Monday, February 24, 2014

The world lost a very funny man today! Harold Ramis, 69, Dies...

Harold Ramis, actor, director and a writer whose brilliant comedy mind helped bring to life some of the best comedies of the last 3 decades passed away on Monday in his Chicago-area home. He was 69...

With such movies like “Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters,”Ghostbusters II,” “Animal House” and “Caddyshack” to commercial and critical success his talent infront of the camera as a funny man was surpassed by his work behind it.

One of the finest comics to come out of the 70's, and 80's he seemed to always remain relevant no matter the decade. Whenever he was involved in a movie it was always worth watching. No matter if he was directing, acting or writing he was a true legend.
Director: Movie (11 credits)
[2009] Year One / [2005] The Ice Harvest / [2002] Analyze That / [2000] Bedazzled / [1999] Analyze This / [1996] Multiplicity / [1995] Stuart Saves His Family / [1993] Groundhog Day / [1986] Club Paradise / [1983] National Lampoon's Vacation / [1980] Caddyshack
Writer: Movie (20 credits)
[2011] The Real Ghostbusters (Short) / [2009] Year One (screenplay) / (story) / [2004] Stork Day (screenplay "Groundhog Day") / [2002] Analyze That (written by)  / [2000] Bedazzled (screenplay) / [1999] Analyze This (screenplay) / [1993] Groundhog Day (screenplay) / [1991] Rover Dangerfield (story developed by) / [1989] Ghostbusters II (characters) / (written by) / [1988] Caddyshack II (characters) / (written by) / [1986] Meatballs III: Summer Job (characters) / [1986] Armed and Dangerous (story and screenplay) / [1986] Club Paradise (screenplay) / [1986] Back to School (screenplay) / [1984] Ghostbusters (written by) / [1981] Stripes (written by) / [1980] Caddyshack (written by) / [1979] Meatballs (written by) / [1978] Animal House (written by)

Actor: Movie (19 credits)
[2009] Year One  / [2007] Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story  / [2007] Knocked Up  / [2006] The Last Kiss  / [2002] I'm with Lucy / [2002] Orange County / [2000] High Fidelity / [1997] As Good as It Gets / [1994] Love Affair / 1994 Airheads / 1993 Groundhog Day / [1989] Ghostbusters II / [1988] Stealing Home / [1987] Baby Boom / [1984] Ghostbusters / [1983] National Lampoon's Vacation / [1983] Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone / [1981] Heavy Metal / [1981] Stripes
I've been a big fan of his work my whole life, and it's really a sad day for his fans, and for fans of comedies in general. He was truly one of the funniest comedic minds we have had. We never got Ghostbusters 3 with him. Hope we still get one, and it's dedicated to him because he really wanted it to get made, and due to complications with Bill Murray it's not happened.

The official cause of his death was due to complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease that involves swelling of blood vessels, said Chris Day, a spokesman for United Talent Agency, which represented Mr. Ramis.

“More than anyone else,” Paul Weingarten wrote in The Chicago Tribune Magazine in 1983, “Harold Ramis has shaped this generation’s ideas of what is funny.” And to Mr. Ramis, the fact was that “comedy is inherently subversive.”

“We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes,” Mr. Ramis once said. “We attack the winners.”

Rest in Peace!

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