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Harold Ramis is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 21 november 1944 at Chicago (USA)

Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis
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Birth name Harold Allen Ramis
Nationality USA
Birth 21 november 1944 at Chicago (USA)
Death 24 february 2014 (at 69 years) at Chicago (USA)

Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote both films. As a writer-director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV, on which he also performed, and one of three screenwriters of the film National Lampoon's Animal House (1978).

Ramis' films have influenced subsequent generations of comedians and comedy writers. Filmmakers including Jay Roach, Jake Kasdan, Adam Sandler, and Peter and Bobby Farrelly have cited his films as among their favorites. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Groundhog Day.

Biography

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. Actor and Ghostbusters co-star Bill Murray is Violet's godfather. Ramis and Plotkin separated in 1984 and later divorced. In 1989 Ramis married Erica Mann, daughter of director Daniel Mann and actress Mary Kathleen Williams. Together they had two sons, Julian Arthur and Daniel Hayes. Although Ramis maintained non-supernatural Humanist beliefs, Erica's Buddhist upbringing was to be a huge influence on his philosophies for the rest of his life, and he became friends with the Dalai Lama.

Ramis was a Chicago Cubs fan and attended games every year to conduct the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. His pastimes included fencing, ritual drumming, acoustic guitar, and making hats from felted fleece; he taught himself skiing by watching skiers on television.


Illness and death

In May 2010, Ramis contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk. After relearning to walk he suffered a relapse of the disease in late 2011.

He died of complications of the disease on February 24, 2014 at his home on Chicago's North Shore, at age 69.

Upon his death, President Barack Obama released a statement on Ramis, saying "when we watched his movies – from Animal House and Caddyshack to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings." He ended his statement by saying he hoped Ramis "received total consciousness," in reference to a line from Caddyshack.

Longtime collaborator Bill Murray gave tribute to Ramis at the 86th Academy Awards.


"I never had the pleasure of meeting the man, but I was always very aware of the huge shoes I was trying to fill during my time playing the animated version of his unforgettable character, Dr. Egon Spengler, on The Real Ghostbusters. The man possessed a brilliant comedic mind, an indelible comic voice, and, as I came to understand from people who knew him, an extremely good soul. Rest In Peace, Mr. Ramis. My heartfelt condolences to your family and friends."
— Maurice LaMarche

Best films

Ghostbusters (1984)
(Actor)
Ghostbusters (2016)
(Characters)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
(Actor)
Analyze This (1999)
(Director)
Back to School (1986)
(Scriptwriter)
Stripes (1981)
(Scriptwriter)

