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Harold Ramis (1944-2014) was a celebrated writer, director and actor who helped create some of the most memorable comedies from the last few decades. He started his career in Chicago's Second City Improvisational Theater Troupe in 1969 and later moved to New York. He wrote and performed in the National Lampoon Lemmings Stage Show alongside John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. By 1976, he held the top writer's position on SCTV and collaborated on the script for National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) which was produced by Ivan Reitman.

Take a look at some of the featured works and performances of a real Ghostbuster.

Ghostbusters 1 & 2

Ramis plays Dr. Egon Spengler alongside Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. The trio play a group of unemployed parapsychology professors who open up their own ghost removal service. The films were written by Aykroyd and Ramis and continued as a video game and an animated television series.



After years of bad luck and jobs they hate, two friends (Bill Murray & Harold Ramis) decide to join the army for a bit of fun. John (Murray) soon becomes the unofficial leader of his platoon and tangles with his by-the-book Sergeant while hilarity ensues.



Ramis' feature-length directorial debut is listed as one of the top comedies of all time by the American Film Institute and features another of Bill Murray's memorable performances as Greenskeeper Carl Spackle.


Groundhog Day

Ramis wrote, directed and appears briefly in this classic comedy featuring Bill Murray as TV weatherman Phil Connors who is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. On his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in exactly where he doesn't want to be. Just when things couldn't get any worse, they do. Phil wakes the next morning to find it's Groundhog Day all over again-- and again-- and again.


Analyze This & Analyze That

A spoof on the gangster roles that have been associated with De Niro's film career, this is the story of an anxiety-ridden Mafia boss who monopolizes the services of a family psychiatrist and later moves in with him.