Harold Ramis

Film director

1944 – 2014

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Who was Harold Ramis?

Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in Stripes; he also co-wrote both films. As a writer-director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day and Analyze This. 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.

Ramis' films have influenced subsequent generations of comedians and comedy writers. Filmmakers 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.

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Born
Nov 21, 1944
Chicago
Also known as
  • Harold Allen Ramis
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Senn High School
Lived in
  • Glencoe
Died
Feb 24, 2014
North Shore

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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