Robert Learned Coombs is a bum on the streets of New York. He is friends with fellow bum Harlan Bojay. He doesn't appear in the movie Ghostbusters. However, he is in Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular which is a novelization of the movie.
Robert Learned Coombs was an Oklahoma Indian that came to New York to make his fortune as a singer. He had the drive, ambition, daring, pizzazz: but a voice he lacked.
In 1984, Harlan and Robert were chased by the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe while he was in the form of several ravens. They ran past the Washington Square Arch just as the Ghostbusters arrived. In the 90s, Robert was in the streets in front of Casey J's Coffee and Books near Delgado's Gym as Egon Spengler arrived to take some readings. The next year, on the night of Day of the Dead, Robert was in Bushwick at the intersection of Central Avenue and Bleecker Street. The next year, in the spring, Robert and Harlan were on the Upper West Side near Dana's apartment one evening when Peter Venkman suddenly pulled up by them on Ecto-5. They were not pleased.
Robert Learned Coombs is a younger man with big dreams, but lacks reality.
Appearance in Deleted scene
Robert Learned Coomb is portrayed by Dan Aykroyd in a deleted scene of Ghostbusters, however his traits seem somewhat different from the novel. He is heavy in the movie unlike the novel, and his partner Harlan Bojay is not.
- In the July 6, 1983 draft
- On pages 63-64, the two Bums comment on the growing atmospheric light-cloud forming above Dana's apartment building.
- On pages 65-69, a "Creature" (what eventually is labeled the Terror dog) races out of Dana's apartment. The two bums tried to fight off some small dogs for food in an alley when the "Creature" confronts them.
- In the August 5, 1983 draft:
- On page 77-78, the two Bums discuss their dinner plans. The first bum suggests Antonio's to see if the dishwasher will give them artichoke quiche again. While running out of the apartment, Louis runs by the two Bums then the Terror Dog races past them. The second bum speculates it is some kind of fighting Spaniel breed.
- In the September 30, 1983 draft:
- On page 79, the two Bums appear talking about Central America and a hypothetical fight, like in the Deleted Scene: Bums.
- In the August 5, September 30, and October 7, 1983 drafts, the ending includes the bums. They examine the marshmallow residue and conclude there is a very large cup of hot chocolate near by somewhere.
- IDW Comics
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 77). First Bum says: "Let's go up to Antonio's. Maybe that dishwasher up there will give us some of that nice artichoke quiche.""
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 78). Second Bum says: "Definitely some sort of fighting Spaniel I think.""
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (Third Draft September 30, 1983) (Script p. 79). First Bum says: "I think you're right about Central America but I completely disagree about the other thing. A good heavyweight boxer could take a Karate guy every time.""