Usually with

Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
(9 films)
Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(8 films)
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
(4 films)
Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Harold Ramis (36 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Year One
Year One (2009)
, 1h40
Directed by Harold Ramis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes La préhistoire, Films about religion, Buddy films
Actors Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, June Diane Raphael
Roles Adam
Rating48% 2.449192.449192.449192.449192.44919
Zed (Jack Black) is a hunter and Oh (Michael Cera) is a gatherer. After being informed that Zed ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the shaman (Bill Hader) and Marlak (Matthew Willig) banish him from the tribe. After Zed burns down the village by accident, Oh decides to go with Zed on his journey to discover all the world has to offer. Along the way, they encounter Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd). Cain kills Abel and informs Zed and Oh that they must escape with him or else be accused of killing Abel.
Knocked Up
Knocked Up (2007)
, 2h9
Directed by Judd Apatow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about drugs, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill
Roles Ben's Dad
Rating69% 3.497293.497293.497293.497293.49729
Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is a career-minded woman who has just been given an on-air role with E! and is living in the pool house with her sister Debbie's (Leslie Mann) family. Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is laid-back and sardonic. He lives off funds received in compensation for an injury and sporadically works on a celebrity porn website with his roommates (Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel and Martin Starr), in between smoking marijuana or going off with them at theme parks such as Knott's Berry Farm. While celebrating her promotion, Alison meets Ben at a local nightclub. After a night of drinking, they end up having sex. Due to a misunderstanding, they don't use protection: Alison uses the phrase "Just do it already" to encourage Ben to put the condom on, but he misinterprets this to mean to dispense with using one. The following morning, they quickly learn over breakfast that they have little in common and go their separate ways, which leaves Ben visibly upset.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, 1h36
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows
Roles L'Chai'm
Rating67% 3.3992353.3992353.3992353.3992353.399235
Dewey Cox begins his quest for stardom in Springberry, Alabama in 1946. While playing with his brother Nate, Dewey accidentally cuts his brother in half at the waist with a machete. This leads Dewey's father to frequently repeat the phrase "The wrong kid died" throughout the film. The trauma causes Dewey to lose his sense of smell – "you've gone smell blind," states Dewey's mother. After his brother's death is announced by a physician making a housecall, Dewey's mother sends him to the local store to buy some butter and a candle. There, he meets a blues guitarist, who lets Dewey play his guitar. Dewey is a natural.
The Last Kiss, 1h55
Directed by Tony Goldwyn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck, Blythe Danner, Michael Weston
Roles Professor Bowler
Rating64% 3.2485553.2485553.2485553.2485553.248555
Michael and his live-in girlfriend Jenna appear to have the perfect relationship. Jenna is ten weeks pregnant, and her parents are pressuring the pair to get married, but Jenna claims that Michael's work pressures and her working on her dissertation render it an inopportune time for marriage. The real reason, unbeknownst to anyone, is that Michael feels trapped and scared. Although he considers Jenna an ideal companion, Michael is having second thoughts.
I'm with Lucy, 1h30
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Monica Potter, David Boreanaz, Anthony LaPaglia, Craig Bierko, Julianne Nicholson, Henry Thomas
Roles Jack
Rating59% 2.999632.999632.999632.999632.99963
Lucy is a journalist who is dumped by her "perfect" boyfriend and then goes on a series of dates with five different men—Doug, an entomologist; Gabriel, a playwright; Bobby, a baseball player; Barry, a computer store owner; and Luke, a doctor. She acts differently around each of the men—she is drunk on her date with Doug; she uncharacteristically jumps into bed with Gabriel; she is, at first, irritated with but then moved by ex-baseball star Bobby; her date with Barry gets off to a rough start, but then while on their date, they run into her parents and end up having dinner with them; and her date with Luke is sidetracked when they see a colleague of Luke's who is with his daughter, Eve, who appears to have her own eye on Luke.
Orange County, 1h27
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about writers, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara, Schuyler Fisk, John Lithgow, Nat Faxon
Roles Don Durkett
Rating61% 3.0993453.0993453.0993453.0993453.099345
Shaun Brumder (Colin Hanks) is a teenager from affluent Orange County, California. Although bright and intelligent, he has very little interest in education or studying, instead trying to lead a carefree SoCal lifestyle of surfing, drinking, and partying. A turning point comes when Shaun's best friend Lonny (Bret Harrison) is killed in a surfing accident, causing Shaun to rethink his own life. One day, he finds a novel on the beach by the author Marcus Skinner, which quickly inspires him to become a writer. Upon learning that Skinner is an English professor at Stanford University, Shaun makes it his goal to attend Stanford and study under him, seeing it as an opportunity to escape from his superficial life in Orange County.
High Fidelity, 1h53
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack
Rating74% 3.749053.749053.749053.749053.74905
