RIP Harold Ramis (1944-2014) - Multi-talented writer, actor, comedian, director and producer, known as the intellectual Dr. Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, died today at age 69. As an actor his mark will be with Ghostbusters and its sequel, both directed by friend Ivan Reitman who also directed him in Stripes, along will Bill Murray. Appeared in minor roles in Baby Boom (1987), Airheads (1994), Love Affair (1994), As Good as it Gets (1997), Orange County (2002), Knocked Up (2007) Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story (2007). As director/writer made impressive comedies, very successful among audiences such as Animal House (1978) which was directed by John Landis, Caddyshack (1980), the first Griswold adventure in Vacation (1983), Club Paradise (1986), the comic existentialism of Groundhog Day (1993) - he won a Bafta for the screenplay; playe with clones in Multiplicity (1996), and the with mafia going to the shrink in Analyze This (1999) and its sequel Analyze That (2004), the remake of Bedazzled (2000), The Ice Harvest (2005), Year One (2009), and some episodes from The Office. Currently, was in the process to rejoin his Ghostbusters team for a third expected movie. He’ll be greatly missed. Thank you for the laughs and the memories.
Comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis is best known for the 1984 film Ghostbusters, which he co-wrote and starred in along with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Ramis had co-written and planned to star in the long-awaited Ghostbusters III — but did not get the chance. Ramis died Monday in Chicago from an autoimmune disorder. He was 69 years old.
Ramis co-wrote Animal House, Meatballs and Stripes. He co-wrote and directed Caddyshack, and directed Murray inGroundhog Day.
Today, we remember Ramis with excerpts from a 2005 interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross:
“I played a lot of weasels, a lot of cowards; sweating cowards was my thing. I used to play like hippies and, like, counterculture guys, and [John] Belushi kind of took that over, so I moved into the coward role. … The other thing I would always play was the character called "specs” or “the professor.” I’d play the brainy guy, which I ended up doing, of course, in Ghostbusters.“
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