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Harold Ramis: A Funnyman’s Finest Moments
Posted By Patrick Kiger On February 25, 2014 @ 5:51 am In Legacy | No Comments
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).
But 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
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