Then/Now: The Cast of 'Ghostbusters'

Who you gonna call? Maybe not the original actors (they're now senior citizens) but let's see what the team is up to.

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    A trio of eccentric parapsychologists set up a paranormal exterminator service shop in an abandoned fire station, and the rest is history. The film was a huge hit, and it's now considered a comedy classic. Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the first two films, has confirmed that a script for a third ‘Ghostbusters’ film is being developed. In anticipation of the next installation, let’s check in on the stars of the original 1984 sci-fi comedy.
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    Murray got his start with National Lampoon Radio before taking Chevy Chase’s vacant spot on ‘Saturday Night Live.'  Films including ‘Meatballs,’ the Hunter S. Thompson biopic ‘Where the Buffalo Roam,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Scrooged’ led to ‘Ghostbusters,’ which solidified Murray as one of the biggest stars of the 80s. He starred in ‘Ghostbusters’ as the sarcastic and street smart Dr. Peter Venkman.
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    In the 90s, Murray continued his reign with fun flicks like ‘What About Bob?’ and ‘Kingpin,’ while honing his acting skills in ‘Ed Wood,’ ‘Groundhog Day,’ and ‘Rushmore.’  Murray has since transitioned into a more serious strain of films, starring in the thinkers ‘Broken Flowers’ and ‘Lost in Translation,’ as well as the animated 'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' a cartoon more for adults than kids. Murray has also had his share of personal troubles, going through a messy divorce in which his ex accused him of abuse and drug use. Coming up, the 59 year-old actor's got ‘Get Low,’ ‘Zombieland,' and… ‘Ghostbusters III.’ (REUTERS)
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    An originator of ‘The Blues Brothers’ (with comedy partner John Belushi), the ‘Saturday Night Live’ vet portrayed the heart of the Ghostbusters team, Dr. Raymond Stantz. The star also co-created and co-wrote the movie. As a Canadian youth, Aykroyd intended to become a priest. Luckily for us, comedy prevailed.
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    After ‘Ghostbusters,’ Aykroyd was nominated for an Oscar for 1989’s ‘Driving Miss Daisy. His directorial debut was ‘Nothing But Trouble’ in 1991. His acting credits include ‘My Girl,’ ‘Dragnet,’ and ‘Coneheads.’ The actor recently did voice work with Chevy Chase for an episode of ‘Family Guy’ and for the upcoming animated film ‘Yogi Bear.’ In addition to showbiz, Aykroyd has many other interests, including alcohol; he a partnership with Niagra Cellars wine, and last year he introduced his own line of alcohol, Crystal Head Vodka (at left). The actor is also a Reserve Commander for the Police Department in Harahan, Louisiana and, as a Spiritualist interested in the paranormal, Aykroyd wrote the introduction to his father’s 2009 book, ‘A History of Ghosts.’ Married since 1983, the actor is now 57 and has three daughters. He will next appear in ‘Ghostbusters III.’  (AP)
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    The writer and director appeared in ‘Stripes’ (which he co-wrote), wrote and directed ‘Caddyshack,’ and co-wrote ‘Ghostbusters.’  Ramis starred in ‘Ghostbusters’ as serious intellectual Dr. Egon Spengler.
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    Harold Ramis Now

    After ‘Ghostbusters,’ Ramis naturally did the film’s sequel. He also co-wrote and directed ‘Groundhog Day,’ thought to be his masterpiece. Now 65, Ramis’ most recent directorial effort is ‘The Ice Harvest.’ He’s also appeared in movies like ‘Knocked Up,’ ‘As Good as it Gets,’ and ‘Year One.’ Expect to see Dr. Egon Spengler back in 2011 for ‘Ghostbusters III.’  On his second marriage, Ramis has three children.  (REUTERS)
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    Potts portrayed the Ghostbusters’ sassy secretary, Janine Melnitz.
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    After the ‘Ghostbusters’ films, Potts had a role in ‘Pretty in Pink’ and starred in the hit series ‘Designing Women’ as well as Lifetime series ‘Any Day Now,’ and the film ‘Texasville.’ The actress voiced Little Bo Peep in Pixar's ‘Toy Story’ movies.  Potts made her Broadway debut last year in the Tony-winning play ‘God of Carnage.’  Now 57, Potts is on her fourth marriage. She has three sons.  (AP)
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    Hudson played Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore, the team’s voice of reason.
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    Now 64, Hudson is known for his role in ‘Ghostbusters,’ but also for his performances in HBO series ‘Oz’ and the cult movie ‘The Crow.’  Other films include ‘Congo,’ ‘Miss Congeniality,’ and ‘Dragonball Evolution.’ The actor recently had recurring roles in ‘Law & Order’ and ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager.’ He will reprise his ‘Ghostbusters’ role for the series' third movie.  On his second marriage, Hudson has four sons. Ernie Hudson Jr. played his onscreen son in ‘Oz.’  (REUTERS)
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    Before she played demon-riddled Dana Barrett, Weaver was known for her role as Ellen Ripley in ‘Alien.’ 
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    Now 60, Weaver has had a busy career post ‘Ghostbusters,’ appearing in films like ‘Gorillas in the Mist,’ ‘Working Girl,’ ‘Copycat,’ ‘Baby Mama,’ ‘The Ice Storm,’ and most recently, ‘Avatar.’ She has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Upcoming films include ‘Paul’ and ‘Crazy on the Outside.’ Married since 1984, Weaver has one daughter.  (REUTERS)
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    Films like ‘Strange Brew’ and ‘Hockey Night’ led to Moranis’ breakout role as Louis Tully, Dana’s nerdy neighbor (who becomes possessed by “The Keymaster”).
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    Now 56, Moranis has starred in such comedy hits as ‘Spaceballs,’ ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,’ ‘Parenthood,’ and ‘My Blue Heaven.’ The star retired from acting in 1997 in order to focus on raising his children, but he still does occasional voice work for animated films like ‘Brother Bear.’  A widower, Moranis has two children.  (AP)
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