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Of course it happened in February. Yesterday, Harold Ramis passed away from complications resulting from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare blood disease. He is survived by his spouse, Erica Mann, as well as his three children and two grandchildren. He is also survived, for those of us who knew the man’s work but never met him personally, by some of the most influential and game-changing comedies of the past forty years. It’s difficult to know what the careers of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi would look like without him. If there had been no Harold Ramis, there would be no Caddyshack, no Vacation, no Groundhog Day. If Ghostbusters could ever have existed sans Ramis in some other form, it’s impossible to imagine quite what that would be. He was, by all measures, a consequential figure in American comedy. While working as a schoolteacher during the late 1960s, Ramis »
- Landon Palmer
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. If you appreciate modern comedy, you like -- no, you love -- at least a few Harold Ramis movies. The Second City alum, who died today at age 69, was responsible in some form or another with many titles considered among the funniest of the last 40 years. He wrote, directed, produced and/or starred in them, and yet it's rare that people talk of him specifically as a major figure in the history of Hollywood comedy. Part of that is likely because of his higher profile collaborators. He regularly worked with Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Ivan Reitman, Eugene Levy, Rodney Dangerfield and later Judd Apatow, each of whom might be the more often cited minds behind...
- Christopher Campbell
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— Paolo Rivera (@PaoloMRivera) February 24, 2014
Actor, writer, producer and director Harold Ramis, who made many of the most iconic comedy hits of the 1980s and 1990s, died today at his home in Chicago. He was 69. The award-winning comedy filmmaker who co-starred in and co-wrote Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, and Stripes passed away from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis which he’d battled for four years.
Chicago native Ramis graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo and worked as a joke editor for Playboy Magazine before launching his career as a writer for The National Lampoon Radio Hour, the radio show that was a launching pad for a who’s who of future comedy stars and collaborators including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Richard Belzer, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner. Rising alongside his peers in the late-’70s comedy scene, Ramis came up »
- Glenn Hauman
With his sly, Cheshire cat grin and twinkling, half-mast eyes hidden behind owlish glasses, Harold Ramis always gave the impression of a guy who was guarding the punchline to the world’s funniest joke. And it’s quite possible he was. After all, if anyone had the merry-prankster genius to conceive it, polish it into a jeweler-precise gem, and deliver it with crack comic timing, it was Ramis, who passed away early Monday morning at age 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves the swelling of blood vessels.
Although Ramis became a familiar face on both »
- Chris Nashawaty
Is there anything Bill Murray hasn't done? And I'm not talking just movies.
A man of seemingly legendary stature, the actor broke out on "Saturday Night Live" in the late '70s and only grew more prominent with unforgettable roles in "Caddyshack" (1980) and "Ghostbusters" (1984). Since then, Murray has also established himself in dramatic roles, such as in the acclaimed Sofia Coppola movie "Lost in Translation," which garnered him a Best Actor nomination.
Whether or not you've seen Murray on the big screen or at the ballpark, there's still much to know about the star. From his duet with Clint Eastwood to his unbelievable encounters with fans, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Bill Murray.
1. Murray is a part-owner of three minor league baseball teams, including the Riverdogs in Charleston, South Carolina. and the Brockton Rox in Massachusetts, which explains this.
2. Murray admits to signing on for the "Garfield »
- Jonny Black
Deja Vu All Over Again! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Chris Wilkinson introducing Harold Ramis' classic comedy of time-warp repetition, "Groundhog Day," starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell as would-be lovers at the mercy of furry Punxsutawney Phil.Murray finds the quintessential Bill Murray role in Ramis’ 1992 comic morality play about a shallow, egocentric reporter forced to repeat the same 24 hour day till he gets it right. The gently acerbic script, by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, is equal parts Woody Allen and Preston Sturges with a little Frank Capra thrown in. Chris Elliot, Brian Doyle-Murray and Ramis are part of an amiably eccentric supporting cast that would make Sturges proud. »
- Trailers From Hell
6 items from 2014
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