David Margulies portrayed Mayor Lenny in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.

Film and Television Roles


  • David Margulies auditioned for the role of the Mayor in New York with Ivan Reitman present. The next day, he found out he got the role.[1]
  • David Margulies credits Bill Murray for suggesting the first name basis between Mayor Lenny and the Archbishop and for coming up with the name "Lenny."[2][3]
  • David Margulies finished doing "Cafe Crown" on Broadway then took a flight to California the next morning to start filming for Ghostbusters II.[4]
  • Mayor Lenny was originally in another Ghostbusters II scene that involved ghosts "bleeding" through walls. David Margulies filmed outside the U.S. Customs House in New York with 400 to 500 extras and the ILM crew on set.[5] Ultimately, ILM could not do the ghost FX shot. A replacement scene was devised, the scene where Mayor Lenny mentions he had a discussion with the ghost of Fiorello La Guardia. It was done 4 weeks before Ghostbusters II's release.[6]
  • Mayor Lenny was originally going to appear in Ghostbusters: The Video Game with Margulies set to reprise the role but Terminal Reality Creative Director Drew Haworth came up with a plan B to get Bill Murray on board by meeting with Brian Doyle-Murray. Margulies' contract was terminated. Doyle-Murray was hired to play the mayor. He was brought in to look at the game and his character. Doyle-Murray was skeptical they did this for all the actors. Terminal created a likeness of him. They talked to him about the game. He asked about his brother. Doyle-Murray liked the game. At the end of the meeting, he realized they wanted him to tell Murray he thought the game was good. Melchior admitted to the ulterior motives. Within two days, Bill Murray's attorney contacted Vivendi with news he agreed to reprise his role.[7]
    • This is also evident on page 20 of the October 8, 2007 third draft of the revised cut-scene script, where Peter Venkman refers to the Mayor as Lenny.[8]


  1. Cross the Streams Episode 40, 24:35-24:50, 5/20/14 David Margulies says: "Well, uh, I went to an audition in New York with, uh, and Ivan Reitman, the director, was there. And then the next day, I found out I was doing the Mayor."
  2. 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."
  3. 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."
  4. Cross the Streams Episode 40, 26:23-26:39, 5/20/14 David Margulies says: "You know, years later, I was doing a Broadway show and I was flying out the next morning to California to do Ghostbusters II. A section from it."
  5. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 169. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. David Margulies says: "Right outside the old Customs House in New York, they had maybe four hundred, five hundred extras. It was a tremendous number, and what was happening was that supposedly ghosts were bleeding through the walls. They had all the industrial Light & Magic people-all of whom looked like young painters out of art school-and everyone was doing specifications. The scene really filmed well, it was a terrific, big scene."
  6. Cross the Streams Episode 40, 30:40 to 32:56, 5/20/14 David Margulies says: "And then once the filming started, there was a big shot when they started filming, of what is now the Museum of the American Indian. It was the old Custom House. It's just below Bowling Green in Manhattan. It's a fantastic building and all of the George Lucas people were around, whatever they were called. Industrial... Light & Magic. Right. All of them looked like painters. They were all college graduates who were art students. So they looked like Paris in the 20s. They were planning that people were going to go--ghosts were going to come through the building. Which was one of those massive stone buildings built in the 19th century, I mean amazing, you couldn't bring it down, you know, and I arrived there in this wonderful, cozy limo and, you know, they had maybe a thousand extras. It was an amazing scene. But then four weeks before it was released, it was being released to the summer, uh, it was a summer blockbuster, um, they found that Industrial Light & Magic could not make the ghosts convincingly go through the walls of the building. They were a month away so I got a call and we went out and shot a scene that was a substitute where I had a-I was talking to Fiorello La Guardia or something but it was by that time on Ghostbusters II, it was clear the atmosphere had soured."
  7. Playboy "The Untold Story of the Ghostbusters Video Game that was Almost a Masterpiece" 7/13/16
  8. Zuur Platten, John & Dille, Flint (2007). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Revised Cut-Scene Script Third Draft October 8, 2007) (Script p. 20). Peter Venkman says: "Come on, Lenny, what gives?""
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