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A Look Back at the Cast and Characters of ‘ER’

The medical drama ‘ER’ was a hit show that ran for 15 seasons from 1994 to 2009. It was one of the most popular shows on television and won numerous awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and 23 Primetime Emmy Awards. The show followed the lives of the doctors and nurses at County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. It was a groundbreaking show that featured an ensemble cast of characters who were all equally important to the story. Here’s a look back at some of the cast and characters from ‘ER’.

George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross

George Clooney was one of the most recognizable faces on ‘ER’. He played the role of Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician who worked in the emergency room at County General Hospital. He was known for his good looks, charm, and dedication to his patients. He had a reputation as a playboy but eventually settled down with nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies). His character left after five seasons but returned for guest appearances in later seasons.

Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene

Anthony Edwards played Dr. Mark Greene, an emergency room doctor who was initially introduced as a resident in season one and eventually became chief of emergency medicine by season six. He was known for his intelligence, compassion, and dedication to his work. His character faced many personal struggles throughout the series, including dealing with cancer and his divorce from wife Jennifer (Laura Innes).

Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter

Noah Wyle played Dr. John Carter, an intern who eventually became chief resident by season six and then chief of staff by season ten. He was known for his intelligence, wit, and dedication to medicine but also had a bit of a rebellious streak that often got him into trouble with his superiors. He also had a romantic relationship with nurse Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney).

Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway

Julianna Margulies played Nurse Carol Hathaway, an ER nurse who worked alongside Drs Ross and Greene in the early seasons before leaving to pursue her career as an administrator at County General Hospital in season four. She eventually returned to nursing in season eleven after her marriage to Ross ended in divorce. She was known for her intelligence, compassion, and dedication to her patients but also had her own personal struggles throughout the series including depression and alcoholism which she eventually overcame with help from her friends and colleagues at County General Hospital.

These are just some of the many characters that made ‘ER’ such an iconic show over its 15-season run on television. From George Clooney’s charming Dr Doug Ross to Julianna Margulies’ compassionate Nurse Carol Hathaway, each character brought something unique to the show that made it so beloved by viewers around the world.

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  • Trivia When Louis Tully mingles with his party guests (commenting on the price of the salmon, and so on), the scene is one continuous shot, and almost entirely improvised.
  • Goofs Ray declares that the phenomena they are witnessing may be as important as "the Tunguska blast of 1909." It actually occurred on June 30, 1908.

Dr. Raymond Stantz : Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.

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  • Crazy credits During the end credits, as the Ghostbusters are leaving in Ecto-1, three priests can be seen giving the last rites to a chunk of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man
  • Alternate versions All German TV versions omit the line by Peter Venkman: "He's a sailor, he's in New York, we get this guy laid, we won't have any trouble." The video and DVD versions are uncut.
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List of Ghostbusters characters, including pictures when available. These characters from the movie Ghostbusters are listed by their importance to the film, so leading roles can be found at the top of the list. From main characters to minor roles and cameos, these characters are a big part of what made the film so great. The names of the actors and actresses who portrayed each character are included below as well, so use this Ghostbusters character list to find out who played your favorite role.

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The Ghostbusters 5 cast sees returning favorites from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, including Mckenna Grace, as well as legacy actors like Ernie Hudson.

The Ghostbusters 5 cast sees the return of fan-favorite actors like Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, and Ernie Hudson reprising their roles as popular characters from the earlier movies. When it hit theaters in 2021, Ghostbusters: Afterlife performed surprisingly well at the box office (via Box Office Mojo ), so Sony was quick to greenlight a sequel. Picking up where Ghostbusters: Afterlife left off, Ghostbusters 5 will explore the continuing adventures of a new generation of Ghostbusters, led by Egon Spengler’s grandchildren, Phoebe and Trevor. Like Ghostbusters: Afterlife , the movie will also see the return of some beloved legacy characters.

The script for the upcoming Ghostbusters 5 has been written by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, who previously handled the screenplay for Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Jason Reitman also helmed Ghostbusters: Afterlife , yet Kenan is taking his turn in the director’s chair for Ghostbusters 5 while the former is attached as a producer. Ghostbusters 5 is the first Ghostbusters film with no involvement from the original movie’s director, Ivan Reitman, who passed away in 2022. But the franchise is in very safe hands with son Jason Reitman in control and a cast including such greats as Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and Patton Oswalt.

Mckenna Grace As Phoebe Spengler

Mckenna Grace reprises her role from the Ghostbusters: Afterlife cast as Egon Spengler’s granddaughter, Phoebe. Grace first rose to prominence playing the younger versions of iconic characters, like Tonya Harding in I, Tonya , Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel , and Sabrina Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina . She quickly started earning major roles of her own, like Christmas Flint in Troop Zero , Paige Swanson in Young Sheldon , and Esther Keyes in The Handmaid’s Tale . The last of these earned Grace an Emmy nomination, making her one of the all-time youngest nominees.

