Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis was born on November 21, 1944, Chicago, Illinois, United States at Chicago. Harold Ramis net worth is $50 Million. Harold Ramis is United States of America born Film director, Actor, Writer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Television producer, Television Director, Voice Actor. Harold Ramis has been seen in movies "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Analyze This" (1999), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978).

Facts of Harold Ramis

Full NameHarold Ramis
Net Worth$50 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1970
Age50 years 4 months
DiedFebruary 24, 2014, Glencoe, Illinois, United States
Place Of BirthChicago
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
ProfessionFilm director, Actor, Writer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Television producer, Television Director, Voice Actor
EducationStephen K. Hayt Elementary School, Nicholas Senn High School, Chicago; Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseErica Mann (m. 1989–2014), Anne Ramis (m. 1967–1984)
ChildrenViolet Ramis, Daniel Hayes Ramis, Julian Arthur Ramis
ParentsNathan Ramis, Ruth Ramis
SiblingsSteve Ramis
NicknamesHarold Allen Ramis
AwardsSt. Louis Walk of Fame (2004), Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award (2005), Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement (2015), London Film Critics Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year
NominationsBAFTA Award, Gemini Award, Saturn Award, Hugo Award, WGA Award, Earle Grey Award
Movies"Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Analyze This" (1999), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978)
TV Shows“SCTV”, "Second City Television" (1976-1978), "Delta House" (1979), "The Top" (1984), "The Office" (2007-2010), "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" (2009)
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Quotes of Harold Ramis

1At SCTV, we were virtually self-directed. Whoever wrote the piece pretty much determined how the piece was going to play. We directed each other. Joe Flaherty kind of appointed himself my director. He'd tell me stuff like, "Open your eyes real big.".
2[on directing Robin Williams and Eugene Levy in Club Paradise (1986)] I'd say, "Robin, could you play that scene faster?" And he'd say, "Faster isn't a direction." So I'd say, "Your character is feeling a sense of urgency right now." By contrast, I went to Gene and said, "You did that scene in a minute-twenty. Could you do it in a minute?". And he said, "Sure".
3The best comedy touches something that's timeless and universal in people. When it's right, those things last.
4It's hard for winners to do comedy. Comedy is inherently subversive. We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes. We attack the winners.
5[on the death of his friend Douglas Kenney in 1980] Doug probably fell while he was looking for a place to jump.
6Well, for me, it's the relationship between comedy and life - that's the edge I live on, and maybe it's my protection against looking at the tragedy of it all. It's seeing life in balance. Comedy and tragedy co-exist. You can't have one without the other. I'm of the school that anything can be funny, if seen from a comedic point of view.
7Well, I never made big films to make big films; the scale's been appropriate to the content.
8I'm at my best when I'm working with really talented people, and I'm there to gently suggest or guide or inspire or contribute whatever I can to their effort. It's not like I'm gonna tell Robert De Niro how to act - but I could provide him with useful anecdotal material from my own life or other people I've known, or actual psychological information, or insights into his character. The technique's up to him. But, there are ways to gently urge an actor to pick up the pace or slow it down or focus more, to go bigger or smaller. Some actors are very open right at the beginning - they say, "You only need four words with me: Bigger, smaller, faster, slower.".
9Chicago still remains a Mecca of the Midwest - people from both coasts are kind of amazed how good life is in Chicago, and what a good culture we've got. You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago.
10Everything we see has some hidden message. A lot of awful messages are coming in under the radar - subliminal consumer messages, all kinds of politically incorrect messages...
11[on whether he and Bill Murray would consider doing a third Ghostbusters movie] My attitude is generally like Bill's old attitude -- there's no point unless it has some interesting quality or something to say about the subject. Personally, I don't rule it out. I'm skeptical, but maybe it'll work.
12At first, I would get mail saying, 'Oh, you must be a Christian because the movie [Groundhog Day (1993)] so beautifully expresses Christian belief'. Then, rabbis started calling from all over, saying they were preaching the film as their next sermon. And the Buddhists! Well, I knew they loved it because my mother-in-law has lived in a Buddhist meditation centre for 30 years and my wife lived there for five years. - remarks to the New York Times on the ecumenical popularity of Groundhog Day (1993).
13[During the 20-year Ghostbusters reunion commentary on the Ghostbusters DVD] Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier [Laurence Olivier] knew it, Brando [Marlon Brando] knew it.

Quick Facts of Harold Ramis

1After not speaking to each other for a number of years, Bill Murray reportedly visited Ramis before his death and they both made their peace with each other.
2He was awarded a Star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on May 16, 2004.
3Lived on the north side of Chicago, Illinois until his death.
4His paternal grandparents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants and his maternal grandparents were Polish Jews.
5Had appeared with Bill Murray in four films: Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989) and Groundhog Day (1993).
6Wrote four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: Ghostbusters (1984) at #28, Groundhog Day (1993) at #34, Animal House (1978) at #36 and Caddyshack (1980) at #71. Meatballs (1979), Stripes (1981) and Back to School (1986) were also nominated, but did not make the list.
7Said in an interview that his working relationship with actor Bill Murray ended while filming Groundhog Day (1993) due to differing views on what the film should be about (Murray wanted it to be more philosophical, Ramis wanted it to be a comedy). Ramis also cites that Murray's real life personal problems at the time (specifically the ending of his first marriage) was having a ripple effect on his behavior at work as another factor in the unfortunate ending of their working relationship.
8Best remembered by fans of all ages as Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).
9When he was doing his audition for Second City, it was him performing a sketch to a full house.
10Once worked at a public school in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.
11The proton packs worn in Ghostbusters (1984) were much heavier than they looked, and some were heavier than others depending on what a scene demanded while filming. According to director Ivan Reitman, none of the actors enjoyed wearing the packs, but Harold complained the least (Reitman would not say which actor complained the most).
12Tried graduate school for a week, but it did not pan out.
13Had three children: daughter Violet Ramis (born in 1977), with ex-wife Anne Ramis, and sons Julian Arthur Ramis (born on May 10, 1990) and Daniel Ramis (Daniel Hayes Ramis) (born on August 10, 1994), with wife Erica Mann.
14Sketch comedian best known for his character Moe Green on SCTV (1976).
15Teamed with John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray on "The National Lampoon Show" but, unlike the others, was not asked by Lorne Michaels to join Saturday Night Live (1975). Harold went to SCTV (1976) instead.
16Once a mental ward orderly before finding work as a joke writer for Playboy magazine.
17Was a former active member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
18Attended and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1966. He later received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the university in 1993.
19Attended and graduated from Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1962.
20Was a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington University.
21Was a member of the Board of National Neurofibromatosis Foundation.

Trademarks of Harold Ramis

1Frequently casts fellow Second City alumnus Bill Murray
2Frequently casts himself in small roles

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