Ghostbusters Related Credits
- Ghostbusters - Portrayed Dr. Peter Venkman
- Ghostbusters II - Portrayed Dr. Peter Venkman
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Voiced Dr. Peter Venkman
- Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) - Portrayed Dr. Martin Heiss
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Portrayed Dr. Peter Venkman
Bill first gained national exposure on the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live in the 1970s. Known for his great ability to ad-lib, his career eventually expanded in to film. Later, became one of the leading comedic stars of the 80's, landing starring roles in Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, etc. Interestingly, even played the voice of the titular Garfield in that character's 3D cinema "Garfield" movies. He has also gained acclaim over the years for his more dramatic roles, such as those in Rushmore, Lost in Translation, The Lost City, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Broken Flowers and The Royal Tenenbaums.
The information in this section is gathered from IMDb and is meant to only be a brief list of highlights of their career.
- Zombieland / Zombieland: Double Tap - Actor (2009 / 2019)
- Groundhog Day - Actor (1993)
- Quick Change - Director, Producer, Actor (1990)
- The Razor's Edge - Actor, Screenplay Writer (1984)
- Stripes - Actor (1981)
- Caddyshack - Actor (1980)
- At the Spike Scream Awards in 2010 (filmed on Oct. 16, 2010, aired on Oct. 19, 2010), Bill Murray appeared in full Ghostbusters gear to accept his award for Best Cameo in Zombieland (and Zombieland's win for Best Horror Movie). Murray coyly said during his acceptance speech, "I'm sorry, I don't mean anything by this. It was just all that was left that was clean." He was signing autographs right before he came out, which somehow resulted in a smudge of permanent marker getting on his cheek, which is what was seen on the show. Also in the show was a Sigourney Weaver tribute by James Cameron, which included Ghostbusters clips and references. Later, Murray and Weaver were seen together backstage. According to Ghostbusters Fans (Fan Site), the flight suit was made by Sony for the promotion of Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2008, and the Proton Pack was made by fan Sean Bishop.
Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia
- During filming of the first movie, Sigourney Weaver would go to a corner to prepare herself for a scene but Bill Murray would sneak up behind her and goof around like tickle her or lift her up.
- During filming in New York City Hall, Bill Murray came up with the idea that Mayor Lenny and the Archbishop knew each other and were on a first name basis with each other. Murray also came up with the name "Lenny" on the spot.
- During the New York shoot, City Hall revoked the permit allowing the film crew to film the scene featuring Ecto-1's escort to 550 Central Park West out of concern about the traffic snarl it would cause. They revoke the permit on the day filming took place at City Hall. Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd disappeared for one hour and approached Mayor Koch for help. Koch had the issue fixed so they could film the drive to Central Park West.
- One night during the Central Park West shoot, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray borrowed police motorcycles and rode around Central Park with the lights and sirens on, pulling over pedestrians.
- On January 20, 1984, scenes were filmed in the firehouse used in Los Angeles. Bill Murray missed his call by a couple hours. They started filming Annie Potts with a stand-in for Murray. By the time half of the scene was filmed, Murray arrived a little embarrassed he was so late so he started entertaining the crew. Potts wasn't as amused. He clearly didn't know what scene they were doing and was going to just improvise it. That was not feasible since half the scene was filmed. Murray started riffing, asking Potts what was wrong. William Atherton observed. Potts handled Murray and told him something to the effect of, "Enough, Murray. Enough." or "Nothing's wrong. I would just like you to stand on your f***ing mark and say your f***ing line! And then I'll be fine." Allegedly, the crew applauded her then filming started.
Ghosbtusters II Trivia
- In Ghostbusters II, Chapter 16: Vigo 101, Peter's "Let's suck in the guts" line was something Bill Murray said before filming as production was outfitting him for the scene and it was incorporated into the script.
- Peter's photography session with Vigo was Bill Murray's riff on famous fashion photographer Richard Avedon.
