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Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:59:45 PM »
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-harold-ramis-dead-20140224,0,2259309.story

by Mark Caro
February 24, 2014



Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with "Groundhog Day" acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984's "Ghostbusters" ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but the writer-director wanted to return to the city where he’d launched his career as a Second City performer.

"There's a pride in what I do that other people share because I'm local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one's local," Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy "Analyze This," another hit. "It's a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way."

Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.

Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company.

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."

Previously he was the first head writer (and a performer) on Second City's groundbreaking television series "Second City Television (SCTV)" (1976-79). More recently he directed episodes of NBC’s "The Office."
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Re: Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 01:28:30 PM »
Thanks for all the laughs and there were many..

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Re: Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 01:41:37 PM »






Funniest scene in Stripes

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Re: Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 02:05:12 PM »
Link to an article I wrote a few weeks ago about Ramis.

http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,128599.0.html
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Re: Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014, 05:11:07 PM »
Caddyshack will always be one of my favorites.
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... Mr. Ramis was a master at creating hilarious scenes and plotlines peopled by indelible characters, among them a groundskeeper obsessed with a gopher, fraternity brothers at war with a college dean and a jaded weatherman condemned to repeating Groundhog Day over and over. ...
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