In 1984, audiences across America fell in love with a team of four New York City ghost hunters who brought children’s scientific fears and fantasies to life. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, Ghostbusters has since seen a sequel and is now on the cusp of a third — this time starring an all-female cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
In light of the new cast, The Hollywood Reporter is looking back at the originals to find out what they’ve been up to since the first Ghostbusters came out more than 30 years ago.
Since his Ghostbusters debut, 64-year-old Murray has continued his acting career with a variation of film and television roles. In 1989, Murray returned to the Ghostbusters franchise as Dr. Peter Venkman for the first sequel. In ’93, the actor starred in Groundhog Day and went on to perform in the R-rated film Rushmore in ’98.
In 2003, Murray was featured in Lost in Translation and received a best actor Oscar nom for his performance.
More recently, Murray starred opposite George Clooney in The Monuments Men and was featured in the 2015 Oscar-nominated film The Grand Budapest Hotel. He also might be the most famous person on the Internet.
The mastermind behind the Ghostbusters franchise, Dan Aykroyd wrote the now-iconic film and was the genius responsible for the TV series and video games that followed.
The 62-year-old has appeared in a number of films since Ghostbusers, including Ghostbusters II in 1989. From 1986-1991, the actor appeared in The Real Ghostbusters TV program, Extreme Ghostbusters in 1997 and multiple Ghostbusters video games. In 2014, Aykyroyd appeared opposite Melissa McCarthy in the comedy Tammy.
Aykroyd is also the founder of and spokesperson for Crystal Head Vodka. He founded the award-winning vodka company in 2007.
Writer-director Harold Ramis, famous for his role as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, tragically passed away in 2014. According to his family, Ramis passed away at his Chicago home due to complications stemming from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69.
Ramis was a comedy titan. In addition to playing Egon, he wrote the original Ghostbusters script with co-star Aykroyd. They also wrote the sequel Ghostbusters II together. But Ramis’ contributions didn’t end there — he also wrote and directed more comedy staples like Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Club Paradise, Analyze This, Bedazzled, Analyze That and Year One.
Ramis‘ additional directing credits include Stuart Saves His Family, Multiplicity and The Ice Harvest.
The Writers Guild of America is expected to honor Ramis posthumously with its lifetime achievement award, the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
The fourth member of the ghost-hunting crew has been involved in a number of television and film projects since Ghostbusters. The 69-year-old Hudson appeared on Desperate Housewives from 2006-2007, Las Vegas and Psych in 2007, and most recently on Rizzoi & Isles from 2011-2014.
From 2010-2013, Hudson appeared on the TV series Transformers Prime and was on Franklin and Bash from 2012-2014.
The actor recently wrapped production on two faith-focused films: Gallows Road and Heaven Sent.