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Harold Ramis: A Funnyman’s Finest Moments

For many of us, Harold Ramis will always be Dr. Egon Spengler, the wild-haired, intensely serious paranormal researcher in the 1984 comedy classic Ghostbusters. With his bizarre, faux-scientific mumbo-jumbo, it was Ramis’ character who provided the perfect foil for the irreverent, semi-competent Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and anxiously earnest Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd).

Harold_Ramis,_by_Justin_HochBut most moviegoers probably didn’t realize that Ramis, who died  on Feb. 24 at age 69 in his native Chicago, had co-written the Ghostbusters screenplay with Aykroyd as well. While Ramis was a deft comic actor, he was even more gifted as a writer and director. After his start as both an actor and the head writer for Second City Television in the mid- to late 1970s, Ramis wrote and/or directed some of the biggest comedy hits of the 1980s and 1990s, including films that helped make Murray and the late John Belushi into full-fledged Hollywood stars. When the American Film Institute compiled a list of the 100 funniest films of the 20th Century in 2000, four of Ramis’ films were on it.

Here are five of Ramis’ enduring comic masterpieces:






Photo: Justin Hoch via Wikipedia