to always going to have been Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Bill Murray. [1]
  • Murray started filming on October 27, 1983 after taking a Concorde to New York and driving to 62nd Street and Madison for an 11 am start. [2]
  • During filming at Columbia University , Bill Murray "wandered off" with a beautiful Chinese undergraduate student. [3]
  • During filming of the first movie, Sigourney Weaver would go to a corner to prepare herself for a scene but Bill Murray would sneak up behind her and goof around like tickle her or lift her up. [4] [5]
  • During filming in New York City Hall , Bill Murray came up with the idea that Mayor Lenny and the Archbishop knew each other and were on a first name basis with each other. Murray also came up with the name "Lenny" on the spot. [6] [7]
  • During the New York shoot, City Hall revoked the permit allowing the film crew to film the scene featuring Ecto-1 's escort to 550 Central Park West out of concern about the traffic snarl it would cause. They revoke the permit on the day filming took place at City Hall. Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd disappeared for one hour and approached Mayor Koch for help. Koch had the issue fixed so they could film the drive to Central Park West. [8]
  • One night during the Central Park West shoot, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray borrowed police motorcycles and rode around Central Park with the lights and sirens on, pulling over pedestrians. [9]
  • On January 20, 1984, scenes were filmed in the firehouse used in Los Angeles. Bill Murray missed his call by a couple hours. They started filming Annie Potts with a stand-in for Murray. By the time half of the scene was filmed, Murray arrived a little embarrassed he was so late so he started entertaining the crew. Potts wasn't as amused. He clearly didn't know what scene they were doing and was going to just improvise it. That was not feasible since half the scene was filmed. Murray started riffing, asking Potts what was wrong. William Atherton observed. Potts handled Murray and told him something to the effect of, "Enough, Murray. Enough." or "Nothing's wrong. I would just like you to stand on your f***ing mark and say your f***ing line! And then I'll be fine." Allegedly, the crew applauded her then filming started. [10] [11]
  • Bill Murray didn't like Hughes and Thrall's attempts at a theme song. Murray wanted NRBQ. [12] [13]

Ghosbtusters II Trivia [ ]

  • During a videotaped rehearsal, Bill Murray went into a long tirade about an "unspecified indignity" Ivan Reitman forced him to do during the making of "Stripes." [14]
  • During filming of the courtroom scene, there was a fight between Bill Murray and propmaster Bill MacSeems about the weight of the Proton Pack prop. Murray slapped him then there was kicking and punching. First assistant director Peter Giuliano came between them. Murray came running towards MacSeems and Giuliano with a large wooden chair. Murray had MacSeems fired. A law suit was filed. [15]
  • In Ghostbusters II , Chapter 16: Vigo 101 , Peter's "Let's suck in the guts" line was something Bill Murray said before filming as production was outfitting him for the scene and it was incorporated into the script. [16]
  • Peter's photography session with Vigo was Bill Murray's riff on famous fashion photographer Richard Avedon. [17]
  • Bill Murray recalled the Statue of Liberty crown gimbal was "quite a ride - nausea, sea legs, the whole thing." [18]

Ghostbusters (2016) Trivia [ ]

  • On August 8, 2015, it was reported that Bill Murray arrived late in the week in Boston to film his role for Ghostbusters (2016 Movie). [19]
  • Paul Feig simply wanted Martin Heiss to be the kind of person to wear suits but Bill Murray pitched basing the character's look off English writer and storyteller Quentin Crisp. [20]
  • Pat Kiernan returned to Boston a month after filming his initial scene to film a scene with Bill Murray. They filmed for 40 minutes with scripted and ad lib lines. [21] [22] [23]
  • While filming the scene with Pat Kiernan, Bill Murray recognized one of the technicians as someone he worked with on Saturday Night Live. [24]
  • On page 215 of Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal (Three Rivers Press) , Bill Murray is thanked in the acknowledgment section.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia [ ]

  • Bill Murray was easy to get into contact with through Ivan Reitman and Gil Kenan, both who have directed him in past projects. Murray read the script, enjoyed it, and agreed to join the cast. [25]
  • On Bill Murray's first day on the Ghostbusters: Afterlife set, he was in his trailer trying to get the TV working so he could watch a Chicago Cubs game. [26]
  • Bill Murray had a tendency to strip the props off once a scene was done. In one instance, he left his Proton Pack prop on the floor and it was kicked by an Afterlife crew member by accident. Ben Eadie had to glue some pieces back on. [27]
  • One line Bill Murray improvised was right before the Ghostbusters fire at Gozer and Peter says "Count of three, go on two, one two blast." [28]
  • Bill Murray made fun of Ernie Hudson for having a pad hidden under his spot on the dirt ground for the insult scene. Hudson quipped it was for the stunt man. [29]
  • Bill Murray added variations on Peter's barrage of insults at Gozer. Only some ended in the theatrical version. Finn Wolfhard suggested Trevor should laugh to annoy Gozer even more but Jason Reitman urged him to keep playing it low-key. [30]
  • Olivia Wilde eventually broke character and laughed at Bill Murray's insults to Gozer. [31]
  • Ernie Hudson accidentally hit Bill Murray's head with his Particle Thrower prop after Jason Reitman called cut on the scene. It left a mark but Murray returned a few minutes later. [32]
  • Bill Murray gave armorer Ben Eadie a certificate for a free massage on the last day of shooting. It was in a balled up envelope so Eadie thought it was his copy of the script as usual. When it was time to take the props off Murray, Eadie thanked him and tried to return the envelope. Murray called him a dumb ass and told him it was a gift. [33] [34]
  • The mid-credits tag between Peter and Dana took half a day to film. There was a script but it was unnecessary. Bill Murray improvised different takes of the scene. [35]

