One of my favorites....can't beleive it.
OT: Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack) dead
do you smell something?
His IMDB page is pretty much a list of the last 30-40 years of hilarious movies, his writing and acting influenced tons of pop culture. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000601/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Remember not to cross the streams.
Orange County - one of my favorites, in addition to the classics you listed.
RIP Harold. A legend.
Terrible news. I loved his work, having grown up in the 80's.
He was also in one of my all-time favorite movies, "Stealing Home," with Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster and a young Jonathan Silverman. Classic - especially if you are like me and have a special love for baseball movies.
I loved that movie, too.
And I literally was thinking of that movie while I was typing my post below.
Such a "good guy" Harold Ramis type role.
Robin Parks is a complete slut!
Thank you for that.
Made me smile.
I can't believe he's gone.
My first reaction to this post was that it was impossible that Harold Ramis could be dead. My second reaction to this post is that Harold Ramis could not possibly be 69 years old. My third reaction to this post was, "That's a big twinkie".
RIP Harold Ramis. Thank you for all the laughs.
His birthday is almost exactly between my parents', who although they are both 69 seem perfectly healthy and not really any older than they were 10 years ago. He didn't act much but wrote some excellent screenplays. He will be missed.
could that guy have been any more likeable?
I feel like a substantial portion of my youth just got demolished.
Not that this is what's important here or anything, but dammit. Man, I liked that guy.
Sorry everyone. I'm depressed beyond the capacity for rational thought.
and very appropriate.
Don't cross the streams.
It would be bad.
I'm fuzzy on the whole good bad thing. What do you mean by bad?
So he was a good guy in real life, too. Dammit, tears.
Damn! I'm in college but two of my favorites are Stripes and Meatballs. Bill and Harold were comedy gold.
My dad and uncle used to always quote Stripes growing up. So many good lines.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
this guy was incredible
It would be fair to say, like other posters have, that a fair number of my favorite films growing up and even into my adulthood had the name "Harold Ramis" somewhere in the credits. This is very sad news - he was a very talented writer and director and great on-screen as well.
Like saveferris though, one of my reactions did involve:
RIP Harold Ramis.
Harold Ramis is a comedy legend. I wish that he'd had a few more years of healthy productivity (not to mention many more years with family and friends). This suck for humanity.
While I wholeheartedly agree with your comments, I'm oddly dissapointed that you didn't provide a simpler, more direct response:
"A candle the burns twice as bright, burns half as long. MMM HMMM."
Animal House and Caddyshack are still some of the funniest movies ever (particularly Animal House, which I could be talked into being #1 all-time). Sometimes when you look at "classics" you can see why they were important at the time, but they are not really relevant to today -- but the type of comedy he wrote still would crush at the box office today.
As an aside, I recently watched a two hour A&E "Biography" on the making of Caddyshack -- it was Ramis' first director job and he clearly didn't know what he was doing (as he admitted) but he had such an even-keel calm about the whole thing (they had many issues -- finding a course to shoot at, weather issues, changes to the script, etc), he kept the whole, disparate cast together and made a classic.
on an NBC news release:
In a 2004 profile of Ramis, Tad Friend of the New Yorker wrote, " What Elvis did for rock and Eminem did for rap, Harold Ramis did for attitude: he mass-marketed the sixties to the seventies and eighties. He took his generation’s anger and curiosity and laziness and woolly idealism and gave it a hyper-articulate voice. He wised it up."
Convicted? No. Never convicted.
No, we're not homosexuals. But we're willing to learn.
I ain't afraid of his ghost.
Thanks for helping make my childhood awesome!! You will truly be missed!
Truly a great comedy talent.
I've always believed that Groundhog Day is one of the most underrated comedies and/or movies in recent memory.
It's one of those movies that seems to get better the more times you watch it.
My job is to come up with something that you like and you agree with that you would play wholeheartedly. If we disagree, I may not be doing my job correctly.
Actually, Harold, I'd say you did your job exceptionally well. Thank you.
Seemed like a guy who just jumped in there and said "Shit, I can do this" and pulled it off making it look easy. Which is incredibly hard.
I just watched Stripes again yesterday afternoon for the first time in a long time. It was even better than I remembered. That was his mark. His movies age well.
Eating a Twinkie for you Egon.
Animal House came out soon after I joined a fraternity at Michigan. So, among other things, it contributed a lot of humor to what was a fun period in my life. If you ever find a copy of the National Lampoon Animal House magazine, definitely read it! They came out with a written, magazine version of the movie complete with pictures that is equally hilarious. It has some stuff too that was not in the movie.
But certainly, Ramis was a comedic genius that will be sorely missed. RIP Egon.
With Shirley Temple Black, Peter O’Toole, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Roger Ebert, Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini, Sid Caesar, Annette Funicello and now Harold Ramis, the in memoriam tribute during the Academy Awards telecast just became a bit more of a tear jerker.
Very sad news. But the tears will fade and the laughter will endure. . . . And now to determine whether human emotions will affect my physical environment.
And how weird too because just yesterday afternoon I dug out an old copy of Esquire because it had an interview with him that I wanted to re-read. Spooky!
I was just watching Stripes yesterday.
I don't know how many time growing up I heard, "Never hit anyone in anger, unless you're absolutely sure you can get away with it."
He had a ton of great movies but writing that movie was the best work he ever did...it is so perfect...
Harold Ramis was awesome. He lived near me and I met him once. Nice guy. Bill Murray also grew up locally here on the North Shore of Chicago. Local legend has it that Bill Murray’s father worked at the local snooty country club/golf course (Golf Digest always had them as a top 10 snootiest clubs. One year they didn’t make it . . . local joke is that they sued to get back on the list). Mr. Murray got his sons jobs at the club as caddies. Supposedly, old man Murray made his kids help pay for their Jesuit high school (Loyola). The Murray boys heard and produced many funny stories from their mis-adventures working at the club. When Bill Murray and Harold Ramis started hanging out together and they started telling stories. The family stories of the Murray’s at the county club produced Caddy Shack. The local club wouldn’t let them film there . . . the script was too obvious. So they ended up in Kansas for the golf course scenes.
The world is a sadder place today. We lost a talented and funny guy. Long live the spirit of Harold Ramis.
Except the golf course was in Davie, Florida.
I do not know how to edit my post but I remember the credits at the end of Caddyshack saying the filming was in Kansas but when I looked it up on IMDb they said three locations in Florida including Davie. I stand corrected. Thanks.
Murray was a Loyola cake eater. Explains a lot
was one of my favorites from Ramis. There is one quote with a reference to Michigan State that I'd have to look up to get the exact quote. It went someting like this:
The mob boss in the movie is seeing his psychoanalyst, tells him he "couldn't get it up last night". The doctor responds, 'You mean sexually?", to which the mob boss responds, "for the game against Michigan State. What the fuck you think I meant? Of course sexually! What the fuck 's the matta with ya?
Greatmovie, see it if you haven't already, Robert DiNiro plays the mobster, Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow are also in it. They did a sequel several years later that I haven't seen yet, called "Analyze That", also is supposed to be real good.
He made the most simple lines complex and funny. Everything he would deliver with that deadpan smirk was so universal that other actors could use and deliver the same comedic timing.
Hopefully you are crossing streams in the sky...we will miss you egon Spengler
Damn. Ghostbusters is one of my favorites having grown up in the 80s.
He helped motivate me to become a caddie and fraternity member. His list of credits is amazing.
Ghostbusters is my all time favorite movie in addition to the several other classics that he either wrote/directed/produced which have already been mentioned.
The Real Ghostbusters was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid, which was also created/written by Ramis/Aykroyd.