Monday, February 24, 2014

In Memoriam: Harold Ramis

The Associated Press (AP) an other new sources have announced the passing of comedic genius, Harold Ramis today.  Ramis was known for his work in front of the camera in films like Stripes (1981), and the Ghostbusters films (1984, and 1989), but it was his work behind the scenes as a writer/director, that are most unforgettable.

Ramis writing credits include Animal House (1978), Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981) Ghostbusters (1984), Back to School (1986), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999).  Ramis directed Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and not listed in his writing credits National Lampoon's Vacation (1983).  I dare you to find a man who shaped not only 1980s comedy, but humor today.  Ramis was one of if not the the comedic voice of his generation, and no one has carved out a singular voice the way in which Ramis did in the lat 70s, 80s, and early 90s.

Harold Ramis is the man men quote at the water cooler, namely because of the scenes below.  If you look closely four of the five scenes have Bill Murray in them.  These two were a dynamic work team, and created some of the most memorable film memories.  Ramis was a genius, his humor is infectious, thank you for the memories.

Animal House (1978)




(Groundhog Day)

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