The Real Ghostbusters Trivia [ ]

  • In The Real Ghostbusters episode " Take Two ", Winston Zeddemore mentions Murray's last name while reading off the cast. At the end of the episode, Peter Venkman notes Murray doesn't look a thing like him. [36] [37] Many note the drawing of the cartoon from the series looked and sounded nothing like Murray.
  • At the end of The Real Ghostbusters episode "Take Two", Maurice LaMarche voiced the live action version of Peter when footage of the first movie was briefly shown in the theater. [38]

IDW Comics Trivia [ ]

  • In the Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria hard cover collection, on page five, Murray is referenced in Dan Aykroyd's introduction.
  • After Peter denies he would do such a thing, Ray asserts maybe not if he made par -- a slight jab at Bill Murray's golf skills.
  • Murray is mentioned in the Introduction of Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers The Call TPB on page 2.
  • On page 2 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #3 , one of the Ghostbusturtles has the first name of Bill Murray.
  • On page 17 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #4 , in panel 2, on the table is a white golf club bag based on the bag of Scott Simpson during the second round of the 1997 Motorola Western Open at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. Bill Murray carried it for him. [39]
  • On page 9 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #5 , the white golf club bag appears again.
  • On page 4 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2 , Peter's hairstyle is based on Bill Murray's character Tripper in "Meatballs" (1979).
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3 , listed on the employee file, Peter shares a September 21, 1950 birthday with Bill Murray.

References [ ]

