Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69. He was responsible for some of the most successful comedy movies of the 1980s.
The Chicago-born Ramis was as acclaimed a writer and director of comedies as he was an actor. He wrote four of the comedies listed on the American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest Movies: “Ghostbusters,” Groundhog Day,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Caddyshack.” He also wrote “Meatballs,” “Stripes,” and “Back to School.” His more recent films included Robert De Niro’s “Analyze This” and its sequel “Analyze That,” “The Ice Harvest,” and the 2009 biblical comedy “Year One.”
Back to School
Groundhog Day (ok, this movie was released in 1993. So sue me)
My friends and I watched these movies over and over (ok, we only watched Meatballs once). We have many of the lines memorized. The movies of Harold Ramis brought much laughter into our lives. Who wouldn’t want to party in college like the Deltas did in Animal House? Who wouldn’t want to mud wrestle two young women like Ox did in Stripes, or deal with bureaucrats they way Spengler, Stantz, and Venkman did?
A part of our lives ended with Mr. Ramis’ death today. May he rest in peace…