who played egon in ghostbusters
Jason Reitman, son of the director of the first two movies, will be helming Ghostbusters 2020 using a screenplay co-written with Gil Kenan (Monster House). Although it’s a direct sequel to the first two Ghostbusters installments, it will mostly follow a new cast of characters led by Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Logan Kim, and Paul Rudd. Full details on its plot aren’t clear, but it’s been speculated that the story will follow Egon’s surviving family members. If this turns out to be accurate, it would be a wonderful way to pay tribute to Ramis, but in any case, we can expect the character to be touched on one way or another.
Written by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and directed by Ivan Reitman, the original Ghostbusters was released in 1984. It tells the story of a group of parapsychologists forming their own ghost-hunting business in New York City, leading to a climactic battle against an oversized version of the Stay Puft marshmallow man. The sequel Ghostbusters II would bring back all of the main cast members in 1989, but further attempts to make a third installment couldn’t make any traction for years. However, all four lead Ghostbusters actors also lent their voices and likenesses to their characters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009, which for many fans serves as the Ghostbusters 3 we never got.
In 2004, Ramis turned down the opportunity to direct the Bernie Mac-Ashton Kutcher film Guess Who, then under the working title “The Dinner Party,” because he considered it poorly written. That same year, he began filming the low-budget The Ice Harvest, “his first attempt to make a comic film noir.” Ramis spent six weeks trying to get the film greenlit because he had difficulty reaching an agreement about stars John Cusack’s and Billy Bob Thornton’s salaries. The film received mixed reviews. In 2004, Ramis’s typical directing fee was $5 million. 
In May 2010, Ramis contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk. After relearning to walk he suffered a relapse of the disease in late 2011. 
The actor who plays Dr. Peter Venkman in the franchise told Vanity Fair that the story that they’re telling in Ghostbusters: Afterlife is very much about the fact that Egon isn’t around anymore. So by the sound of it, the absence of the character played by Harold Ramis and how that has affected the people in his life, including his family, will be a central part of the story of the film directed and co-written by Jason Reitman.
You can even see Egon Spengler’s Ghostbusters uniform in a shot in the trailer. Take a look:
There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Ghostbusters: Afterlife will primarily focus on the family of original Ghostbuster, Egon Spengler.
Jason Reitman (Juno, Tully) will take over for his father and take another stab at reviving the Ghostbusters franchise. Unlike 2016’s Ghostbusters, Afterlife will serve as a sequel to the first two films. As part of the first-look images, an insightful synopsis was also released. Afterlife is set to focus on a single mom named Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two children, Trevor and Phoebe (Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace), as they move to a small town in Oklahoma after inheriting property from a relative. That relative is said to be Callie’s father who she never knew and the property she inherits just so happens to house the iconic Ecto-1 vehicle. The identity of Callie’s father is unknown but all signs are pointing to him being Egon Spengler.
He started his career as a writer by penning arts stories for his local newspaper and editing Playboy magazine’s “party jokes” section.
The star had reportedly been quiet about his illness, which dated back to 2010.