R.I.P. Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014)

Harold Ramis
Friends, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that Harold Ramis passed away today at 69. Possibly most famous for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters franchise he of course also was the writer for Animal House, SCTV, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Back to School, Club Paradise, and Groundhog Day to name a few.

Ramis while getting his start at Second City, had a brief stint as the joke writer for the Playboy magazine. Harold would leave Second City to return again in 1972 where he found the comedian that had filled his spot was none other than John Belushi, the two would eventually group up with Bill Murray and head to New York City to work on the National Lampoon Radio Hour. Ramis would leave again to join SCTV where he would be made Head writer for the 1976 – 1979 seasons, and after that he would leave that show to get his start in writing scripts for films.

We have lost a great comedic voice, “Dim the lights in the auditorium.”

[Via] Jimmy Smith

[Via] Magnum Independent Pictures

[Via] The Official SCTV


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014)

  1. Philosophical debate time: What does the ghost of a ghostbuster do? Does it fight the ghosts on an equal footing? Does it get captured & contained by it’s former comrades? Does it finally get to shack up with that hot little goddess of destruction from the first movie?

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Harold Ramis’ scripted words gave me so much happiness and laughter that the man surely added years to my life.

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