- Bill Murray recalled the Statue of Liberty crown gimbal was "quite a ride - nausea, sea legs, the whole thing."
Ghostbusters (2016) Trivia
- On August 8, 2015, it was reported that Bill Murray arrived late in the week in Boston to film his role for Ghostbusters (2016 Movie).
- Paul Feig simply wanted Martin Heiss to be the kind of person to wear suits but Bill Murray pitched basing the character's look off English writer and storyteller Quentin Crisp.
- Pat Kiernan returned to Boston a month after filming his initial scene to film a scene with Bill Murray. They filmed for 40 minutes with scripted and ad lib lines.
- While filming the scene with Pat Kiernan, Bill Murray recognized one of the technicians as someone he worked with on Saturday Night Live.
- On page 215 of Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal (Three Rivers Press), Bill Murray is thanked in the acknowledgment section.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia
- Bill Murray was easy to get into contact with through Ivan Reitman and Gil Kenan, both who have directed him in past projects. Murray read the script, enjoyed it, and agreed to join the cast.
- On Bill Murray's first day on the Ghostbusters: Afterlife set, he was in his trailer trying to get the TV working so he could watch a Chicago Cubs game.
- Bill Murray had a tendency to strip the props off once a scene was done. In one instance, he left his Proton Pack prop on the floor and it was kicked by an Afterlife crew member by accident. Ben Eadie had to glue some pieces back on.
- One line Bill Murray improvised was right before the Ghostbusters fire at Gozer and Peter says "Count of three, go on two, one two blast."
- Bill Murray made fun of Ernie Hudson for having a pad hidden under his spot on the dirt ground for the insult scene. Hudson quipped it was for the stunt man.
- Bill Murray added variations on Peter's barrage of insults at Gozer. Only some ended in the theatrical version. Finn Wolfhard suggested Trevor should laugh to annoy Gozer even more but Jason Reitman urged him to keep playing it low-key.
- Olivia Wilde eventually broke character and laughed at Bill Murray's insults to Gozer.
- Ernie Hudson accidentally hit Bill Murray's head with his Particle Thrower prop after Jason Reitman called cut on the scene. It left a mark but Murray returned a few minutes later.
- Bill Murray gave armorer Ben Eadie a certificate for a free massage on the last day of shooting. It was in a balled up envelope so Eadie thought it was his copy of the script as usual. When it was time to take the props off Murray, Eadie thanked him and tried to return the envelope. Murray called him a dumb ass and told him it was a gift.
- The mid-credits tag between Peter and Dana took half a day to film. There was a script but it was unnecessary. Bill Murray improvised different takes of the scene.
The Real Ghostbusters Trivia
- In The Real Ghostbusters episode "Take Two", Winston Zeddemore mentions Murray's last name while reading off the cast. At the end of the episode, Peter Venkman notes Murray doesn't look a thing like him. Many note the drawing of the cartoon from the series looked and sounded nothing like Murray.
- At the end of The Real Ghostbusters episode "Take Two", Maurice LaMarche voiced the live action version of Peter when footage of the first movie was briefly shown in the theater.
IDW Comics Trivia
- In the Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria hard cover collection, on page five, Murray is referenced in Dan Aykroyd's introduction.
- On page 2 of Ghostbusters 101 #4, in panel 5, Ray Stantz mentions visiting one dimension based on the movie "Caddyshack" and alludes to when Carl Spackler, who was portrayed by Bill Murray, blew up the golf course at the end.
- After Peter denies he would do such a thing, Ray asserts maybe not if he made par -- a slight jab at Bill Murray's golf skills.
- Murray is mentioned in the Introduction of Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers The Call TPB on page 2.
- On page 2 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #3, one of the Ghostbusturtles has the first name of Bill Murray.
- On page 17 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #4, in panel 2, on the table is a white golf club bag based on the bag of Scott Simpson during the second round of the 1997 Motorola Western Open at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. Bill Murray carried it for him.
- On page 9 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #5, the white golf club bag appears again.