The film centers on Rob Gordon (John Cusack), a self-confessed music lover with a poor understanding of women. After getting dumped by his latest girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), he decides to look up some of his old partners in an attempt to figure out where he keeps going wrong in his relationships.
As Good as It Gets, 2h12
Directed by James L. Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Shirley Knight, Skeet Ulrich
Roles Dr. Bettes
Rating76% 3.849043.849043.849043.849043.84904
Melvin Udall is a misanthrope who works at home as a best-selling novelist in New York City. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder which, paired with his misanthropy, alienates nearly everyone with whom he interacts. He avoids stepping on sidewalk cracks while walking through the city due to a superstition of bad luck, and eats breakfast at the same table in the same restaurant every day using disposable plastic utensils he brings with him due to his pathological mysophobia. He takes an interest in his waitress, Carol Connelly, the only server at the restaurant who can tolerate his behavior.
Love Affair, 1h48
Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic drama, Romance
Actors Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katharine Hepburn, Pierce Brosnan, Garry Shandling, Chloe Webb
Roles Sheldon Blumenthal
Rating58% 2.9496452.9496452.9496452.9496452.949645
Ex-football star Mike Gambril and singer Terry McKay, each of whom is engaged to marry someone else, meet on a flight to Sydney. The plane makes an emergency landing and passengers must wait until a piece of equipment is delivered.
Airheads
Airheads (1994)
, 1h28
Directed by Michael Lehmann
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Buddy films
Actors Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Amy Locane, Michael Richards
Roles Chris Moore
Rating60% 3.048963.048963.048963.048963.04896
Chazz, Rex and Pip are in a Los Angeles rock band called The Lone Rangers who are continuously turned down as they try to get their demo tape heard by producers. After scolding him for being lazy, Chazz's girlfriend Kayla kicks him out of her apartment. They decide to try to get the local rock station KPPX to play their reel-to-reel tape on the air and attempt to break-in through the back door. After several unsuccessful attempts, a station employee comes out to smoke and they keep the door from shutting behind her.
Groundhog Day, 1h41
Directed by Harold Ramis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Météorologie, Radio, Films about television, Time travel films, Temporal paradox
Actors Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rick Ducommun
Roles Neurologist
Rating79% 3.998253.998253.998253.998253.99825
On February 1, misanthropic TV meteorologist Phil Connors (Bill Murray), news producer Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell), and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) of the fictional Pittsburgh television station WPBH-TV 9 travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. The following morning, Phil, who does not like the assignment or Punxsutawney, grudgingly gives his report on the festivities. He then gets his team on the road back to Pittsburgh, but a blizzard shuts down all travel. The team is forced to return to Punxsutawney and stay another night.
Ghostbusters II, 1h44
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Action, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about religion, Comedy science fiction films, Ghost films, Political films, Comedy horror films, Dystopian films
Actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson
Roles Dr. Egon Spengler
Rating64% 3.249413.249413.249413.249413.24941
Five years after saving New York City from the demi-god Gozer, the Ghostbusters—Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore—have gone their separate ways after having been sued by the city for property damage and barred from investigating the supernatural, forcing them out of business. Ray owns an occult bookstore and works as an unpopular children's entertainer with Winston, Egon works in a laboratory on the Columbia University campus, conducting experiments into human emotion, and Peter hosts a pseudo-psychic television show. Peter's former girlfriend Dana Barrett has had a son, Oscar, with a violinist that she married then divorced when he received an offer to join the London Symphony Orchestra. In order to take care of her baby, Dana quit her former cellist profession and now works as a restorer at the fictional Manhattan Museum of Art, working to prepare a malevolent-looking portrait of a legendary sixteenth-century tyrant named Vigo the Carpathian of Moldavia for an upcoming exhibition.
Stealing Home, 1h38
Directed by Steven Kampmann
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster, Harold Ramis, Blair Brown, Jonathan Silverman, Richard Jenkins
Roles Alan Appleby
Rating67% 3.39763.39763.39763.39763.3976
Billy Wyatt (Harmon) was once a very talented high school baseball player and minor-league prospect. Now in his 30s, doing poorly financially and socially, he receives a telephone call from his mother revealing that Katie Chandler (Foster), his former child-sitter—and later, in his teens, his first love—has committed suicide. She has left a note specifying Billy as custodian of her ashes.
Baby Boom
Baby Boom (1987)
, 1h50
Directed by Charles Shyer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker, Sam Shepard, James Spader, John Philbin
Roles Steven Buchner
Rating62% 3.1000253.1000253.1000253.1000253.100025
J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is a driven Manhattan career woman (nicknamed the "Tiger Lady") typical of the 1980s whose fast-paced life leaves her with no time for romance or relaxation (or as the narrator in the beginning puts it she works "5 to 9"), though she derives pleasure from her frantic schedule and demanding job. She works as a management consultant and lives with an investment banker (Harold Ramis), whose job and life are likewise hectic. Her life is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a toddler, Elizabeth (twins Kristina and Michelle Kennedy), from a deceased cousin whom she hadn't seen in over 30 years.