Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69
Best-known as an actor for ‘Ghostbusters’, 'Stripes’, writer/director for 'Caddyshack’, 'Groundhog Day’
Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with “Groundhog Day” acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984’s “Ghostbusters” ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but the writer-director wanted to return to the city where he’d launched his career as a Second City performer.
I honestly never got caught up in the whole “girl ghostbusters are gonna ruin my childhood” thing.
I am a ghostbusters fan from the original 2 films to the cartoons, video games, comics, etc.
Once I heard a new one was being made obviously I thought what everyone else did. “Who’s playing the ghostbusters?”
Will it be the original cast?
Will they cast younger versions?
Bottom line was I was gonna watch it no matter what.
Now I saw the movie opening night and I enjoyed it a lot. I actually wanna go see it again.
Now myself, my wife & kids all enjoyed it. Me being the only one who really knows the classics and can spot the homages paid in the new film.
So my daughter asks me the next day if we are gonna see the movie again. I said sure, why did you like it that much?
She said yes. She liked that they were girls that were heroes.
Honestly up until that point I really didn’t think much of the role genders played in the movie. My daughter looked up to these 4 women and it got to me.
Today I was wearing my ghostbusters video game tshirt and my daughter asks me why don’t I have the girl ghostbusters on there? I told her I had the shirt around the time she was born but I would wear the girls if I had one.
These few moments really made me understand that the role a female plays in any form of broadcasting is important and shouldn’t be overlooked.
That photo speaks volumes.
Thank you to the cast and crew behind this movie.
Writer and director Harold Ramis, who brought us films like Stripes, Analyze This, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters and who appeared as Egon Spengler in the latter and its sequel, Ghostbusters 2, died at the age of 69. R.I.P.