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Peter Venkman

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Peter is one of three doctors of parapsychology on the team, and he also holds a PhD in psychology. In the movies, he is characterized by his flippant persona, his lackadaisical approach to his profession, and his womanizing demeanor. However, he created from time to time inventions that help save the Ghostbusters, and he possesses more savvy and street-smarts than either Ray Stantz or Egon Spengler. Venkman tends to serve as the front man for the group with a greater degree of social ability than the more academically inclined Ray and Egon.



Raymond Stantz


Ray is considered the "heart" of the Ghostbusters by the other members of the team. He is an expert on paranormal history and metallurgy. He is characterized by his almost childlike enthusiasm towards his work, and his forthright acceptance of paranormal activity. Though he expresses skepticism toward Christianity, he is extremely knowledgeable about the Bible, even quoting a specific book and chapter--"I remember Revelation 7:12"-- about the end of the world (though the passage he quotes is actually Revelation 6:12). He is known for his wordy and overly technical explanations of scientific and paranormal phenomena. Ray, along with Egon, is responsible for pioneering the Ghostbusters' theories and designing and building the equipment used for catching and containing ghosts.


Egon Spengler

The character of Egon Spengler was named after Oswald Spengler and a classmate of Harold Ramis' at Senn High School named Egon Donsbach who was a Hungarian refugee.

Maurice LaMarche stated that when he auditioned for the part of Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, he was asked not to do an impression of Harold Ramis, a request he ignored because impressions were one of his strengths as a performer and there was no other way he could imagine properly portraying the character other than to follow Ramis's example, and got the part anyway. LaMarche said in an interview that he did two different takes, one where he impersonated Ramis, the other where he tried a more "Woody Allen" like approach, which he admitted didn't suit the character's physicality as depicted in animation.


Winston Zeddemore

In the original script for Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore was intended to be the smartest and most capable of the Ghostbusters, a former Marine with multiple degrees and a Ph.D., making him more suited for the job than the founding three Ghostbusters. However, in the final screenplay none of these qualifications were mentioned. The changes are discussed in detail in the commentary on the DVD of Ghostbusters, though no explanation is given for them.

However, the novelization of Ghostbusters mentions Zeddemore's service with the Marines prior to joining the Ghostbusters. Further, in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, while the Ghostbusters are on a mission in the New York History Museum, Zeddemore reminisces about the time he spent studying for his doctorate in the museum's Egyptology wing. (In context, it's unclear if Zeddemore studied for the doctorate prior to joining the Ghostbusters, or sometime between the events of the movies and the game's setting in 1991.)

The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Ghostbusters in Paris" reveals that Zeddemore was also once a construction worker prior to joining the Ghostbusters. This idea seems to be further reinforced in the episode 'The Brooklyn Triangle', when the Ghostbusters respond to a construction site headed by his father; this would indicate that it might've been a family business, until Winston decided to join the Ghostbusters.

Zeddemore is also a religious man to some extent, confirming in a discussion in Ghostbusters that he "loves Jesus' style".



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