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2. R.I.P. John Belushi

Peter Venkman, portrayed by Bill Murray, was originally supposed to be played by John Belushi. However, Belushi’s untimely death on March 5, 1982 meant casting had to get back to work looking for someone to fill the Venkman role. Richard Pryor, Chevy Chase, and Michael Keaton were all considered for the role before Bill Murray stepped in. On set, Dan Aykroyd referred to Slimer as the ghost of Belushi. Producer Ivan Reitman said, “He’s just a party guy looking to have a good time.”


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