Friday, 28 February 2014

In Memory of Harold Ramis (1944-2014) (Updated)

Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

To fans who watched several or most 
of his movies he wrote, starred and 
directed including two of the films 
from the Ghostbusters series like 
notably the first (click here), Animal 
HouseGroundhog DayNational 
Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack
Comedy director/writer/actor Harold 
Ramis passes away unexpectedly 
at the age of 69 in February 24th 2014. Ramis starts his life enrolled in Washington University in St. Louis Missouri where he wrote some spoof materials in a list of plays. Years later that he had his work finished on St. Louis, he returned to his hometown of Chicago where in 1968 worked as a substitute teacher at various schools in one of the city's inner states. As for then he went on to join the improvisational comedy troupe of Second City to study and perform. 

After leaving the comedy troupe in one time of absence and essentially returned in 1972, he made his way as a foil to the deadpan comedy of John Belushi who at one time replaced him in the main cast. This got Harold and his fellow performers including Bill Murray to join with Belushi and work together in a radio show of The National Lampoon Radio Hour. Concluding this time, Ramis, Murray, Belushi and the other comedians star in a revue of The National Lampoon Show at stage and then on become a performer/writer of the TV series SCTV where he spend the rest of years in 1976 to 1979, acting and writing on this skits. After SCTV, he underwent to the film career and scripted with National Lampoon's Douglas Kenney and then later joined by Chris Miller for a story they wrote with raunchy humour set in the struggle in a fraternity house and a corrupt dean. That story became a movie and is now entitled as Animal House, it went on to earn $141 dollars and by doing so breaking the box office records. The next movie that starred Bill Murray, Meatballs became a commercial success in 1979 and so does Caddyshack in the next year where he made his directing debut. Again working with Bill Murray, the edgy comedy flick featured many other comedy leads like Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight and again Bill Murray. 

Ramis would collaborate with Dan Akyroyd for the screenplay and also co-star with aforementioned comedian and in a project directed by Ivan Reitman called Ghostbusters. Starring as Dr. Egon Spengler the brains of the group and this time, the 1984 movie became one of the top grossing hits in this year's summer and earned him to reprise again as the character in the second instalment. Naturally before Ghostbusters, he directed the first National Lampoon's Vacation and was another big success for Ramis. His later ground-breaking feature in 1993, Groundhog Day ran moderately at the box office and then was considered by critics as his "masterpiece". Analyse This followed by its sequel Analyse That, Bedazzled and Year One were all some of his last movies he finished to script-write and direct.

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