Harold Ramis' finest moments in film
Monday 24 February 2014
Director, actor and writer Harold Ramis, best known for his role as the geeky Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters films, died on Monday in Chicago.
Ramis had a varied career both in front of and behind the camera.
In 1978, his career was propelled when he co-wrote National Lampoon's Animal House, which was directed by John Landis and starred John Belushi. The film was an adaptation of co-writer Chris Miller's stories, which he'd written for the National Lampoon magazine.
Ramis is an alumnus of the Second City comedy club/improvisation school, which Bill Murray also attended. The chief executive and executive producer of the company said of Ramis: "It is impossible to overstate the personal and professional influence that Harold Ramis has had on all of us at The Second City.
"He was a natural leader, a trusted friend and so generous with his own talent that he made everyone he ever worked with look like a genius. We are devastated to lose him so young but we were all enriched by the years we did get to partake of his particular brilliance."
Ramis is best remembered for his work in Ghostbusters which came out originally in 1984 and in which he co-starred alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. A sequel came out in 1989 and there had been rumours of a third opus coming out in recent years.
Another success was the 1993 film Groundhog Day, directed by Ramis and in which Murray held a starring role. A few years later, in 1996, Ramis moved his family from Los Angeles back to Chicago, where he had been born and brought up.
He directed Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal in the 1999 film Analyze This. A sequel, Analyze That, came out in 2002.
In 2007 he made a breach appearance as Seth Rogen's father in the comedy Knocked Up.
In 2009, along with the Ghostbusters video game for which he provided likeness and a voice to the Egon character, his last film Year One was released. He starred, wrote and directed the film which starred Jack Black and Michael Cera.
In 2006, Ramis's Groundhog Day was added to the National Film Registry. According to the Library of Congress, "The selection of a film recognizes its importance to American movie and cultural history, and to history in general."
We take a look back at some of his most memorable works:
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Al Pacino on suffering from depression: 'It can last and it's terrifying'
- 2 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit to play in support of Yes campaign
Jessica Chastain demands Scarlett Johansson superhero movie from Marvel: 'To me it's a no brainer. Why is it taking so long?'
Downton Abbey series 5 start date revealed: Drama returns in late September
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
How to read Will Self: Unlike 'talented mediocrity' George Orwell, you must approach this writer dictionary in hand
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain