Harold Ramis

Comedian + Actor + Director + Screenwriter
Born Nov 21, 1944

Harold Allen Ramis is an American actor, director, and writer, specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981), both of which he co-wrote. As a writer/director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999).… Read More

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1944 Birth Ramis was born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth (née Cokee) and Nathan Ramis, who owned the Ace Food & Liquor Mart on the city's far North Side. … Read More


1958 13 Years Old He graduated from Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School in June 1958 and Nicholas Senn High School in 1962, both Chicago public schools, and in 1966 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was a member of the Alpha Xi chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. … Read More


1967 22 Years Old Ramis was married twice and was the father of three children. On July 2, 1967, he married San Francisco artist Anne Plotkin, with whom he had a daughter, Violet. … Read More
1968 23 Years Old Following his work in St. Louis, Ramis returned to Chicago, where by 1968, he was a substitute teacher at schools serving the inner-city Robert Taylor Homes. … Read More
1972 27 Years Old After leaving Second City for a time and returning in 1972, having been replaced in the main cast by John Belushi, Ramis worked his way back as Belushi's deadpan foil.
1974 29 Years Old In 1974, Belushi brought Ramis and other Second City performers, including Ramis' frequent future collaborator Bill Murray, to New York City to work on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. … Read More


1982 37 Years Old In 1982, Ramis was attached to direct the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. … Read More
1984 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Ramis collaborated with Dan Aykroyd on the screenplay for Ghostbusters, which became one of the biggest comedy hits of all time, in which he also starred as Dr. Egon Spengler, a role he reprised for the 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II (which he also co-wrote with Aykroyd). … Read More


1989 44 Years Old In 1989 Ramis married Erica Mann, daughter of director Daniel Mann and actress Mary Kathleen Williams. … Read More


2004 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Ramis turned down the opportunity to direct the Bernie Mac-Ashton Kutcher film Guess Who, then under the working title "The Dinner Party", because he considered it poorly written. … Read More


2009 64 Years Old Ramis said in 2009 he planned to make a third Ghostbusters film for release either in mid-2011 or for Christmas 2012. … Read More
2010 65 Years Old In May 2010, Ramis contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk.
2011 66 Years Old After relearning to walk he suffered a relapse of the disease in late 2011.
2014 69 Years Old He died of complications of the disease on February 24, 2014 at his home on Chicago's North Shore, at age 69. … Read More
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