Harold Ramis (1944–2014)


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Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John ... See full bio »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Ghostbusters Writer
(1984)
Groundhog Day Writer
(1993)
Stripes Writer
(1981)
Knocked Up Ben's Dad
(2007)

Filmography

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  Ghostbusters: Ecto Force (TV Series) (characters - 2018) (announced)
 2022 Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (Video Game) (based on characters created by) (post-production)
 2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife (based on "Ghostbusters" written by)
 2018 Ghostbusters of Long Beach (Short) (characters)
 2017 Ghostbusters: Station 6 (TV Series) (based on characters created by - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2017) ... (based on characters created by)
 2016 Ghostbusters (based on the 1984 film "Ghostbusters" written by)
 2011 Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (Video Game) (characters and universe)
 2011 The Real Ghostbusters (Short) (creator)
 2010 The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire: Spilled Milk (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2009 Year One (screenplay) / (story)
 2009 Ghostbusters (Video Game) (characters)
 2004 Extreme Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Invasion (Video Game) (characters)
 2004 Stork Day (screenplay)
 2002 Analyze That (written by)
 2002 Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-1 (Video Game) (characters)
 2000 Bedazzled (screenplay)
 1999 Analyze This (screenplay)
 1997 Extreme Ghostbusters (TV Series) (characters - 40 episodes)
- Witchy Woman (1997) ... (characters)
- The Sphinx (1997) ... (characters)
- Back in the Saddle: Part 2 (1997) ... (characters)
- Back in the Saddle: Part 1 (1997) ... (characters)
- Heart of Darkness (1997) ... (characters)
 1993 Groundhog Day (screenplay by)
 1986-1991 The Real Ghostbusters (TV Series) (characters - 140 episodes)
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Street (1991) ... (characters)
- Attack of the B-Movie Monsters (1991) ... (characters)
- Not Now, Slimer! (1991) ... (characters)
- The Treasure of Sierra Tamale (1991) ... (characters)
- The Magnificent Five (1990) ... (characters)
 1991 Rover Dangerfield (story developed by)
 1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (TV Short) (character: Slimer)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (characters) / (written by)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (Video Game) (characters)
 1988 The Best of SCTV (TV Special)
 1988 Caddyshack II (characters) / (written by)
 1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job (characters)
 1986 Ghostbusters (Video Game) (characters)
 1986 Armed and Dangerous (story)
 1986 Club Paradise (screenplay)
 1986 Back to School (screenplay)
 1984 Ghostbusters (written by)
 1982 The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me (TV Special) (head writer)
  SCTV Network (TV Series) (additional material - 4 episodes, 1981 - 1982) (additional material by - 1 episode, 1981)
- Midnight Video Special (1982) ... (additional material)
- Teacher's Pet (1982) ... (additional material)
- The Great White North (1981) ... (additional material)
- Lunchtime Street Beef (1981) ... (additional material by)
- One on the Town (1981) ... (additional material)
 1981 Stripes (written by)
 1980 Caddyshack (written by)
 1979 Meatballs (written by)
  Delta House (TV Series) (creator - 13 episodes, 1979) (written by - 1 episode, 1979)
- The Matriculation of Kent Dorfman (1979) ... (creator)
- Hoover and the Bomb (1979) ... (creator)
- Campus Fair (1979) ... (creator)
- The Blotto Who Came to Dinner (1979) ... (creator)
- The Fall of Dean Wormer (1979) ... (creator)
  SCTV (TV Series) (head writer - 20 episodes, 1977) (supervising writer - 16 episodes, 1978) (writer - 15 episodes, 1978 - 1979) (written by - 12 episodes, 1976 - 1979) (series written by - 1 episode, 1979) (written by: head writer - 1 episode, 1977)
- The Best of Season 2: Part 2 (1979) ... (writer)
- The Best of Season 2: Part 1 (1979) ... (writer)
- Pipeline (1979) ... (written by)
- SCTV Disco (1979) ... (writer)
- On the Waterfront Again (1979) ... (writer)
 1978 National Lampoon's Animal House (written by)
 1977 The TVTV Show (TV Movie)
 1976 TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) (uncredited)
 1976 Super Bowl (TV Movie documentary)
 1973 National Lampoon Television Show: Lemmings Dead in Concert (Video) (writer - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

DVD commentary for Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse:

Erica Mann  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Daniel Ramis | See more »

Parents:

Ramis, Ruth | Ramis, Nathan
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Personal Quote:

[on whether he and Bill Murray would consider doing a third Ghostbusters movie] My attitude is generally like Bill's old attitude -- there's no point unless it has some interesting quality or something to say about the subject. Personally, I don't rule it out. I'm skeptical, but maybe it'll work. See more »

Trivia:

Wrote four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: Ghostbusters (1984) at #28, Groundhog Day (1993) at #34, National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) at #36 and Caddyshack (1980) at #71. Meatballs (1979), Stripes (1981) and Back to School (1986) were also nominated, but did not make the list. See more »

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Frequently cast himself in small roles See more »

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