  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 23. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "The story regarding who Aykroyd envisioned as the third Ghost Smasher has changed throughout the years. At some points, he's said it was always meant for Bill Murray. Other junctures have found Aykroyd insisting his original third pick was Eddie Murphy, the audacious and effortlessly funny Saturday Night Live cast member credited with saving the program from cancellation during its abysmal early '80s seasons."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 41. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Such resolve had to carry Murray into Ghostbusters, which started for him on October 27. The Razor's Edge left him physically drained and thirty-five pounds lighter. Unfortunately, there was no time to rest. "I got off the Concorde from Razor's Edge and drove to 62nd Street and Madison to work on (Ghostbusters)," he said. "I left Paris at 9:30 in the morning and went to work at 11 o'clock in the morning in New York. I will never do that again. That was terrible. I mean, I was asleep the whole time." Nerves kept Peter Giuliano from doing anything but sleeping his first day on Ghostbusters."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 44. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Friedman recounted an incident while Ghostbusters was filming at Columbia University where Murray wandered off with "a beautiful Chinese undergraduate" who was his guest that day. Tomas, the production assistant assigned to Murray, frantically searched for the pair until he found them canoodling in an empty classroom. An agitated Murray instructed him to "get lost." A day later, crew members were instructed not to interact or even look at Murray for the rest of the shoot."
  • ↑ Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 27:04-27:13). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And she would go off into a corner to prepare herself for a scene, and Bill would sneak up behind her and tickle her or something. Bill would like to be in mid-sentence before he stepped onto the set and..."
  • ↑ Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 27:14-27:17). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Or lift her up. He likes lifting women."
  • ↑ Cross the Streams Episode 40, 27:20-28:00, 5/20/14 David Margulies says: "So I'm in the Mayor's office, and Bill said, "First of all, you should be on a first name basis with the Cardinal, you see?" So he said, "You're Lenny. He's--" you know whatever his name was. Mike! Mike, see? And so a lot of that wonderful New York stuff, Bill loosened up the atmosphere and so the rest is sort of history."
  • ↑ David Margulies (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:26:11-1:26:23). Bueno Productions. David Margulies says: "Bill Murray said, "They should know each other, and they should be on a first name basis, the cardinal." And he said, "And your name is Lenny." So that was improvised."
  • ↑ Peter Giuliano (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:28:56-1:29:35). Bueno Productions. Peter Giuliano says: "We had this massive location on Central Park West between, I think was 66th and 67th Street. So it's also where the traffic not only goes north and south in the city, but also east and west. The city, when they finally realized what we wanted to do, panicked and revoked the permit. When they did it, it was the day we were shooting at City Hall. And all of a sudden, we couldn't find Bill or Danny. And for an hour, we couldn't find them. And then they reappeared. And they said, we just talked with Mayor Koch, because we were at City Hall. So they went to see the real mayor. And he's gonna fix it, and we're gonna be able to shoot."
  • ↑ The Tonight Show with Jmmy Fallon YouTube "Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Ernie Hudson Look Back on the Original Ghostbusters Film | Tonight Show" 11/15/2021 Dan Aykroyd says: "We had a wonderful night, I remember, where we had available to us some New York police motorcycles because we were shooting in Uptown. And so Billy and I decided we'd like to take a little ride around Central Park. And we grabbed those bikes and screamed all over the park. It was closed for some reason. And we were just - you know, lights and sirens and, you know, and pulling over pedestrians."
  • ↑ William Atherton (2009). Ghostbusters - Slimer Mode (2009) (Blu-Ray ts. 21:48-22:03). Columbia TriStar Home Video. William Atherton says: "And, you know, Murray would tease Annie. And so she just had a way of cutting through. He'd be riffing something before a scene and you would hear Annie go, "Enough, Murray. Enough." She would start to do-- It was great."
  • ↑ Annie Potts (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters , Deleted Scenes (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:09:37-1:10:37). Bueno Productions. Annie Potts says: "I shot a couple of days before I did my first scene with Bill. I was like, 'Isn't Bill supposed to be here? What time is Bill's call?' Bill missed his call by some hours so much so that we had to start shooting that sequence with a stand-in. Then he came in and he clearly didn't know what the scene was. He hadn't looked at it. Bill was very willing to just improvise that scene. You can't now improvise the scene because we shot half of it so you kind of have to do the lines. He was a little embarrassed about having been that late so he was amusing everybody but not me so much. He was like, 'What's wrong? What's wrong, Annie? C'mon.' I said, 'Nothing's wrong. I would just like you to stand on your f***ing mark and say your f***ing line! And then I'll be fine.' And as I recall, the crew applauded."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Dan Aykroyd's younger brother Peter was recording an album in Los Angeles around this time and connected Reitman with two of the musicians he was working with, Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall (who comprised the hard rock duo Hughes/Thrall)."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Pat Thrall says: "Anyway, Bill Murray didn't like our song. You just think of Bill Murray as a jokester all the time. He was totally the opposite of that at this lunch. He was all business. His whole thing about the theme was he wanted it to be credible, not gimmicky. I think his favorite band was NRBQ. I think he wanted them to do the theme. So we were like, 'Man, we submitted ours, whatever.' Also, the only thing Bill Murray ate through this whole lunch was uni and sake. He was downing sake like crazy, and he had more filming to do. And he was just emphatic about the NRBQ thing."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 115. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Giuliano says Murray derailed one of the movie's videotaped rehearsals with a lengthy tirade about some unspecified indignity Reitman forced upon him years earlier during the making of Stripes."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 115-116. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "A more serious incident occurred on the Ghostbusters II courtroom set one day after filming. "The prop master was having an argument with Murray," Giuliano begins. "I have no idea what they were arguing about, but Murray slapped him. Suddenly there was all this kicking and punching. And this guy was so much bigger than Murray. I got between them and started talking to the prop master to figure out what's going on. All of a sudden his eyes got gigantic. I turned around and Murray was running at us with a big wooden chair, like it was a wrestling match. A set costumer, a woman, got involved to help me. That night when I went home I was fuckin' black and blue all over my body!" Giuliano declined to identify the prop master by name, citing "a big lawsuit" that broke out after Murray had the individual fired, but call sheets from that week list a "MacSems" filling the position. It was Bill MacSems, a veteran in his field whose credits included Chinatown, Marathon Man, All the President's Men, and RoboCop. Now retired, Bill MacSems declined to be interviewed for this volume. Sources who wish to remain anonymous say the courtroom altercation started because Murray was angry about the weight of his proton pack, the cumbersome piece of equipment all three lead actors had to wear like a rucksack during their ghost-busting sequences. Murray wasn't fond of wearing the fifty-pound apparatus while shooting the first Ghostbusters, and it remained an issue on the sequel, even though he was scripted to spend less time with the proton pack and the prop department had crafted a more lightweight device Livid that the straps were cutting into his shoulders, Murray allegedly tore the proton pack off his body, threw it to the ground of the courtroom set, and then knocked over a nearby table filled with other proton packs before accosting MacSems."
  • ↑ Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#722 - "Ghostbusters Day Group Chat Rebroadcast" - June 8, 2021" 53:22-53:36 6/8/2021 Ivan Reitman says: "Bill actually said it on the set as we're preparing his stuff and wearing that stuff--and he would--he wanted to look good. He wanted everyone to look good. He was directing a little bit."
  • ↑ Dan Aykroyd (2019). Ghostbusters II - Commentary (2019) ( Blu-ray ts. 52:00-52:05). Sony Home Entertainment. Dan Aykroyd says: "No, that's Billy--That's totally Billy doing his... Richard Avedon."
  • ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited , Cinefex magazine #40, page 37. Cinefex, USA. Bill Murray says: "Actually, it was a little scary. The rig would do strange things and would pitch and turn in ways that even the effects guys did not expect. At one point, Ivan told them to tilt it down even further than usual because he wanted us to be really surprised. Well, that was real fear you see on the screen. It went down so far we thought it had broken again. It was quite a ride--nausea, sea legs, the whole thing."
  • ↑ Super Hero Hype "Bill Murray Spotted on His Way to the Ghostbusters Set" 8/8/15
  • ↑ EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 23:50-23:59 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "Well, I wanted him in a suit because we always thought it would be fun if he was that kind of guy but when he showed up, he wanted to base the character, his look off Quentin Crisp."
  • ↑ Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "About a month later, there was an urgent phone call saying, "We have another scene for you. It's not the same scene, and we're pretty sure you'll want to clear your schedule for this one. Could you be in Boston on these days?" It was right in the middle of summer vacation, and they were very mysterious about it, but I said okay."
  • ↑ Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "There were a couple of scripted lines, and Paul Feig, as he is with everything on his movies, just let the actors try to do their things and build on those lines. He just had us do the scene several times with the core of the lines that they'd written, but we’d bounce back in and out of what Bill could come up with on the spot. He succeeded at being the difficult interviewee, and he enjoyed the fact that he was making me squirm a little bit while trying to keep up as the straight man anchor."
  • ↑ Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "The actual time on set with Bill was about 40 minutes, and, as you know from reports back at the time, he was not the first of the alumni to sign up."
  • ↑ Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "As he walked into this huge old converted warehouse they made into a sound stage, he recognized one of the technicians who I think he worked with on SNL, and he goes, "How the hell are you, man?" The two of them just had this warm exchange, and I think it put everyone at ease, because I think there had been some tension over the fact that it was just a one-day shoot and he hadn't been initially eager to do the movie."
  • ↑ FrenchyRom YouTube "Jason Reitman talks Ghostbusters Afterlife and the future of the franchise (SPOILERS)" 1:22-1:36 11/23/2021 Jason Reitman says: "I wish I had some great story for you but the truth is that my writing partner Gil Kenan had already directed before my father had obviously directed him before. We had direct access to Bill. He read the script and he enjoyed it and he said yes."
  • ↑ The Hollywood Reporter "Carrie Coon on ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ and Fact-Checking ‘Gone Girl’" 11/16/2021 Carrie Coon says: "And his first day on set, there was a Cubs game on and he was trying to get the TV working in his trailer."
  • ↑ Hasbro Pulse YouTube "Fan First Monday | Ghostbusters HasLab Plasma Series Spengler's Proton Pack Livestream" 38:34-39:04 11/22/2021 ' Ben Eadie says: "The thing is that Bill Murray, you love him but like when he'd done acting, he just starts walking off the set and he's stripping down. He'll put things down and you know the the pack will be laying on the floor and his belt will be on the table somewhere so if you're not on them and following them around you're going to lose pieces so you know and when things get put down they, you know, people might be walking past and in this case Bill put down the pack somewhere and somebody kicked it. It knocked a few pieces loose but you know, you come in and glue it."
  • ↑ Adam Savage's Tested YouTube "Adam Savage and Jason Reitman Talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 18:08-18:32 11/23/2021 Jason Reitman says: "You know there's a moment where Bill goes, and this is his not mine, he goes "Count of three, go on two, one two blast." And we're all sitting there at monitor and he says that it's not rehearsed. He just says it and everyone on a monitor goes okay that's an iconic line like it's just right there."
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "As they work through their takes, Murray couldn't help but torment his costars a little too. He brushed away some of the dirt and straw on the ground to reveal a rectangular shape beneath Hudson. "Have you got a pad here!?" asked Murray, who did not have one himself. He narrowed his eyes at Hudson and shook his head. "You're soft," he declared. Hudson played it off with a grin. "Nah," he said. "That was for the stunt man!" Then he leaned back and luxuriated in his camouflaged comfort spot."
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "After feeling awkward for the first few days, what finally energized Murray was the chance to improvise again while Venkman lay sprawled with his cohorts beside the vehicle. "Bill is keeping her distracted with talking, while you raise the proton gun," Jason Reitman said, showing the fallen Hudson how he wanted him to slyly slip his neutrona blaster into position. In the script, Venkman decides to taunt Gozer by imagining a far more intimate relationship than the two actually had back in the '80s, with Murray adding new flourishes on every take, only some of which ended up in the finished film. "You know, you wasted a lot of time putting on that make up," he yells. "It's not going to work anymore. You've got a lot of nerve trying to crawl back." "The scene I just did now, it was fun," Murray said afterward. "I got to just say what I wanted to say, and it was always that way. The script was just our jumping off point." As Murray added variations to his insult barrage, Wolfhard, whose character is hiding near the collapsed OGBs, asked Jason Reitman: "Can I laugh?" He suggests maybe that will irritate Gozer even more. The director urges him to keep playing the moment low-key."
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "But Gozer was also cracking up. Olivia Wilde, who sported the extreme pompadour hairstyle and scaly boils and baubles of the monster in Afterlife, sometimes had difficulty keeping a straight face. At one moment during Murray's epic roast of Gozer, Wilde broke and laughed out loud. "You got me on that one," she told him. "Too far. TOO FAR!""
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "After Jason Reitman called cut, the guys shambled to their feet while the crew prepared a new setup. Hudson rose first and swung around just as Murray began to stand beside him. That's when his proton blaster connected with Murray's frontal lobe. Hudson winced as if he were the one who'd been struck. "I hit him on the head with my gun as he was getting up," he explained to onlooking crew members, as Murray left to get checked by the set medic. The accident slowed things down for a beat. Murray got knocked hard, enough to leave a mark. But he was okay. He returned a few minutes later, playing it up like he was gravely wounded but had valiantly rallied. His young costars went along with the joke. "Yeah, I mean, what's a concussion anyway?" Wolfhard said."
  • ↑ Yes Have Some YouTube "Ben Eadie - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Props, RTV Trap, & Stories from set" 32:37-32:57 12/3/2021 Ben Eadie says: "And on the last day of shooting, he hands me this balled up envelope and I'm like 'okay I guess he's got a script in the envelope and so I I put it in my pocket, he comes back and undress him and I'm like 'it's been great working for you' and I hand it back, he looks at me, he's like 'what the hell are you doing? I'm like 'what do you mean, what am I doing?' He's like 'it's a gift you dumb ass.' his last words were like 'you dumb ass' to me, right?"
  • ↑ Yes Have Some YouTube "Ben Eadie - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Props, RTV Trap, & Stories from set" 33:06-33:11 12/3/2021 Ben Eadie says: "I got this little this massage certificate for for a place in town."
  • ↑ Den of Geek "Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Jason Reitman Finally Addresses the Biggest Spoilers in the Movie" 11/22/2021 Jason Reitman says: "We had a script for that scene. Apparently the script was unnecessary… That took half a day. Bill came into the movie with his own ideas, and they were brilliant. And I had grown up hearing the stories of Bill improvising, watching him do it live on-set. It was a thrill to watch him in real-time deliver dialogue that was far superior to anything I could’ve come up with in the couple of years of writing this movie. His brain crackles in a different way, and his voice is authentically his and has been so since we first met him. So to hear Venkman come to life in his voice again thrilled the crew, thrilled me, thrilled my Dad, and it made me want to get to editing a quickly as possible. A hundred percent. On every line of Bill's, there was an alternate that was just as good."
  • ↑ Winston Zeddemore (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - " Take Two " (1986) (DVD ts. 06:20-06:24). Time Life Entertainment. Winston says: "Murray...Aykroyd...Ramis. What's that? A law firm?"
  • ↑ Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - " Take Two " (1986) (DVD ts. 22:56-22:58). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Y'know, he doesn't look a thing like me."
  • ↑ Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - " Take Two " (1986).
  • ↑ Golf "50 Greatest Bill Murray Golf Photos" 11/29/14
  • ↑ The information is sourced from "IMDb", which is User-generated content . It will be used temporarily as a reference until it can be replaced with a verified primary source. See link references guide .

