Sunday, 23 December 2012

Paranormal Investigators: Past and Present: Christmas Special Edition: Bill Murray/ Peter Venkman

“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!"
Bill Murray

Peter Venkman

Bill Murray was born on September 21st, 1950 in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A.. His Father Edward was a lumber salesman and his Mother Lucille a mail room clerk. When Bill was just 17 years old his father died of complications from diabetes, leaving Lucille a widow with 9 children.
Bill Murray was raised in an Irish Catholic family, with one sister, Nancy, becoming an Adrian Dominican Nun.
During his youth Bill worked as a golf caddy to help finance his education at a Jesuit High School. He was also the singer of a rock band named “Dutch Masters”, and a member of a community theatre group.
After Graduating Bill attended college in Denver, Colorado, studying a premedical course, but soon dropped out and returned to Illinois.

After an invitation from his older brother, Bill joined “The Second City” in Chicago, an improv comedy group, in 1974 he moved to New York City where he met John Belushi, who recruited Bill for The National Lampoon Radio Hour.
In 1976 Bill become a regular on hit TV show “Saturday Night Live”, which would in turn lead to various movie roles throughout the 1980's that would lead him to be a comedy mega-star, and sought after personality.
Today we are going to take a look at one of Bill Murray's most famous paranormal related characters, Dr Peter Venkman

Peter Venkman Ph.D is a parapsychologist and a member of the “Ghostbusters” team based in New York City.
Born in Brooklyn New York, Peter studied psychology and parapsychology. He set up a study group to test paranormal phenomena like ESP at Columbia University. Peter was accused of being a “lazy Scientist” by the College Dean after some sloppy work and experiments.
Venkman didn’t believe in ghosts until his first encounter with a real one, the librarian ghost.
Venkman, Egon and Stanz soon lost funding from the University and started building their own advanced ghost capturing systems. It wasn't long until Ray mortgaged his house and bought the newly formed “Ghostbusters” an old fire station as their headquarters
Peter seems to regard his status as a doctor and scientist primarily as something to flaunt and impress people with. Some are fairly sceptical about it due to his decidedly unprofessional demeanour. Dana in particular said he was more like a game show host than a scientist. Peter himself regards other scientists as usually being pretty stiff.
One of Peter Venkmans most popular quotes is "Back off, man, I'm a scientist," other famous quotes are:
    “We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!"
    "Suck in the guts, guys, we're the Ghostbusters."
    "Why do the good ones always play hard to get?"

Venkman was originally intended to be played by Dan Aykroyd's friend, John Belushi, with whom Aykroyd worked on The Blues Brothers. However, Belushi died of a drug overdose before the film's pre-production. Slimer was described by Aykroyd as "The Ghost of John Belushi".

A Murray Christmas to you all
from the team at
Eidolon Paranormal

Researched & Written
Allen Tiller

© 2012 Allen Tiller

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