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'Ghostbusters' celebrates its 30th anniversary with a theatrical re-release

'Ghostbusters' haunts theaters August 29
'Ghostbusters' haunts theaters August 29
Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the blockbuster film "Ghostbusters" which was released in 1984. The hit paranormal film will be re-released on the big screen on August 29, Sony Pictures announced on the film's website today.

"Ghostbusters" was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. The team of four are fearless paranormal researchers that turn into ghost exterminators as evil spirits invade New York City.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the film. It is scheduled for a theatrical reissue on August 29 and will be featured in over 700 theaters. The franchise was also hit with the untimely death of one of its stars.

Earlier this year, Ramis died in Chicago at the age of 69-years-old. The beloved actor was surrounded by family when he passed away from a disease that swells blood vessels, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Comedian Harold Ramis was famous for writing and directing films "Ghostbusters," "Caddy Shack," "Animal House," and "Groundhog Day." Ramis has inspired many of today's comedians and actors.

"It was Harold who acted out and gave me the inspiration for the character of Clark Griswold. I was really copying Harold's impression of Clark," Chevy Chase said.

Ramis was most famous for being Dr. Egon Spengler on "Ghostbusters" but his acting career didn't take off like it did for actors Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd. He realized his real calling was off-screen, writing and directing films. Ramis helped Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro and many other actors become the stars that they are today. Ramis' final film was a biblical comedy called "Year One." Released in 2009, it starred Jack Black and Michael Cera.

Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica; two sons Julian and Daniel; daughter Violet; and two grandchildren.

"May he now get the answers he was always seeking," Dan Aykroyd said.