Harold Ramis’ Top Movies

ramis‘Ghostbusters’ star Harold Ramis passed away yesterday from complications of a rare vascular disease at the age of 69.  The comedic actor and director first made a name for himself on SCTV on which he’d appeared for 2 years in the late 1970’s, but it was 1984’s Ghostbusters where he got his most recognition.  Unfortunately this news means the long rumoured Ghostbusters 3 reunion with Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray won’t be taking place, but the brilliant writer / director / actor had a great career.  We take a look back at his best flicks.

Ghostbusters:  Egon Spengler was by far Ramis’ most recognized role.  He played the straight laced scientist in two movies.  The character was created by Ramis and Aykroyd, with whom he wrote the script.  The pair knew each other from their Second City days, where they also met their co-star Bill Murray.  It’s a shame that Ghostbusters 3 will not be happening now, but Egon will long be remembered.

Groundhog Day:  Of all the movies Harold Ramis directed, Groundhog Day was perhaps his best.  Like most of the movies he directed, Ramis had a hand in writing the screenplay, and he once again found himself teamed up with Bill Murray.  “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show together off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray told Time Magazine. “He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

Analyze This:  Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro teamed up in this silly comedy about a mobster with emotional issues.  It was DeNiro’s first turn as a comedic actor, and it payed off in spades.  So much so that a sequel was made 3 years later.  When Crystal heard of Harold Ramis’ passing, he tweeted “A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all.”

National Lampoon’s Vacation:  When you ask people what one of their favourite comedic franchises are, you will hear Vacation more times than not.  With only his second movie, Harold Ramis showed the world that he was the real deal with it came to comedy.

Caddyshack:  In his very first directed movie Harold Ramis teamed up with Bill Murray.  This one featured an all star cast of comedians and went on to become a classic.

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