Legendary actor and director Harold Ramis passed away at age 69. He was battling auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis. Harold wrote and starred in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. He also wrote Animal House, Caddyshack, Back to School, Stripes, Meatballs and Analyze This.
Ramis once worked in a mental institution in St. Louis for seven months. He said, ''... prepared me well for when I went out to Hollywood to work with actors. People laugh when I say that, but it was actually very good training. And not just with actors; it was good training for just living in the world. It's knowing how to deal with people who might be reacting in a way that's connected to anxiety or grief or fear or rage. As a director, you’re dealing with that constantly with actors. But if I were a businessman, I’d probably be applying those same principles to that line of work.''
Ramis also worked as a subsitute teacher in Chicago and as a joke editor at Playboy.
Bill Murray is a godfather to one of his children
Someone honored Harold by leaving a Twinkie in front of the Ghostbusters firehouse in New York.
Stars React to Harold Ramis' Death
Bill Murray said: "Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show together off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."
Dan Akroyd's statement to The Hollywood Reporter reads: "(I am) deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking."
Steve Martin: "So sorry to hear about the death of Harold Ramis, a comedy master. Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and more"
Jason Biggs: Filling out the paperwork to rename my kid Harold.
Judd Apatow told the Chicago Trib, "When I was 15, I interviewed Harold for my high school radio station, and he was the person that I wanted to be when I was growing up. His work is the reason why so many of us got into comedy. We grew up on Second City TV and Ghostbusters, Vacation, Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs. He literally made every single one of our favorite movies."
Seth MacFarlane: Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field. He will be sorely missed
Tom Arnold: So sad about Harold Ramis. His work changed my life and inspired me and made me want to do what I do. Very nice man and a good neighbor too
Zach Braff: If you're my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon.
Albert Brooks: So sad to hear about Harold Ramis. Comedy lost a big one
Jimmy Kimmel: "I collect spores, molds, and fungus" - condolences to the family and friends of the great Harold Ramis
Jon Favreau: “No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed”, while Roth tweets, “Oh no, Harold Ramis died. One of my filmmaking heroes. Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day… So sad.”
Harold Ramis' Resume:
Notable Acting Credits
Stripes ... Russell Ziskey Also Writer
Ghostbusters ... Dr. Egon Spengler
Ghostbusters II ... Dr. Egon Spengler
Groundhog Day ... Neurologist
Airheads ... Chris Moore
As Good as It Gets ... Dr. Martin Bettes
Knocked Up Ben's ... Dad
Year One ... Adam Also Writer/Director/Co-Producer
Notable Directing Credits
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Club Paradise (1986)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
Analyze This (1999)
Analyze That (2002)
The Office (2006) (TV)
Year One (2009)
Notable Producing Credits
Back to School
Year One – Co-Producer
Notable Writing Credits
National Lampoon's Animal House
The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me
Back to School
Armed and Dangerous
Photo Credit: Casey Florig via Flickr