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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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How old are the Ghostbusters? (Microsoft’s How Old Tool)

  • May 3, 2015

Microsoft’s How-Old.net tool, which guesses a person’s age and gender based on a photo of their face, is one heck of an idea… when it works.

Join GhostbustersNews.com as we run Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson through the site and just see how accurate it is.

All ‘original’ images were from the set of the first Ghostbusters film, dating them between 1983-1984.

Bill Murray:

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 39 Sex: Male

Murray was born in 1950, which would put him at about 33 years old, six years younger than How-Old.net’s guesstimate.

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 66 Sex: Male

A recent image of Murray has shown an aging of 27 years, which is actually pretty accurate considering Ghostbusters just celebrated it’s 30th anniversary last year.

Dan Aykroyd:

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 43 Sex: Male

Aykroyd was born in 1952, putting him between 31-32 years or age. The How-Old.net tool aged him about 10+ years.

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 60 Sex: Male

A recent image of Aykroyd has shown an aging of only 17 years. While the age progression isn’t accurate, the guesstimate is pretty close as he’ll be celebrating his 62nd birthday this July.

Harold Ramis:

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 46 Sex: Male

Ramis was born in 1944 putting the actor between 38-39 years old in the above photo.  The How-Old.net tool aged him between 7-8 years. Must be the glasses.

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 62 Sex: Male

With Harold’s passing in early 2013, we went with an image that was taken several years before. We’d probably peg this one around 2009, making the guesstimate rather accurate as he would have been around 65.

Ernie Hudson:

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 36 Sex: Male

Ernie Hudson was born in 1945, putting the actor between 38-39 when this photo was taken. Pretty close!

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How-Old.net’s guesstimate: Age: 47 Sex: Male

Looks as if Ernie Hudson has found the fountain of youth as How-Old.net has only aged the actor 11 years. Once again, there’s about 30 years between the two images used.

FYI – Ernie turns 70 next year.

Oh, and just for fun…

Vigo the Carpathian:

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Last-minute Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire filming wraps, director celebrates at famed New York City Firehouse

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Pre-orders launch for the Ghostbusters Slimer Table Lamp

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Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed’s fourth free DLC launches today, expands availability to Nintendo Switch and Steam

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First look at upcoming Ghostbusters Slimer candy bowl holder and inflatable Halloween costume

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New Ghostbusters figurines are coming soon from Department 56

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Something festive is in the neighborhood as ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ receives Ghostbusters-themed spin

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The "Ghostbusters" franchise is heading back to New York City. Indeed, following its brief detour to Oklahoma for 2021's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," the series is set to return to not only its original city but also the iconic firehouse where its eponymous team set up their base of operations back in the 1980s. All of this and more was revealed recently in the first trailer for "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire," which is slated to hit theaters next March. The film will bring back most of the characters from its 2021 predecessor, including Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd), Lucky Domingo (Celeste O'Connor), Podcast (Logan Kim), and Callie (Carrie Coon), Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), and Phoebe Spengler (Mckenna Grace).