- On page 4 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Peter's hairstyle is based on Bill Murray's character Tripper in "Meatballs" (1979).
- On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, listed on the employee file, Peter shares a September 21, 1950 birthday with Bill Murray.
- Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 27:04-27:13). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And she would go off into a corner to prepare herself for a scene, and Bill would sneak up behind her and tickle her or something. Bill would like to be in mid-sentence before he stepped onto the set and..."
- Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 27:14-27:17). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Or lift her up. He likes lifting women."
- Cross the Streams Episode 40, 27:20-28:00, 5/20/14 David Margulies says: "So I'm in the Mayor's office, and Bill said, "First of all, you should be on a first name basis with the Cardinal, you see?" So he said, "You're Lenny. He's--" you know whatever his name was. Mike! Mike, see? And so a lot of that wonderful New York stuff, Bill loosened up the atmosphere and so the rest is sort of history."
- David Margulies (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:26:11-1:26:23). Bueno Productions. David Margulies says: "Bill Murray said, "They should know each other, and they should be on a first name basis, the cardinal." And he said, "And your name is Lenny." So that was improvised."
- Peter Giuliano (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:28:56-1:29:35). Bueno Productions. Peter Giuliano says: "We had this massive location on Central Park West between, I think was 66th and 67th Street. So it's also where the traffic not only goes north and south in the city, but also east and west. The city, when they finally realized what we wanted to do, panicked and revoked the permit. When they did it, it was the day we were shooting at City Hall. And all of a sudden, we couldn't find Bill or Danny. And for an hour, we couldn't find them. And then they reappeared. And they said, we just talked with Mayor Koch, because we were at City Hall. So they went to see the real mayor. And he's gonna fix it, and we're gonna be able to shoot."
- The Tonight Show with Jmmy Fallon YouTube "Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Ernie Hudson Look Back on the Original Ghostbusters Film | Tonight Show" 11/15/2021 Dan Aykroyd says: "We had a wonderful night, I remember, where we had available to us some New York police motorcycles because we were shooting in Uptown. And so Billy and I decided we'd like to take a little ride around Central Park. And we grabbed those bikes and screamed all over the park. It was closed for some reason. And we were just - you know, lights and sirens and, you know, and pulling over pedestrians."
- William Atherton (2009). Ghostbusters- Slimer Mode (2009) (Blu-Ray ts. 21:48-22:03). Columbia TriStar Home Video. William Atherton says: "And, you know, Murray would tease Annie. And so she just had a way of cutting through. He'd be riffing something before a scene and you would hear Annie go, "Enough, Murray. Enough." She would start to do-- It was great."
- Annie Potts (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, Deleted Scenes (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:09:37-1:10:37). Bueno Productions. Annie Potts says: "I shot a couple of days before I did my first scene with Bill. I was like, 'Isn't Bill supposed to be here? What time is Bill's call?' Bill missed his call by some hours so much so that we had to start shooting that sequence with a stand-in. Then he came in and he clearly didn't know what the scene was. He hadn't looked at it. Bill was very willing to just improvise that scene. You can't now improvise the scene because we shot half of it so you kind of have to do the lines. He was a little embarrassed about having been that late so he was amusing everybody but not me so much. He was like, 'What's wrong? What's wrong, Annie? C'mon.' I said, 'Nothing's wrong. I would just like you to stand on your f***ing mark and say your f***ing line! And then I'll be fine.' And as I recall, the crew applauded."
- Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#722 - "Ghostbusters Day Group Chat Rebroadcast" - June 8, 2021" 53:22-53:36 6/8/2021 Ivan Reitman says: "Bill actually said it on the set as we're preparing his stuff and wearing that stuff--and he would--he wanted to look good. He wanted everyone to look good. He was directing a little bit."
- Dan Aykroyd (2019). Ghostbusters II- Commentary (2019) (Blu-ray ts. 52:00-52:05). Sony Home Entertainment. Dan Aykroyd says: "No, that's Billy--That's totally Billy doing his... Richard Avedon."
- Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 37. Cinefex, USA. Bill Murray says: "Actually, it was a little scary. The rig would do strange things and would pitch and turn in ways that even the effects guys did not expect. At one point, Ivan told them to tilt it down even further than usual because he wanted us to be really surprised. Well, that was real fear you see on the screen. It went down so far we thought it had broken again. It was quite a ride--nausea, sea legs, the whole thing."
- Super Hero Hype "Bill Murray Spotted on His Way to the Ghostbusters Set" 8/8/15
- EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 23:50-23:59 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "Well, I wanted him in a suit because we always thought it would be fun if he was that kind of guy but when he showed up, he wanted to base the character, his look off Quentin Crisp."
- Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "About a month later, there was an urgent phone call saying, "We have another scene for you. It's not the same scene, and we're pretty sure you'll want to clear your schedule for this one. Could you be in Boston on these days?" It was right in the middle of summer vacation, and they were very mysterious about it, but I said okay."
- Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "There were a couple of scripted lines, and Paul Feig, as he is with everything on his movies, just let the actors try to do their things and build on those lines. He just had us do the scene several times with the core of the lines that they'd written, but we’d bounce back in and out of what Bill could come up with on the spot. He succeeded at being the difficult interviewee, and he enjoyed the fact that he was making me squirm a little bit while trying to keep up as the straight man anchor."
- Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "The actual time on set with Bill was about 40 minutes, and, as you know from reports back at the time, he was not the first of the alumni to sign up."
- Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "As he walked into this huge old converted warehouse they made into a sound stage, he recognized one of the technicians who I think he worked with on SNL, and he goes, "How the hell are you, man?" The two of them just had this warm exchange, and I think it put everyone at ease, because I think there had been some tension over the fact that it was just a one-day shoot and he hadn't been initially eager to do the movie."
- FrenchyRom YouTube "Jason Reitman talks Ghostbusters Afterlife and the future of the franchise (SPOILERS)" 1:22-1:36 11/23/2021 Jason Reitman says: "I wish I had some great story for you but the truth is that my writing partner Gil Kenan had already directed before my father had obviously directed him before. We had direct access to Bill. He read the script and he enjoyed it and he said yes."
- The Hollywood Reporter "Carrie Coon on ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ and Fact-Checking ‘Gone Girl’" 11/16/2021 Carrie Coon says: "And his first day on set, there was a Cubs game on and he was trying to get the TV working in his trailer."
- Hasbro Pulse YouTube "Fan First Monday | Ghostbusters HasLab Plasma Series Spengler's Proton Pack Livestream" 38:34-39:04 11/22/2021 'Ben Eadie says: "The thing is that Bill Murray, you love him but like when he'd done acting, he just starts walking off the set and he's stripping down. He'll put things down and you know the the pack will be laying on the floor and his belt will be on the table somewhere so if you're not on them and following them around you're going to lose pieces so you know and when things get put down they, you know, people might be walking past and in this case Bill put down the pack somewhere and somebody kicked it. It knocked a few pieces loose but you know, you come in and glue it."
- Adam Savage's Tested YouTube "Adam Savage and Jason Reitman Talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 18:08-18:32 11/23/2021 Jason Reitman says: "You know there's a moment where Bill goes, and this is his not mine, he goes "Count of three, go on two, one two blast." And we're all sitting there at monitor and he says that it's not rehearsed. He just says it and everyone on a monitor goes okay that's an iconic line like it's just right there."
- Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "As they work through their takes, Murray couldn't help but torment his costars a little too. He brushed away some of the dirt and straw on the ground to reveal a rectangular shape beneath Hudson. "Have you got a pad here!?" asked Murray, who did not have one himself. He narrowed his eyes at Hudson and shook his head. "You're soft," he declared. Hudson played it off with a grin. "Nah," he said. "That was for the stunt man!" Then he leaned back and luxuriated in his camouflaged comfort spot."
- Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "After feeling awkward for the first few days, what finally energized Murray was the chance to improvise again while Venkman lay sprawled with his cohorts beside the vehicle. "Bill is keeping her distracted with talking, while you raise the proton gun," Jason Reitman said, showing the fallen Hudson how he wanted him to slyly slip his neutrona blaster into position. In the script, Venkman decides to taunt Gozer by imagining a far more intimate relationship than the two actually had back in the '80s, with Murray adding new flourishes on every take, only some of which ended up in the finished film. "You know, you wasted a lot of time putting on that make up," he yells. "It's not going to work anymore. You've got a lot of nerve trying to crawl back." "The scene I just did now, it was fun," Murray said afterward. "I got to just say what I wanted to say, and it was always that way. The script was just our jumping off point." As Murray added variations to his insult barrage, Wolfhard, whose character is hiding near the collapsed OGBs, asked Jason Reitman: "Can I laugh?" He suggests maybe that will irritate Gozer even more. The director urges him to keep playing the moment low-key."
- Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "But Gozer was also cracking up. Olivia Wilde, who sported the extreme pompadour hairstyle and scaly boils and baubles of the monster in Afterlife, sometimes had difficulty keeping a straight face. At one moment during Murray's epic roast of Gozer, Wilde broke and laughed out loud. "You got me on that one," she told him. "Too far. TOO FAR!""
- Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "After Jason Reitman called cut, the guys shambled to their feet while the crew prepared a new setup. Hudson rose first and swung around just as Murray began to stand beside him. That's when his proton blaster connected with Murray's frontal lobe. Hudson winced as if he were the one who'd been struck. "I hit him on the head with my gun as he was getting up," he explained to onlooking crew members, as Murray left to get checked by the set medic. The accident slowed things down for a beat. Murray got knocked hard, enough to leave a mark. But he was okay. He returned a few minutes later, playing it up like he was gravely wounded but had valiantly rallied. His young costars went along with the joke. "Yeah, I mean, what's a concussion anyway?" Wolfhard said."
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Ben Eadie - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Props, RTV Trap, & Stories from set" 32:37-32:57 12/3/2021 Ben Eadie says: "And on the last day of shooting, he hands me this balled up envelope and I'm like 'okay I guess he's got a script in the envelope and so I I put it in my pocket, he comes back and undress him and I'm like 'it's been great working for you' and I hand it back, he looks at me, he's like 'what the hell are you doing? I'm like 'what do you mean, what am I doing?' He's like 'it's a gift you dumb ass.' his last words were like 'you dumb ass' to me, right?"
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Ben Eadie - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Props, RTV Trap, & Stories from set" 33:06-33:11 12/3/2021 Ben Eadie says: "I got this little this massage certificate for for a place in town."
- Den of Geek "Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Jason Reitman Finally Addresses the Biggest Spoilers in the Movie" 11/22/2021 Jason Reitman says: "We had a script for that scene. Apparently the script was unnecessary… That took half a day. Bill came into the movie with his own ideas, and they were brilliant. And I had grown up hearing the stories of Bill improvising, watching him do it live on-set. It was a thrill to watch him in real-time deliver dialogue that was far superior to anything I could’ve come up with in the couple of years of writing this movie. His brain crackles in a different way, and his voice is authentically his and has been so since we first met him. So to hear Venkman come to life in his voice again thrilled the crew, thrilled me, thrilled my Dad, and it made me want to get to editing a quickly as possible. A hundred percent. On every line of Bill's, there was an alternate that was just as good."
- Winston Zeddemore (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Take Two" (1986) (DVD ts. 06:20-06:24). Time Life Entertainment. Winston says: "Murray...Aykroyd...Ramis. What's that? A law firm?"
- Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Take Two" (1986) (DVD ts. 22:56-22:58). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Y'know, he doesn't look a thing like me."
- Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Take Two" (1986).
- Golf "50 Greatest Bill Murray Golf Photos" 11/29/14