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Ramis in STRIPES.
About Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014)
Harold Ramis was born on November 21, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois in a Jewish family. His father's family were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family were Polish Jews. He graduated in 1962 from Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1966, Ramis graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Because of his succesful career as a writer, director and producer, Washington University honored him in 1993 with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree.
Harold Ramis was married twice, and had three children. He married artist Anne PLotkin;(1967-1984). they had a daughter, Violet. In 1989, Harold married Erica Mann, and they had two sons:Julien Author and Daniel Hayes.
Three years after graduating from college, Harold became an active member in Chicago's Second City's Inprovisational Theatre Troupe, where he met long-time friends, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray.
br />br /> After helping to write and perform as well in New York's "The National Lampoon Show", Harold Ramis began his career in entertainment as a sketch comedian who portrayed the character, Moe Green, on SCTV. By 1976, he was the head writer and a regular performer.
Ramis produced, wrote, acted in and directed many wacky comedies. Including GROUND HOG DAY and the hugely successful GHOSTBUSTERS movies, TV series, and video games
Ramis frequently jumped into the fray of his own films, playing a small but choice part. He wrote STRIPES (1981), in which he played the character Russell Ziskey. He also played Steven Bochner in BABY BOOM; (1987), a neurologist in GROUNDHOG DAY; (1993), Dr. Martin Bettes in AS GOOD AS IT GETS; (1997), and Ben's Dad in KNOCKED UP; (2007).
Ramis is best known for his role as Dr. Egon Spendler, one of the team of three bumbling "experts" in parapsychology, in the GHOSTBUSTER movies.
Harold Ramis, Chicago's favorite son in whom they were very proud, has been honored for his wonderful writing, directing and producing! His awards for his writing achievements, directing and film presentation stretch back to 1979, when he was nominated for a WGA award for his screenplay, ANIMAL HOUSE.
GROUNDHOG DAY was a huge hit, and brought much honor and recognition, as people just loved it. In 1993, Ramis won a second place BEST SCREENPLAY NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD for GROUNDHOG DAY, shared with Danny Rubin, as they were tied with Steven Zailian for SCHINDLER'S LIST.
In 1994, Ramis won a Screenwriter of the Year LONDON CRITICS CIRCLE FILM AWARD;(ALFS) for GROUNDHOG DAY; an award that was shared with Danny Rubin.
Harold Ramis was honored with a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, GROUNDHOG DAY. He was also honored with nominations for a Best Writing Saturn Award, And BEST Director Award.
Both in 1985, and in 1994, his producer and director skills were honored with BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION AWARDS for GHOST BUSTERS;(1984) and GROUNDHOG DAY;(1993).
In 2010, he and four other writers;(Dan Aykroyd, Patrick hegarty, flint Dale and John Melchior) were honored with an Interactive Acievement Award in an adapted Story; GHOSTBUSTERS;(2009).
In 2001, Ramis won a place on the American Screenwriters Assoc. SCREENWRITING HALL OF FAME.
In 2004, Ramis was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
"Well, for me, it's the relationship between comedy and life - that's the edge I live on, and maybe it's my protection against looking at the tragedy of it all. It's seeing life in balance. Comedy and tragedy co-exist. You can't have one without the other. I'm of the school that anything can be funny, if seen from a comedic point of view."
Harold died at the age of 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis on February 24th, 2014.
Harold Ramis's notable movie credits include...
WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY (2007)
KNOCKED UP (2007)
THE LAST KISS (2006)
I'M WITH LUCY (2002)
ORANGE COUNTY (2002)
ANALYZE THAT )2002)
AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)
ANALYZE THIS (1999)
GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)
STEALING HOME (1988)
BABY BOOM (1987)
BACK TO SCHOOL(1986)
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (1983)
Harold Ramis in GHOSTBUSTERS (1984).