They're not the only familiar characters who are expected to appear in the forthcoming "Ghostbusters" sequel. On the contrary, the "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" trailer features cameos from several of the franchise's original heroes — namely, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond "Ray" Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). Thanks to the film's official plot synopsis, fans also know why the remaining members of the original Ghostbusters will return in "Frozen Empire."

According to Sony Pictures , the movie will follow the Spengler family as they journey to New York City to "team up with the original Ghostbusters" and use the mysterious new research lab they've designed to help them capture and analyze their ghostly targets. However, when the team discovers an ancient artifact, they accidentally unleash an evil force that has the power to send the world into a second Ice Age. If they want to have any chance of stopping it, both the new and legacy members of the Ghostbusters will need to join forces.

Frozen Empire will bring together both generations of the Ghostbusters

The "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" trailer spends more time setting up its plot than it does hyping up the return of its legacy characters, and it's not hard to see why. The evil force that's released in the film, which is referred to by Dan Aykroyd's Ray as "The Death Chill," has the power to not only turn New York City into a dangerously cold landscape in the middle of July but can also use its victims' fear of it against them. So far, very little has been revealed about the entity responsible for the Death Chill, but that hasn't stopped fans from coming up with their own theories about the main villain of "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire."

As a result of the ongoing focus on the film's icy threat in its marketing materials, it's unclear how present Ray, Peter, and Ernie will be throughout "Frozen Empire." The sequel's first trailer does tease a potential team-up between Ray, Phoebe, and Podcast, but it offers little information about the size of the original Ghostbusters' roles in the film. All three characters, notably, show up during the third-act climax of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" to help Phoebe and the rest of the film's characters vanquish their supernatural villains. That movie also takes some time to catch further up with Peter and Ernie, revealing new details about the directions their lives took after 1989's "Ghostbusters II."

It remains to be seen whether or not "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" will focus even more on its legacy characters than its predecessor. Odds are, fans won't know either way until the film hits theaters on March 29, 2024. Viewers don't, however, have to wonder any longer about the reasons why Ray, Peter, and Ernie have returned for the new "Ghostbusters" sequel.

Bill Murray Finally Explains Why He Kept Passing On Ghostbusters 3

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For years, everyone from Dan Aykroyd to Ivan Reitman tried to get Bill Murray to commit to a third Ghostbusters movie. And while Murray stayed elusive, he never gave a concrete reason as to why the various screenplays presented to him fizzled. Until today.

Bill Murray has done a lot of press for his upcoming comedy St. Vincent . During an interview with Variety , the comedian breaks down why the different takes on a third Ghostbusters never felt right. They are insightful comments from a welcome, candid actor who rarely does a movie for the paycheck.

The most famous version of a rumored third Ghostbusters had Bill Murray participating as a ghost. Peter Venkman would be dead, but still haunting the remaining three Ghostbusters: played by Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis . "It was kind of funny, but not well executed," Murray recalls about that premise.

As for a later draft that Aykroyd had penned and presented to his former co-star, Murray admitted to Variety that it was "crazy bizarre and too crazy to comprehend." This might be the one that had the Ghostbusters traveling to an alternate dimension , where they fight demons in a hellish version of Manhattan dubbed "Manhellton." Aykroyd wrote the treatment for Ghostbusters 3: Hellbent with Tom Davis, but nothing ever came of it.

In the Variety interview, Bill Murray reminisces about the creative synergy that fell in line to make the first movie happen.

Those guys, Danny and Harold [Ramis], were at the top of their game [for the first movie]. They were burning nitro at that moment. Unless you have a really clear vision, you’re always trying to recreate that."

So let’s hope that director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold have a clear vision, because they are mounting a new Ghostbusters and have been saying that they will not connect back to the first two movies – choosing instead to start their own journey down an original path. At the time of the announcement for a new Ghostbusters movie, Feig said that they would not look to have the original stars back playing the characters they made famous. And I still think that’s the right idea. No one needs to see those guys in this new movie. Murray does say in the Variety article that he’d consider a cameo if it were fresh and new. I say cut that out. Let the new movie be its own thing. Let the original Ghostbusters be its own magic act. And let’s stop asking Bill Murray Ghostbusters questions for the next few years.

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Sony dropped the first trailer to the highly anticipated sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife and gave the pic a title: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.

Along for the ride is Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani with Paul Rudd’s Gary Grooberson returning.

Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, and original Ghostbusters thespian Annie Potts also star.

Gil Kenan, the EP and co-scribe of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, takes over the directing reigns here from that pic’s helmer Jason Reitman.

Reitman co-wrote the script with Kenan. Reitman also produces wiht Jason Blumenfield.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire comes out on March 29, 2024; the lucrative Easter box office weekend.

After the franchise did not please fans with the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, Sony took the series created by the late Harold Ramis and Aykroyd back to its heart with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The studio showed off the movie to exhibition at the first CinemaCon which returned during Covid in August 2021, and wowed them. Afterlife played the November box office that year grossing $129.3M domestic and over $204M worldwide.

