Harold Ramis

American actor Harold Ramis

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).
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Woodstock honors director Harold Ramis with film fest
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
The town of Woodstock and a movie theater there are paying tribute to director Harold Ramis next week by showing three films that he appeared in and/or wrote.  "A Tribute to Harold Ramis" will be held March 13-15 at the Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main St., and will screen "Ghostbusters," "Stripes"...
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Second City to open Harold Ramis Film School, a first for comedy moviemaking
Chicago Times - about 2 years
Second City announced Tuesday that it is opening what it calls "the world's first film school dedicated to comedy." The new venture at the comedy institution's Chicago headquarters is named for Harold Ramis, the late Second City alumnus and widely beloved mensch who went on to a formidable Hollywood...
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Your First Look At The New 'Ghostbusters' Is Here And It's Epic
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Who you gonna call when you see the first official photo of the new all-female "Ghostbusters" team?  Probably Moviefone, TBH, to see if advance ticket sales have started for the Paul Feig-directed movie, which comes out July 15, 2016. Because the ladies look totally badass.  The four leads -- Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones -- stand in tan uniforms reminiscent of those worn by the original squad, in the middle of a mysterious room marked by an industrial-grade fog machine and an eerie neon green light. They're all prepared to bust some ghosts with their proton packs -- which also look pretty close to the weapons in the original.  The superfans at Planet Ghostbusters were among the first to post the photo:  The new movie -- called simply "Ghostbusters" -- reboots the blockbuster franchise more than 30 years after the release of the original, which was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The movie began filming in Boston (which...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 2 years
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restaura...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 2 years
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restaura...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 2 years
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restaura...
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Harold Ramis' Glencoe mansion sells for $2.3 million
Chicago Times - over 2 years
The widow of comedy director, actor and writer Harold Ramis on Tuesday sold the couple's longtime six-bedroom, 8,357-square-foot mansion in Glencoe for $2.3 million. A Chicago native known for co-writing the movies "Stripes," "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Ghostbusters" and both writing...
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Harold Ramis' Glencoe mansion for sale at $2.599 million
Chicago Times - over 2 years
The widow of comedy director, actor and writer Harold Ramis last week placed the couple's six-bedroom, 8,357-square-foot mansion in Glencoe on the market for $2.599 million.
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TV Ghost Hunter Amy Bruni Reacts to All-female 'Ghostbusters' Cast
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In a paranormal event to rival the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947, and the Gozer the Gozerian attack on New York City in 1984, a new Ghostbusters film is arriving in theaters on July 22, 2016. And this time, the bustin' will come courtesy of a cast of four women comedians. After an incredibly long development process, director Paul Feig confirmed the date and appeared to announce his cast of previous collaborators Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Saturday Night Live castmates stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Although The Hollywood Reporter says the negotiations are "ongoing," this looks like a pretty done deal. Interestingly enough, both Wiig and McCarthy were two actors that original ghostbuster Bill Murray suggested for the job when asked by the Toronto Star last September (where he also suggested they all-female cast would have better outfits). But if the female cast gets a thumbs-up from a ghostbuster, how does the ide...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harold Ramis
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 69
    He died of complications of the disease on February 24, 2014 at his home on Chicago's North Shore, at age 69.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    After relearning to walk he suffered a relapse of the disease in late 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 65
    In May 2010, Ramis contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk.
  • 2009
    Age 64
    Ramis said in 2009 he planned to make a third Ghostbusters film for release either in mid-2011 or for Christmas 2012.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    In 2004, Ramis's typical directing fee was $5 million.
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    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 44
    In 1989 Ramis married Erica Mann, daughter of director Daniel Mann and actress Mary Kathleen Williams.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 39
    Ramis and Plotkin separated in 1984 and later divorced.
    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).
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  • 1982
    Age 37
    In 1982, Ramis was attached to direct the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 27
    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.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 13
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    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.
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