Finn Wolfhard As Trevor Spengler

Finn Wolfhard also ppears in the Ghostbusters 5 cast, reprising his role as Phoebe’s socially awkward brother, Trevor Spengler. Wolfhard is best known for playing the quotable Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things and Richie Tozier in the Stephen King-based horror blockbuster It and its sequel, It Chapter Two . His voice roles include Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family and Candlewick in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio . As a musician, Wolfhard joined The Aubreys in 2020 and previously performed as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Calpurnia.

Logan Kim As Podcast

Logan Kim reprises his role from Ghostbusters: Afterlife as Podcast, Phoebe’s friend and classmate who records all his conversations — and all his idle thoughts — for his podcast. Kim also plays Hershel Rhee, the son of Maggie Rhee and the late Glenn Rhee, in The Walking Dead spinoff series The Walking Dead: Dead City . His only other acting credit is his turn as the grandson in one episode of Home Movie: The Princess Bride , which was Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman’s fan-made remake of The Princess Bride , recorded in self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celeste O'Connor As Lucky Domingo

Celeste O’Connor reprises their role in the Ghostbusters 5 cast as Trevor’s love interest, carhop Lucky Domingo. O’Connor first broke out with the role of Paloma Davis in the Amazon original movie Selah and the Spades . Their best-known roles are Millie’s best friend Nyla Chones in the body swap slasher Freaky , Daniel’s granddaughter Ryan in the drama film A Good Person , and Tessa’s friend Shannon in the sci-fi romance movie The In Between . They also played the teenage version of Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character Abbie in the Netflix romantic dramedy Irreplaceable You .

Carrie Coon As Callie Spengler

Carrie Coon reprises her role from Ghostbusters: Afterlife as Egon’s estranged daughter — and Trevor and Phoebe’s mother — Callie Spengler. Coon is best known for her TV roles as grieving mother Nora Durst in HBO’s post-apocalyptic series The Leftovers and police officer Gloria Burgle in the third season of FX’s crime anthology series Fargo based on the Coen brothers movie . Her other film roles include Nick’s twin sister Margo in the psychological thriller Gone Girl , editorial writer Meg Greenfield in the historical drama The Post , and Thanos’s minion Proxima Midnight in the superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War .

Paul Rudd As Gary Grooberson

Paul Rudd returns in the Ghostbusters 5 cast as Gary Grooberson, a seismologist and science teacher. Rudd is best known for his roles as Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Phoebe’s husband Mike in the final two seasons of Friends . He also played Danny in Role Models , Peter Klaven in I Love You, Man , and Brian Fantana in the Anchorman movies. Rudd has regularly worked with director Judd Apatow, playing David in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Pete in Knocked Up and its spinoff, This is 40 .

Ernie Hudson As Dr. Winston Zeddemore

Ernie Hudson reprises his role as Dr. Winston Zeddemore, one of the original Ghostbusters. Outside the Ghostbusters franchise, Hudson is best known for his TV role as Warden Leo Glynn in the HBO prison drama Oz , as well as his recurring roles as Jacob in Grace and Frankie , Miles in Modern Family , and Detective Ridley in Desperate Housewives . His other movie roles include Reggie in The Basketball Diaries , Solomon in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle , and FBI Assistant Director Harry McDonald in the action comedy Miss Congeniality and its sequel.

William Atherton As Walter Peck

William Atherton appears in the Ghostbusters 5 cast as Walter Peck, the cynical EPA inspector who tried to shut down the Ghostbusters in the original movie. Atherton is also known for playing a different smarmy ‘80s movie villain: unscrupulous TV reporter Richard Thornburg in Die Hard , a role he reprised in Die Hard 2 . Atherton’s other well-known film roles include Professor Jerry Hathaway in the sci-fi comedy Real Genius , Nathan Randall in the direct-to-video superhero sequel The Crow: Salvation , and Bob Gminski in the film adaptation of The Pelican Brief .

Ghostbusters 5 Supporting Cast & Characters

Kumail Nanjiani - Comedian Kumail Nanjiani has an undisclosed role in the Ghostbusters 5 cast. Nanjiani is best known for playing Dinesh Chugtai in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley and fan-favorite Kingo in the MCU movie Eternals . He also co-wrote the Oscar-nominated script and starred as a fictionalized version of himself in The Big Sick .

Patton Oswalt - Patton Oswalt appears in Ghostbusters 5 in an undisclosed role. He has released several standup comedy specials, including his Emmy and Grammy-winning Talking for Clapping . He’s also known for acting roles like Spence Olchin in The King of Queens and the voice of Remy in Ratatouille , and for narrating The Goldbergs as adult Adam Goldberg.

