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 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-harold-ramis-dead-20140224,0,4983189,full.story

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Damn I'm so sad to learn of this. He had a wonderfully dry wit about him that I always found endearing.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Oh no!

Damn! There wasn't a single movie of his I didn't love. "Groundhog Day" is a particular favorite of me and The Missus.

RIP.
frown

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Wow. Didn't know he was in bad health... So sad to see him go, aside from Ghostbusters for me he did his best work with Groundhog Day, I hope somewhere he's reliving his own.


 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

At age six, I wanted to grow up and be Egon Spengler. Never got the chance. And now the original is gone.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

It's like my childhood just died. frown

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

It's like my childhood just died. frown

This....absolutely this.....frown

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

Wow. This is out-of-the-blue news. These days 69 seems to be a bit on the young side to be passing away. frown

R.I.P. Harold. I really got into Ghostbusters in 1984, it was very much a part of my early teenage years. I enjoyed Groundhog Day too. I seem to remember having a similar idea for a screenplay about a day relived over and over at about the same time, though mine was a very serious and earnest take on it. I think the gentler comedy approach of his film was the better idea.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I remember him when he played the wimpy station manager Moe Green on "S.C.T.V." and the chairman "Crazy Legs" on "S.C.T.V. 90". R.I.P. Harold.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I'll always remember that great line, "I collect spores, molds and fungus."

Condolences to his family.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I'll always remember that great line, "I collect spores, molds and fungus."


 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

The role I still most identify Ramis with is as Russell Ziskey in Stripes. The scene where he tackles Murray and tells him he (Murray) isn't going AWOL because it was Murray's fault that he (Ramis) was there in the first place is a moment I will always love.

Goodbye Mr. Ramis. Thanks for all the laughs.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Wow. I wasn't ready for this yet. frown

Just a few weeks ago my fiancee and I went to enjoy Groundhog Day back on the big screen at our local AMC (on Groundhog Day, actually). And between both following online discussion over the last few weeks of a forthcoming LEGO set of the ECTO-1 and being at Pensacon two days ago listening to Ernie Hudson's entertaining recollections, I've been enjoying a lot of discussion of Ghostbusters lately. And on top of that, before I read anything about this unfortunate news, I was just thinking about Stripes today while at work (in the context of recalling some favorite score cues for military comedies like this one from Elmer Bernstein and Johnny Williams' 1941). I've had a lot of Harold Ramis on the brain these last few weeks, it seems.

RIP, sir.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)



It's almost like a piece of my childhood just died. Ghostbusters was such a big part of my life as a kid and one of the earliest movies I have the clearest memories of seeing in a theater. Egon was my always my favorite character, and whenever my friends and I would pretend to be Ghostbusters, I had to be him and run around with my makeshift PKE meter. He wrote and/or directed some great comedy classics, too, like National Lampoon's Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes and National Lampoon's Vacation, and he had a really funny cameo in 2002's Orange County. But, for me, he'll forever be remembered as Dr. Egon Spengler.

RIP, Mr. Ramis. Thanks for helping make my childhood so much fun.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

One of my comedy heroes and probably one of the reasons I turned out the way I did.

May we call go and collect spores, molds, and fungus.

frown

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Ghostbusters had an immeasurable impact on my filmgoing childhood; along with Back to the Future, it was my favorite comedy growing up as a kid and I watched it countless times.

Groundhog Day was equally brilliant, hilarious, and worth seeing one million times (at least). Not just comedy, not hard, cynical comedy...but both Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day managed to pull off that rarest of feats (IMO): feel-good hilarity. Both films are tremendously warm and infinitely pleasant, yet endlessly funny.

Mr. Ramis also managed to pull this feel-good comedic touch in my other favorite role of his: Dr. Bettes, from As Good As It Gets. His warm and fuzzy, generous doctor to Helen Hunt's son was a small role but Ramis shone. Same goes for his role as Seth Rogen's dad in Knocked Up.

These were my fondest memories of Harold Ramis, may he rest in peace.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Always a sympathetic character. Can't say that about too many comedians. RIP.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

This has been making the rounds on Facebook. Don't know the artist, but I thought it was a nice, touching tribute.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

R.I.P-HAROLD-People never die, they just go away for awhile[like a vacation]. But we won't forget the laughter you gave us, till our time comes.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

I've always considered Groundhog Day as one of the most ingenious, funny and endearing comedies ever done. It is timeless (pun intended). Thanks Harold... we will miss you!

 
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