I grew up a Harold Ramis devotee - National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack. Though, arguably the movies he will most be remembered for after his passing yesterday, will be Ghostbusters. I've seen the movies so many times, they ARE my childhood. Do you feel the same?
I was very sad to hear that the actor/writer/director died yesterday at his home after an extended illness. His list of cinematic achievements are endless - his particular brand of tongue-in-cheek humor has influenced generations of comedy writers and filmmakers. Jay Roach, Jake Kasdan, Adam Sandler, and the Farrelly brothers, have cited his films as among their favorites (New Yorker).
Bill Murray, who worked with Harold Ramis on many projects in the 1980s and 1990s, issued a statement to TIME through his lawyer after the news of Ramis’ death on Monday morning:
“Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
It was of course, Ramis' iconic role in Ghostbusters that indoctrinated him into the national consciousness forever. Let's look back at some of the concept art from the movie, and one of his famous scenes in Ghostbusters 2.
How will you remember Harold Ramis?