You may not recognize his face or even his name, but the comedy world lost an incredible talent today with the passing of Harold Ramis. He leaves an astounding legacy of writing and directing some of the most enduring (and quotable) comedy features and acting, most famously as the ever serious Ghostbuster, Dr. Egon Spengler.
Ghostbusters remains one my all time favorite films. Its witty dialog, spot-on acting, eccentric characters, creative storytelling, and pseudoscientific plot lines makes it one of the most enjoyable and audience friendly films I can think of. Pure desert island worthy material. If this was all Ramis left the film world, it would be enough in my book. But his body of work includes so much more and in light of his passing feels like it all deserves another view. Here are some of the highlights:
- SCTV (head writer/actor)
- Animal House (writer)
- Caddyshack (writer/director)
- Stripes (writer/actor)
- National Lampoon's Vacation (director)
- Ghostbusters (writer/actor)
- Back to School (writer)
- Groundhog Day (writer/director)
- Analyze This (writer/director)
To see a full list of library-owned items that Harold Ramis is associated with, click here.
What's your favorite Harold Ramis film? What's your favorite Ghostbusters quote!?
Laura Keeney from the Denver Post wrote this heartfelt response to Ramis' death that is worth a quick read: http://blogs.denverpost.com/nerd/2014/02/24/harold-ramis-helped-autisti…
On his TV/Radio show this morning, Dan Patrick thanked Ramis for giving his dad his last good laugh. Patrick's dad was in the last throes of cancer and they took him to see "Stripes." It's a nice bookend to Keeney's article.
That's one giant twinkie.
"You're right, nothing of this earth could stack books like that!".
Thank you for the laughs past and yet to come. You will be remembered.