Where Ghostbusters cast are now – from Toy Story star to £135m fortune, brutal street attack and tragic death | The Sun

Where Ghostbusters cast are now – from Toy Story star to £135m fortune, brutal street attack and tragic death | The Sun

01/25/2023

GHOSTBUSTERS became a cult classic after its release in 1984.

Through its hilarious script and use of expensive special effects, it spawned a billion-dollar franchise complete with board games, comic books, and haunted attractions.


This week it was reported some of the original cast will make a big return for a new sequel.

Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are all set to make a cameo in the film, which is said to be set in London.

A source told The Sun: "Studio bosses are taking a classic franchise, setting it in a new location but keeping the magic of the original. It’s going to be brilliant.”

With production due to begin in March, we take a look at where the main cast has ended up since appearing in the film.

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Bill Murray

Ghostbusters was Bill Murray's first main role in a big-budget blockbuster.

The 72-year-old took the part of Peter Venkman in a bid to raise funds for his own project The Razor's Edge – which ended up being a flop.

Straight after the film was shown in 1984, Bill took a break from acting – frustrated that his own project had tanked.

But he remerged on the Hollywood scene to star in Groundhog Day, Mad Dog and Glory, Larger Than Life, and The Man Who Knew Too Little.

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Prior to Ghostbusters he married Margaret Kelly in 1981 and they had two sons, Homer and Luke.

But in 1996 the pair divorced over Bill's affair with Jennifer Butler – who he married a year later.

The couple had four sons together – Caleb, Jackson, Cooper, and Lincoln – but divorced in 2008.

Thanks to his extensive movie work, Bill is thought to be worth £135million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

He's scooped a Golden Globe award, two Emmys and a BAFTA for his work.

He has gained a reputation for his mood swings and has been involved in a number of controversies and feuds throughout his illustrious career.

He's been said to have clashed with a number of people he's worked with including Scarlett Johansson, Anjelica Huston, and his Charlie's Angels co-star Lucy Liu.

Lucy, 54, is said to have thrown punches at Bill after he enraged her by saying she couldn't act, among other things.

The actress said in an interview that the language he used was "inexcusable" and she does not regret standing up for herself.

In April 2022, producers had to halt filming of Being Mortal when Bill was accused of inappropriate behaviour after he allegedly straddled a female production assistant and kissed her on the lips.

He said the incident was a joke, but the woman, believed to be much younger than him, said it was sexually motivated and ended up receiving a $100,000 compensation from him.

Shortly after the report, Geena Davis alleged in her memoir that she had been harassed and yelled at by Bill during the filming of Quick Change, and that he once tried to pull down the strap of her dress.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney, 73, had already started making a name for herself as a lead actress thanks to roles in Alien and The Year of Living Dangerously.

But it was her role as Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters which brought her widespread critical acclaim.

She went on to star in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, noted as her two most memorable performances which secured her two Golden Globes.

Sigourney took a brief break from acting in 1990 to have her daughter and returned with the third instalment of the Alien franchise.

She went on to win a BAFTA for her role in The Ice Storm and Jenny Carver.

She also starred in Avatar and is returning for the film's sequel and third instalment.

Sigourney has been married to director Jim Simpson since 1984 and the couple share daughter Charlotte.

Since appearing in Gorillas in the Mist she has supported the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is currently the charity's honorary chairwoman.

In 2009 she controversially signed a petition calling for Roman Polanski's release after he was arrested in Switzerland on a 1979 charge of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.

She returned for Ghostbusters: Afterlife and starred in Stephen Spielberg's The Good House.

Last year she said sexism in the movie industry prevented her from being able to direct a movie.

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd, 70, was the brains behind the concept for Ghostbusters and starred in it as Ray Stantz.

He had originally envisioned it as a film in space starring him and pal John Belushi but this was canned when Belushi died.

The Canadian actor, who is a self-described spititualist, went on to star in Spies Like Us, Dragnet and Driving Miss Daisy.

He won an Emmy in 1977 for his work on Saturday Night Live and was nominated for an Oscar in 1990 – making him the second SNL cast member to be up for the honour, after Joan Cusack.

Throughout the 90s his film work widely flopped and was dismissed by critics.

In 2009 he wrote the Ghostbusters video game, and he is an executive producer on Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Outside of film he owns Crystal Head Vodka, and started House of Blues, a  chain of live music concert halls and restaurants, to promote blues music and folk art.

He had a short-lived engagement to Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher before marrying Donna Dixon, with whom he has three children including singer Vera Sola.

The couple announced their separation last year in April.

He has spoken out against offensive comedy and is in favour of people cancelling comedians who cause offence.

Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis co-wrote the screenplay for Ghostbusters with Dan and starred as Egon Spengler.

Like Dan, he was also a regular contributor on Saturday Night Live and also appeared on the sketch comedy series SCTV.

Prior to Ghostbusters he spent a few years dabbling in TV, before pursuing a career in film.

Harold made his directorial debut with Caddyshack which was a commercial success in 1980.

After Ghostbusters he rarely acted, opting to stay behind the camera; he directed Groundhog Day.

While he was pals with Bill Murray, they had the occasional heated dispute; on one occasion Harold is said to have thrown Bill against a wall after grabbing him by the collar.

By 2005 he was able to charge a directing fee of £3.8million.

Sadly, in 2010 Harold contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk.

He re-learned but in 2011 suffered a relapse of the disease.

On February 24, 2014, Harold passed away aged 69, leaving behind two sons and a daughter from two marriages.

Rick Moranis

Ghostbusters launched Rick Moranis' career and saw him land leading roles in Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs and The Flintstones.

He stepped back from his career after his wife of five years, Anne Belsky, died from cancer in 1991, at the age of 34. Six years later he took time out to raise their two children.

Rick, 69, didn't appear in another film until 23 years later when he signed up for a sequel to Honey I shrunk the Kids, called Shrunk.

During his hiatus from screen, he occasionally provided voice-overs including for Disney's Brother Bear.

In October 2020, Rick was assaulted in New York City and suffered minor injuries to his head, back, and hip.

Annie Potts

Annie, 70, was already on her way to being a fixture in Hollywood when she landed the role of Janine Melnitz in Ghostbusters.

She went on to star in Pretty in Pink and voiced Bo Peep in Toy Story as well as Toy Story 2 and 4.

Annie moved into TV and held leading roles in Designing Women, Dangerous Minds, and Any Day Now.

She's been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award.

The actress, 69, is currently appearing in Young Sheldon as Connie Tucker – Sheldon's Meemaw.

She has been married three times and has three grown-up sons.

William Atherton

Prior to appearing in Ghostbusters, William, 75, had starred in Steven Spielberg's debut film The Sugarland Express.

His role in the cult classic was Walter Peck, who critics dubbed the "real villain of the film" and was hated so much that William was harassed in the street.

He went on to play Richard Thornberg in Die Hard and its sequel, as well as appearing in other blockbusters and TV series including Desperate Housewives, Law & Order, and Murder, She Wrote.

William has been married to Bobbi Goldin since December 1980 but controversially claimed he was once a homosexual but changed due to the teachings of philosopher Eli Siegel.

His most recent work is on Netflix's thriller Clinical and he works with young adults to help with their productions of Shakespeare.

Ernie Hudson

Winston Zeddemore was Ernie's breakout role which set his career in Hollywood on the right path.

The 77-year-old star went on to star in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, HBO series Oz, and later played Sandra Bullock's FBI boss in Miss Congeniality.

A year after Ghostbusters he married former flight attendant Linda Kingsberg.

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They have two sons, and he has two sons from his previous marriage to Jeannie Moore.

He reprised his role as Winston in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

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