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The writer, director and actor Harold Ramis, who has died aged 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, was responsible for one masterpiece and several influential smash-hits. In each of his creative capacities, he was the eternal quiet man. In front of the camera, his blithe and undemanding presence often disguised his comic skill or made it appear effortless; he seemed happy to hang back and surrender the limelight to more demonstrative and dynamic collaborators, such as his Ghostbusters co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. In his writing and directing he was adept at capitalising on an audience's love of coarseness without resorting to cruelty or sacrificing his compassion.
- Ryan Gilbey
Harold Ramis - the writer, director and actor who helped re-shape American comedy in the '70s, '80s and '90s - passed away yesterday at the age of 69.
A performer with Chicago's Second City and the National Lampoon comedy troupe early on in his career, Ramis made his film breakthrough when he co-wrote the script for Animal House. Before long he was heading behind the camera to direct Bill Murray in golf comedy Caddyshack and Chevy Chase classic Vacation.
Ghostbusters, which Ramis co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd, provided him with his biggest commercial hit in 1984. Ramis memorably played bespectacled scientist Egon Spengler, adding some dry wit to counteract the scene-stealing from Bill Murray.
The success of Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel allowed Ramis to keep on directing films, with 1993's Groundhog Day his career highlight. The comedy offered up an unexpectedly profound look at the life of a weatherman (played »
There are very few perfect films. Part of what makes films so beautiful and rich and rewarding is that they are the result of a sort of mass insanity that happens when you have all of these people all pushing to create something tangible, something that moves us to some sort of real emotional place. It's easy to forget that movies are ultimately a bunch of people standing around playing make-believe, but with a crew there to capture it all. Considering how many moving pieces there are in any film, it's almost miraculous when they actually come together coherently, much less in a way that manages to make us genuinely lose ourselves in what we're watching. Harold Ramis made a perfect movie. "Groundhog Day" is one of the few mainstream comedies that I think actually grows and gets richer and more wonderful the more you revisit it, something which seems »
- Drew McWeeny
We are truly sad to share the news that writer, director, producer, actor and all-around comedy champion Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69. As a director, Ramis gave the world Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, Multiplicity, Analyze This, Bedazzled, The Ice Harvest and several more. As a writer he gave us Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs, Armed and Dangerous, and Sctv. As an actor, outside of his own films, he stole scenes in Knocked Up, Orange County and As Good As It Gets. Basically, if you were alive and watching movies from the early '80s onward, Harold Ramis taught you a new master class in comedy and character every few years-- and those lessons become mainstays that you could watch over and over and over without losing a drop...
- Peter Hall
We are truly sad to share the news that writer, director, producer, actor, and all-around comedy champion Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69. As a director, Ramis gave the world Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, Multiplicity, Analyze This, Bedazzled, The Ice Harvest, and several more. As a writer he gave us Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs, Armed and Dangerous, and Sctv. As an actor, outside of his own films, he stole scenes in Knocked Up, Orange County, and As Good as it Gets. Basically, if you were alive and watching movies from the early '80s onward, Harold Ramis taught you a new master class in comedy and character every few years-- and those lessons become mainstays that you could watch over and over and over without losing a...
- Peter Hall
Harold Ramis passed away today at the age of 69.
The veteran director and actor was known for films including Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Analyze This and Analyze That, all four of which he wrote and directed, and notably for his role as Dr Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters.
Following the news, tributes have poured in from Ramis's friends and colleagues across Hollywood.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Instead of Wednesday's comic, this is what will be put up. I'm sharing it now because reasons. Rip Harold Ramis :_( pic.twitter.com/bV8daK8PD2
— Ash Vickers (@Mega_Ashra) February 25, 2014
Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis
passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and
director. A wonderful husband and dad.
Big loss to us all. bc
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
Egon was my favourite Ghostbuster. »
TMZ are reporting that comedy legend Harold Ramis has died, aged 69.
The Hollywood actor/writer/director who is probably best known for the classic 80s and 90s films Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, among many others, reportedly passed away early this morning at his Chicago Home.
TMZ report that Ramis’ family confirmed his passing from ”complications stemming from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease involving the swelling of blood vessels.” His whole family were said to be present and Ramis is now survived by his wife Erica, his two sons Julian and Daniel and also his daughter Violet, along with two grandchildren.
Ramis had been suffering from health issues related to his disease for the past four years. He had not directed a movie since 2009′s Year One as he continued to battle the disease, although he was always thought to be attached to the Ghostbusters 3 developments at Sony, »
- Matt Holmes
The British don’t just do villains the best, they also do wayward heroes, both in terms of the skewed, tragic fools like David Brent or Ray and Ken from In Bruges, and also the morally ambiguous heroes with a defining dark side. The good guys who aren’t afraid to bend the rules – not just like Sherlock Holmes, but to the point of breaking – who charm and disarm in equal measure and who are inifinitely forgivable for their moments of darkness.
Not only are they sympathetic figures, despite their lack of inherent goodness, and their broken moral compass, but they actually make their manifesto for sticking a middle finger up at the authorities and regulations look attractive.
They aren’t just good at being bad, they make it look like a good idea, and for that, they deserve to be heartily saluted. So from the worlds of Film, »
- Simon Gallagher
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