Where Ghostbusters stars are now – tragic deaths, Hollywood and co-star link

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Ghostbusters are some of Hollywood's most iconic characters.

The best paranormal investigation team has inspired thousand fancy dress costumes at parties across the world.

Not only have they been referenced in programmes like Stranger Things, but the story is set to continue in 2021's highly anticipated film Ghostbusters: Afterlife starring Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard.

However, the original is still one of the best eighties films of all time, making a huge $30 million (£22 million) when it was originally released on December 7 1984.

Daily Star looks at where the cast of the original Ghostbusters film are now.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver played musician Dana in Ghostbusters, famous for iconic lines including "there is no Dana, only Zeul" and "are you the keymaster?"

Having studied acting alongside another icon, Meryl Streep, she started her career on stage in the seventies and has since become one of Hollywood's biggest stars in films Working Girl, Galaxy Quest and as Ellen Ripley in the Aliens films.

Talking to The Guardian, she said her goal as an actor: "was to be someone people wanted to work with again," and that her daughter wants to follow her into the film industry as a writer.

Sigourney most recently lent her voice to the series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance in 2019, narrating documentary Secrets of the Whales and is listed as starring in 2021 film Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

She has been married to Jim Simpson since 1984 and they have one daughter, Charlotte.

Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis played accountant Louis Tully, but before Ghostbusters, he made his name on the comedy series Saturday Night Live.

After appearing in Ghostbusters, he showed off his excellent musical theatre talents in Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour.

The film also starred Ghostbusters co-star Bill Murray, although the two didn't share any scenes in the film together.

From there, he had roles in Hollywood films including Mel Brook's sci-fi parody Spaceballs and most famously, as Wayne in the Honey I shrunk the kids tv series.

He retired from acting in 1991 following the death of his wife from breast cancer, who he had been married to since 1986, to focus on raising their children.

Although he retired from acting, he has since returned to star as Barney Rubble in the live action 1994 Flintstones film and provided voice work for films including 2003's Brother Bear.

Bill Murray

Award winning actor Bill Murray played the dry-witted Peter Venkman, who falls in love with Dana Barratt when she comes to the Ghostbusters for help.

It is one of his many Hollywood films roles, including Scrooged, Tootsi, Groundhog Day, What about Bob, Zombieland and Lost in Translation.

With generations of fans growing up with his films, Bill said to the Guardian that he sees his job as "an impersonator" and one who hopefully "leaves people feeling joyful."

Bill is also a talented musician, showing off his skills in the Netflix special A very Murray Christmas in 2015.

Most recently he lent his voice to 2018's Isle of Dogs, played himself in Zombieland: Double Tap and is listed as appearing in the new Marvel film Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania, due for release in 2023.

He has been married twice – first to Mickey Kelley from 1981-1994, with who he had two children.

Bill then had four children with second wife Jennifer Butler, who he was married to from 1997 – 2008.

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd not only starred in Ghostbusters as Dr Raymond Stantz, he also wrote the hit 1984 film with co-star Harold Ramis.

He was already a huge star prior to Ghostbusters, having starred alongside the late actor and close friend John Belushi in 1980's Blues Brothers.

Dan got the idea for the film when reading a parapsychology magazine, saying to Vanity Fair: "Virtually every comedy team did a ghost movie—Abbott and Costello, Bob Hope. I was a big fan of [them.]"

He also added that he originally wrote the role of Venkman for John Belushi, before his death in 1982.

From there he hasn't left our screens, starring in Hollywood films including The Great Outdoors, Driving Miss Daisy, My Girl and Gross Pointe Blank.

Most recently he provided the voice of Yogi Bear in the 2010 film, lent his voice to an episode of The Simpsons, narrated 2021 series Hotel Paranormal and continues to write and produce Ghostbusters related projects.

He has been married to Donna Dixon since 1984 and they have three children together.

Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis played scientist Dr Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, and wrote the film alongside co-star Dan Aykroyd.

Not only did he star in films including Orange County and Year One, he was the writer of comedies including Caddyshack and wrote the screenplays for films including Bedazzled and Analyse This.

He was married to Anne Ramis from 1967-1984, with who he one child, and then had two children with Erica Mann, who he was married to from 1989.

Harold died aged 69 on February 24 2014 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitus.

However during his life he inspired a new generation of comedians including Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow, with Judd saying to the Chicago Tribune: "When I was 15, I interviewed Harold for my high school radio station, and he was the person that I wanted to be when I was growing up.

"His work is the reason why so many of us got into comedy."

Annie Potts

Annie Potts is fondly remembered for her performance as receptionist Janine, particularly for picking up the phone and shouting "Ghostbusters, what do you want?"

In the eighties she also had roles in huge hits including Iona the record store owner in 1986's Pretty in Pink and as Tracey Spencer in Magnum P.I, along with voicing Bo Peep in the Toy Story films.

She most recently starred in television series Young Sheldon from 2017-2021, and once again reprised her voice role as Bo Peep in Toy Story 4.

Annie has also been married four times, including to James Hayman from 1990 and has three children.

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson played Winston, who joins the Ghostbusters when paranormal activity increases and they need extra help.

Since then Ernie has not left our screens and has appeared in Hollywood films including The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Basketball Diaries, Miss Congeniality and tv series ER.

He most recently starred as Detective Ridley in Desperate Housewives, Miles in Modern Family and Joseph in LA's Finest from 2019-2020.

Ernie was married to Jeannie Lou Moore from 1964-1980, with who he had two children, and then had two children with wife Linda Kingsberg, who he has been married to since 1985.

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