James Acaster - The Ghostbusters 5 cast features an as-yet-undisclosed role for James Acaster. He is known for his standup specials Repertoire and Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 , his food podcast Off Menu , and his panel show Hypothetical . He previously played John the Mouse in Amazon’s Cinderella movie and Mike in the BBC sitcom Josh .

Emily Alyn Lind - Emily Alyn Lind has an undisclosed role in the Ghostbusters 5 cast. Lind is best known for playing Melanie in The Babysitter movies on Netflix, Snakebite Andi in Doctor Sleep , and Audrey Hope in the Gossip Girl sequel series.

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The stars of ‘ghostbusters’: where are they now.

See what the 'Ghostbusters' cast — including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver — have been up to since the first 'Ghostbusters' movie hit theaters 35 years ago on June 8, 1984 and since sequel 'Ghostbusters II' hit theaters on June 16, 1989.

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

It's been 35 years since Ghostbusters answered the question, "Who you gonna call?" when the sci-fi comedy hit theaters on June 8, 1984.

The movie follows three former parapsychology professors and a retired Marine who create a unique business to remove ghosts for their clients. Bill Murray starred as the group's leader Peter Venkman, while Dan Aykroyd portrayed Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis starred as Egon Spengler and Ernie Hudson played Winston Zeddemore.

The film also starred Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts and David Margulies.

Following the critical praise and box office success of the 1984 film, Ghostbusters II debuted in theaters on June 16, 1989 with many of the original castmembers reprising their roles.

Aykroyd and Ramis penned the screenplays for both films, while Ivan Reitman directed.

The franchise has remained relevant over the years and has inspired a number of related projects, including the 2016 female-fronted reboot, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. That film, which was directed by Paul Feig, received intense online backlash from fans of the original films who didn't want to see Ghostbusters remade with female characters.

Jason Reitman, who is the son of original Ghostbusters helmer Reitman, is set to direct the latest film in the franchise.

Read on to see what the cast of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II have been up to since Venkman, Ray and Egon opened their paranormal business.

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Murray portrayed Peter Venkman, the unofficial leader of the Ghostbusters. He is known for his blunt persona, laidback approach to his profession as a scientist and womanizing behavior. The actor had already made a name for himself in projects like Caddyshack and for starring and writing for Saturday Night Live prior to his role in Ghostbusters . Murray has gone on to star in Nothing Lasts Forever, Little Shop of Horrors, Scrooged, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Wild Things, Rushmore, Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers, Zombieland, Get Low, Moonrise Kingdom, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent, Aloha and The Dead Don't Die . Additionally, he appeared in the 2016 Ghostbusters film as Martin Heiss. Murray will next appear in Zombieland: Double Tap, The French Dispatch and On the Rocks. On the TV side, Murray has made guest appearances on Alpha House, Parks and Recreation and Angie Tribeca . He starred in the Netflix holiday special A Very Murray Christmas in 2015 and currently co-hosts the Facebook Watch series Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray's Extra Innings. Murray won his second Primetime Emmy Award in 2015 for his supporting role as Jack Kennison in Olive Kitteridge , while he won his first Emmy in 1977 in the writing for a variety series category for SNL.

Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz)

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Aykroyd starred as Ray Stantz, a member of the Ghostbusters who is often considered the "heart" of the group. Not only did the actor star in the hit film and its sequel, but he also co-wrote the screenplays for both films with Harold Ramis. The former Saturday Night Live star has kept busy since his days of hunting ghosts. His acting credits include Nothing Lasts Forever, My Girl, Grosse Point Blank, Pearl Harbor, Crossroads, Christmas with the Kranks, 50 First Dates, Tammy and Pixels . He also earned an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role of Boolie Werthan in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy . He wrote and starred in  The Blues Brothers, Spies Like Us, Dragnet, Coneheads and Blues Brothers 2000. He also wrote and directed the 1991 film Nothing But Trouble. Aykroyd made a cameo appearance as a taxi driver in 2016's Ghostbusters and executive produced the film. The actor has made guest appearances on a number of TV shows including The Nanny, Home Improvement, According to Jim, Family Guy and Workin' Moms . He also hosted the science fiction show Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal from 1996 to 2000 and starred in the sitcom Soul Man from 1997 to 1998.

Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler)

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Ramis starred as the third member of the Ghostbusters, who is the brains of the group and Peter's second-in-command. After starring in and co-writing Ghostbusters and its sequel, Ramis acted in the films Airheads, As Good As It Gets, The Last Kiss, Knocked Up and Year One . Known for his work off camera, Ramis made his directorial debut in 1980 with Caddyshack , which he also wrote. He went on to write films including Back to School, Caddyshack II and Rover Dangerfield . He both directed and wrote Groundhog Dog, Analyze This, Bedazzled, Analyze That and Year One . In 1993, Ramis won the best original screenplay BAFTA for Groundhog Day. Ramis died at the age of 69 in 2014 . His death was caused by complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which he was first diagnosed with in 2010.

Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)

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Hudson portrayed Winston, the only member of the Ghostbusters that lacks a background in science. Winston, who is a former Marine, is recruited to join the paranormal business when the service become more in demand. Since starring in both Ghostbusters films, Hudson has acted in the movies Airheads, The Basketball Diaries, Congo, Shark Attack, Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Turning Point, You're Not You, God's Not Dead 2, Spaceman and Nappily Ever After . He also made a cameo in 2016's Ghostbusters as Uncle Bill Jenkins. Hudson starred in HBO's Oz as Warden Leo Glynn from 1996 to 2003 and on ABC's 10-8: Officers on Duty as Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes from 2003 to 2004. He has also made guest appearances on a number of TV shows, including Desperate Housewives, Bones, How I Met Your Mother, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Angie Tribeca, Blue Bloods and Arrow . And he had recurring roles on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Transformers: Prime and Grace and Frankie. Hudson currently stars as Joseph Burnett on the Spectrum original series L.A.'s Finest.

Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett)

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Weaver starred in the films as Dana Barrett, a cellist that lives at 550 Central Park West. The sinister apartment building ultimately becomes the gateway for the apocalyptic deity Gozer the Gozerian. She seeks the help of the Ghostbusters after she becomes an early target of the paranormal entity. Since appearing in Ghostbusters and its sequel, Weaver has gone on to act in the films Dave, Death and the Maiden, Galaxy Quest, Holes, Baby Mama, WALL-E, Avatar, Paul, The Cabin in the Woods, A Monster Calls and The Assignment . Like most of the cast of the original Ghostbusters , Weaver made a cameo in the 2016 reboot as Dr. Rebecca Gorin. The actress is next set to appear in the films Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and My Salinger Years. On the TV side, Weaver has made appearances on  Futurama, Eli Stone and Doc Marten, while she has starred in  Political Animals and The Defenders . Weaver has been nominated for three Academy awards for her roles in Alien, Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl , while she won Golden Globes for the latter two roles. In addition to her work onscreen, Weaver has appeared in a number of stage productions including The Guys, The Mercy Street, Crazy Mary and Love Letters.

Rick Moranis (Louis Tully)

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Moranis starred as Louis Tully, Dana's nerdy neighbor who works as an accountant. In between Ghostbusters and its sequel, Moranis starred in Little Shop of Horrors and Spaceballs . Since starring in Ghostbusters II , the actor has gone on to appear in the films Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood, My Blue Heaven, The Flintstones and Big Bully . He also voiced the character Rutt in Brother Bear and Brother Bear 2 . The former SCTV actor has appeared in the television specials The Earth Day Special, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary and An Afternoon with SCTV. Moranis co-created the animated sitcom Bob & Doug alongside Dave Thomas. The series ran for two seasons on Global from 2009 to 2011. Additionally, Moranis has released three comedy albums. The first was You, Me, the Music and Me in 1989, followed by 2005's The Agoraphobic Cowboy and 2013's My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs . The Agoraphobic Cowboy was nominated in the best comedy album category at the 2006 Grammy Awards. He turned down a chance to cameo in the 2016 Ghostbusters film, but contrary to rumors, he hasn't retired . 

Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)

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Potts portrayed Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters' secretary. After starring in the first Ghostbusters film, Potts appeared in Crimes of Passion, Pretty in Pink and Jumpin' Jack Flash . Following Ghostbusters II , she starred in Texasville, Breaking the Rules, Elvis Has Left the Building, Two For One, Humor Me and Happy Anniversary. The actress also voiced the character of Bo Peep in Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and the upcoming Toy Story 4 . Potts starred as Mary Jo Shivley on CBS's Designing Women from 1986 to 1993, as Dana Palladino on CBS's Love & War and as Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Sims on Lifetime's Any Day Now from 1998 to 2002. The actress currently stars as Meemaw on CBS'  Young Sheldon. She has also had recurring roles on the shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Fosters and Chicago Med . Potts appeared in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot as a hotel clerk named Vanessa.

David Margulies (Lenny Clotch)

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Margulies appeared in both Ghostbusters films as Lenny Clotch, the mayor of New York City. Following his role in the Ghostbusters films, Margulies appeared in movies including Out on a Limb, A Stranger Among Us, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective , All Good Things and Fading Gigolo . His television credits include the recurring roles of Neil Mink on The Sopranos and as Elie Wiesel on Madoff , as well as guest appearances on NYPD Blue, The Good Wife and Blue Bloods. He also appeared in a number of stage productions including A Thousand Clowns, 45 Seconds to Broadway and Wonderful Town . Margulies died after a battle with cancer in 2016. He was 79.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Cast: Where Are They Now? Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and More

Ghostbusters Cast Where Are They Now

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 .

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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