Harold Ramis 1944 – 2014

Writer, director, SCTV-player, collector of spores, molds and fungus, Harold Ramis has returned forthwith into his place of origin in the sky (or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension) at the age of 69. He died of natural causes (swelling of the blood vessels, if you must know) in the presence of his family.

Most famous for writing and acting in Ivan Reitman directed comedies (Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters) in the 1970s and 1980s and directing Groundhog Day and the Analyze This movies in the 1990s. He will be missed. Go ahead and have that chocolate bar in the great hereafter, Harold, you’ve earned it.

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Sean Kelly

Looking over Ramis’ directorial filmography, I am most curious about revisiting his 2005 black comedy THE ICE HARVEST (which I’ve only seen once).

It’s the shame that his final film credit as both an actor and director was the Jack Black comedy YEAR ONE (which I thought was OK….though most people don’t). Of course he had one more directorial credit with an episode of THE OFFICE in 2010 before his health issues took him away from the spotlight.

Sean Kelly

I wrote an obituary for my blog and included a few of my favourite clips (most from the Ghostbusters films) – http://www.skonmovies.com/2014/02/rip-harold-ramis.html


Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day… two of my very favorite comedies. I grew up on all of his films Stripes, Vacation, Caddyshack. These five shaped my sense of humor more than any others, I’d say. What a career.