He's got one of those super-recognizable faces. Margulies was a veteran of the stage before he started taking movie roles in the late 1970s. And soon after that came the role he's most associated with: the mayor of New York in the Ghostbusters movies. Clearly modeled after real-life NYC mayor Ed Koch, Margulies offered a cool head and confident leadership in the two films, even as Slimer and pink ooze were deep-dicking the city.
Margulies might have even had the funniest line in the otherwise-not-great-but-not-terrible-it's-alright Ghostbusters II. When confronted with a river of slime and its connection to negative emotions, he asks, "What am I supposed to do? Go on television and tell 10 million people they have to be nice to each other? Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right!"