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Ghostbusters franchise star Mckenna Grace recalled how Bill Murray was like a "third director" for her on the set of Ghostbusters: Afterlife .

Per Ghostbusters News , Grace was present at Steel City Con where she addressed her role as Phoebe Spengler, the in-universe granddaughter of Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). In preparation for the role, Grace watched footage of Ramis as Egon and read the book written by Violet Ramis, the late actor's daughter. The child star also explained how director Jason Reitman helped guide her with her performance, as did late producer Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters films. Grace also noted how Murray as constantly giving her pointers as well, to the point where it felt like he was another director on the set.

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"I talked with Jason and Ivan both a lot, and while I was on set, I had Jason directing me, and I had Ivan directing me, and whenever Bill was on set, Bill was like a third director , so I was constantly getting advice and input on what to do. It was lovely," Grace explained. On Murray's eccentric behavior, she added, " Bill is hilarious. It’ll be a day before shooting, and they’ll be like, 'So, we don’t know if Bill’s coming yet, but he should be here tomorrow,' and I’m like, 'Wait. What? He’s supposed to start shooting tomorrow,' and they’re like, 'Yeah, he sent us a fax. I think he’s driving in from North Carolina,' and I’m like, 'What? He’s driving himself in, and he’s faxing you guys? '”

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A Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel is coming in 2024, and it's already been revealed that Grace will be back as Phoebe in the sequel. Dubbed Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , the new film also brings back the surviving lead actors from the original movie : Murray (Peter Venkman), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), and Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz). Jason Reitman co-wrote the script for the new film with Gil Kenan, with the latter taking over directorial duties. Other returning stars include Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Celeste O'Connor, and Logan Kim.

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Ghostbusters: frozen empire will include an "egon spengler type" character played by james acaster.

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Some new details have emerged for a new character being introduced to the Ghostbusters franchise in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire . The character’s name is Lars Pinfield, and he’s played by British comedian and podcaster James Acaster .

Pinfield is described as “a man responsible for some of the fresh tech being funded by Ernie Hudson’s Winston – and he’s set to fit firmly into the Ghostbusters universe.” Producer Jason Retiman goes on to say in an interview with Empire that he is an Egon Spengler-type character, saying: “James is not playing a Spengler, but he really falls in line with the Egon Spengler ‘type’.”

It looks like he could be either a fun or annoying character. We’ll find out soon enough, but it makes sense that the creative team would want to bring in a new young tech guy to create some new Ghostbusting gear.

In the story, New York City finds itself freezing over due to an ancient artifact that unleashes an evil force! Also, the original Ghostbusters return!The synopsis reads:

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.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife co-writer and executive producer Gil Kenan is directing the sequel, with Afterlife director and co-writer Jason Reitman serving as writer and executive producer. The movie also stars Patton Oswalt , Kumail Nanjiani , comedian James Acaster , and Emily Alyn Lind  have joined the cast. They join returning cast members Paul Rudd , Carrie Coon , Finn Wolfhard , and Mckenna Grace . Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson are also all back for the new adventure!

The film is scheduled to be released on March 29th, 2024.

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A new look at Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has just been revealed.

Per Empire , a new pair of magazine covers have unveiled new looks at the returning stars of the original movies along with the Afterlife cast. One of these covers features four stars of the original two films who reprised their roles for Afterlife : Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), and Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz). Curiously, Janine herself is suited up in a Ghostbusters uniform , which may suggest that she will also be in action busting ghosts alongside Peter, Ray, and Winston in Frozen Empire . In the original movies, Janine worked as the receptionist for the Ghostbusters.

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The other Empire cover reunites four of the franchise's newcomers, who joined the movie series in Afterlife and are now officially part of the new Ghostbusters team. This includes Paul Rudd's Gary Grooberson along with the Spengler family: Callie (Carrie Coon), Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) . They have classic Ghostbusters uniforms on, while Phoebe and Trevor are also wearing heavy red coats, given the chilly environment.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Is More "Connected" to the Original Films

"Not a day went by when I didn’t ask myself, ‘How would Ivan [Reitman] handle this?'" director Gil Kenan said of reuniting the original team once again for a new adventure. “I wanted that same approach to character, comedy and scares he had on the first two Ghostbusters . This one feels more connected to those movies than Afterlife was.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Star Reveals Her Experience Working With Bill Murray

Co-writer Jason Reitman, who directed Afterlife , also said of his confidence that Murray would again return, “ Bill had always been hesitant [about coming back to Ghostbusters ] , and for good reason: his bar for greatness is very high. But he loves Gil and has history with him [on 2008’s City of Ember ], so there was no question he’d be here [for Frozen Empire ].”

In the sequel, per Sony's official synopsis, "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."

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will be released on March 22, 2024.

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  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire features a replacement for the beloved character Egon Spengler, played by James Acaster as Lars Pinfield.
  • Lars Pinfield is described as an "Egon Spengler type" and is responsible for innovating new technology for the Ghostbusters.
  • Other newcomers in the film include Patton Oswalt as Dr. Hubert Wartzki and Kumail Nanjiani as Nadeem Razmaadi.

