Dr. Peter Venkman


CEO of Ghostbusters International, Co-Founder of the New York Ghostbusters, and Financial Backer of the GBWC

"Waking up every morning for years with a layer of green slime all over me--that, my hyena friend, is scary...You are not."

Personal Timeline of Dr. Peter Venkman
1954
October 25. Peter Charles Venkman is born in Brooklyn to...salesman James Charles "Charlie" Venkman and his wife, the former Margaret Abernathy. While some details have yet to be ironed out, Margaret is deceased by 1984, and Charlie seldom spent Christmas with his son.

1973
Peter Venkman is enrolled as a freshman at Columbia University--due to an administration mix-up, he's dormed with a severe fifteen-year old prodigy named Egon Spengler.

1976
Egon and Venkman meet and befriend Columbia student Ray Stantz . By 1983, the three all have PhDs and work as parapsychology researchers at Columbia's Weaver Hall

1983
Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler are fired from Columbia, and form Ghostbusters Inc. Their first client is celloist Dana Barrett--she and Venkman fall in love.

1984
Early in the year, Dana breaks up with Venkman--she's tired of his inability to commit to her. Venkman would try to cover for the deep pain of the loss by chasing many of the women the Ghostbusters encounter (Doris Tibbs, Alice Derleth, Anne Lawson, Anne Johnson, ect...)

1986
Ghostbusters Inc. is forced to close by court order. Venkman goes on to become host of a low-budget talk show, World of the Psychic

1988
March 18. Oscar Wallance is born early in the year. Shortly afterward, his parents--violinist Andre Wallance and the former Dana Barrett--divorce.

Late in the year, Ghostbusters Inc. reactivates. Venkman and Dana are reunited as Oscar is menaced by Vigo the Carpathian.

1989
Dana accepts a lucrative offer to join the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. She and Venkman try to continue their relatiionship long distance, though by 1991 there are some signs of fraying.

Late 1991 Ghostbusters Inc. is dissolved once more, at Egon's instigation, leading to a major rift with the other Ghostbusters as well.

Venkman immediately moves to LA to patch thiings up with Dana. By 1997, Venkman has become a high-powered Hollywood agent, and spends most of the 1990's trying to get a third Ghostbusters movie made--it falls through because he can't get either Bill Murray or Brad Pitt to play him.

1992
Peter Venkman weds Dana Barrett

1993
April 1. Jessica Margaret Venkman is born to Peter and Dana.

1997
Late in the year, the original Ghostbusters are reunited by the efforts of Janine Melnitz. Venkman divides his time between GBNY and his interests in LA

2002
Charlie Venkman is brought before the Congressional subcommitte looking into the Enron scandal. Peter, Dana, and their children finally move back to New York City.

2003
The Ghostbusters West Coast forms--Peter Venkman's presence at the first attack of the Ravisher is a catalyst of this event.

Future Fate
2021
Jessica marries Hayden Wallance.

2023
October. Birth of Thomas Jack Wallance. At this writing, he is the first known Ghostbuster grandchild.

2025
Birth of Robert Tony Wallance, Venkman's second grandchild.

Venkman and Dana are apparently alive and still together as of 2026.

Known Relatives of Dr. Peter Venkman
Dana Barrett Wallance Venkman
Relation: Wife (Married 1992)
Canon: Movie, though her marriage to Venkman is Fan

Jessica Venkman
Relation: Daughter (Born 1993)
Canon: Fan (EGB Fan)

Oscar Wallance
Professional Name: Oscar Venkman
Relation: Stepson
Canon: GB2. Last name is from the GB1 novelization.

James Charles "Charlie" Venkman
Relation: Father
Canon: RGB. Full name is Fan (Shiela Paulson and Fritz Baugh).

Gerald Barrett
Relation: Father In Law
Canon: Fan (EGB Fan)

Valerie Barrett
Relation: Mother In Law
Canon: Fan (EGB Fan)

Margaret Abernathy Venkman (deceased)
Relation: Mother
Canon: mentioned but not named in RGB. The exact time of her death is controversial. Name is from Shiela Paulson.

David "Davey" Barrett
Relation: Brother-in-law
Canon: GB1 Novelization
Note: As of 1983, Davey was married

Douglas "Doug" Barrett
Relation: Brother-in-law
Canon: GB1 Novelization
Note: As of 1983, Davey was married

Amelia Abernathy
Relation: Grandmother
Canon: Fan (Sheila Paulson)

Randolph Abernathy
Relation: Grandfather
Canon: Fan (Shiela Paulson)

Alfred "Alf" Venkman
Relation: Uncle
Canon: RGB, though his exact relation to Peter is Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Rhonda Venkman
Relation: Aunt (married to Uncle Alf)
Canon: Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Future Relatives
Hayden Wallance
Relation: Son-in-Law (marries Jessica 2021)
Canon: Fan (EGB Fan)

Robert "Robbie" Tony Wallance
Relation: Grandson (born 2025)
Canon: Fan (EGB Fan)

Thomas Jack Wallance
Relation: Grandson (born 2023)
Canon: Fan (EGB Fan)

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