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Ghostbusters (1984): The Film’s OG Characters Ranked

The original Ghostbusters movie was released in 1984. However, it was nothing as the name suggests. Rather it was a mixture of comedy, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. So, don’t be mistaken by the name. The movie was full of characters who made the movie successful with their performance. But not all can be the best, right? So, here’s a list of characters from the OG Ghostbusters film ranked. You may or may not agree, let us know your opinion below in the comments!

1. Peter Venkman

Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters
Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters

Bill Murray nailed the performance! Mr. Peter Venkman became the face of the team. However, his main motive was to make money out of such opportunities. His performance is so remarkable, that for most fans, the real Ghostbuster is none other than Peter Venkman. Peter didn’t believe in ghosts and didn’t take the job seriously. But when he was slimed by Slimer, it was then that he took the job seriously and put in efforts.

2. Dana Barrett

Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters
Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters

Sigourney Weaver plays the role of Dana Barrett. Dana is the Ghostbusters’ first client who wants to get rid of the paranormal entity haunting her apartment. She is smart enough to see through Peter’s methods of seducing her but also finds him intriguing. Overall, she delivers a funny yet glowering performance.

3. Ray Stantz

Dan Aykroyd, Ghostbusters' co-creator and character Ray Stuntz
Dan Aykroyd, Ghostbusters’ co-creator and character Ray Stuntz

Dan Aykroyd wasn’t just the co-creator, but also acted as Ray Stuntz, the heart of the Ghostbusters team. First of all, Ray completely believes in the idea of supernatural beings. But he is never willing to quit. Moreover, Ray is the very reason the team was created: Ray and Egon created the ghost trapping system.

4. Egon Spengler

Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler
Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler

If there is one character who is serious, calculative, and takes things seriously, it is Egon Spengler. He views things in the most logical ways. He is a genius scientist who is behind all the gadgets the Ghostbusters use. The character was played by the co-creator, the late Harold Ramis. He will be honored in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

5. Janine Melnitz

Janine Melnitz in Ghostbusters
Janine Melnitz in Ghostbusters

Melnitz acts as the loyal secretary to the Ghostbusters. She has a snarky attitude and a funny New York accent. She has the duty of taking calls and giving the cases to the team. Overall, she’s a cute character loved by fans just as much as they love the team!

6. Winston Zeddemore

Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore

Zeddemore appears for less time, but when he does, he makes sure all the eyes are on him. He is a new recruit to the team and is excited about his job. Ernie Hudson plays the characters and brings his charm on-screen with his performance.

7. Walter Peck

William Atherton as Walter Peck
William Atherton as Walter Peck

William Atherton is responsible for bringing this character to life. Walter was always against the Ghostbusters from the start. And, he was rude to them. That is the reason why fans would love to see him getting punched by Peter or Egon. However, William’s persona brings a charm to the character that makes it difficult for the audience to actually hate him! So, you see, it’s kind of love to hate relationship.