A new Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire image reveals a replacement for a beloved character. A direct sequel to Afterlife , the fifth film in the franchise features the return of the Spengler family as they reteam with the veteran Ghostbusters to protect New York City from a powerful entity known as the Death Chill and prevent a second Ice Age. The Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire cast brings back Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Celeste O'Connor, and Logan Kim in their respective roles, alongside the original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.

Ahead of the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire release date in March, a new image (via Empire ) reveals a replacement for a beloved character – the original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) . Check out the image below:

The image reveals James Acaster as Lars Pinfield, flanked by the returning cast. Jason Reitman, who directed Afterlife and produced Frozen Empire , describes the new character as an " Egon Spengler type ." Read his full comment below:

James is not playing a Spengler, but he really falls in line with the Egon Spengler "type."

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Egon Spengler was one of the four original Ghostbusters, but because Harold Ramis passed away in 2014 , the character was resurrected through CGI for 2021's Afterlife . The spirit of Egon also lives on through his daughter, Callie (Coon), and grandchildren, Trevor (Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Grace). Though other Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire images showed Janine (Annie Potts) suiting up as Egon's replacement, the latest image, coupled with Reitman's comments, suggests that Lars Pinfield will be his true successor.

Lars Pinfield is played by the British comedian James Acaster, who is known for co-hosting the food podcast Off Menu . In Frozen Empire , Lars is the one responsible for innovating new technology for the Ghostbusters, similar to how Egon (with Ray's assistance) developed the technology behind the P.K.E. Meter, the Proton Pack, the Trap, the Aura Video-Analyzer, and the Etco Goggles. In addition to Lars, other newcomers in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire include Patton Oswalt as Dr. Hubert Wartzki and Kumail Nanjiani as Nadeem Razmaadi, though not much is known about these characters.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire releases on March 22.

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  7. How old was Bill Murray in the movie Ghostbusters (1984)?

    Bill Murray was 32 in Ghostbusters when he played the character 'Dr. Peter Venkman'. That was over 40 years ago in 1984. Today he is 73, and has starred in 122 movies in total, 100 of those since Ghostbusters was released.

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  9. Bill Murray

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  10. 'Ghostbusters' Cast Then and Now: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and More

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  11. How old are the Ghostbusters? (Microsoft's How Old Tool)

    Age: 46. Sex: Male. Ramis was born in 1944 putting the actor between 38-39 years old in the above photo. The How-Old.net tool aged him between 7-8 years. Must be the glasses. How-Old.net's guesstimate: Age: 62. Sex: Male. With Harold's passing in early 2013, we went with an image that was taken several years before.

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    Odds are, fans won't know either way until the film hits theaters on March 29, 2024. Viewers don't, however, have to wonder any longer about the reasons why Ray, Peter, and Ernie have returned for ...

  13. How old was Bill Murray when filming Ghostbusters?

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  14. Bill Murray Finally Explains Why He Kept Passing On Ghostbusters 3

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  15. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Begins 'Post-gozerian Era,' Bill Murray

    The original Ghostbusters, including Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, and Ernie Hudson, will have a larger role in the sequel, with the director expressing excitement about directing his favorite characters.

  16. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Image

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  17. Bill Murray Is Back in the Firehouse in New 'Ghostbusters: Frozen

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  18. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Reveals Sneak Peek at Bill Murray's Return

    A teaser trailer previously confirmed that the original Ghostbusters crew will be returning, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. A new image, first published by Empire, reveals ...

  19. How old was Bill Murray in the movie Ghostbusters II?

    Bill Murray was 37 in Ghostbusters II when he played the character 'Dr. Peter Venkman'. That was over 35 years ago in 1989. Today he is 73 , and has starred in 122 movies in total, 92 of those since Ghostbusters II was released.

  20. 'Ghostbusters' Sequel Trailer Drops: Bill Murray, Dan ...

    Home Film Trailers 'Ghostbusters' Sequel Trailer Drops: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Ernie Hudson Back Together In Ice Age New York City; Pic Gets Title

  21. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

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  22. Old Ghostbusters Reunite in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Image

    Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts suit up. ... Melnitz appears in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 as ... Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and ...

  23. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Star Reveals Her Experience Working With ...

    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. Release Date. March 29, 2024. Director. Gil Kenan. Cast. Mckenna Grace , Carrie Coon , Paul Rudd , Emily Alyn Lind , FInn Wolfhard , Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , Ernie Hudson.

  24. GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE Will Include an "Egon Spengler ...

    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. Ghostbusters: Afterlife co-writer and executive producer Gil Kenan is directing the sequel, with Afterlife director and co-writer Jason Reitman serving as writer and ...

  25. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Sneak Peek Reveals Janine Suiting Up With

    Mckenna Grace describes working with Bill Murray on the set of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. ... Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.

  26. New Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Image Reveals Replacement For Beloved

    A new Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire image reveals a replacement for a beloved character. A direct sequel to Afterlife, the fifth film in the franchise features the return of the Spengler family as they reteam with the veteran Ghostbusters to protect New York City from a powerful entity known as the Death Chill and prevent a second Ice Age.The Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire cast brings back Finn ...